The elephant in the room, folks, is that the “elephant” is no longer in the room. Not the elephant we used to know. Not the Grand Old Party. The party of Lincoln and Reagan.

The law-and-order party, as in the “we are a nation of laws not of men and no one is above the law” party. The pro-NATO, pro-UN, anti-Russia party. The laissez-faire capitalism, anti-deficit party. The party that stood up to a crooked Republican president and impeached a Democratic one for lying to Congress.

That party no longer exists. Disappeared. Vanished. Hijacked and twisted into something inexplicable, intransigent, delusive, hypocritical, blindly and deafly tribal — a party whose leadership has shed its ethics, courage and moral compass along the way, that has turned its back on truth and the will of the people as it bows down to the most dangerous, corrupt, and inept president in modern American history.

In the impeachment trial, 52 Republican senators swore to God to be fair and impartial jurists knowing full well that they had no intention of honoring that oath. Evidently, to these Republican senators, an oath sworn to God is just another preliminary parliamentary procedure with no more significance than a roll call. An oath sworn to God.

At least that meant something to Sen. Mitt Romney. The other 52, more concerned about their own futures than the future of the country, followed leader Mitchell McConnell’s ignominious march to the beat of the White House drums. So much for representative democracy. It has been struck a staggering blow, and only we the people can resuscitate it.

We the people have to go to the polls and save our democratic republic. Replacing all of the Republican legislators who have turned their backs on the democratic process and placed party above country is unrealistic; however, voting out the key players — those most strident, hypocritical and dishonest in their servility to Trump — is very doable and necessary.

The most cogent point is that the GOP is no longer the GOP. It’s the Trumpian Party that is rushing, eyes wide open, toward the abyss of authoritarianism — dictatorship. If you think that’s hyperbole, what do you think this president, unchecked, who will not be overseen by Congress and who the corrupt justice department says cannot be held accountable will become if not a dictator? Every day he shows us who he is and what he wants to become.

We’d be foolish to think that cannot happen in America. Read Madeleine Albright’s “Fascism: A Warning.” Historically, Albright explains, infamous dictators, e.g., Mussolini, Hitler, Erdogan, Putin, came to power by being voted into office by naive, angry, misinformed, and polarized citizens with the complicity of obsequious, self-serving legislators and rigged elections.

Our Republican legislators have moved us closer to that abyss. But again, they are Republicans in name only. Do not support them simply because you have always voted Republican. The Republican party no longer exists. That elephant is no longer in the room.

James Templer lives in League City.

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Claudia Burnam

Obviously a Democrat or RHINO wrote this article. I have been a Republican since 1960 and will continue to support President Trump and his policies 100%, E G Wiley

Don Schlessinger

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Gary Miller

Claudia> Ditto!

anthony arevalos

only a foolish ostrich could believe Reagan could support this imitation of presidential leadership, if it fits one has to wear it

David Hardee

This article is total hyperbole opinion. No substantial evidence presented. Mentioning Romney and recommending “Madeleine Albright’s “Fascism: A Warning.” Historically, Albright explains, infamous dictators, e.g., Mussolini, Hitler, Erdogan, Putin, came to power by being voted into office by naive, angry, misinformed, and polarized citizens with the complicity of obsequious, self-serving legislators and rigged elections.” as sources of credibility is ludicrous.

American society has for 50 years been in decline. The GOP bears no more responsibility then the Democrats. Draining the federal government swamp is the first step to stop the decline.

M. FARRIS

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Jack Cross

This is the same James Templer who for 15 years sat back while a socialist Michael David Smith almost destroyed the college. Years ago a group of veterans and respected citizens attended the board meeting and begged the trustees not to grant tenure to an admitted socialist. Templer and his professor buddies were the ones who recommended tenure. The college whet through 15 years of lawsuits, several failed bond elections that were badly needed. Finally a group of us said enough was enough and went on a mission to recruit and help elect the board we have to day along with the very good president of the college. The results speak for themselves.;

As to the political charges he throws out against the president, it is difficult to take Mr Templer serious when he ignored the real crimes created by government agencies that have control against our lives. When these agencies are used against American Citizens for political reasons we all are in danger. When citizens lose trust in the Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA, we are getting close to the likes of Cuba and Venesuela. When a high ranking College official cast aside the blindfolds of lady justice and accepts unequal application of the law then people should pay attention. it wasn't republicans who destroyed records and beat cell phones with hammers. It wasn't republicans who refused to let the FBI inspect the dnc server, It wasn't republicans who paid to use foreign spies to did up dirt on a opposition president before and during his election, then lie to the fiser court to start an illegal investigation and that is just a part of the deep state corruption. And Mr. Templer is upset with the man who is trying to clean up this mess.

