Did you know in Indiana a law was actually, if one can believe it, passed by the Indiana Republican legislature and signed by its cowardly Republican governor (to even his own dismay) giving citizens the right to shoot police officers if they deem them a threat? Yes, as Jack Parr would have said "I kid you not." The governor did, in fact, sign the monstrous bill.
The "Patriot," Tea Party, and an array of other right wing extremist heretofore fringe groups have now found a home within the legitimate Republican Party one of the only two Parties that provide a path to elected power and leadership in this nation. The Republican Party has opened a Pandora's box. It has unleashed heretofore minorities on its periphery and now has accepted them within their ranks to gain money and power. These previously fringe groups are eating the mainstream Republican Party alive.
The Republican Party is NOT most definitely the Party of Lincoln nor is it the one that we knew even during the Eisenhower years. As a matter of fact both Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, too, would not be welcome in the Republican Party of our day because they were not ideologically right wing pure enough. There is no leadership within the Republican Party that can contain the cancer that has invaded its ranks, spread throughout its body and threatens to extinguish the life of this nation.
Therefore, we on the other side of the political spectrum and those of us in the middle must choose the only Party -- the Democratic Party -- that offers some sanity, compassion, diversity and hope for our poor, our elderly, our sick and our disabled. It offers a path to citizenship for millions, it offers relief for students and help for our children. It offers economic sanity for our nation's economic health as well. We must resist this menace before it eradicates our republic and promotes yet another civil war in our nation. Yes, it COULD happen again but we must not let it.
Therefore, I urge you to read the letter pasted below sent to me from the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization dedicated to the monitoring of domestic terrorists and to legally fighting their threat. The letter explains in more detail the right wing violence that recently occurred. Please read it, support this organization and, if you can, give to it. It is a force for good. And then in all elections across the country VOTE for and support progressives and Democrats in November. The very life of our republic is at stake!