If you consider yourself a Republican, that’s not a bad thing; we need two strong parties with ideas to deliberate and find compromise; that’s America. However if you support this group which calls itself ‘Republicans’ in Washington today, you are not a true Republican; you are simply wearing a label, not a philosophy.
Joe Scarborough is a former member of the House of Representatives. He is now the co-host of “Morning Joe,” a political talk show on MSNBC, along with Mika Brzezinski. The hosts appeared on ‘Late Night with Stephen Colbert’ Tuesday. During their interview, Scarborough announced that he is leaving the GOP and becoming an Independent. If you know anything about me, I firmly believe that if you consider yourself an American, you should be an Independent. Neither party has all of the best candidates, or at least that was once true.
Political parties encourage uninformed voters. They ask that you vote according to a letter next to a name on a ballot, and not on the individuals qualifications and position on the issues.
Scarborough cited the “Republican party’s refusal to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric during his campaign as well as his slow reaction to distance himself from David Duke, a politician and white nationalist who has had ties to the Ku Klux Klan.”
He also placed attention on eight years of George W. Bush’s failed financial policies, placing our nation in trillions of dollars of debt. He stated that this is not a ‘Republican’ or ‘conservative’ result from good governing.
Of course I must point to a fact all Republicans would like to ignore. It was Ronald Reagan who created ‘trickle-down economics,’ and when he left office in January of 1989, our nation was one-trillion dollars in debt, and the unemployment rate was at 10 percent. The working class has always thrived under a Democratic president, and suffered under Republicans.
Independent voters choose the best candidates. They are not urged to vote for extremists such as Steve King, Ted Cruz, or Rand Paul. Our goal is to put the best people available in Washington. Both parties have faults, even when they are true to their principles. When the GOP returns to the Party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, or Eisenhower, they will offer well-qualified candidates once again; candidates who serve the American people, not rule over them.
Joe did it, and so can you. Join us; we are the ‘good guys.’
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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