A thoughtful well reasoned letter Fred. It says what thousands of Maine people think.
I sent this letter to the Journal Tribune, PPH and the Courier. At 500 words, I'll be surprised if anyone but the Courier prints it, so.....for my AMG friends:Dear Editor,
I was raised to be a good Democrat. The son of a union worker, born and raised in Biddeford and baptized Catholic, I was taught to love the poor and exhorted by my boyhood hero, President John F. Kennedy, to be a giver, not a taker. Molded in the 50â€™s and 60â€™s by my grandparentâ€™s generation, I learned to put God, country, family and business at the top of my priorities. The burial of my hero, JFK, on my 9th birthday marked the beginning of the end of the acceptance of those traditional values in the party of my parents. In 1980, for me, the truth about the Democrat party became crystal clear when I attended the state convention. I had never seen so many mean spirited, lunatic fringe groups all screaming for a piece of someone elseâ€™s pie. I was mortified.
For the next 20 years I worked, raised a family and volunteered around town, staying clear of government and politics. Philosophically, Iâ€™m a libertarian, so becoming a Republican didnâ€™t seem quite right. Then came 9/11. Then came war. Now, becoming a Republican, to me, has become a necessary duty in order to ensure the survival of my family and country and the values we hold dear. Like Zell Miller, I feel the Democrat party has left me and my values behind in its quest to become an amoral, eurosocialist, anti American culture organization. There is no longer room in the party of Ted Kennedy for a John F. Kennedy democrat.
I will now cast my lot with the party that will fight for whatâ€™s important, our lives, our liberty and our ability to pursue happiness. Paraphrasing that mean spirited guru of the Democrats, James Carville, itâ€™s about freedom, stupid. I just became a registered Republican.
President Bush may not be a smooth, slick talking politician, but heâ€™s a very good man and a strong leader guided by Biblical principles, the constitution and good common sense. He is on the right track despite the shrill cries of the leftists to the contrary. Iâ€™m voting for the President and I urge all who read this to do likewise.
Charlie Summers is a great candidate and supports traditional values. A military officer and aid to Senator Snowe, he knows defense and he knows Washington, D.C. We need him on the armed services committee. Tom Allen needs to go back to being a trial lawyer. Please, give Summers a shot. Our president could use the support.
Ever wonder why Maine taxes are so high? We have put liberal spenders in the state house. Want a solution, but donâ€™t like Question 1? Elect those who would spend conservatively. Iâ€™m voting for Ron Drouin. Iâ€™m voting for Sted Seavey. If I lived in my old neighborhood, Iâ€™d vote for Craig Cantara. Iâ€™m voting values, my friends, American values. Please, search your heart and do the same. Do it for yourself. Do it for your kids.Sincerely,
J. Fred Staples
Thanks, Bob. I feel like an immigrant who has just gained the citizenship of the country of his choice. I was born into the Democrat party. I've been a political refugee for years. Now I have found my Yankee roots.Since Peter Staples landed in Kittery in 1670 and married Elizabeth Beadle (incidentally the daughter of she of the "Scarlet Letter"), our family has fought for freedom. In order to honor my forefathers and bless my children, I will continue the tradition.
Fred, I hope your letter gets picked up and gives birth to more converts. Democrats as a group are despicable. They're trying to turn this great nation of ours into a socialist country.
Fred, that's a very powerful letter. I hope it gets published.
That is an outstanding, well reasoned, heartfelt statement, Fred. Thank you.
Thanks, folks.I spoke with the editor of the BiddSacoOOB Courier at the Bidd/TA game yesterday. He said he'd feature my letter prominently in this weeks edition.I also sent it to the PPH and the Journal Trib. but at 500 words it's twice as long as they usually accept.I may rewrite and resend for them.Everybody in this area reads the Courier. They're mostly sick of the dailys.
Fred, Add me to the list of admirers of that fine letter. In you the Taxpayer Bill of Rights has an outstanding person as Chairman of its York County petition effort. Thank you for all you are doing for the Maine economy and Maine families. Mary Adams
Ditto from the OCD wing of Maine's social fabric.mel.
The PPH states that letters they print must be exclusive to them. (Well, la di da.) Hope they make an exception in this case.
At least I sent the email three times rather than copying it. :D