In the conduct of today's Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness. It displays an insatiable lust for power and wealth, an impulse to prey upon the vulnerable, a preference for conflict over cooperation, a persistent dishonesty, and a willingness to sacrifice the greater good for selfish advantage.
I just got off a plane in New York after a teaching in Europe for three weeks. I was a little jet-lagged but very excited to meet my friend, Katrin, in the city for a special evening. We had plans to attend a performance of one of the theatre's most celebrated singers, Patti LuPone, performing her much celebrated "Lady with the Torch" cabaret show.
The Guardian uncovered an internal ALEC document that proposed a "loyalty oath" that ALEC state chairs must take that states: "I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first." That's right. They aren't supposed to put the interests of the taxpayers who elected them first.