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Register Guard ^ | June 26, 2005 | James Chaney

Posted on 07/17/2005 7:46:15 AM PDT by joe_oak

June 26, 2005

Guest Viewpoint: The party's over for betrayed Republican

By James Chaney
As of today, after 25 years, I am no longer a Republican.

I take this step with deep regret, and with a deep sense of betrayal.

I still believe in the vast power of markets to inspire ideas, motivate solutions and eliminate waste. I still believe in international vigilance and a strong defense, because this world will always be home to people who will avidly seek to take or destroy what we have built as a nation. I still believe in the protection of individuals and businesses from the influence and expense of an over-involved government. I still believe in the hand-in-hand concepts of separation of church and state and absolute freedom to worship, in the rights of the states to govern themselves without undo federal interference, and in the host of other things that defined me as a Republican.

My problem is this: I believe in principles and ideals which my party has systematically discarded in the last 10 years.

My Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, and George H.W. Bush. It was a party of honesty and accountability. It was a party of tolerance, and practicality and honor. It was a party that faced facts and dealt with reality, and that crafted common-sense solutions to problems based on the facts as they were, not as we wished them to be, or even worse, as we made them up. It was a party that told the truth, even when the truth came hard. And now, it is none of those things.

Fifty years from now, the Republican Party of this era will be judged by how we provided for the nation's future on three core issues: how we led the world on the environment, how we minded the business of running our country in such a way that we didn't go bankrupt, and whether we gracefully accepted our place on the world's stage as its only superpower. Sadly, we have built the foundation for dismal failure on all three counts. And we've done it in such a way that we shouldn't be surprised if neither the American people nor the world ever trusts us again.

My party has repeatedly ignored, discarded and even invented science to suit its needs, most spectacularly as to global warming. We have an opportunity and the responsibility to lead the world on this issue, but instead we've chosen greed, shortsightedness and deliberate ignorance.

We have mortgaged the country's fiscal future in a way that no Democratic Congress or administration ever did, and to justify the tax cuts that brought us here, we've simply changed the rules. I matured as a Republican believing that uncontrolled deficit spending is harmful and irresponsible; I still do. But the party has yet to explain to me why it's a good thing now, other than to say "... because we say so."

Our greatest failure, though, has been in our role as superpower. This world needs justice, democracy and compassion, and as the keystone of those things, it needs one thing above all else: truth.

Republican decisions made in 2002 and 2003 have killed almost 2,000 of the most capable patriots our country has to offer - volunteers, every one. Support for those decisions was gathered through what appeared at the time to be spin and marketing, but which now turns out to have been deliberate planning and falsehood. The Blair government's internal documentation only confirms what has been suspected for years: Americans are dying every day for Republican lies first crafted in 2002, expanded and embellished upon in 2003, and which continue to this day. This calculated deception is now burned into the legacy of the party, every bit as much as Reagan's triumph in the Cold War, or Nixon's disgrace over Watergate.

I could go on and on - about how we have compromised our international integrity by sanctioning torture, about how we are systematically dismantling the civil liberties that it took us two centuries to define and preserve, and about how we have substituted bullying, brinksmanship and "staying on message" for real political discourse - but those three issues are enough.

We're poisoning our planet through gluttony and ignorance.

We're teetering on the brink of self-inflicted insolvency.

We're selfishly and needlessly sacrificing the best of a generation.

And we're lying about it.

While it has compiled this record of failure and deception, the party which I'm leaving today has spent its time, energy and political capital trying to save Terri Schiavo, battling the threat of single-sex unions, fighting medical marijuana and physician-assisted suicide, manufacturing political crises over presidential nominees, and selling privatized Social Security to an America that isn't buying. We fiddle while Rome burns.

Enough is enough. I quit.

James Chaney is a Eugene attorney who has been in private practice for more than 20 years, and who has been a registered Republican since 1980.

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This is in regards to the thread earlier about the "fake Republicans." Although it's hard to tell a fake anymore, this is a "real" letter from a "real" person. Why would you make the naive assumption that no one would ever cross over. It happens all the time when people get tired of the offbeat dictates of their party. Happens in both directions. When we get too sure of ourselves, we can start losing ground. Don't take anything for granted. You have to stay awake and make sure your ship is on course or you might end up somewhere you weren't expecting.
1 posted on 07/17/2005 7:46:16 AM PDT by joe_oak
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To: joe_oak

I may not be happy with the republicans but the democrats are dumber than I thought the were if they think I'll vote for that party of nut jobs.


2 posted on 07/17/2005 7:48:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: joe_oak
So I stopped being a registered pubbie in 2000.

