No Longer Republican
I have been a moderate Republican for more than 40 years, but no longer. Dusty Rhoades pointed out in his column “One Species of Republican is Endangered” (Sept. 2), “There’s a word for what used to be called ‘moderate Republicans.’ The word is ‘Democrats.’”
I knew I could not be a Republican in Moore County after I read the Robert Levy column in The Pilot on March 11, 2012, with his absurd defense of Rush Limbaugh. The chairman of the Republican Party of Moore County acknowledged that Rush Limbaugh is the essence of his Republican Party.
Mr. Levy wrote, “We cannot let our leaders forget how necessary [Limbaugh] is to the core of our conservative soul.” He wrote that he is “in awe of Rush’s talent and intellect … Rush came into my life as the intellectual companion I needed but never knew.” He confessed that at the end of a difficult day he needs Rush Limbaugh.
As I understood him, Mr. Levy actually thought that Limbaugh did nothing wrong when he called Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute because she spoke, by invitation, before a Congressional committee about contraceptive issues, and [Limbaugh] “should not be admonished for the way he did it,” adding that “Rush was right … Perhaps he was a bit profane.” It seemed that Mr. Levy thinks that the only thing Limbaugh did wrong was to call Ms. Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Mr. Levy would have been more comfortable calling her a “harlot.”
The column was a sad statement by the chairman of the Moore County Republican Party. It made me ashamed to continue to be a Republican.
It seems that today’s Republican Party has become a party of opportunists who do not understand the concept of democracy.
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