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10/25/2012 1:05:00 PM
Letter: The erosion of GOP leadership


My respect for our Republican Party leaders basically began eroding four years ago. Some of the reasons are:

Hit #1 - When President Obama was newly elected, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced to us that the Republicans would do nothing to help this president and they would see to it that he was a one term president. That made it clear to me that the people would no longer be the number one priority.

Hit #2 - When President Obama was addressing Congress and the American people a Republican congressman shouted out “Liar.” That kind of disrespect is unacceptable.

Hit #3 - During an interview on national T.V. a Washington Republican congresswoman (I can’t recall her name) said that, “I hate to admit this, but we have spent very little time on dealing with the problems facing the American people. Most of our time has been spent on finding ways to take down this president.” I also find this behavior unacceptable.

Hit #4 - Behind closed doors speaking with his peers, Romney let it be known what his true feelings are about 47 percent of us Americans. He made it pretty clear that he feels we are unworthy of his time.

When you have various military groups including the VFW giving their support to President Obama that says a lot. In the past these groups have leaned towards the Republican Party.

Also, when you have Goldwater family members supporting President Obama that is a major deal. Their reasoning is that the Republican Party has become unrecognizable.

I cannot put my trust in a man nor a Party who has changed so many times on so many policies. I need to know where my country stands and with the Republican Party of today I just don’t.

Cindy Harms


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@Independent for you

Right on! I both agree with your position on government's place in domestic affairs and wish I could join you voting a true Independent into District 2's Supervisor's seat.

@ Everyone who can

Please get out and vote for Buck Buchanan!

The nation will survive another 4 years of either Barrack Obama or Mitt Romney. The Verde may not survive Tom Thurman.

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe I missed something

Hey Dumb Disgusted Democrat . . .

Funny, I got a check back for the 80% of my health insurance premiums that the insurance company DIDN'T use for my care.

My math says that is cheaper healthcare not more expensive!

Democrats don't quote inacurate Faux News talking points. You're a poser.

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

@ Shoveling It

You hit the nail on the head! I would add one question for the Romnesiacs If the current situation we find our country in is not the fault of the Republicans, why isn't former President Bush campaigning for Romney? He could tout to the American public the benefit we would derive from returning to the unregulated, unbridled policies that helped sink this country. It's exactly what Romney is proposing!

Bill Clinton is out stumping for Obama, it seems only fair that Bush should do the same for Romney!... No?

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: Inependent For You

National politcs aside, I hope Yavapai County residents will focus on the here and now. What happens in local politics may affect your life and lifestyle more than what happens at the state or national level. Mary Jane, when did love and comittment between consenting adults become "abhorent?" Who named you judge and jury? Goverrnment needs to stay out of our personal lives, our backyard, our kitchen, our family, our savings. Our votes may not matter much at the national level, but they totally matter locally. Vote independent for County Supervisor. Vote for Buck Buchanan, District 2.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Methinks the 'Disgusted Democrat' protests to much ...

your 'shucking and jiving' is a bit over the top... nice try though... and if you are indeed sincere...then perhaps there is a bigger issue at hand...

so... what are all the anti-everything-obama folks going to do if/when he is re-elected? do we get another 4 years of complaints?

oh joy...

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: You Better

get off that Mary Jane Mary Jane

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Disgusted Democrat

Funny, as a lifelong liberal and Democrat, I could say the say the same thing about the current Democratic party.

My respect for the Democratic party began eroding when Obama was nominated. We turned too far to the left. We're not mainstream any more, and we don't represent mainstream Americans.

We shoved Obamacare down the throats of the Americans, even though it doesn't make healthcare more affordable. It makes it way more expensive. That's not progress folks.

The Obamateers who blindly support the president are pseudo-liberals in my book.

True liberals reject big government, don't want to be dependent on government handouts, reject crony capitalism like Solyndra, reject the massive irresponsible debt the current administration has saddled us with.

Real Democrats want our country to be successful, and the evidence is clear -- we are in a decline under Obama.

We can do better than this. We need new leadership.