I didn't take out an add.

Notice though nary a word about enemies foreign and domestic? Wonder what country he lives in?

3 posted on 07/17/2005 7:49:46 AM PDT by dts32041 ( Dear Senator Durbin, I am not an Illinois Nazi. (US ARMY RET))
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To: joe_oak

bedwetter!


4 posted on 07/17/2005 7:50:31 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: cripplecreek

Is a Republican in (the Marxist Republic of)really a Republican?? This sounds like it is a quote from Zell Miller, turned upside-down. Well, I'm sure he'll find purity somewhere....


5 posted on 07/17/2005 7:50:44 AM PDT by bboop
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To: joe_oak

sounds like the first few sentences of our common everyday troll......but someone was stupid enough to print it.


6 posted on 07/17/2005 7:50:51 AM PDT by bitt ('We will all soon reap what the ignorant are now sowing.' Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: joe_oak
No matter how much any one might be disappointed with the Pubbies.......

Someone actually thinks the moonbat democrats would be better? Not possible if it's a thinking, real person.

7 posted on 07/17/2005 7:51:11 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: joe_oak

If this guy thinks these things then how the heck did he become a Republican in the first place?

Someone should check his voter registration.. I smell bull$hit...


8 posted on 07/17/2005 7:51:16 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: joe_oak
When we get too sure of ourselves, we can start losing ground.

We always find that amusing.

9 posted on 07/17/2005 7:51:48 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: joe_oak

Fall on the sword. Then you can be a drama queen.


10 posted on 07/17/2005 7:52:09 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: joe_oak

Your very first post here, how nice.


11 posted on 07/17/2005 7:52:32 AM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: joe_oak
I'm a pretty disgruntled Republican, too. But I'll keep voting for them until some real conservatives turn up.

I just don't understand how anyone could cross the aisle to join the deteriorating band of nutjobs in the Democratic party. Unless maybe I were a lawyer in private practice or something.

12 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:02 AM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: joe_oak
I believe in principles and ideals which my party has systematically discarded in the last 10 years.

That makes two of us. However, I'm not willing to forsake sanity just to prove a point. I'd rather work for change from the inside. But barring that, I could see leaving the New, Improved GOP.

13 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:06 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: bitt

joe_oak
Since Jul 17, 2005


14 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:12 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: joe_oak
compromised our international integrity by sanctioning torture,

i compromised my own integrity by reading this tortuous piece. i don't believe for a second this guy is a true Republican, much less conservative.

the reason this is published now is because this is exactly the way many dems feel about their own party.

they always do this...excuse others of being guilty of their own crimes.

15 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:26 AM PDT by wildwood (di)
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To: joe_oak

Oh so many democrat talking points.
What a fake.


16 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:28 AM PDT by roylene
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To: joe_oak

Every thing he said has come out of the mouths of democrats
and you want us to believe he's a republican?

Not buying it.

I vote ZOT!


17 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:33 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: joe_oak

I'm an Independent -- not even registerd, that's how independent.

So, I can support the best of both sides and throw mud at the rest. lol.


18 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:48 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: joe_oak

Not sure why you want to drum up sympathy for this person. Could have said the whole thing in a sentence: "I'm a liberal who buys the MSM line, so I don't really fit in the GOP."

It was learn and change, or leave. He chose the latter. Fine, toodle-oo, I'm all for truth in labelling.

Dan


19 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:56 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: joe_oak

When I head a few weeks ago that Bush upped foreign aid to Africa the same day after seeing a report about illegal immigrants coming into Arizona, I questioned my allegiance to the Republican Party. I think if someone charasmatic comes along who actually has a plan to curb immigration, a serious Third Party will be born.


20 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:57 AM PDT by Hildy ("You miss 100% of the shots you never take." - Wayne Gretzky)
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To: cripplecreek

Sme Republicans may be fiddling while Rome burns, but the democrats are gleefully pouring gasoline on the fire.

So go ahead and pull that "eject" handle ... good luck in your future voting selections, Counselor. Just don't let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you.


21 posted on 07/17/2005 7:53:58 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: joe_oak; Admin Moderator

Note Bogus link.


22 posted on 07/17/2005 7:54:30 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
I vote ZOT!

I second it.

23 posted on 07/17/2005 7:54:38 AM PDT by silent_jonny (I miss you, Tammy)
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To: joe_oak

There are definitely problems in the Repub party, but....So the answer is.....cross over to the Dems? Good grief. And crossing anywhere else is still crossing to the dems. Giving up and staying home is crossing to the dems.

