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Letter: Trumpism drives longtime Republican to switch parties

Trumpism drives longtime Republican to switch parties

To the Editor:

Well, I tried. I was a Republican for decades, and even remained one after the unfortunate election of Donald Trump. I hoped that decency would prevail within the Republican Party but, sadly, support for the inept Trump has continued. The remaining principled conservatives have either jumped ship or joined the Trump cult.

Therefore, I am announcing a change in my political party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. I do not take this action lightly, as the Democratic Party has problems too, and I remain fond of a number of local Republicans. I remain a centrist. The GOP used to be the home for political moderates but has steadily moved in an ideologically extreme direction. The embrace of Trump is the final straw.

Even without Trump, it appears that a philosophy of “Trumpism” has infected the Republican Party. Terminally. Hence my need to change. Ideally, we would have a centrist political party made up of disaffected Republicans and Democrats. Until then, I am a Democrat.

While the Republican Party is troubled, so is the Democratic Party. There are many Democrats who identify with “democratic socialism,” and view mainstream Democrats as the enemy. I even read a post that ridiculed anyone who thought of Hillary Clinton as a “liberal” – these extremists evidently consider her to be conservative. Crazy, I know. Their hero, Bernie Sanders, was not and is not a Democrat. He abused the Democratic Party for his personal ambition by running in their primaries and caucuses in 2016. This year, he is up for reelection as senator. He ran in (and won) the Vermont Democratic primary, a trick to ensure he will have only token Republican opposition, having kept real Democrats off the ballot. Once re-elected, he will continue to be an independent, not a Democrat.

Still, overall, the Democratic Party with its flaws is be a better fit for moderates like me than the GOP. The Trumped-up Republican Party works mainly for the interests of the rich, faking a veneer of concern for working class people. Democrats reject that classism and work for the best interests of all Americans.

Stan Perrin                                                                           

Crystal Lake

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