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On GOP: ‘We must speak out’

Many of us want to take a sanguine view or at least a non-hateful view of today’s Republican Party. This has become a fool’s effort. The GOP has become so filled with mean-spirited lying, so replete with violence, threats and intimidation, offering dangerous conspiracy theories to gaslight and grab attention, they deserve no respect.

Their malicious and vile attempts to undermine the Constitution and the process of democracy deserve only contempt. They still insist that any 2020 election they lost was fraudulent, even after over 60-plus court cases that demonstrated it was not. This lying is damaging our country.

These radical Republicans (and Republicans that do not speak out against them) are traitors to their oaths, terrorists stalking democracy, only trying to one-up each other in their wild hate, lies and ignorance. They do not intend to govern for the people, they intend to posture, yell and destroy the structures supporting this country. They often clothe themselves in our flag, while in the same breath, lying and viciously dividing the country. For shame!

Confronting GOP shamelessness in 1954, Boston lawyer Joseph Welch said to GOP Sen. Joseph McCarthy, “Until this moment, senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.”

When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted: “Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”

No, they do not have any sense of decency. We must speak out. Complacency is complicity.

Steve Self