Re " 'Conservatives' were Dems" (Letters, Aug. 23): Tony Rohl wrote to complain that William Endicott had shamelessly rewritten history about conservatives being on the wrong side of history by opposing freedom for the slaves, then he went on to say that the Republican Party was formed as a anti-slavery party. Although Rohl is right to say that the Republican Party was the anti-slavery party, he made a huge error in equating the current Republican Party with the Republicans of the 1860s.
The Republican Party of today is constituted of the same conservatives who used to be the Southern Democrats. It was the "southern strategy" of Richard Nixon that flipped the old Southern Democrats to today's Republicans. So Rohl shamelessly distorted what was said by Endicott. Conservatives have always been on the wrong side of history.
-- Al Sharief, Lincoln