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To the GOP: I still like Ike

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In listening to tonight’s Republican debates held at the Reagan Library, I went into the mindset of being a Republican and having to choose between all ten candidates. What most of my readers may not know is that at one time, I was a Republican.  It was during the nineties when I witnessed the extremist right-wing religious faction take hold of the party, it left me wondering if there was room for moderate Republicans within the party. 

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The last straw for me was when this new brand of Republicans impeached President Clinton.  That is when I switched to Democrat.  I did not leave them, they left me.  Even if I stayed, I would have realized my beliefs would not be mirrored within it.  Leaving a party is a hard decision, because it becomes a person’s identity.  If truth be told, I do not always vote straight party line, and never have.  I vote for the person whose beliefs best mirror mine.

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During that political Salem-witch-hunt known as the Clinton impeachment, this new brand of Republicans foolishly derailed the nation’s business when it came to terrorism.  Not to excuse the former President for bad acts, but was it really in our best interests as a nation to go that route?  One only has to look at September 11th as a prime example.  Perhaps if this new brand of Republicans were doing their job, leaving President Clinton to do his and more importantly working together, those that died on September 11th, would still be alive today.  Was the impeachment of Pres. Clinton that important?

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