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(3,569 posts)
Tue Mar 22, 2016, 09:35 AM Mar 2016

"An Open Letter to My Republican Friends"

"An Open Letter to My Republican Friends" -

Dear Cherished Friends,

The Republican Party has become intellectually and morally bankrupt, a mockery of its traditions — corrosive to our society, our civility, and our capacity to govern. This is not a temporary condition; it is woven into the fabric of the party. Unless and until it reverses course, you should take your votes and money and walk away.

I never thought I would presume to say this. I respect that your allegiance is rooted in considered beliefs and years of loyalty which, at the beginning of my political journey, I shared. I certainly don’t think I have all the answers, and I enjoy exploring our differences. You inform me, correct me and, most generously, tolerate me. You care, as do I, about the world we are leaving the next generations.

Our friendship far transcends our political beliefs. We share each other’s celebrations, enjoy each other’s successes. I value your advice. You’ve helped me through hard times, and some of you have helped my kids as well. You are loyal friends, generous members of the community, and deeply committed parents and grandparents. My world, and the larger world, would be a grayer place without you.

Knowing you as I do, I know that you are troubled by the direction of your party. Little wonder — you are mainstream Republicans whose mainstream has run dry. But I also accept that, for you, the Democrats may not be the answer — that you see them as feckless devotees of identity politics and too much government, don’t trust Hillary Clinton, and believe that Bernie Sanders would drive us off the fiscal cliff. I’m not writing to quarrel with these beliefs. Nor do I suggest that unchallenged dominance by the Democrats would serve the country well.

More here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-north-patterson/an-open-letter-to-my-repu_b_9497274.html

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"An Open Letter to My Republican Friends" (Original Post) ghostsinthemachine Mar 2016 OP
I wouldn't have to buy any stamps if I wrote that letter! BillZBubb Mar 2016 #1
Man, EVERYONE I know is a Republican ghostsinthemachine Mar 2016 #2
This is an Outstanding "Letter"-Highly Recommended Stallion Mar 2016 #3


(10,650 posts)
1. I wouldn't have to buy any stamps if I wrote that letter!
Tue Mar 22, 2016, 09:42 AM
Mar 2016

I don't have any republican friends that I know of. Nor do I want any. Some right wing relatives, yes, but don't we all.


(3,569 posts)
2. Man, EVERYONE I know is a Republican
Tue Mar 22, 2016, 10:24 AM
Mar 2016

Including the people I am hanging with right now (and have not decided whether to show this to or not). My best friend has never voted for someone with a D next to their name in his life.

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