The Republican Party used to be (at least in terms of their rhetoric) all about "smaller government" and "less spending" and "individual freedom".

They have actually never in my lifetime really been about "individual freedom" (think the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, when they were opposed to just about everything involving racial integration), bur really began to drift through the dark mirror back in the late 1970s when the Jerry Falwell-instigated "Moral Majority" energized Christian evangelicals (who have forever been enamored of authoritarianism) into political action. We are now seeing the fruits of those seeds planted decades go.

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