Charles Douglas

Thank you Mr. Cross for your detailed analysis of the events concerning this blatant attack on American civil liberties, rights and freedoms which Americans from different periods of our past gave their blood, sweat, and tears, ...even sacrificed their lives that this country would remain a society of and for free citizens! A place an individual could live, and work hard to earn a living for himself and his family without having a boot of oppression on his neck from an overbearing government! These were the basis on which this country was founded so many years earlier by our founding fathers! All this hard work and sacrifices ..just to have a bunch of LEFTISTS come along with their thirst and hunger for power, which energized and provoked them to attempt to destroy our work ethics, abolish our borders, and ignore our Constitution! They have no problem in protecting illegals who breaks our laws from prosecution! They hate our police, & they want to dismantle ICE! They favor terrorists over our own military, and foreigners over our own citizens! This party representing the DEMOCRATIC party of today is in total disarray presently, and though the prior Democrats the likes of Robert Kennedy, and Tip O'NEILL were far from perfect, this present Democratic Party is a total disgrace to those who came before them. They have a front runner who is an avowed SOCIALIST, who favors tearing down our values, our ethics, and bringing this country to its knees, so they can institute a new form of government like the one CUBA has, or the one Venezuela has. They want A country where everybody is mediorcre, and possess no more than is needed. The government will become so intrusive, it will tell you what time to get up in the mornings, and what size of soft drink you can drink. They will tell you what kind of closes you can were, and what kind of automobile you can't drive. Frankly I see blue and gray uniforms are on their way back into our lives just as they were in the last civil war we had here!

Jack Cross

Mr. Douglas, the alternative to getting rid of trump would be to destroy the great economy we are enjoying and replace it with the sorry bunch of democrats who would undo everything that is going on and continue with open borders and bankrupt the public-school system and burden the county with massive debt paying for the education, delivering of babies and welfare for anyone in the world and then protect them in sanctuary democrat run failing cities. Not very smart Mr. Templer and not the reason I and other veterans fought to protect.

M. FARRIS

Thank you Jack. A voice of reason! I always enjoy reading your take on issues!

David Hardee

Jack, thanks for the BIO info on this professor of socialist ilk.

Gary Scoggin

If you can’t rebut a man’s ideas, attack him personally. Jack, I’m disappointed you felt the need for a personal attack here.

Carlos Ponce

The "elephant" is still in the room and a braying jackdonkey can't get rid of it. Did I post "donkey"? The Republican opposition now sports a hammer and sickle.

Ray Taft

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Ray Taft

The Democrat party is the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, blatant corruption, and the destruction of our God given rights.

The Republican Party is the party of the American Worker, the American Family, and the American Dream!

Vote to elect Republicans and to re-elect President Trump to Keep America Great!

Bailey Jones

The Republican Party is now the party of Trump. That's what Republicans wanted, that's what Republicans got. For the rest of us, there's schadenfreude, and popcorn.

David Hardee

Trump-ism is the restoration process back to conservative values for the GOP. The draining of the swamp is the process cleansing the bureaucracies of political hacks posing as "public servants". Together they may be able to restore integrity, honesty and morality to our society.

Carlos Ponce

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Claudia Burnam

We Republicans have more schadenfreude than dems. E G Wiley

Claudia Burnam

Also if dems get their "new green deal" farmers won't be growing your popcorn. E G Wiley

Ray Taft

Unfortunately for America, what happened in the Democrats’ debate in Las Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. Americans witnessed that today’s Democrat party is willing to gamble away our future with socialist policies. They saw that their party is willing to cheat on their debate rules to benefit a liberal billionaire, but not others less fortunate.

