Hey Benjamin. I actually agree with your first comment. Since around 1968, when George Wallace (who until that point had been a registered Democrat) began to capitalize on racist punditry in order to galvanize a frustrated section of the electorate, there has been a co-opting of the Republican party. The Republicans, with the analysis of ethnologist Kevin Phillips, created the Southern Strategy and began to move away from the traditional conservative values (i.e. fiscal conservatism, anti-regulation, civic duty) that I make reference to in this article.
Now, the racist and sexist ethnology that has taken over the mainstream Republican Party is well worth many articles (some of which, I have even written). However, in respect for brevity and because that wasn’t the topic this particular article is actually about — I chose not to dive deep into that angle. This article is about fringe groups and a specific political theory, which contributes to the devolution of the GOP (as well as posing serious concerns for the left) that you’ve brought up today. There are many reasons our political parties are the way they are, and to discuss one does not discredit or distract from another. I believe that the citizens of this country are able to look an issue from multiple angles, and think critically about how they intersect within the context of our current geopolitical climate.
Finally, I too ascribe to Ahmed’s choice to generally not respond to comments, so this will probably be our last communication. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for all the page views.