Curiosity Killed the Cat!

Again my curiosity gets the best of me. I am ever curious as to how you “Make America Great Again” by abolishing all the aspects that made it great in the first place. It seems analogous to reviving the automobile industry by eliminating the internal combustion engine, rubber tires and hydraulic brakes. But, what I have come to realize is how much the Republicans hated this country in the many years prior to Donald Trump. Obviously President Reagan– who we once believed was their icon– was not a supporter of dictatorships (“Mr. Gorbachev…tear down this wall!” -1987); or of eliminating immigration (“Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands.”-1981); on abolishing free trade (“I’ve seen in my lifetime what happens when leaders forget these timeless principles. They seek to protect industries and jobs, but they end up doing the opposite. One economic lesson of the 1930’s is protectionism increases international tensions.”-1983). Yet, in a little more than a year, and with the unwavering support of a Republican Congress, POTUS has cut these values to the bone. So I’m curious. What was it about President Reagan’s policies that so aggravated the Republican Party that they so bravely hid from us and only now can openly and unswervingly support the policies of Trump and his abolishment of almost all of them? And I continue to wonder, how was it I missed this hatred of country in the many years of associating with Republican friends and neighbors. Curious, indeed!

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