Farewell to the Republican Party as we have known it in the past. The Grand Old Party is no longer grand. It is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. It is completely controlled by one man - Donald J. Trump. With the support of "Republicans" such as Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Jim Jordan and Lindsey Graham, Trump has solidified absolute power over the party Its name might as well be changed to the Trump Party. It demands absolute loyalty to the Dear Leader. That is why Trump's cohorts support The Big Lie that there was widespread voter fraud.
The Republican Party, as presently constituted, stands for nothing. It has two major goals - to obtain power and to prevent President Joe Biden from achieving his agenda, even if that agenda is supported by the majority of Americans, even if it is beneficial to their country.
Although I am not a political conservative, I take no pleasure in the demise of the Republican Party. In fact, I profoundly regret what has happened to it. American democracy is sorely in need of a conservative movement that respects the rule of law. More than one point of view must be set forth in a country that enshrines freedom of speech in its constitution. That is why I fervently hope that American conservatives form a new and more inclusive party which respects democratic principles. It must be a party in which people of colour, immigrants and others feel welcomed and comfortable, where they feel part of the fold. It must be a party that tries to win elections by encouraging Americans to vote, not by gerrymandering or suppressing the vote.
I am a Canadian who is concerned about the health of democracy everywhere. The United States is my country's closest neighbour and I certainly don't want America to go down an authoritarian path. That is why I am speaking out. That is why I am attempting to counter the lies and misinformation on the internet and on far-right media outlets, That is why Trumpism must be defeated, regardless of what the future brings to the former president.