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Clarification of conservative principles
Article published on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
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Editor:
It saddens me to read the distorted view of the Republican Party by Robert A. Shaw in recent issues of Tampa Bay Newspapers. Mr. Shaw generalizes that the GOP has a “monochromic” agenda, which exists “by invitation only.”

He provides no evidence of why conservative principles – of individual freedom and responsibility … of the rule of law … of control closer to the people … is monochromatic.

If he could objectively observe the debt and destruction wrought upon people of all colors in Democrat-controlled cities, from Detroit to Chicago, to Newark, to Oakland, he might understand how conservative principles can help all people. If he could witness the frustration of poor parents trapped in a failed public school system while Democrats protect entrenched teachers unions from charter and private schools, he might understand the value to all people of conservative principles of personal choice.

If he could understand the great variation between Republican and Democrat states in statistics such as unemployment (much lower in Republican states) and unfunded mandates and debt (much higher in Democrat-controlled states), he would know why most governors and state legislatures are now Republican, and how people of all colors are benefitted by them.

If he could look into a future of increased entitlement, dependency, and debt that has been imposed upon our children … how government arrogation of power (such as taking over our health care system) have threatened our future and alienated the people, he would see why our president is losing the confidence of so many young voters. And he would see how conservative Republican principles could serve to restore our freedom, independence, and security.

A Republican president famously stated, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have”.

Truly, words the Republican Party invites all people to live by!

Paul R. Cosenza
Dunedin
Article published on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
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