Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
In an interviewwith Christiane Amanpour Tuesday, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, raised the level of her animus towards Republicans by saying, "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for."
The comment has sparked a national discussion about Democrats' recently acquired propensity to discard civility in favor of violence and bullying tactics. Some, like former Attorney General Eric Holder have supported Mrs. Clinton by suggesting that when Republicans go low, Democrats should "kick them." While others, like Senator Heidi Heitkamp, have called such comments "ridiculous."
From my standpoint, the statement begs another question. If Hillary Clinton in referring to the Republican Party says she cannot be civil because it is trying to destroy those things for which she stands, then what exactly is it that Mrs. Clinton stands for?
According to the Republican Party's platform, it stands for American exceptionalism. It affirms the concepts put forth in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights, and that amongst these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It believes that freedom and economic freedom are indivisible. It believes that people, not government, are the greatest stewards of our God-given resources. Republicans wish for peace and insist on strength to guarantee it. It seeks friendship with all peoples and all nations, and it is devoted to the support of the men and women of our military, our law enforcement officers, and our first responders.
And what are Republicans trying to destroy? They are trying to destroy all remnants of racism and discrimination. They are trying to combat socialism and collectivist philosophies whose aim it is to destroy personal liberties. The Republican Party is trying to destroy anti-Semitism. It is trying to destroy oppression, especially if that oppression stemming from ignorance. It is trying to destroy unwarranted violence, lawlessness, and anarchy.
So, after reviewing the things for which the Republican Party stands and those it adamantly opposes, the question for Mrs. Clinton is: exactly what are those things that she stands for that she believes the Republican Party is trying to destroy? Really. It's an honest question. If you can't be civil with a party that is destroying those things for which you stand, and that party is the Republican Party, then what exactly do you stand for that would be so onerous to Republicans that they are out to destroy it? And please, Mrs. Clinton, don't cop out by fashioning your response while including the words "President," or "Donald," or "Trump," because the things that Republicans stand for as well as those they are trying to destroy are much bigger than any one person. At the very least, they are certainly bigger than the disdain any person may have for another.
So, please, Mrs. Clinton, answer the question. I eagerly await your response.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.comto arrange a lecture or book signing.