Former precinct committeeman and longtime Republican Chris Ladd recently resigned both from his position and his party. His resignation letter, posted to GOPLifer, shares some incredible insight into his decision.
In his letter, Ladd discusses the fact that compromise is a primary component of working in any political party. He makes a bold statement when he writes, “there is no moral purity in politics.”
Ladd then takes things a step further, asking,
‘If compromise is the key to healthy politics, how does one respond when compromise descends into complicity?’
Ladd provides an answer, of sorts, to his question:
‘To preserve a sense of our personal moral accountability we must each define boundaries. For those boundaries to have meaning we must have the courage to protect them, even when the cost is high.’
Ladd then spent time describing his experience working with the Republican party. He points out that he feels the Republican Party on a national level has been struggling for some time.
‘At the national level, the delusions necessary to sustain our Cold War coalition were becoming dangerous long before Donald Trump arrived. From tax policy to climate change, we have found ourselves less at odds with philosophical rivals than with the fundamentals of math, science and objective reality.’
Ladd describes more missteps on the part of the GOP, but he also points out that he had hope still. “Remaining engaged in the party implied a contribution to that renaissance, an investment in hope,” he writes. But he then adds, “Donald Trump has put an end to that hope.”
Ladd joins the ranks of many Republicans who have decided to leave their positions because the GOP with Trump at its head is not a GOP they want to be a part of. He writes about Trump, whom he calls a demagogue and a “toxic figure”:
‘From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative – a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character.’
Ladd writes about the temptation to “shrug and soldier on” in order to preserve the Republican party. He describes House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans who have chosen to stick with the party and support Trump, saying they have “decided on complicity” in their attempt to compromise.
Ladd has some strong words about this compromise:
‘Our leaders’ compromise preserves their personal capital at our collective cost. Their refusal to dissent robs all Republicans of moral cover. Evasion and cowardice has prevailed over conscience. We are now, and shall indefinitely remain, the Party of Donald Trump.’
Making his disappointment in the direction his party has taken abundantly clear, Ladd finished his letter as follows:
‘I will not contribute my name, my work, or my character to an utterly indefensible cause. No sensible adult demands moral purity from a political party, but conscience is meaningless without constraints. A party willing to lend its collective capital to Donald Trump has entered a compromise beyond any credible threshold of legitimacy. There is no redemption in being one of the “good Nazis.”‘
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