VERN’S VIEWS: Dear Republicans, I’m your friend — really!

Even though I usually write about progressive opinions, I can’t in good conscience ignore my Republican friends. They are terrific people, some of the most sincere and reliable I’ve ever known. They don’t deserve to be treated so badly by the Republican National Committee or the candidates for president.

Let me extend my sympathies and my heartfelt condolences to all Republicans who are true-hearted, honest, industrious, caring, generous, intelligent, aware, learned and curious. You are the kind of citizens this country depends on to maintain the highest standard of living. It’s not fair that you good and true Republicans should be treated so badly and tarred by the brush of incompetent political organizations.

Today’s Republican Party is no longer interested in compromise while you, my friends, have had to compromise daily. Today’s Republican Party is still fighting against the New Deal, while three generations of Americans have been treated to comfortable retirements and sane, fair and judicious labor laws. The Republican Party has won a few of those fights and almost destroyed our savings and retirement infrastructure in the process. They’re even suggesting your Social Security funds be turned over to the banks that blew trillions of depositor monies on hare-brained investments. Why didn’t you take them to task and demand better representation?

Well, while you had your head down and were working hard to support your families, the tea party hijacked the RNC. What a slap in the face. It’s bad enough that certain factions of the committee hijacked Christianity and turned it into another instrument of hypocritical propaganda.

Jesus was committed to the poor and the unfortunate, but now we have self-ordained right-wing pundits telling us the poor and the weak are lazy and don’t deserve our charity. I don’t think you need to be included in that hypocritical conversation, do you?

You, like me, were brought up to respect our teachers and to work hard in school so we could have a good life, know the difference between right and wrong and have abilities and skills developed in school such that we could tackle problems and tasks when we were grown. Today’s Republicans want to cut schools, or privatize them so only the rich get to send their kids there. They want to blame teachers for everything wrong with schools, learning, curriculum and your kids. They think that every parent is perfect and that every teacher is a drag on society. None of us deserves that kind of representation in government at any level.

So, my dear Republican friends, what are we going to do about this? Are you going to persist with your choice of political affiliation? You don’t have to vote a straight-party ticket, you know. With a little diligence you can determine which candidate and which issue is in your best interests.

Not all Republican or Democratic candidates are the best representatives. We have to learn about them, my friends, then make the correct choices and not for political reasons, but for our families and our nation.

Turner is a retired teacher and industrial engineer who lives near Marble Falls. He is an independent columnist, not a staff member, and his views do not necessarily reflect those of The Tribune or its parent company. "The Voter’s Guide to National Salvation" is a newly published e-book from Turner. You can find it at He can be reached by email at

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