Letter: Chris Stevenson, Purcellville

Editor:  As a conservative political activist, my morning cup of disgust, already overflowing, completely drenched the kitchen table and then spilled onto the floor when I read last week that the RNC praised the president. They strained at a gnat in their approval and swallowed the demagogue camel.

Once he leaves office, a “de-trumpification” process will have to course through the Republican Party’s veins if they are to once again be a worthy part of the American experiment in self-government. And the Loudoun County Republican Committee is not exempt.

The process should include at least the following declarations:

The Republican Party embraces the lessons of history and hereby denounces demagoguery, and in sackcloth and ashes confesses that appealing to voters’ fears and prejudices has been ruinous to the country, most notably its children. We declare rational debate as the party’s only tool to persuade voters.

We now reject pathological dishonesty and embrace honesty as the only way to operate in the public trust.

We champion a free press as an essential American political institution and admit that treating the press as an “enemy of the people” was irresponsible, foolishly immature, offensive to voters’ capacity to think for themselves, and the beginning of tyranny.

We once again declare that goodness, kindness, care and humility are the hallmarks for conservative governance.

Chris Stevenson, Purcellville

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