Nicholas Kristof: Legendary Figures in Republican History

A thought from Nicholas Kristof, writing in today’s New York Times about how the Republican Party has lost itself and is not the true Republican Party of the time before Ronald Reagan:

“….the original Massachusetts moderates were legendary figures in Republican history, like Elihu Root and Henry Cabot Lodge. Theodore Roosevelt embraced progressivism as “the highest and wisest form of conservatism.” Few did more to promote racial integration, civil rights and individual freedoms than a Republican, Earl Warren, in his years as chief justice. “

My how far they have strayed! Now the Republicans strain to show themselves as each more rash, hostile, angry, anti-everything than the others.

from Charles Kolker

See also:

Progressive Republican Presidents and Others


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