Editor: Several weeks ago a respected national publication ran an article in which the authors argued that Republicans and conservatives should boycott the GOP in all elections, because of the party’s embrace of someone who champions demagoguery, suppression of the press and presidential meddling in federal investigations. And to those three, many of us see and feel a long and growing list of additional abuses on democratic ideals. This is an idea whose time has come.
As a former Republican but continued conservative, I urge politically like-minded citizens in Loudoun County to indeed vote for Democrats in all elections until the Republican Party either withers and dies on the vine and a new conservative party emerges worthy of the American narrative, or the Republican leadership repents of its sin entirely, in sackcloth and ashes.
And, while we are at political reform, because of its catastrophically toxic effect on the political life of the nation, the anti-abortion plank should be removed from the Republican platform altogether (or not be part of the new party’s platform). Let us who believe abortion to be wrong use our righteous indignation and belief in justice to teach the beauty of life in appropriate and personal venues in which hearts are changed through love.
Chris Stevenson, Purcellville