I think the right wing shift away from Democracy is very real.
I believe that is not so much that the Republicans are un-American or traitors. I believe they want to bring down government by the people and for the people and make it government by the wealthy corporations and for the wealthy corporations.
Read “Republican Gomorrah” by Max Blumenthal and “Blood and Politics-The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream” by Leonard Zeskind. Both books give a parallel history of the extremist movement that was on the fringes of the Republican Party in Eisenhower’s day and is now at the center of the Republican Party.
Freedom and Democracy require work from ordinary citizens. The desire for freedom may be in equal opposition to the desire to let someone else make decisions for you.
President Eisenhower saw first hand that the war criminals of Nazi Germany were carpenters, plumbers, bakers; just ordinary people. He fully understood that the same kind of ordinary people lived here. I believe that was the basis of his fear of the fringe element that existed in the Republican Party of his day.
It is not a fringe element anymore.
“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim.”
Brad Woodhouse, Democratic National Committee