Not their Republican party

I am about to finish Jon Meacham’s book “The Soul of America, The Battle for Our Better Angels.” I would highly recommend it to Republicans and Democrats alike, as it lifts up the betters angels and some demons of all of them. As I was reading this book, I remembered that I was born and raised Republican; my grandmother, father, aunt and brother and others.

When I first registered to vote, my father asked me to register Republican, and I did (but voted for JFK, ha!). As I read quotes from the book including Theodore Roosevelt, “we should treat each black man and white man strictly on his merits,” and Calvin Coolidge reminding American our Constitution says equal rights to all citizens without discrimination on account of race or color. In his farewell address Ronald Reagan spoke of America as a tall and proud city, God-blessed and teeming with all kinds of people living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports, and if there had to be walls, the walls had doors and the doors were opened to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.

Dwight Eisenhower said presidents should not lead by hitting people over the head; that’s assault, not leadership. George Bush 43 said the enemy of America is not our Muslim and Arab friends, but the radical terrorists. These are examples as to why most of my relatives were conservatives.

All but my brother have gone on to the next life, but if they are able to view from that next life what’s going on in politics today, they would not recognize their party.

My Korean War veteran brother is still alive but suffers from dementia. When the VA person was asking him questions to test his brain functions at their yearly visit, she asked him who the president was and he didn’t know.

I thought, even in this dread disease, there is a blessing.

Jerrie Green

Parkersburg

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