Editor: Earlier this week I once again asked a Republican running for re-election to the state house if he would denounce the chaotic and ruinous politics of the president hoping that I, as a conservative, could support him and his candidacy and that he would be a political light to the rising generation.
Answering “no” without even a pause, this politician has decided to trade beloved and essential political institutions such as truth-telling, compromise, a free press, balance, care, maturity, patriotism, rational debate, statesmanship, religious freedom for all, grace, and humility for a mess of anti-abortion plank pottage. In his eyes thisonething elevates the Republican party to God’s party, and its absence damns the Democratic party as the devil’s tool to destroy the country. Such holy war arrogance, folly and intransigence misses the forest for the trees, and only further rends an American fabric that seems to be coming apart. Along the way, he misses the true power of righteous indignation to change hearts through love, of beloved fellow citizens, not enemies.
Fellow Loudoun conservatives, let us happily throw our support behind the opponents of all Republican candidates who refuse to make a principled stand against their party’s leader who abuses voters by his habitual dishonesty and vanity, and his emotional appeals to our dark prejudices, fears and “hatred of the other.”
I will let you know if I ever find a Republican worthy of our support.
Chris Stevenson, Purcellville