It’s frustrating to read letters such as the recent one in which a voter swore off a political party “forever.” Political parties change with the times — the Republican Party of 2016-2020 is not the Republican Party of past years. Republicans of previous decades espoused beliefs in low taxes, conservative spending, a balanced budget, personal freedom and states’ rights. It’s easy to see that current party beliefs have flipped on many of these tenets.
I have lived through the terms of 16 different presidents and have voted for or against 13 of them. My votes have largely gone to Republicans, but the current Republican Party is nothing like the one I cast my vote for in previous elections. When it returns to its former ideology, when it becomes a party of reason and compromise, it may again earn my vote.
— Don Neal
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