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Country over Party

Country over Party

A woman asked Benjamin Franklin in 1787, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” He answered, “A republic madam, if you can keep it.” After eight years as president, George Washington warned that political parties were likely to become “potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government …” That happened in 2016 with the aid of a hostile foreign power, welcomed by the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, and now supported by our congressman. Phil wrote, “Registering to vote at 18 years old was one of the most empowering moments of my life. I am an independent-minded citizen who chose to vote in Republican primaries for 38 years. I did not participate in party politics during my Naval career and for nine years thereafter. Republican Party nominations in 2016, both nationally and locally, compelled me to separate fully from that party’s compromised leadership. Recognizing the danger to our Constitution, and the reality of our two-party system, I affiliated with the Democratic Party in 2017. I’m proud to run as the Democratic nominee to defend the Constitution and represent everyone in our district.”

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