Culture Wars/Current Controversies

The Strange New Doctrine of the Republican Party

Don’t worry, David. Israel is still going to get its money and weapons.

By David Frum The Atlantic

The GOP’s version of freedom puts greater priority on right-wing cultural folkways than on rights of property and ownership.

About the author: David Frum is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy(2020). In 2001 and 2002, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

In 2002, the Weyerhaeuser paper mill in Valliant, Oklahoma, faced a drug problem. Managers at the mill in the small town, just north of the Texas line, brought contraband-sniffing dogs into the parking lot to identify suspect cars. The dogs pointed out a number of vehicles. When the cars were opened, the contraband inside was not drugs. It was guns. A dozen employees lost their job.


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