Opinion: “New” Republican Party out of step with rest of America

The New Republican Party — NRP — is now pretty well redefined.

The establishment fiscal conservatives are out.  The libertarian limited government types are out. The moderate conservatives are out. Anything dealing with science, public education, and sound research is out.

The NRP has become a thalidomide combination of know-nothing and know everything.  These New Republicans have abandoned the cherished American tradition of church state separation.

They openly advocate growing and misusing government at all levels to enforce parochial and minority religious views onto everyone else.

These New Republicans have also redefined America’s long standing commitment to public education.  They prefer private parochial and religious charter schools to public education, and enthusiastically embrace blind faith over verifiable facts.

For example, the more scientific research and common sense affirm the facts and reality of climate change, the more these New Republicans reject the idea.  They don’t believe in sex education, and reject sensible ideas about birth control, contraceptives, and a women’s right to make her own health decisions.

When called to task, these New Republicans yell “Socialist” and “Marxist” as if performing a political exorcism.  Anything that they don’t like is labeled “liberal,” with little idea or consistency of what being liberal actually is.

Whatever they do like or believe is labeled “conservative,” often without a clue that many of their beliefs are not conservative at all. What used to be the Grand Old Party of many mainstream values, embracing moderation, toleration, public education, and science, has become a hostile mish mash of extremes, that no longer reflect the attitudes and values of most Americans.

 

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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