An Open Letter to Conservatives

I couldn’t say it better:

The conservative end of the American political spectrum has become irresponsible and irrational.  Worse, it’s tolerating, promoting and celebrating prejudice and hatred.  . . .   If you’re going to regain your stature as a party of rational, responsible people, you’ll have to start by draining this swamp.

The whole thing is here. It’s long, it’s exhaustive, it’s extensively referenced, and it’s absolutely devastating. At the same time, it also tries to be helpful to people who want to get the Republican Party out of the mire, because the author believes “having responsible choices is important to democracy.” It ends:

So, dear conservatives, get to work.  Drain the swamp of the conspiracy nuts, the bold-faced liars undeterred by demonstrable facts, the overt hypocrisy and the hatred.  Then offer us a calm, responsible, grownup agenda based on your values and your vision for America.  We may or may not agree with your values and vision, but we’ll certainly welcome you back to the American mainstream with open arms.  We need you.

I’m afraid that there aren’t many people remaining on the right who will pay attention, though. I hope I’m wrong about that, because having responsible choices is essential for democracy to work. Right now, all the realistic choices we have are between the Democratic Party and a bunch of ugly, twisted loons. That’s not good over the long term.

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