Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
It should have been evident to clear-eyed observers that the Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe.
You know It didn't used to be this way, at least I didn't see it this way. I have voted GOP every time since turning 18 because I thought in the balance the Republican agenda was less damaging to the future of the USA than the one proposed by the Democrats. However, the last few years of willful ignorance and religious fanaticism on proud display in the GOP from the grassroots level all the way up to party leadership have made me pull the cord to tell the bus driver I want off at the next stop.
Who in the GOP today could even play the role of William Buckley when he called out the John Birch Society radicalism lurching into the GOP in 1962. Any party leader who tried that now would be skewered by the pack of zombies the GOP/Tea Party has become. These days, Bill Buckley would have the word RINO tattooed across his forehead.
But I know who can help purge the GOP of the new lunacy. An army of relative nobodies who take the message to their own small circles of friends, neighbors and co-workers. None of us are worth a single spear hurled in our general direction from party leaders, but collectively, we can expose the lies, educate the misinformed, ridicule the clowns, and make the road for the radicals a little tougher.
There is no worse adversary to a cult than the ones who left the fold because they know what drove them to leave and know how to get others to leave as well.