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Embrace civil liberties, GOP

Embrace civil liberties, GOP

As is tradition, the New Year has sparked a wave of resolutions. As a declaration of our aspirations, resolutions help us plot a course to self-improvement for success and longer, healthier lives.

In that vein, if the Republican Party hopes to continue its own moment of success, it must resolve to forever lose the dog whistle it borrowed from the Dixiecrats long ago and re-embrace its civil rights legacy.

The dog whistle has hung around the necks of some GOP politicians for decades and has been used as a tool to appeal to the most reactionary part of its activist base during contentious election cycles. Barry Goldwater used it to become the self-appointed GOP ambassador to the...