A slew of questions about Republicans

The USA Today editorial on Page 4A of your July 11 edition began: “How appropriate that President Donald Trump’s announcement of his Supreme Court nominee preempted part of ABC’s The Bachelorette … a program in which a woman chooses a fiancé.”

I have never watched The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but the beginning of this one caught my attention; ten or twelve handsome men who could easily win the hearts of dozens of beautiful women, competing for a skinny woman who looks more like an 11-year-old boy with long hair wearing a dress. And indications that the losers will be so devastated they may stop just short of suicide.

Are American fans of “overly dramatic reality shows” so gullible as to believe this lack of reality? But rather than address the issue in this editorial, please allow me to go back to an issue well-covered in your last Friday and Saturday editions. Two front-page articles, an editorial and a letter to the editor all concerning Russell Walker, the candidate who captured 64 percent of the Republican primary vote.

Republican Representative John Szoka said: “While Mr. Walker won the Republican primary, his rhetoric and actions have no place in the Republican party…” If this is true, why did Walker win the primary? Scotland County GOP Chairman Mark Schench said: “True Republicans believe in being considerate of others.” And that is good, but how many inconsiderate racist anti-Semites like Walker have infiltrated the Republican party in recent years? Giving credit where credit is due, Walker openly admits and even boasts about his racism, but how many new Republican voters are gullible listeners of the self-appointed Republican leaders of conservative talk-radio? How considerate are those hosts? How much racism is disguised in their brilliantly spoken “code” rhetoric, yet clearly heard by people looking for justification of their hatred and racism?

Walker’s lawsuit concerning Confederate flags pinpoints an interesting parallel. If defenders of Southern Heritage had opposed the adoption of a revised version of the Rebel Battle Flag by white supremacists, would it have been degraded to the level of the Nazi Swastika by hate groups? Likewise, if true Republicans had opposed the degradation of their party by the hate-spewing spin-doctors of talk-radio, would white supremacist candidates invading their party be winning Republican primaries? Since “Mark Schenck described Walker as a ‘bully’ who disrespects those that disagree with him,” do you see another parallel? How many of the Republican national primary candidates could have won the popular vote as well as the electoral college, if talk-radio “bullies” had not promoted the “bully” that lost the popular vote? How many “true” Republicans stayed at home, rather than vote for an insult to Republican morality and principles? And how many newly registered Republican victims of “overly dramatic” talk-radio spin replaced them at the polls?

Thank you for allowing me to ask.

Robert C. Currie Jr.