No good alternative
I was a lifelong Republican, for 50 years a member of the Otsego County Republican Committee. At first, back in the 1950s, this was the party of Dewey, Rockefeller and Javits — liberal-to-moderate in philosophy. However, after the 1964 national convention when Barry Goldwater won the presidential nomination over Rockefeller, the national party swung sharply to the right, leaving New York out in the cold. Since then the rightward movement has continued; under Reagan and Bush Sr., the national debt soared while the U.S. went from the world’s greatest creditor nation to the worst debtor.
Then the Republicans staged a blatant hatchet job with the impeachment of President Clinton I think this was clearly unconstitutional. The last straw was the insane invasion of Iraq by another Bush. I had to at last resign from the party.
In the last year or two we have been treated to the charade of the GOP primary and the presidential campaign during which the Republicans have engaged in almost exclusively negative attacks on President Obama’s programs while offering no positive alternatives.
I am not completely happy with Obama’s performance, but must urge his re-election because there is no reasonable option. Except for a few of our local officials, especially Jim Seward, the Republicans have blown it.
Howson A. Hartley