Republican Party is at a turning point

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As a registered Republican, I am deeply disturbed by the fractious debate currently raging amongst party members.

As an American, I take great offense at the insurrection at the Capitol incited by former President Trump and the apologists who continue to aid and abet this traitorous behavior who serve in the United States Congress.

As an American, I take solace in the historic example set by a courageous Republican woman of the past.

On June 1, 1950, Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith delivered on the floor of the Senate a speech she called a “Declaration of Conscious.”  She orated in part, “…I speak as briefly as possible because too much harm has already been done with irresponsible words of bitterness and selfish political opportunism…I think it is high time that we remembered that we have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution.”

As an American, I take inspiration in the words of a brave Republican woman of the present.

On Wednesday, May 5, House Republican Liz Cheney called on members of her party to choose allegiance to the Constitution over the cult of personality of former President Donald Trump in an editorial published online by the Washington Post.  She stated, “The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide if we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution.”

All Americans should heed these words and make their voices heard.

Allan D. Foote, Whitesboro

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