Saturday, July 23, 2016

OP-ED: 30 year devout Republican

  This letter was originally written to the Republican committee Chair in York County:

   Chairman Cuzzone:

      We come together in political parties to magnify our influence. An organized representative institution can give weight to our will in ways we could not accomplish on our own.

   Working with others gives us power, but at the cost of constant, calculated compromise. No two people agree on everything. There is no moral purity in politics.

   With three decades invested in the Republican party, there is a powerful temptation to shrug and soldier on.

   Despite the bold rhetoric, we all know that Trump will lose. Why throw away a great personal investment over one bad nominee?

  TRUMP IS NOT MERELY A POOR CANDIDATE, but an indictment of OUR CHARACTER! Preserving a party is not a morally defensible goal if that party has lost its legitimacy.

   I will NOT contribute my name, my work or my character to an utterly indefensible cause. No sensible adult demands moral purity from a political party, but conscience is meaningless without constraints.

   A party willing to lend its collective capital to Donald Trump has entered a compromise beyond any credible threshold of legitimacy

   There is no redemption in being one of the "good Nazis".

   I hereby resign my position as a York Township Republican committee man. My 30 year tenure as a Republican is over.


   Chris Ladd

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