While serving my country for over 30 years in the U.S. Navy, I was a member of the Democratic Party.

Quite frankly I have recently become disillusioned with the progressive direction that the Democratic Party has taken and have seen firsthand outside the United States the failure of the well-intentioned results of progressivism. I am now by choice a Republican.

In spite of the uninformed rhetoric and name calling, as we approach 2020 I believe it is important that citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia understand the underlying principles of the Republican Party. This can best be summarized by the Virginia Republican Creed.

In summary, the creed supports capitalism vs. socialism, constitutional limitations on the role of government, the rights of the individual, fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, and faith in God.

I would ask my fellow Democrats, to what part of the Republican creed do you object and what do you propose as an alternative?

In closing, let’s work together in the valley as both Democrats and Republicans to move this great republic forward. It is our civic duty and obligation for future generations of Americans.

James R. Poplar III, Quicksburg