For Obama to lose now would be the best thing for the Democratic party. It would force us back to the center, and give us new leadership, better leadership than we now have.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Rosemarie Babcock

Ok, I know we all have our own opionions, but let's face it people, our media has and always will be a very LIBERAL MEDIA. You talk about about FOX News, but, that's the ONLY News that will talk about BOTH sides, every other News station is Liberal. That being said, I will be very honest here, I am a registered Republican, but that doesn't mean I always vote that way, I will vote for the best person. I do not FEEL in my heart that President Obama has done the job that a President is supposed to do. Sure, he took care of Osama, but, if we are gonna be honest here, Bush took care of Sadam, and he gets ragged on a lot on these posts. I am not saying he was perfect, no President is, but, Obama's track record is NOT the best either. Those two men in Benghazi died in vain, they did NOT have to die, Obama failed to do his job in seeing that they had EVERYTHING they needed to be secure, they asked and didn't receive. Hiliary is responsible too as Secretary of State, but, the buck stops at the top. This is not about Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc, this is about which man is better equipped to handle the job as President of the USA. The Republicans have displayed bad behavior, but the Democrats are just as bad too, and we all know it. I mean come on, look how Biden acted in the VP Debate w/Paul Ryan. That was totally disrespectful to Ryan, the moderator, and the American People. I also feel he made an ass of himself and the Democrats by doing that. To sit there and smile and laugh sarcastically like that all the way thru a debate like that just made him look childish & idiotic. I'm just trying to point out that there are people in each party that make it difficult. I also want to say something about the 47% comment. You all heard VP Ryan and Romney clear that up. I happen to feel that they both do care for the American People and our nation, I also think that the media picks up on something and keeps going with it and pretty soon you are focused in on that one comment. I really do not feel that he meant it in a way that it came out. We all say things sometimes that others take a different way, and both Romney and Ryan have tried to explain that. I just don't understand why is it when Obama or Biden say something out of context it's totally fine with everyone, nobody cares and you guys are all good with it. It's ok if they make a mistake or jumble their words but God help Romney or someone else if they do. It shouldn't be this way, we all make a comment that doesn't come out right sometimes, I know I do, and I try and rectify it. The point is we NEED to have the best man for this job, we simply cannot afford another 4 yrs like this. Romney can and will get this economy back on track, he will bring jobs back to America, not ship everything to China. He will make trade with China better too, where the money works for the USA for a change, so we can start turning more of a profit like we should have been doing a long time ago. He will also be a stronger leader for our country so that the Terrorists know that they will NOT be able to mess with the USA. Otherwise as Toby Keith would say, WE'LL PUT A BOOT IN YER ASS!!! I just feel for me, I want a President that can keep America growing, safe & secure and not cut our Military and MC Funding. I also do not want Obamacare, I do want Healtchare reform, just not to that extreme. I also want the President of the USA to be a man that is for GOD, COUNTRY AND FAMILY. I do not feel that Obama stands for any of these. So when I go to vote on 11/6/12 I will be voting for the best man for the job, he just happens to be a Republican. Remember this though, Romney has worked w/both Republicans and Democrats in the past, and he wants to work with them TOGETHER. I just see a better tomorrow when I look into Romney's eyes, vs looking into Obama's eyes. That's just my take though.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: shoveling it

My memories of what Obama was inheriting when he was elected is a little different than the cut and paste statistics pulled from the internet. I remember everyone being sympathetic with the mess President Obama inherited. He inherited a economic house of cards poised to fall, outsourcing of jobs increased not because of him, but in spite of him. The house of cards, Ponzi type workings of the mortgage and banking industry was coming to light and wrecked havoc on the entire world. He inherited two wars, the majority of wages and benefits and war supplies paid for by the taxpayer while huge corporate, oil and war profiteers continue to make trillions and had Bush passed legislation that made them tax exempt. Promises made and never kept to victims of hurricane Katrina still had to be addressed.

I don't remember President Obama inheriting a good situation, but I do remember George W. Bush almost slinking away and leaving the oval office in shame because of the bad, self-serving, and corrupt politics of his administration.

I remember the prejudice President Obama inherited. I remember the vows by top republican leaders saying their main goal was to make sure Obama was a one-term president, while saying nothing about trying to help the people of the United States. I remember, and am continually reminded of what a prejudice, greedy , and dishonest species we still are, and what short memories we have.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

The Republican party is owned and operated by corporate lobbyists whose only interest is in the fascist control of the country to benefit the elite. Their strategy is to stoke the fears of everyone. To quote a Republican favorite, Russell Pierce, "If you're not scared, you're not listening."

The Democratic party is run by social do-gooders caught up their political correctness at the expense of free-thinking. The best example I can think of would be their insistence on pushing for 'special rights' for homosexuals based on their abhorrent behavior. Civil rights are based on one's condition, not their behavior.

Johnson/Gray 2012

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

As a registered Independent, I have too have lost confidence in political parties who are answering to billionaires instead of the middle class working person.

While the Democrats have their many flaws, American history has shown a very positive result from progressive policies including: ending slavery, granting women the right to vote, worker's rights, medical care for the poor and elderly, civil rights, protection of air and water, etc. The Democratic party is currently the most progressive of the two.

The Republican party has identified itself as the party of obstruction, and conflict. They can't even be civil to each other! This attitude will not help them win over women, minorities, or Independents.

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