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What are the Republican Party values? I was raised in a Republican household and I was taught that “our” party was the party of principles and values. It seems that party no longer exists:

Family Values: If my children were still young, I would never let them listen to our president because of the constant name calling, vulgarity and profanity.

Moral Majority: Never has there been a more immoral leader in our country. While there are sadly countless examples, bragging about sexually assaulting women, and paying hush money to porn stars and Playboy bunnies for affairs is neither moral nor what the majority approves of.

Honoring the Military: The leader of the Republican Party is a draft dodger who has the audacity to denigrate one of this county’s great war heroes, John McCain. If that weren’t sufficient, he referred to those carrying the Nazi flag, which so many brave Americans died to defeat, as “very good people”.

Honesty: Never has one individual so blatantly used “alternative facts” to subvert the truth. Despite what Giuliani may say, truth does exist and we must depend on it to make informed decisions. The government of the USA must never be an agent of false propaganda.

Religious Foundations: While giving nearly constant lip service to “Christian Values” Republicans are violating all of them. Well, as Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them”, ouch!

Civility: Somehow all of the above nearly pales to this one. I was taught that politics comes with the obligation of respect. In addition to individual name calling, referring to one’s opponents as “evil people” who should be “locked up” is an affront to fundamental American Values.

My mother also taught me that “as you sow, so shall you reap” so to those who will say the Democrats are also behaving badly at times, I say that is sadly a consequence of a totally poisoned Republican Party.

My hope is that in the future the Republican Party can return to its roots, that as a society we can find what unites us and stop this incivility.

STAN LINDSTEDT

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