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Opinion: America's most important political battle

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The most important political battle raging in the United States today is not between Democrats and Republicans, or between the President and critics in the Senate, or even between liberals and conservatives, writes Frida Ghitis."The most crucial battle is one that is not receiving the attention it deserves: the fight for the soul of the Republican Party."

(CNN)The most important political battle raging in the United States today, the one that will potentially have the greatest impact on American democracy, is not between Democrats and Republicans, or between the President and critics in the Senate, or even between liberals and conservatives.

The most crucial battle is one that is not receiving the attention it deserves: the fight for the soul of the Republican Party.

Or when Republicans in Georgia stood firm in rejecting Trump's relentless pressure to overturn the election in their state.

Republicans are locked in battle about what kind of a party they will be: one that stands for conservative values and seeks to craft legislation in support of those ideals, or one that will continue drifting to the extremes, breathing life into lies that rile up the base while undercutting faith in the country's democracy.

A new poll from Reuters/Ipsos found that 60% of Republicans believe the Big Lie, the false claim that Trump won the election.

And, nearly half of all Republicans believe the latest outgrowth from the Big Lie, the New Lie -- Trump's claim that instead of the deadly violence by his supporters on January 6, the day Congress was certifying Biden's winning vote count, the rioters were "hugging and kissing" the cops in what was nothing but a peaceful protest.

This is not about Republicans deciding if they are conservative or moderate, it's about deciding if the party will respect the truth, democracy, and some manner of principle other than what is good for Trump and those seeking favor with him.

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