Political Party or Threat to our Democracy?

Republicans: Political Party or Threat to Our Democracy?Is the Republican Party abandoning our Constitution and dismantling our democracy?

The Republicans first became prominent under the leadership of our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, champion of democracy, freedom, and equal rights for all. But today, the party has left Lincoln’s ideals far behind, advocating and tolerating policies that are inconsistent with—and therefore compromise—America’s constitutional democratic principles. The GOP also has become a cult of personality, no longer a true political party.

How did this happen?

In Republicans: Political Party or Threat to Our Democracy? Author Thomas Graham Jr. vividly details the history of the Republican Party and draws insightful parallels between the two major existential crises in our nation’s history: the Civil War and the current moment. With anguish for what the GOP has become, but with hope for the future, Graham—who promoted arms limitation and peace as a senior US diplomat for nearly 30 years—shares his vision for a peaceful return to the principles and integrity of great Republican leaders like Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan, and to the stability of the strong two-party system that built our great nation.

No one is better qualified than Tom Graham, a former ambassador with a long, distinguished career in government service, to explore the history of the Republican Party from its founding forward. His fine new book reveals and helps explain the deepening tragedy of that party’s increasing shift to authoritarianism, which threatens to destroy American democracy. 

—Richard Rhodes

Pulitzer Prize laureate for The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Thomas Graham Jr.

Republicans: Political Party or Threat to our Democracy?

Indy Press, 2022. [ISBN 978-1-0879-5271-0]


John Jay’s Journal, with Friends 2017-2021

John Jay’s Journal, with Friends: Explorations into the Trump Administration, 2017-2021, 3rd Edition, by Thomas Graham, Jr. accompanied by friends Elizabeth Turpen, David Bernell and Ethel White (Lulu Press, 2021) ISBN: 978-1-6671-8911-6

How would that highly talented group of individuals generally referred to as this nation’s Founders comment on events today affecting the republic they launched in 1776 and established thereafter? What would the Founders think about the Trump administration and its attendant atmosphere of vituperative partisanship? This small book explores that subject. On issue after issue—immigration, the character of public servants, corruption, the right to vote, freedom of religion—the Founders have much to say. The author who writes under the name of John Jay, among other pursuits has been a university professor who has taught and lectured at many universities and schools of higher learning in the United States and abroad. He, along with a few friends, show us how to have a conversation with our Founders about what is most important to us today.

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