Republicanism

The Wikipedia entry on Republicanism in the United States states:

Republicanism is the political value system that dominates American political thought since the American Revolution. It stresses liberty and rights as central values, makes the people as a whole sovereign, rejects aristocracy and inherited political power, expects citizens to be independent and calls on them to perform civic duties, and is strongly opposed to corruption.

How is it that the Republican party has drifted so far away from this ideal? What has happened to our liberty, our individual rights, and why does the Republican party continue to attempt to roll back these basic tenets of American democracy time and time again (for example, the general Republican campaign against the ACLU, which is an organization created to protect our civil liberties)? Where is the rejection of aristocracy and inhereted political power?

I think that if any of these values were true today, then I should by all rights be a Republican. Let me know if they are ever able to find their way back.

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