Old Political Parties Vanished

Posted on May 31, 2018

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The old Republican and Democrat Parties have vanished.

Years ago the old Democrat Party was an ardent defender of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

Two decades ago, a popular Democrat president fought hard for a North American Free Trade Agreement, signed the Iraq Liberation Act and kept his promise to “end welfare as we know it.”

He not only enacted a Balanced Budget Act, and produced four consecutive federal budget surpluses, he cut the top  capital-gains tax rate from 28 percent to 20 percent.

He led NATO in liberating Kosovo. He resisted same-sex marriage. He codified sanctions against Cuba.

Bill Clinton is still popular with Democrats. But his party has shifted sharply leftward. There is little room for centrist positions he upheld as president.

The Republican Party is a far cry from what it used to be.

With its phony populism and fake nationalism, the GOP is sending a vision of America around the world that is distorted, and that’s damaging.

The GOP under Donald Trump isn’t the Republican Party of a generation ago.

This party turns against free trade, promotes harshness on immigration, shows a rising admiration for Russia’s ruler, approves tariffs on foreign goods and tolerates debauchery and bad character in today’s political leaders. The GOP is indeed a far cry from the party of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

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