Your hierarchy of conservatives represents the egocentric, tribal impulse, where everything, like a child, works slowly outward from the self — me, my family, religion, race, region. It is the reptilian brain of the lessor evolved intellect. The primitive ego abhors change. This is why a lying ego maniac like Trump fits right in with the conservative Republicans, except for the moderates who have already abandoned the party or are about to, not counting dopy Ryan.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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