Republican Party

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party. The GOP was founded in 1854 by opponents of the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of slavery into certain U.S. territories. The party supported classical liberalism, opposed the expansion of slavery, and supported economic reform. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president.
  • The Indianapolis Star

    Letters: Republican Party has abandoned many Americans

    Republicans must find the courage to speak out against President Trump's behavior. I am an old-fashioned Republican. I support the Constitution, democracy and the integrity of the presidency. I do not support praising dictators, alienating our allies, undermining our institutions, mocking the disabled, insulting everyone, lying constantly and all the other disgusting behavior of President Trump. Why are Republicans in Congress, unable to see what is so painfully obvious to the rest of us? It's time to stop the hate and division and lead our country. Republicans must find the courage to speak out against Trump's behavior. Trump is going down in flames, like all tyrants before him. If our elected

  • Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP'
    The Hill

    Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP'

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' Poll: Trump trails Biden and Sanders, beats Buttigieg, Harris, and Warren Republicans more interested in a primary challenge to Trump than Democrats were for Obama in 2012 MORE, a Republican taking on President Trump in 2020, challenged his fellow GOP members to watch the president's rally in North Carolina and ask if that is the party they "signed up for."  During Trump's Wednesday night rally, the president's comments over Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Trump thanks 'vicious

  • Shifting demographics are the biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability
    Axios

    Shifting demographics are the biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability

    The single biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability is demographics. The big picture: The numbers simply do not lie. America, as a whole, and swing states, in particular, are growing more diverse, more quickly. There is no way Republicans can change birth rates or curb this trend — and there's not a single demographic megatrend that favors Republicans.

  • 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Blocked From Senate Vote By Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Draws Bipartisan Outrage
    CBS New York

    9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Blocked From Senate Vote By Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Draws Bipartisan Outrage

    WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — A single Republican politician has blocked a bipartisan bill that would have ensured that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund never runs out of money. “Mr. President I ask unanimous consent.” Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand was looking to fast-track the new 9/11 funding bill through the Senate, but was stopped by that single Republican senator – Rand Paul of Kentucky. “Any new spending that we are approaching, any new program that's going to have longevity of 70, 80 years, should be offset by cutting spending that's less valuable,” Sen. Paul claimed. Paul questions the bill's 70-year time frame and notes that the federal government already faces a $22 trillion debt. The bill

  • DEMS CAST ASIDE IMPEACHMENT EFFORT — Trump continues to attack the squad — GOP PRAYS TRUMP WILL SWALLOW BUDGET DEAL — Rand Paul angles to become Trump's emissary to Iran
    POLITICO

    DEMS CAST ASIDE IMPEACHMENT EFFORT — Trump continues to attack the squad — GOP PRAYS TRUMP WILL SWALLOW BUDGET DEAL — Rand Paul angles to become Trump's emissary to Iran

    TABLE FOR TWO -- Over 100 Democrats joined with all Republicans yesterday in supporting a “motion to table” an impeachment resolution, effectively killing the effort and exposing deep divisions in the caucus over the explosive question of impeachment. While Trump was quick to claim victory, the “I” word is still very much in Democrats' vocabulary. When asked whether he would try to force another impeachment vote, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) told CNN: “I don't want to... But if it is not done by someone, I will.” Many Democrats — even some of those who support impeachment — thought Green's push was premature and worried that the move played right into Trump's hands. But 95 Democrats did in fact vote

  • The Charlotte Observer

    Trump campaign press secretary to attend Kentucky GOP event

    Trump campaign press secretary to attend Kentucky GOP event Kentucky Republican officials say the national press secretary for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign will attend a GOP dinner next month in Lexington. The state GOP says Kayleigh McEnany will be a special guest at the annual Lincoln Dinner scheduled for Aug. 17. She previously worked as a political commentator at CNN prior to joining the Republican National Committee and serving as its national spokeswoman. McEnany is also the author of the book, "The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement." State GOP officials say other prominent Republicans attending the dinner will include Senate Majority Leader Mitch

  • Steve Kerr says GOP 'sold its soul' to Trump, calls on Dems to 'get this right' in 2020
    New York Post

    Steve Kerr says GOP 'sold its soul' to Trump, calls on Dems to 'get this right' in 2020

    Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said the GOP “has sold its soul” to President Trump and called on Democrats to make things “right in 2020.” The former NBA star made the assertion on Twitter on Wednesday night — marking the second time this week that he's tweeted about the president. “I believe the vast majority of Americans want a unifying, moral leader,” Kerr said. “The GOP has sold its soul to Trump, so the Dems have to get this right in 2020. Make this about jobs and unification. Period.” The ex-Bull has been a vocal critic of Trump in the past. He most recently called on Congress to label the president's “go back” to your country tweets that he lobbied at the female Democratic

  • Republicans cannot duck their obligation as Americans to censure President Trump: Letter to the Editor
    cleveland.com

    Republicans cannot duck their obligation as Americans to censure President Trump: Letter to the Editor

    Perhaps Donald Trump ought to go back to where he came from. Under a rock. From the smirk on his face to his stomach-turning comments, he shames all Americans. Is this a leader who truly represents us? Is this how we want the rest of the world to view us? How in the world, with all the fine, honorable, long-serving Republicans, can they support someone with such a low standard of human morality? The Republican Party is on a massive downslide, if so. Step in and and stand up for some censure of President Trump, at the very least, so we can all hold our heads up again in an already great America. Barbara Leick, Westlake

  • Readers Write: Artificiality of race, immigrants' contributions, Noor's appeal, the Republican Party
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

    Readers Write: Artificiality of race, immigrants' contributions, Noor's appeal, the Republican Party

    Again we are experiencing a great uproar over race and racism. Yet to my knowledge no commentator has pointed out that it's all much ado about something that doesn't exist: Race doesn't have a biological meaning. The genetic diversity within any historically defined race is greater than the diversity between groups. Nevertheless, this artificial division is used by a corrupt president and his co-conspirators to deflect the legitimate anger of the economically exploited class of wage-workers — which includes people of every ethnic background — away from the plutocratic elite by stoking irrational hatreds between different groups of workers. The truly significant division of our society is between

  • Esquire

    Congratulations, George Wallace, There's a Party for You

    "...the Federal Government has adopted so-called "Civil Rights Acts," particularly the one adopted in 1964, which have set race against race and class against class, all of which we condemn." —The Platform of the American Independent Party, 1968. Congratulations, George Corley Wallace, you old snub-nosed revolver of an evil-adjacent man. It took a little over 50 years, but you finally did it. You got one of our two major political parties to remake itself in your image. Your deep drilling into the foul national Id has finally come home a gusher. All the demons you unleashed from history are now on the main stage and dancing in perfect rhythm and singing in perfect harmony. It took a little over

  • Growing share of Republicans say U.S. risks losing its identity if it is too open to foreigners
    Pew Research Center

    Growing share of Republicans say U.S. risks losing its identity if it is too open to foreigners

    A majority of Americans (62%) continue to say the country's openness to people from around the world is “essential to who we are as a nation.” But the share expressing this view is 6 percentage points lower than it was in September – a result of a shift in opinion among Republicans. Democrats continue to overwhelmingly take the view that openness is an essential characteristic of the nation. Currently, 57% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say that if the United States is too open to people from around the world, “we risk losing our identity as a nation.” Fewer (37%) say America's openness to those from other countries is essential to who we are as a nation, according to a Pew

  • Court: Seattle wealth tax unconstitutional but so is tax ban
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Court: Seattle wealth tax unconstitutional but so is tax ban

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Seattle's tax on wealthy households is unconstitutional, but so is the state law banning Seattle and other Washington cities from taxing net income. In doing so, the Court of Appeals declared void a 35-year-old ban enacted by the Legislature and opened the door to a battle at the state Supreme Court, The Seattle Times reported . The court says the ban is unconstitutional because the Legislature made a technical error in 1984. Matthew Davis, lawyer for one of the Seattle residents opposing the city's tax on wealthy households, said of the Court of Appeals' decision to nix the Legislature's 1984 ban that he was giving that argument

  • Meet the 'Abortion Abolitionists' Shaping Policy in the Texas GOP
    The Texas Observer

    Meet the 'Abortion Abolitionists' Shaping Policy in the Texas GOP

    The most extreme anti-abortion group in the state has gained momentum this year, growing to nearly 90,000 members since the beginning of 2019. With the far right ascendant in Texas politics, once-marginal ideas and people have found a place in the political mainstream. Our recurring Fringe Factor series is an introduction to the often-unknown, but influential activists, thinkers and operatives who play a growing role in shaping the state. Bradley Pierce and Wesley Thomas draw a distinction between themselves and other anti-abortion activists. They are not “pro-life,” they're “abolitionists.” The two leaders of the group Abolish Abortion Texas, founded three years ago, compare themselves to anti-slavery

