A letter from a Republican to Thom

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louise (not verified) 12 years 16 weeks ago
#1

Here is is...Best, Thom

Thom,

For over 25 years, I was a registered Republican, listened to RUSH, Hannity, et al, and pretty much was lock step with the conservative platform with a few minor exceptions such as religion and other social issues. I believed that fiscal conservatism and responsibilities were the platforms for my party and personal responsibility and freedom were better supported by the Republican party.

Then came W. When George W sent us into Iraq, I remember exactly where I was and I shook my head in disbelief because I knew we were doing the wrong thing. The following 7 years made it very difficult for me to continue reconciling my personal beliefs with the party I thought I belonged to.

Enter Barak Obama. During the primaries, I remember actually telling someone that I was afraid of Barak Obama. I didn’t know a thing about him. His name was scary to me. (I am ashamed to admit this). After reading Mr. Obama’s life story and listening to his ideas and the eloquence with which he articulated them, I had a sudden change of heart. This led me on a journey which included “Commanding Heights” (the documentary from PBS which superbly explains the history of our 2 parties), listening to programs like yours and watching MSNBC on a regular basis. By the time the election got here, I was a 100% converted. I was in shock that I could have been a Republican ever to begin with.

A word of caution: This all leads me to the reason for my Email to you. I have been listening to some of your callers who are afraid that President Obama is a Manchurian candidate, etc. The truth of the matter (as I see it) is that it is very difficult, if not impossible to accomplish anything major in our system without some balance and moderation. That is what I love about President Obama thus far. His wisdom and intelligence are noticeably remarkable. I believe that being able to negotiate and invite your opponents to the table is vital to success as a politician and I am very grateful that we have this in our current President. I have found that your program and the way you express your views is quite consistent with my own.

Thank you for sharing your life with us the way you do. May you be successful and prosperous.

Don, CA

Jon Griffith (not verified) 12 years 16 weeks ago
#2

The operative word in Don's letter is "LOCKSTEP" ! That alone shows us that the clueless, who follow without questioning, are likely to be Republican. Nothing more need be said. Their history and their failures confirm it all.

Kristen Roland (not verified) 12 years 15 weeks ago
#3

I think it is commendable that Don is able to come over from the dark side. There are many republicans who are very unhappy with their party at this time, I just wonder how many will be able to vote Blue in future elections. Time will only tell.

ToddMalone (not verified) 12 years 14 weeks ago
#4

I wrote in Ron Paul's name.

Over the past 75 years, democrats have controlled the House 78% of the time, the Senate 72% of the time, and the White House 52% of the time. Between 1933 and 1999 (66 years), the democrats controlled ALL THREE AT THE SAME TIME for 33 years. Republicans? Two.

So given those stats, how is it that so many people STILL look to democrats to make their lives better?

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