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Letter: Republican Party isn't like it used to be

The rhetoric spewed can only lead to the view that many of these party leaders are white racists that support the United States being a white, Christian, nationalist, antisemitic, authoritarian nation.

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To the Editor,

I have lost most of my respect for the state and national leaders of the Republican party. My first vote was for Dwight Eisenhower for president. I was a delegate to a Minnesota Republican state convention and my father was an Independent Republican member of the Minnesota Senate for 16 years, and my roots are deeply Republican.

The Republican party used to be a party that included a wide range of viewpoints including those of Nelson Rockefeller, Barry Goldwater, and John Lindsay on the national level and Harold LeVander, Al Quie, Rudy Boschwitz, Dave Durenberger and Arne Carlson on the state level. I doubt if any of them would be welcomed in leadership circles of the Republican party today. These were persons of high moral and ethical integrity who viewed elected office as public service.

Contrast these persons to the leaders of the Republican party today who view elected office, first and foremost, as the right to exercise power whenever and wherever they can. They view science and facts as true only if it agrees with their views. They have a double standard: they view that whatever they do is right and disagree and denigrate anyone who disagrees with them. The rhetoric spewed can only lead to the view that many of these party leaders are white racists that support the United States being a white, Christian, nationalist, antisemitic, authoritarian nation.

It is this view that I cannot support in any way, shape or form. Don’t take from this that I will vote a straight Democratic ticket. They have problems and issues of their own.

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My fervent hope is the new Forward Party will attract people and candidates in 2024 who have high moral and ethical integrity and who view elected office as public service and will campaign on common sense approaches to the issues of the day, rather than cater to the extremes of the right or left. With enough grassroots support it may be able to garner enough financial support to be the viable third party we need given the extreme polarization and positions of both major parties today.

Linden Olson
Worthington

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