Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
When an American political party values holding power more than preserving democracy and serving the people, it has lost its way. When its goal is to stay in power no matter what it takes — from lies over truth — hypocrisy over integrity — voter suppression — gerrymandering — undermining trust in elections and government itself — white-washing insurrection and accepting authoritarian leadership, it has chosen to place party before country.
Consider the Republican Party’s choice of a leader. Trump’s authoritarian disposition as president was well known. It is especially clear in his refusal to give up power after having lost in a free and fair election. Holding onto power by any means is the essence of any authoritarian leader and those who empower that leader.
Consider the party’s acceptance of Trump's “Big Lie.” The preponderance of evidence shows Trump lost to Joe Biden by over 7 million votes in a fair election. Principled Republicans who have spoken out against the “Big Lie” (Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Mitt Romney, Brad Raffensperger and others) have been vilified by Republican Party leaders and Trump because they chose truth over the “Big Lie.”
There are many problems in this country that need to be addressed by bipartisan legislative action. The minority Republican Party in both the House and Senate chooses to obstruct. Without regard for what a majority of the American people want and need, it focuses only on regaining majority power in Congress in the 2022 midterm elections even if it takes a “Big Lie” and an authoritarian leader to get it done, and even if it means ignoring the American people, destroying our democracy and crushing our best opportunity in many decades to rebuild America and empower Americans for the 21st century.