As many know, I was once a staunch Republican. I voted for George H.W. Bush twice. I voted for George W. Bush but that’s where it ended. His decision to invade Iraq along with the emergence of the Tea Party was all I needed to leave the party and for a while, be listed as independent. When John McCain tapped Sarah Palin as his running mate, I had wondered how far off its rocker the party would go.
Enter Donald Trump.
Last Thursday, on national television, I watched Donald Trump mock, belittle, and insult President George H.W. Bush, man who at the age of 18, after Pearl Harbor, enlisted in the US Navy to become an aviator, a decision that lead to him being shot down in battle and rescued at sea but losing a crew member. Later, he ran for congress, became the American Ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and eventually president of the United States of America.
Donald Trump mocked and belittled President George H.W. Bush, a veteran who served his country for most of his life, now a frail elderly man who recently lost his wife, and the Republican crowd in attendance applauded in full support
I no longer wonder how far the Republican Party will go; I now fear how far it has gone and how much of this nation it has under its control.