The Democrat Party is in the midst of a full-scale meltdown. Americans are watching the party of JFK be torn apart by anti-job socialists and anti-worker globalists who want to control every aspect of Americans’ lives. This train wreck is nothing compared to what they would do to our country.

Maris Helfrich

Good article, Mr. Templer. And I include a quote from it that is so worrisome to us who care about our Democracy: "The most cogent point is that the GOP is no longer the GOP. It’s the Trumpian Party that is rushing, eyes wide open, toward the abyss of authoritarianism — dictatorship. If you think that’s hyperbole, what do you think this president, unchecked, who will not be overseen by Congress and who the corrupt justice department says cannot be held accountable will become if not a dictator? Every day he shows us who he is and what he wants to become."

Paula Flinn

I agree with your opinions, Maris Helfrich. I believe most of the people in the country, unlike the people here, can see the truth about the current president.

Carlos Ponce

Yes we can, Paula. It's a darn shame people spread so many untruths about the President. It won't stop, not even after his re-election.

Lisa Gray

This "opinion" piece is a prime example of Trump Derangement Syndrome. It must be sad to have so much hate for a President that you can't see beyond your own emotions. As we endured President Obama and his disastrous presidency and survived, so will you. The next 5 years will be hard for those with this authors mindset, but one thing is for certain, President Trump and the GOP are here to stay. Peace!

Claudia Burnam

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Dalton Logan

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Gary Miller

Lisa> DITTO!

Charles Douglas

[thumbup]..Yes'um .. Ms. Gray. You are more right than East Texas Rain! Those who love this country....this country called AMERICA, will not relax like the biblical farmer did,..which allowed the enemy to come, and "sow" weeds among his wheat crop planted! We will stay alert unlike our prior Republicans did when they allowed "weeds" like Lieutenant Vindman to betray us. It did me a lot of good to see Vindman "PERP- WALKED" OUT of the WHITE HOUSE, under escort! He deserved more than that for masquerading as a Public Servant but really being a "SWAMP" CREATURE!!!

Jarvis Buckley

I do believe our President is succeeding in exposing the deep state & draining the swamp in Washington D.C. while the Obama administration left well over 150 vacancies in the Judicial system it shows their lack of concern for the laws of our land. One thing Obama’s administration did do however is stack the federal employees in Washington with progressive left wing democrats that would leak classified information & fight our Presidents policies in every unethical way possible. This President has shown that he has the will of steel fighting off the onslaught of the

Unethical democrats attempt to discredit him at every turn. Of course there are talking heads in every walk of life in every community that spews the democrats doctrine. But come Nov. 3rd. 2020 our President will be elected by a landslide. The deep state will all be fired soon after. The wall will be completed. Our military will continue to be the strongest in the world.

Our economic growth will continue to reach new records. We will continue to be respected

throughout the world & the unemployed deep state will be standing in the unemployment

line. Every day is a good day. Keep America

Great. Trump 2020.

Charles Douglas

Hear....Oh...Hear...Mr. BUCKLEY!!!! AMEN. [thumbup]!!!

Gary Miller

When we elected Trump we didn't know close we were to becoming a north American Venesula or Cuba. Trump has fought headwinds of liberal lies and still has the energy to finish the job of draining the DC swamp. Vote Trump. Vote GOP. With the House and Senate Trump could do much better a lot faster.

Bailey Jones

Can't wait until Trump pardons his latest crony, Roger Stone.

Carlos Ponce

Roger Stone is asking for a retrial because of a juror's tweets (Tomeka Hart - the anti-Trump jury foreperson). He may not need a pardon with an unbiased jury.

Jim Forsythe

Judge in Stone’s case, Amy Berman Jackson.

Stone had argued that the unidentified juror “should have been removed for bias” because the juror “is employed in a division of the Internal Revenue Service ‘that works hand-in-hand with the Department of Justice prosecuting criminal tax matters,’” and because they ”‘violated the Court’s order to avoid media coverage of the case,’” Jackson wrote.

