No Longer Ronald Reagan's Party

The Republican Party used to be the party standing for a strong defense.  This was true from at least the Goldwater times.  In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ronald Reagan strengthened the GOP's commitment to a strong military and simultaneously devoted much time to explaining this issue to the American people.  He frequently reminded Republicans of various stripes that the GOP was a three-legged stool, consisting of social, fiscal, and defense conservatives.  Each of these stools belonged in the GOP, and none of them was more important than the others. Thus, the GOP was kept united, and the country was kept safe. In 2000, another Republican president re-committed the GOP to the goal of a strong defense, after twelve years of continous defense cuts. Since the late 2000s, however, Republicans have been abandoning this commitment and principle, with the result that nowadays, most Republican politicians, and the party as a whole, are no longer committed to a...(Read Full Article)

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