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An open letter to Republicans...

...because I know there are a few Republicans who read this.

This is going to sound snarky, but it's not.

I would like to congratulate you on the trouncing that the Republican Party took earlier this week.

I'm serious.

Are you a Republican who believes his party has been stolen by the wingnuts and the tinfoil hat brigade? Are you a Republican sick of "Republicans in name only" who lead the party? Are you a Republican who isn't happy with minority factions driving the party platform and policy?

You've got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here, an opportunity greater than the one that a McCain/Palin victory would have given you.

This loss has forced the Republican leadership to take al long hard look at the party and what it stands for. It's time for you to contact your Congressmen and the party leadership, and tell them what you think.

I'm not going to ask you to tell them they need to reject their conservative principles. I may disagree with some of those principles, but they're representing folks who agree with them.

I am going to ask you to tell them they need to look at their methods.

Is the Republican Party going to be an impotent and obstructionist opposition party, clinging to party loyalty and old grudges and embracing the fillibuster that they only 3 years ago tried to put an end to, or is it going to be a meaningful participant in the next session of Congress?

Is the Republican Party going to embrace victimhood or move forward?

Is the Republican party going to continue on the road of division and fear, the wedge issue campaigning of Lee Atwater, Roger Ailes and Karl Rove?

There's a good chance that, if you're a Republican and reading this, you don't have a Republican congressman to call your very own. Chances are your neighbors are hostile to Republicans.

Why?

Because we, city dwellers, are campaigned against as being unpatriotic and not being real Americans.

Because we, ordinary educated coastal California working folks who may make more than the average wage-earner elsewhere but probably still have the same amount of money left over at the end of the day, are campaigned against as chardonnay swilling latté sipping elitists.

Because we, queer Americans just working our way towards full equality, are campaigned against as the destroyers of civilization.

Because we, the folks who aren't in the Christian majority and just want to practice our religion or even no religion, are campaigned against as dangerous terrorists and threats to your children.

In spite of the passage of Proposition 8 here in California, the Presidential election showed us one thing: A hope-based campaign can defeat a fear-based campaign. Campaign for something, not against your opponent's supporters.

Let your Congressmen and the Republican Leadership know that.

Comments

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yourbob
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
I just heard a Republican Strategist, who was introduced by Chris Matthews as a "decent guy" say that he thought Obama's ideas were "dangerous for America". (Ron something, missed his surname). Not "unwise" or "incorrect" but "dangerous".

If that's what the supposedly moderate spokesmen are saying, truly moderate Republicans do really need to speak up. If they don't, they will find themselves with the choice of a hate-based party or having even less say when they feel forced to switch parties (wherever they move).
djmermaid
Nov. 8th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
hear, hear!
ericlarson
Nov. 8th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Well stated! I hope that more Republicans would take that attitude.

I do know of some people who have registered as Republicans whose intention it is to try to work their way up the ranks and try to make the Republicans more moderate. I wish them all the luck.
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