Intolerant Republicans

By From page A5 | February 17, 2014


The Mountain Democrat continues to be flooded with letters condemning Democrats, and I’m challenging their premise.

Mr. R. Smith, a prominent Republican in the area, with his sharp pen and very little tolerance for Democrats, says that they “are taking away freedom” and “they are so obsessed with power they will continue to deceive.”

The fact is that Democrats are wimps when it comes to controlling people and governments, unlike the Republicans in recent history.

It’s been the Republicans, in their Republican-controlled states, who have stepped in the way of “woman’s health care” and taken away “people’s right to vote.” Standing in line for “hours” to vote, which happened in Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina and Florida to name a few, were all controlled by Republicans. That is not freedom to vote.

Shutting down to one precinct in a whole county in Florida, which had 11,000 registered voters (normally 2,000 to 3,000 voters per precinct), is not protecting a voter’s freedom.

Forcing doctors to do procedures or read statements to their patients is not freedom.

Forcing people off the voting rolls because a governor says they are illegal, with no evidence, and the elections department’s officials fight to keep their names from being removed because they are legal voters is not freedom.

And the one that hits home the best is when a Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio had his sheriff’s deputies following people around who were collecting signatures for a recall election, and his deputies harassed the people who signed the petition. That one got Old Joe pulled into court. How much freedom did the people who signed the petition have?

Smith’s letters are an excellent example of that great American statesman and Republican Colin Powell who said, “My party has a dark vein of intolerance.”

The “Grand Old Party” had long since drifted away from the very basis of good government and freedom for all, and intolerant Republicans with sharp pens, such as Mr. Smith, are a prime example.

Garden Valley

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