Vancouver resident Julia Dawn Seaver discusses the current focus of members of the Republican Party
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Republicans are having an identity crisis. How else are we to explain Republicans voting for gun control laws that will have no effect on crime, or an expensive boondoggle of an infrastructure bill? The go-along to get-along party leaders in Congress barely stand up for anything. At times, it’s hard to know exactly what they stand for.
We’re told Republicans need to move to the center and act more like Democrats to attract Independents. Build a bigger tent, you know. And now another faction, the Populists, have sprung up again with their big government proposals. Advocating for big tax credits/deductions, having the government regulating businesses to pick-and-choose winners, seizing land from U.S. citizens, promoting division, shutting down all immigration, even legal immigration — the Republican party has never been about these things.
Early Republicans led by Thomas Jefferson, knew people were capable of governing themselves and argued for a limited federal government, giving more power to the states. Because of them, we have the Bill of Rights.
It was the Republican party that ended slavery; the party whose 1896 platform called for women to have “…equal opportunities, equal pay for equal work, and protection to the home;” and led the way on, civil rights.
It’s the Republican party that believes in limited government, state’s rights, tax cuts, and deregulation; are staunch defenders of the constitution, free speech and the 2nd Amendment; are pro-business, pro-family, and believe parents, not government, should decide how their children are raised. Republicans are the party of life and of liberty.
Government’s role is to create an atmosphere that allows individuals and families to thrive. Or as Ronald Reagan said, “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t achieve a 20-point win in Florida by trying to make nice with opposing viewpoints or controlling the lives of his citizens. He did it by defending their rights, by standing strong on Republican principles, and becoming “the place where woke goes to die.”
As local parties reorganize and elect new officers for the next two-year term, it’s time for Republicans to make like Simba in The Lion King and remember who they are. Stop the hand wringing, the appeasing, the bickering and blaming. It’s time to come home and stand strong on our roots and core principles.
Julia Dawn Seaver
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