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If Republicans want to become the majority party, they're going to have to change.

They're going to have to stop building up their own identities by tearing down the identities of others.

They're going to have to stop feeling comfort only with the familiar, and start embracing the new and different.

They're going to have to stop hating and denigrating people of color, and GLBT people, and non-Christians.

They're going to have to start respecting and appreciating women as complete human beings, and not only as baby-makers and cooks and house cleaners.

They're going to have to start respecting and appreciating women as capable of making their own decisions about their own lives and bodies.

They're going to have to start accepting that the decisions women make about their own lives and bodies are nobody else's business, unless specifically chosen for such by each individual woman.

They're going to have to start accepting that the love lives and sex lives of every consenting adult is none of their business unless specifically chosen for such by each individual consenting adult.

They're going to have to start at least minimally understanding science, and accepting such basic scientific truths as anthropogenic climate change and human evolution and the basic workings of human biology.

They're going to have to stop believing that the ability to bomb other countries into oblivion somehow makes a nation cool.

They're going to have to stop believing that the natural resources of other nations are the inherent right of any other nation to exploit.

They're going to have to stop believing that natural resources are anyone's inherent right to exploit.

They're going to have to stop believing that the people of other nations and other cultures are inherently less human or valuable than the people of America.

They're going to have to stop believing that the greatest measure of a person's worth is that person's financial net worth.

They're going to have to stop believing that money and capital are more important than people and the environment.

They're going to have to stop believing that the way to succeed is to prevent others from succeeding.

They're going to have to stop believing that from those to whom much is given little or nothing need be given.

They're going to have to learn to think, to feel, to care, to sympathize and to empathize.

They're going to have to understand in the marrow of their bones that we are all in this together and that we are all, individually and collectively, one another's keepers and caregivers.

If Republicans want to become the majority party, they're going to have to change: they're going to have to become Democrats.

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