Our community and country at large needs to be educated as to the impetus of the modern Republican Party, and how it brought us to where we are today with Trump as president and white racists of many types coming forward out of the shadows to push their violent agenda with hardly a muffled cough from the party leaders or its membership.
This all began back in the ‘60s and ‘70s when Republicans began looking on the Jim Crow south with covetous eyes. With growing concern for civil rights within the Democratic Party and the passage of a variety of Democratic equal rights legislation, the Republican Party developed their infamous Southern Strategy to take advantage of the southern penchant for racism and racist policies and procedures.
Lee Atwater, one of the constructors of the Republican SS (Southern Strategy) gave an interview to a political science professor at Case Western Reserve University, explaining the evolution of the cynical Southern strategy and how Republicans can win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves.
This modern Republican Party gets its strength from the country party membership. The country party’s refusal to address racism and other important social issues such as healthcare, campaign finance reform, EPA directives, gerrymandering, and income inequality has left it open to strong opposition, which is what I propose.
I am a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and I encourage all likeminded veterans to join with us to challenge the Republican Southern Strategy, which is responsible for the many racist tragedies that are occurring around the U.S.
Thomas Ford, Owosso