Opinion: Right-wing extremists discredit Republican Party

The right wing of the Republican Party used to stand for smaller government, fewer taxes, more personal liberty, and less government intrusion into the personal lives of American citizens.

The right wing of the Republican Party today is a grotesque caricature of what used to be.

They have become theocrats who want to misuse government, to pass programs and policies that force their parochial and undereducated religious views on the rest of America.

They have become the kissing cousins of the Taliban and ISIS, disrespecting women’s rights to make their own health care decisions, abusing government power to keep same sex couples from marrying, and willfully ignoring science and research.

Right-wing extremist Republican are not patriots, they are dangerous hypocrites. They claim the right to publicly diminish and even harm people who are not like them, all in the name of arcane and barbaric Old Testament Biblical laws.

It is no accident that so many of these Republican right-wing extremists are remnants from the hate-filled and rebellious Old South. These people use the same discredited “religious belief” approach to women’s health issues and same-sex rights, that was formerly used as justification for owning African Americans.

We need to see these misbehaving theocrats for what they actually are: a threat to real American values, who would find themselves right at home in the Middle East.

Editor’s note: Mr. Greco is a resident of Scottsdale.

 

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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