The judge noted that there was nothing in the juror’s questionnaire or their testimony to support Stone’s claim that the juror works “on criminal matters or interacts with the Department of Justice at all, much less that” the juror “works ‘hand-in-hand’ with Justice Department lawyers prosecuting criminal tax cases.”

Jackson also noted that the juror works on ”’civil tax administration, mainly for large and international businesses, and they do not even refer matters to the” Justice Department.

Trump complains about Tomeka Harts tweets . Barr complains about Trump tweets. Result, Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison.

Bailey Jones

I have to hand it to you Carlos, that much spinning would make me nauseous.

Carlos Ponce

That's NOT the reason why Tomeka Hart should not have been impaneled, Jim.

Carlos Ponce

No spin, Bailey.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos does love his Kool-Aid.

Mike Meador

ANOTHER DEMONcrat.......James Templer and Michael D. Smith[alien][alien][alien]

Wayne D Holt

Imagine a world where all we knew were the actions of people involved in our organs of government. No Republicans, no Democrats, no Socialists, no Constitutionalists, no Greens...only their words, their actions, their decisions were available for our inspection. No national committees dominated by the extremes on either end of a political spectrum so far from most Americans we can't even see it. No name attached to any action so all the Trump and Pelosi one liners were incomprehensible.

I think it's plausible that many Republicans would be surprised to find themselves to be Democrats, many Democrats would be surprised to find themselves to be Republicans and the rest of us would have to fend for ourselves.

Would that not be an improvement over our present situation? For myself, I use a (i) after my name. Even Independents (I) are getting roped into an Independent bag these days.

Bailey Jones

Wayne, I thought I replied to this but don't see my comment. Rather than write it again, I'll just give you a [thumbup]

Charles Douglas

Give credit where credit is due! My Parents taught me that! So hats off to Bloomberg for the Thousands and Thousands of people, lining up to hear him speak! Many of them camping out for as much as two days in line ahead of time, to ensure they got a seat!!! OOOOoooooh!!!!! WAIT!!!! Pardon me! That would be TRUMP-DIESEL everybody is gravitating to, NOT BLOOMBERG!! My Bad..I,..got mixed up there for a second. Is this the man ( Trump )..that Hairy legged QUID PRO QUO JOE is suppose to beat like a DRUM? Joe can run though. He ran out of New Hampshire so fast after he got his Butt handed to him, that he threatened Carl Lewis' track record I bet! He sent a video thank you to his supporters he ran out on! They did not know he ran out on them!!! I would never want this guy in a fox-hole with me fighting, let alone leading me in a fight! Interesting who he ran to, folks South Carolina! He scurried down there insulting the intelligence of the folks down there! Only thing about that is he is losing support there too. Lolo

Joshua Moore

Good, the Republican party needed to stop being limp wrist, and finally have someone carry out their campaign promises. After last night's debate, the choices could not be clearer. Chose between socialists/ communists, some nanny who tried to ban any soda larger than 16 oz. or Trump.

Charles Douglas

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Jim Forsythe

It's a long way to November, and anything can happen. Thing like Russia interfering in out elections may happen.

Charles Douglas

Yeah Jim, we know. You are about what MIGHT ...or....IF this comes about, THIS could affect this ...ahh.we know! Hey, hear that GORGGORLING sound? That is the sound of the "SWAMP" being DRAINED by Trump Diesel! Another promise made, ANOTHER promise kept! What we don't get this year,...we will nail their skins to the wall NEXT TERM!!!!! Lololollo. Know what Jim? We could have another FAKE ,HOAX ,COSTLY, MADE-UP Democratic Investigation for the purpose of another impeachment too! If the DEMS got it in them, I say bring it on! I ALREADY know how this horror show turns out. Lolo

Jim Forsythe

Things have a way of happening. Trump may even blame Joseph Maguire for what Trump thinks Maguire did wrong. Trump may even replace Joseph Maguire with Richard Grenell. Russia’s may even try and show support for Trump. You never know.

Carlos Ponce

Democrats are placing their bets on OCTOBER SURPRISE!!!!

Gary Scoggin

No October surprise will work. There is no fact that would cause the Trumpists to abandon him.