  • I used to work in US intelligence advising presidents on risk. The biggest threat to our country today is the Republican Party
    The Independent

    I used to work in US intelligence advising presidents on risk. The biggest threat to our country today is the Republican Party

    I used to help draft the National Intelligence Estimate. In case you’re not familiar with the finer points of threat assessment within the national security apparatus, the NIE is the big enchilada: the document seen by presidents and members of Congress; an objective, non-political, comprehensive piece of work that categorizes and prioritizes the threats faced by the United States. While I no longer have regular access to the complete set of intelligence reports from which the NIE is drawn, I have access to some, and I am an avid reader of the related publicly available information.I’ve developed my own amateur NIE based on this information, and here’s the organization at the top of the list:The Republican Party. Shocking as that may seem — and your level of shock may vary widely depending on how closely you’ve been tracking the actions both center stage and behind the scenes of the rapidly toxifying Grand Ole Party — the real problem with this revelation is that we cannot actually do much about this threat in the classic manner. The threat from the right is the first national-level “insider threat” the United States has faced since the Civil War. It is insidious, asymmetric, powerful – and existential. How did I come to this conclusion? Through empirical evidence and specialized experience, using the same approach as when I helped draft a document seen by the most powerful men and women in the country. One of the effective modern techniques we’ve developed to deal with threats is intelligence analysis – in which we methodically examine all potential threats and categorize them for effective response. Categorizations range from existential – such as that from thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union or global warming – to challenging – such as terrorism – to those of a merely nuisance variety. The NIE, like all intelligence products, is supposed to be: objective; non-political; current; empirically valid; and zero-based (starting without assumptions.)A part of categorization or as a next step is threat prioritization – in which we basically rank the range of threats we face so we can apply limited resources to bring down the risk. This is a necessary action, but one that is often not totally satisfactory to all citizens. For instance, the shift we’ve had to take in response to terrorism – from total elimination of the threat to limiting its potential impact — does not appear to many Americans as a proportional response to the problem. Nonetheless, from the resource and policy perspective, it is the right course of action.Let me say it again: the Republican Party is the biggest threat the United States is facing. And without proper attribution, recognition, and a well-articulated and implemented counter-strategy, it could be terminal. There is no other reasonable conclusion to be drawn from the facts. An enemy of the United States might seek to sow discord between ethnic groups, or to wage a disinformation campaign, or to highlight moral inconsistencies that weaken the standing of the United States on the world stage. An enemy of the United States might try and degrade the capacity and public trust within our intelligence apparatus. It might use propaganda and weaponized information. It might seek to engage in fraud or other criminal acts to sway an election in their favor. Does any of that sound familiar? The Republican Party has steadily embraced authoritarianism, suspect electoral tactics, and racism more and more over the past few decades. That process has been turbocharged with Trump at the helm of the party.We’re now seeing an explicit embrace of white supremacy. Denial in the face of climate change. Deliberate sowing of discord within the FBI and the CIA. Weakening of the rule of law. Brazen criminality. Removing funding for elections oversight. Blatant human rights abuses at the border. The explicit nature of these acts is the point. The Republicans mean to bludgeon any and all resistance to their reshaping of the nation’s institutions to their will. And so far, they’ve gotten away with it. Donald Trump and his coterie of criminals have done more in two years to weaken the United States than the Soviet Union was able to achieve in decades, a stolen gold medal in Olympic basketball notwithstanding. In other words, Americans have every right to fear the power and influence of the Republican Party – and it is in fact irrational to continue to downplay the threat even as most, including Nancy Pelosi and many Democrats, continue to do so. Paul Nailer is a pseudonym

  • Attorneys spar on whether GOP minimum wage move 'a slap in the face to the people'
    The Detroit News

    Attorneys spar on whether GOP minimum wage move 'a slap in the face to the people'

    Lansing — A Republican maneuver to weaken minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives was "an insult to our Constitution” and a "slap in the face to the people" who had petitioned to put the measures on the ballot, Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud argued Wednesday before the Michigan Supreme Court.  Republican legislators are asking the state's highest court for an advisory opinion on whether they had constitutional authority to amend the initiatives in last year's lame-duck session to make them more business-friendly. The court's decision could influence likely lawsuits and future legislative action. “The people who proposed (the minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives) never anticipated