Radical right should not control Republican Party

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:
“Thou shalt not compromise,” is the first commandment of the hard right. “With the radical right, it is either rule or ruin.”

These quotes are from an article by Fletcher Knebel in a Dec. 28, 1965, Look magazine article. In the article, the Repub-lican Party was warned that the John Birch Society wanted to take control of them and the government. Republicans said that could not be allowed.

Today, however, the Tea Party members have gained power over the majority of the Republican Party in govern-ment. They are mainly respon-sible for the shutting down of the government and the refusal to raise what is called the debt limit. They threaten interna-tional economic disaster.

The John Birch Society was started by Robert Welch in 1958. Fred C. Koch of Wichita was on the first executive committee. Many of the John Birch Society meetings were held in Koch’s home

Now his sons, Charles and David Koch of Wichita, are pouring a vast amount of money into the support of the Tea Party and hard right causes.

In 1965, John Birch members were accusing our President Dwight Eisenhower of being soft on communism and accusing his brother of being a communist. Today the Tea Party and other far-right groups have called President Barack Obama a communist and a noncitizen. For them and too many other Republicans, it has been, “Thou shalt not compromise” and “rule or ruin.”

We need two strong parties in the United States of America. The radical right should not be in control of the Republican Party.

Marie Peterson

1520 Williamsburg Drive

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