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Bangor Daily News published an interesting letter Monday from 13 Maine Republicans to State GOP Secretary Chuck Mahaleris. The letter, signed by six Maine Republican state committee members, a state RNC member and six other registered Republicans, addresses numerous glaring problems within the party both at the state and federal level.
One of their most notable criticisms is that of Speaker of the House John Boehner. The defecting Republicans condemn him for his decision to purge the most fiscally conservative Republicans from their leadership positions in late 2012.
And, they criticize the House’s “utter disdain” for the Constitution in its handling of the Amash Amendment, which would have restrained NSA surveillance.
Among their other criticisms of Congressional Republicans include their support for:
- An Internet sales tax
- Gun control
- Illegal immigrants
- Illegal wars
The group also claims the RNC has “no intention of reforming and would rather fly under invalid rules than to right the wrongs of Tampa” in reference to rules battles that have taken place since the 2012 convention.
Meanwhile, at the state level, they note their frustration with Republican Governor Paul LePage. They cite his Administration’s numerous seemingly anti-Republican measures, including:
- Support for an Internet sales tax
- Support for common core education standards
- Veto of a bill to deregulate raw milk
- Veto of a bill to require warrants for drone searches
Ultimately, the departing Republicans conclude: “…we can no longer allow ourselves to be called nor enrolled as Republicans; we can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets.”
Hopefully, their decision will serve as a wakeup call to the Republican Party, which all-too-often abandons the principles of fiscal responsibility and freedom for its own gain. Until then, let’s hope more Republicans (and Democrats, for that matter) jump ship instead of contributing to the destruction of the very values that once made America great.