Here’s the bad news. Almost daily we get threats from GOP spokespersons claiming that all forms of retribution are possible if the party doesn’t get its way: Defunding health care, privatizing Social Security, abolishing the departments of Justice and Education, ignoring immigration reform, overturning environmental and civil rights legislation or, in a fit of desperation, entirely shutting down the government. Of course, that shutdown would not apply to paychecks for members of Congress.
Now for the good news. We have mainstream Republican friends and family who are moderate and compassionate and do not approve of the GOP’s fear-mongering message. We …