I watched the recent “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” TV mini-series on PBS, and it was enlightening. I didn’t know, or had forgotten, that in 1912 Teddy Roosevelt, who had earlier been a Republican president, ran for president again as a third-party candidate for the Bull Moose Party. He had broken away from the Republican Party because he was progressive-leaning, and they were not.
“The parting of the ways has come,” Roosevelt said. “The Republican Party must stand for the rights of humanity, or else it must stand for special privilege.” It’s sobering to realize how little has changed since then.