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Letter: Republicans Give up Moral Leadership for Lunatic Lies

A retired Republican attorney who says he feels politically “homeless” since Trump won the 2016 election submits this letter to lament the victory of lies and lunacy over leadership in the GOP:

Dear Editor:

Calling all Conservatives.  The real ones.  Not the phonies.  Ones whose cornerstone values are the Constitution, the rule of law, and institutions that make those possible.  When are you going to take your Party back?  Yes, you who used to call yourselves Republican before your brothers and sisters swallowed the Kool-Aid of Putin’s puppet.  And you, who still hold onto the Republican label, just because you have no place else to go.  A political party without a moral core grounded in reality, not self-delusion, eventually self-destructs.

I am no fan of Joe Biden.  But he did identify Vladimir Putin as a war criminal.  Donald Trump called him a “genius.”  What do you think?

The big lie that Trump won the election worked well.  Now it’s a litmus test for “real” Republicans.  It didn’t matter that when it came time to produce evidence in open court, there was none.  Believing mattered more than evidence.  Intelligence has nothing to do with it.

Why was selling the fraud so easy?  Because the lie was aimed at minds who want to be lied to.  Even Donald Trump was booed when he told people to get vaccinated.  When you invite people like that into your party, the lunatics eventually take over the asylum.  The ones who know better, but are in the game to get power, have no choice but to bobble their heads along with loonies.  Courage only makes you a target.  Just ask Congresswoman Liz Cheney.  That is why the Republican Party today has so few moral leaders.  Who’s following them?

The joke is anyone who challenges the delusion is called a “RINO.”  The fact is: many real Republicans have already left.

James Tweed
Ocean City, NJ
[submitted to Dakota Free Press 2022.09.08]


  1. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-09-10 17:42

    I thought about writing a caustic, nasty reply to James Tweed via DFP, but it’s not worth it.

  2. Jake 2022-09-10 18:16

    Sorry, Bonnie, but he’s right on the money. Today’s RC Journal has a similar themed Republican letter to editor taking on his GOP party-check it out.
    One timeless saying I learned long ago; Look around you-in 5 yrs you will be just like the people you surround yourself with. How true, in today’s MAGA world of GOP fanatics following trump off the edge of a cliff like lemmings following the Pied Piper of Hamlin…..

  3. Arlo Blundt 2022-09-10 18:32

    Most interesting thing I’ve seen today (other than a couple great football games) was noting that Fox News is running a puff piece documentary on (hold your breath) George W. Bush. I take it as a signal the Fox boys and girls have finally turned on Trump as Bush and his family are anathema to Trump and the Trump-ets.

  4. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-09-10 20:20

    Thank you, Jake. The last time I tried to access the Hot Springs Star/Fall River County Herald online, it was owned by the Rapid City Daily Journal, which, in turn, was owned by Lee Enterprises, tidily hidden behind a paywall which I refused to subscribe to because I thought both papers were lame and partisan rags.
    I will do more reading tomorrow.

  5. leslie 2022-09-10 20:31

    Moisés Naím, a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:

    [When Liz Truss took power this week in London, she became the United Kingdom’s fourth prime minister in six years. In Israel, voters are about to hold their fifth election in less than four years. And of course, here in the U.S., many Americans still refuse to accept the results of the last presidential election]

    People are disappointed at the underperformance of democracies. Democracies are having a very hard time fulfilling the dreams, expectations, needs of the population…external shocks change things dramatically, what we’re seeing with inflation, for example, or of course, climate change, terrorism.

    Italy is going to have an election very soon, and a candidate that has its origins in the fascist movement is likely to win. Brazil – the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has said, you know, he’s questioning the system, and he probably wouldn’t leave the government if he loses the election.

    [Witness] larger-than-life figureheads at the center of the drama – Boris Johnson in the U.K., Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, Donald Trump in the US [are] victims of the expectations they cannot fulfill by traditional methods. So…they have become populists in terms of stoking divisions that the country has… “divide and conquer” becomes a requirement to survive in politics, then…polarization…and multiplying the wedges that fragment society…amplified by social media and the consequences it’s having on our political behavior. [So] citizens need to start thinking that democracy is not cheap in terms of real time and commitment and engagement…voting every four years…may not be enough. They need to strengthen their ability to detect charlatans and lies and populist behaviors. Citizens need to be more citizens and just less of the dwellers of a country.

