One of my former bosses, who was a die-hard Republican, posted the following on social media:
Today, I notified the District of Columbia Board of Elections that I have changed my party affiliation from Republican to Independent. To paraphrase President Ronald Reagan, I did not leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me. I took this step with a heavy heart because my values have not changed. I am now, like I was when I joined the Republican Party, and proudly served the House Republican Conference and the administration of President George H.W. Bush, an economic and budget conservative, social issues moderate, and foreign policy hawk. What I am not, is a Fascist, and I believe my party, the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan, has nominated a textbook Fascist running on a platform based on fear, hatred and intolerance. It has nominated a man whom I believe does not respect our Constitution and the rule of law. To see what a Trump government might look like one only as to look to how the convention counted the votes of Alaska and the District of Columbia. They didn’t even need the votes, but they took them anyway. Several times in my life, I have sworn an oath to my country that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. It is my strongly held view that this election is the first of my lifetime that puts that oath at risk, and it is for that reason that I have changed my party affiliation and will not vote for the Republican candidate for president.
So here's the bit that I would love to hear your thoughts on -- when someone is a self-avowed foreign policy hawk, yet moderate on other issues, do you consider them to be a fascist?