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Letter to Editor: Republicans need to learn from 2012 debacle


With the election finally over, the Republican Party, besides finger pointing, attempting to blame its embarrassing loss on Sandy, Ryan, Christy, Romney, etc., should take a contemplative introspection for the real reasons for its thumping.

Its affection for scare tactics, hateful characterizations, voter suppression efforts, its obsession with rape and reproduction and its inane fear of having guns taken away all contributed to its resounding rejection.

I don't believe it will face the hard truths for its defeat. In talking to Republicans, they exhibit a combined lack of knowledge of historical facts and an inability to learn from current events. It seems they believe the most outrageous lies from certain media which pander to them simply because they sound good and therefore must be true. When they think they have a sympathetic listener, they call the president the most blatant racial epithets, revealing their visceral contempt for him, but say in a more open forum that their dislike for him has nothing to do with race. These are the same people who profess that the American Civil War was fought over "states rights" rather than the real issue of slavery.

An opinion, recently appearing on this page, demeaned the president in the usual and publicly correct terms. The writer claimed the president's 2008 election was an aberration because no one knew much about him nor was he properly vetted by the electorate or news organizations. Is his reelection after nearly four years on the job also an aberration? And the writer claims his dislike for the president has nothing to do with race, although the usual code words of radical, communist and socialist appear.

As for the "birthers," (reference Donald Trump and others) who claim the president was not born in the United States, they should know when George Romney (Willard Mitt's father) sought the GOP nomination in 1968, no one questioned his qualifications despite the fact that he was born in Mexico. As additional information to fact-deficient members of the GOP, George Romney was defeated by Richard M. Nixon, and we know how that turned out.

Ron King, Woodstock


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