    [In] Glasgow last year for the U.N. climate summit…a clean energy researcher [thought] democracies are so unpredictable…that to solve big, long-term problems like climate change, autocrats like Xi Jinping in China might be more reliable partners because they can set a path, choose a policy and stick with it, while the U.S. might do a 180 every time a new party takes power.

    [Despite disinformation] we have global problems…the pandemic, climate change, global inflation. None of these problems will be solved by any country acting alone, even a superpower. You need countries who work together, and if that doesn’t happen, it…feeds into the perceptions of underperformance and disappointment that people have against the government.

    Moises Naim. His latest book is “The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats Are Reinventing Politics For The 21st Century.”

    The job of Democrats.

  6. larry kurtz 2022-09-11 08:07

    Today’s oxymoron: Republican leadership.

  7. John Dale 2022-09-11 10:34

    Trump’s biggest success, which led to much turmoil, was that he refused to give the fundamentalist Christian hard right their holy war on America by firing General Flynn?

    He is an exceptionally moderate President who put America first in the policies he pursued, which crossed a huge swath of American investment in China and resulted in the deep state push back.

    America is/was being sold-out .. looted, really.

  8. John Dale 2022-09-11 10:37

    The election fraud was going on for decades.

    America has a uniparty.

    Trump caught the deep state in the act.

    That’s the truth the way I see it (and wrote about it):

    I welcome feedback on my book.

  9. grudznick 2022-09-11 10:38

    Mr. Trump is one of the bastages among us.

  10. larry kurtz 2022-09-11 10:55

    The Supreme Court of the United States caused 9/11.

    Al Gore would have retained Bill Clinton’s security apparatus as the intelligence community was connecting the dots Mossad and IDF were leaving ahead of the event. Angel would not have been in the air that day if the plot had been uncovered.

    That the buildings were dropped into their footprints with explosives during what some describe as a military/Deep State coup is entirely plausible. As we circle back to the events of 11 September, 2001 it’s important to remember that had SCOTUS actually heard Bush v. Gore and ruled for Al Gore rather than upholding Jeb’s secretary of state (massive election fraud in Ohio notwithstanding) the entire head-lopping W performed on the chain of command would have been avoided. And, when you’re appointed POTUS by your brother(s) or your father, you lop all the heads of those with whom you do not agree when you come to office because you’re focused on deposing Saddam, the winner of the first Gulf War. CIA analysts were threatening to resign ahead of the event as the Bush cabal bobbled the ball.

    There is little doubt in my mind that damning evidence linking the Trump Organization to the Port Authority and beyond was destroyed on 9/11. It’s impossible the Obama Administration didn’t know Donald Trump was being installed by a hostile government. The Deep State put Trump in the White House because they’re the Mob,

  11. All Mammal 2022-09-11 11:50

    The Patriot Act was a huge spoil that came along with the domestic axis of evil takeover. If it is raw evidence (the real kind. The kind you can see and prove) Dr. Leonard Horowitz provides it

  12. leslie 2022-09-11 17:23


    SCOTUS responsible-is curious take, but intention or supportable supposition!?

    Explosives conspiracy seems as silly as “Antifa did it” watching in real time. Hard evidence?

  13. M 2022-09-11 17:25

    I thought it was refreshing to read James Tweed’s honest opinion of his beloved party turned fascist. No one around here would admit to that even though they might think it and of course they say they vote Republican, but I know some do have a conscious.
    I quit the Libertarian party when Rand Paul drank the Kool aid. He’s embarrassing and doesn’t represent anyone I know but he gets the most press.
    I did join the South Dakota Democratic Party in January but have heard from no one since.

    It took some chutzpah to write what James did.

  14. leslie 2022-09-11 17:28

    “and if that doesn’t happen, it…feeds into the perceptions of underperformance and disappointment that people [John Dale this book is for you!] have against the government.”

  15. leslie 2022-09-11 17:30

    go to meetings M!!! i did a got immediately elected precinctperson

  16. leslie 2022-09-11 17:33

    M, above:

    “citizens need to start thinking that democracy is not cheap in terms of real time and commitment and engagement…voting every four years…may not be enough. They need to strengthen their ability to detect charlatans and lies and populist behaviors. Citizens need to be more citizens and just less of the dwellers of a country.”

  17. larry kurtz 2022-09-11 17:41

    The Trumps and Bushes have been competing crime families since the Dulles brothers plotted and executed JFK’s assassination. The paper trail is much too voluminous to post here and the conspiracy that put Trump where he could jury-rig the SCOTUS has deep roots in the bowels of the Kremlin.

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