A Toxic Party

I don’t think of myself as a partisan. I vote for Democrats not because I’m a loyal Democrat but because Democrats have good answers to the questions I think most important. I’m not a “socialist” and I’m not an anti-capitalist. Like my dad, I have enormous respect for private enterprise.

I say these things as prelude to this: The GOP has nothing to offer besides greed sold as freedom, prejudice sold as religion, brutishness sold as masculinity, and ignorance sold as common sense. It feeds on the worst in us and delights in belittling the better angels of our nature.

In the wake of the latest mass shooting, we are hearing from the Republicans the tedious talking points we always hear. We all should be clear on this: Nothing will change until the current GOP is extirpated root and branch from our politics. Dig more graves.