Brian Birdnow
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In the face of continuing pressure the GOP officials and faithful must look to last Saturday, September 12th. The hundreds of thousands who descended on Washington to protest Obama Administration excesses are a natural Republican constituency. The party must react sharply to the racism charges and must cultivate this emerging Republican majority. It is crucially important that GOP elected officials show real leadership now and prepare to fight rather than make a deal. Only time will tell if the Party actually sees the light this time.

In the meantime, what is to be done? The people must keep pressure on elected officials by continuing to attend rallies, meetings, and forums. We must work in our smaller spheres by sending messages to Congressmen and state legislators, and sending letters to the editors of local newspapers. We must urge our elected representatives to politely, but firmly refuse to compromise, seek consensus or make any deals that deliver socialized medicine to the USA, no matter how pretty the wrapping paper. This is a fight that can be won. We must realize that it will not be easy as the other side begins to hurl the toxic rhetorical accusation of “racism” into our midst, and we had best prepare for the heat to increase along with the stakes. The Republican Party has made remarkable progress during the last few months and now is the time to press this fight to a successful finish.

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Brian Birdnow

Brian E. Birdnow is a historian and teaches at a university in the St. Louis area.