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Reasonable Republicans need to take back their party

Posted: February 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

There are Republicans who believe in more limited government as well as supporting a woman’s right to choose.

There are Republicans who believe in more reasonable taxes and that liberty is not contingent on sexual preference.

There are Republicans who believe in a strong national defense but are uncomfortable with civilian access to military-style weapons.

They believe that those who disagree with them are not the enemy. They’re our friends and neighbors and the other parents at Little League games.

There are more of these politically orphaned Republicans than you’d think, and their dilemma is that no matter who they vote for, they’ll betray some strongly held belief — a dilemma sadly perpetuated by the Republican candidates running in the 25th Congressional District.

It’s hard to hear the message of limited government coming from Steve Knight and Tony Strickland, who’ve both had a government paycheck their entire adult lives.

And it seems somehow inappropriate for people whose families enjoy government-provided health insurance to be so adamant in preaching the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

But what comes through loud and clear is their support for “traditional families,” “pro-life” and unfettered access to weapons that fire 75 rounds in under 10 seconds.

We are losing our party — the party that stands in the way of government intrusion and seeks to protect our children from crushing debt. The party that values education, hard work and personal responsibility.

We are adding fuel to the fire of those who think Republicans are too extreme and intractable.

These “social” issues blur the true picture of our message. It’s time to take the party back and demand a more reasonable voice ... and as we do so, inspire others to do the same.

Can we find a reasonable Republican for the 25th Congressional District?

 

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