Carlos Ponce

"Trumpists", as you define it are not enough to carry the election. This year's OCTOBER SURPRISE will be multi-faceted. The OCTOBER SURPRISE for 2016 was Stephanie Clifford but the timing was ill-conceived and reeked of a last ditch effort - a ruse. Even today Democrats cry "Stormy, Stormy, Stormy". And then they tried to pull the exact same stunt in Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation. Problem is they didn't line up their ducks in a row and lacked collaborative witnesses. This time they'll get some to "agree" with the story they create."Oh yes, I remember...." And they'll swear on a stack of Bibles their lie is true. Desperation has no bounds.

Carlos Ponce

Russia tried to interfere but not one vote was changed. They try to create dissension among the American people but only succeed among Democrats. Democrats fall for Russian social media postings like a hungry fish to a fake lure.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, you are thinking in the past.

Carlos Ponce

It never ended, Jim. Soviets favored JFK. It's been happening for a LONG time. Russians didn't care who won in 2016. Mueller testified they campaigned for and against Trump and Hillary. They wanted to sow the seeds of distrust in the American election process. Liberals fell in for their trap.

Charles Douglas

Everything that the DEMS try, or every lie they tell, or every SHAM, every HOAX, every Fake FISSA warrant made up, it will BOOMERANG back on the DEMOCRATS! This is the year of the BOOMERANG! I Love it too! Whatever the DEMS, Fake NEWS, NEVER TRUMPERS, or DEEP STATE try, if will double back on them like it has been doing! I got this from a very reliable source!! So you guys have at it! I have been belly-laughing for months and months now! It is just so amazing to see this thing going down like it is supposed to! That DEMOCRATIC high priced debate on TV last night was a hoot......and a travesty! It was PITIFUL, and PARTHETIC!!! They mirrored the Democratic Party exactly, out of which they came, ....being in Total Disarray. L ololo. I guess my 500 ACRES and 50 Jersey MULES are gone down the drain, and REPARATIONS, I won't accept! I wish the DEMS would ask BLOOMBERG to come up with those MULES though! I'd give them to charity! L ololo

Charles Douglas

Another thing of note, when TRUMP won the Presidency, every Tom, Dick, and Harry figured they could do the same! Old Quid Pro Quo Joe is one, and Buttigieg is Another! Crazy Bernie, Warren, and of All people BETO AND BLOOMBERG! BLOOMBERG is one who is finding out that what Trump makes to look like a cake walk is like climbing a mountain blindfolded for him! This should be an Obama teachable moment to them all!!! Lololo

Paula Flinn

It should be getting exhausting trying to defend the corrupt criminal that is the current President. Everyday he does something violating someone’s Constitutional rights, obstructing justice, or reversing Obama’s environmental regulations. Pretty soon the country will be “dirty” again, just like him.

The people who testified before the House Intelligence Committee during the impeachment

hearings were telling the truth. They swore an oath to tell the truth. Some of them were in on the call when our president tried to invite a foreign country into our election. Because the Senate Republicans were cowardly, they did not do their jobs they swore oaths to do. In fact, they have voted against election reforms that would safeguard our future elections.

The Republican Senators were worried about losing their seats and their power by going against Trump. They took the cowardly way out.

Now the president is trying to influence the judicial trials and sentencing of his friends. AG William Barr is complicit in this. This goes against the Founding Fathers idea of a Democratic Republic with 3 equal branches that do not overlap.

That is why I am voting for Democrats. They support the truth, the Constitution, and not the corrupt, pathological liar we have as our current President.

Carlos Ponce

Judging from the number of people voting for Democrat candidates in Galveston County we have nothing to fear.

Paula Flinn

“We are free to dislike a man elected to the presidency, to detest the lies. to deplore the actions that weaken our 3 branches of government, to despise attacks on our Constitution and to deplore the use of everything negative to buy votes and control a base. We have a right to speak out against such behavior, to expect elected members of BOTH parties to protect voting rights especially against foreign interference. We must get out and VOTE.”

Patricia M. Short

Carlos Ponce

Patricia M. Short must have written that during the Obama administration.

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