Arnold Schwarzenegger has published an interesting opinion piece, where he stands up for Republican values (free enterprise and small government), while decrying the small-mindedness of the current GOP orthodoxy.
in the current climate, the extreme right wing of the party is targeting anyone who doesn’t meet its strict criteria. Its new and narrow litmus test for party membership doesn’t allow compromise.
He says that many previous Republicans, including Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, and even Reagan would not pass this test.
Then he points out the irony of the current Republican party:
Republicans love the free market, so it should seem like a no-brainer that the more views we have at the table, the better our final product will be.
I agree. Why is it that the party that claims to be for individualism and competition, acts more like a totalitarian regime bent on total thought control of its members?
I know this won’t make me popular with either liberals or conservatives, but I still like Schwarzenegger. I think he made an honest effort to be a good governor of California, and I wish there were more moderates like him.