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This On Being article A Left-Wing Son Celebrates His Republican Dad by Parker J. Palmer reminds us of how our politics used to be.

“In case you’re not up on what the GOP stood for in Eisenhower’s day, the 1956 Republican Platform pledged to provide federal assistance to low-income communities; protect Social Security; provide asylum for refugees; extend the minimum wage; improve the unemployment benefit system so it covers more people; strengthen labor laws so workers can more easily join a union; assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.”

“Along with a lot of other folks, Republicans and Democrats alike, I’m trying to keep the faith in a country whose current “leaders” know the price of everything and the value of nothing; have deluded a lot of people with fool’s gold and sleight-of-hand; put self, family, and cronies ahead of the common good, and are bereft of the generosity that helps create the Beloved Community.”

Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy.