Editor’s Note: I was born a republican, a child of republicans, my aunt worked for Ronald Reagan. But there came a time, after being elected to the Montgomery County GOP leadership, that I came to understand some things. If I believed America ought to live up to the principles of a Constitutional Republic: Governance is from the people up, not the elite down; Adherence to the rule of law, i.e. Constitutional authority the test for the validity of any federal legislation to be considered the law of the land; that character mattered; then I could not serve in a capacity that violated those precepts. To be specific, I could not engage in efforts to re-elect and raise money for the likes of Lamar Alexander. That is when I resigned and joined the Constitution Party of Tennessee where I would not only never be asked to violate my conscience or constitutional principles, but as a candidate and if elected I would be called to account for doing so. I said all that to say this: An imaginary picture of a GOP that stands for these principles does not make it so. Be loyal to the ideals, to the principles, not to any personalities, parties, or politicians.
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