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Brand tarnished

| Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The polls show Republicans have damaged their brand with the government shutdown and near-default. Well, since their brand has been obstructionism for the past six years, I think the brand is doing just fine.

But, as a lifelong Republican, this is not what I signed on for back in the early 1970s.

I used to declare with pride that I stand with the party of Lincoln. But I think Abraham Lincoln would be appalled at what we have become. I am as well.

I became a Republican mainly because I truly believed that we stood for something. Now, I am not sure I can stomach what we have come to stand for.

I hope we come to our collective senses. For one, I would like the tea-party element to go off and form its own party. Stop hijacking mine.

Give my party back to people who can and do think about realities and the rule of law, which the Affordable Care Act really is. Give my party back to people who understand and care about consequences as well.

I want to be a proud Republican again!

Rich Voller

Richland

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