Chairman, Durham GOP
Dear Mr. Jarvis:
About your letter to the Herald-Sun.
I used to be a Republican, and over the years I’ve voted for many GOP candidates including numerous GOP presidential candidates. I believe in traditional GOP principles, such as limited government, fiscal responsibility and the need for individual responsibility.
However, the current GOP has abandoned these principles and I have left the party for the following reasons:
• Both parties must set minimum qualifications for its candidates, which include human decency, competence for the job, good personal character, freedom from corruption, honesty, lack of bigotry, respect and compassion for others. Donald Trump fails on every one of these qualifications. The Republican leadership should spell out its qualifications for candidates and adhere to them. The GOP should never have supported Trump as the nominee. I would have voted for Kasich. Trump has made so many bad decisions, engaged in so many corrupt or criminal activities, appointed so many bad, ill-suited people to high positions for the wrong reasons, that it is beyond the scope of this letter to list them. Trump is the laughing stock for all the world leaders of our allies. Instead of “draining the swamp” he has enlarged it and made it slimier.
• Today’s GOP places higher priority in protecting Trump rather than checking his excesses. Devon Nunes, for example, has been particularly egregious in placing protection of Trump first, rather than doing his job properly as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Today’s GOP leaders, with the exception of a few like Flake and McCain, have been wimps, afraid as hell of holding Trump honest in his job. GOP leaders have been and are big cowards, and they are not doing their job properly for the American people.
• The recent tax cut bill is the height of fiscal irresponsibility; it will add over $1 trillion in new federal debt over the next several years. It gave a huge tax break to the super-rich, when they don’t need it. Now the GOP makes noises of cutting Medicare and Social Security to partially fund the tax cut for the super-rich.
• I believe that health care should be affordable for all. Many working people cannot afford their own health care. Over the past three decades the GOP has made absolutely no effort to reform health care and to make it affordable and to protect people with pre-existing conditions. All they have done is to repeatedly try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to allow health insurance companies to reinstall pre-existing conditions clauses in their insurance policies. Too many GOP senators and representatives are in beholden to special interests and lobbyists.
• I am strongly against all the voter suppression and gerrymandering the GOP has done recently.