I have been a registered Republican my entire career as a small business owner and still am after retirement. But the Republicans do not deserve to win this election, especially in view of the billions they are spending to buy it. The party has been taken over by right-wing fanatics who have forgotten that "politics is the art of the compromise."
Tea-partiers, Ron Paulists, constitutionalists, libertarians and pro-lifers have forced out sane moderates. These extremists are interested only in pushing their own agendas, and not the best interests of our country. When the main thrust becomes forcing out the other party at all costs, even hindering the economy of the nation to make the perceived enemy look bad, it's time for the electorate to wise up.
We did not need to have our country's credit rating downgraded for the first time in history. In their zeal to sabotage Obama's economic recovery, the Republicans in Congress cost each of us dearly as they stall recovery and prolong post-recession pain.
Our nation's leaders have lost their moral compass. When the gap between earnings of the average worker and top level management reaches the magnitude it has today, greed has captivated standards and induced corruption.
Too often the wealth at the top is spent on extravagant living. Many wealthy leaders have forgotten the mandate to give back to their community.
But we do owe a debt of gratitude to tea-partiers. They have thrown the Republican Party on their unyielding swords to vociferously point out that we must get our fiscal house in order. If the Democrats win, they must understand that the nation needs to reexamine its economy. We must cut spending, reduce the national debt, lower the trade deficit and get our economy back on an even keel.
We will all have to make some sacrifices - led by the wealthy - if our country is to remain the best place to live in the world. But at least we won't have to face any more noxious commercials for another four years!
Robert M. Cullers, Front Royal