LETTER: Today's GOP too reminiscent of Confederacy

No one should be surprised by the sentiments voiced by the candidates and crowd's response in the South Carolina Republican primary.

First and foremost there is a reason that the U.S. Civil War started with the attack on Ft. Sumter, S.C. The echoes of that treasonous act are alive and well today in the public face of much of the GOP. Almost all of the Republican presidential candidates are the direct result of the conversion of Dixiecrats to Dixiecons -- the Southern Strategy applied at the national level.

What you see and hear is not just, as David Brooks wrote in the New York Times, "the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return" but the result of lives based on fear and hate rather than compassion and hope. What has become of the honest, forthright Republican? What we have on the public stage are Regressives, not Conservatives.

-- Julius Hayden