Stefanik one sign of rot within the GOP
Another sad chapter in the life and now degradation of the once great Republican Party is being written last week.
For at least the last five years, the national GOP as we have come to know it has steadily yet inexorably been dying.
Once the party of Lincoln and Reagan, the GOP has been reduced to a shell of its once proud, principled self into a cult of personality, worshiping at the throne of a twice-impeached former president.
There has been no “battle for the soul of the party” but, rather, an enthusiastic embrace of the politics of grievance and retribution. The conservative principles that once defined the party and were given voice by the likes of William F. Buckley, George Will and Bill Kristol have no home in the GOP of today.
Now, an acolyte of the disgraced president, Rep. Elise Stefanik, is being elevated within the congressional Republican hierarchy as a reward for her fealty to the Dear Leader.
Stefanik, ever the opportunist, has morphed from Trump critic to ardent mouthpiece, spouting the disproven claims of a stolen 2020 election and widespread voting fraud.
Not content to debase herself just with her active defense during Impeachment #1, in January she opposed certification of the election results mere hours after insurrectionists assaulted Capitol Hill. Yet sadly, Stefanik is just another sign of the rot in the foundation of her party, a rot that only continues in Washington and in numerous state capitals. Ronald Reagan would not recognize his party today.
Dennis J. Quinn
Happy to welcome Guyanese to Sch’dy
Congratulations for that interesting series on the Guyanese in our community (“Here for good Guyanese mark 20 years in Schenectady”), which ran in the April 25 to 28 Daily Gazette.
They have earned our respect and become a vital part of the community. Decades ago, when I first heard of the intentions of former Mayor Al Jurczynski, I was skeptical and now have to admit he was right, and I was wrong. Welcome.
Shame on GOP for voter suppression
As a person who has never voted a straight ticket and will support candidates, I feel I have earned it. I am very concerned about the concentrated efforts by the Republican Party to limit access to voting for selected elements of our society that are not likely to support their party.
They are not targeting white suburban voters, but are making it more difficult for voters who have more difficulty getting to the polls. Not surprisingly, the people who will have the most difficulty voting are non-White minorities in cities.
The Republicans are saying that this is to prevent voter fraud, but all of the research (by independent agencies and companies) does not indicate that voter fraud is a big issue; it has always happened in all elections, but not in large enough numbers to affect outcomes.
In fact, the 2020 presidential election has been found to be the most secure and honest election in history.
The Big Lie about Trump having the election stolen has been disproven in dozens of courts, including those with Trump-appointed judges. The Republicans are actually trying to institute defacto apartheid by trying to ensure that voters (mostly all White) who are likely to support Republican candidates are most likely to be allowed to vote and to keep the non-White minorities out of the picture.
For the party of Lincoln they should at least have the moral fiber to be ashamed — I am not encouraged that they will.
Look at logic for the truth in Marco case
James Rossi raised the question in his May 11 letter (“Who in Marco case isn’t telling the truth”) neither woman is lying regarding Diane Marco.
If she was holding binders, she could easily tap someone on the shoulder. What she would have been unable to do is shove someone with force.
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