Remember when Republicans sold their agenda as one of “family values?” Healthy, happy families were their greatest good.
They did drop a hint or two that their sincerity was less than total. They had the old dog whistle, too — messages that only racists could hear. Nixon’s southern strategy, Reagan’s racist’s sly and wicked campaign kick-off at the site of those slaughtered civil rights workers. Those were isolated incidents. Maybe.
Now we have a drumbeat, a theatre of outrage. Children in steel cages and a 90 percent Republican approval rating for Trump. No isolated incidents. It looks as if the Republicans have found their souls.
BILL O'NEILL, Menomonie