As a former conservative independent, I have been forced into the Repub party in self defense. The answer to me is more and more Repubs, then get rid of the loose screws like Collins, Graham, that screwball from RI, etc. To do otherwise is to let hillary and the MSM win. And there is nowhere on the planet to retreat to.

This is our country's last stand. I am 70 and I fear for my grandchildren in a brave retro world of the pseudo 60's run by Shrillary, Chuckie, and Paul Begala---Oh, the horror!!!

vaudine


24 posted on 07/17/2005 7:55:29 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: joe_oak

Seminar letter writer. He may have been voting Republican, but he certainly wasn't conservative.


25 posted on 07/17/2005 7:55:40 AM PDT by nhoward14
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To: joe_oak
For starters, this Op-Ed provides evidence that one may be a lawyer and yet a moron. It's fairly clear that the main impetus for this gentleman to "leave the Republican Party" is that he shares the Neville Chamberlain view of the world. He has apparently bought the Democrat garbage that we should negotiate with murderous dictators, rather than recognize reality and oppose them.

This geopolitical fool never says that he has joined the Democrat Party. And given the people he names as heroes, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt, lightning would strike him dead if he said the Democrats stood for the values of those Republicans.

So the obvious question, which this fool never answers, is "What political party is closest to your views, now?" Absent an answer to that question, all the rest of this is masturbatory hot air.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "The Fry Cook Rule for the Supreme Court"

26 posted on 07/17/2005 7:55:52 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Will President Bush appoint a Justice who obeys the Constitution? I give 85-15 odds on yes.)
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To: cripplecreek
James Chaney is a Eugene attorney

How do I add anything to that?

27 posted on 07/17/2005 7:56:09 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: joe_oak

If this is a real Republican, I'm wearing white the next three times I get married.


28 posted on 07/17/2005 7:56:27 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: joe_oak
While it has compiled this record of failure and deception, the party which I'm leaving today has spent its time, energy and political capital trying to save Terri Schiavo, battling the threat of single-sex unions, fighting medical marijuana and physician-assisted suicide, manufacturing political crises over presidential nominees, and selling privatized Social Security to an America that isn't buying. We fiddle while Rome burns.

This guy was never a Republican.
29 posted on 07/17/2005 7:56:35 AM PDT by farmer18th ("The fool says in his heart there is no God.")
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To: joe_oak
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30 posted on 07/17/2005 7:56:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: joe_oak
I sincerely hope the author finds a political party to champion his moral-liberalism.
31 posted on 07/17/2005 7:56:42 AM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: vaudine
then get rid of the loose screws like Collins, Graham, that screwball from RI, etc.

And don't forget John McCain, the Crown Prince of RINOs.

32 posted on 07/17/2005 7:56:58 AM PDT by silent_jonny (I miss you, Tammy)
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To: joe_oak

Frankly, I'm astonished that you have survived past post #1. We're a tolerant bunch or maybe just morbidly curious.


33 posted on 07/17/2005 7:57:30 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: nhoward14

He never voted republican. He's a troll.


34 posted on 07/17/2005 7:57:56 AM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: joe_oak

35 posted on 07/17/2005 7:58:02 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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Oh, boo hoo hoo, boo hoo hoo........This letter from a "real" person is just a lame attempt to make himself look/act like Zell Miller...only he doesn't come close. Sounds to me that he's just a dissatisfied wannabe that isn't getting his way. He sounds too much like a nutcase environmentalist to be all that REPUBLICAN. Peddle this crap to someone who'll take it seriously, the DEMOCRATS....


36 posted on 07/17/2005 7:59:00 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: joe_oak

Never wear your red shirt and post drivel on your first day.

37 posted on 07/17/2005 7:59:04 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Now that taglines are cool, I refuse to have one.)
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To: joe_oak

Funny how so many of the Democrats' talking points just happened to slip into this "Republican's" opus from the Republican Party.


38 posted on 07/17/2005 7:59:13 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: joe_oak
James Chaney is a Eugene attorney who has been in private practice for more than 20 years.....

There are two clues right here. Eugene (assume city) and attorney. You are a fake! Be gone.

39 posted on 07/17/2005 8:00:26 AM PDT by Pit1
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To: Mr. K
My party has repeatedly ignored, discarded and even invented science to suit its needs, most spectacularly as to global warming.

Oh, this sentence is so republicanesque.

The needle on my B.S. meter is fully pegged.

40 posted on 07/17/2005 8:00:28 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Tijeras_Slim
My Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, and George H.W. Bush

Funny, no mention of Reagan.

41 posted on 07/17/2005 8:01:36 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: joe_oak
Welcome to Free Republic.
Sounds more like the written version of one of those 'seminar callers' Rush Limbaugh has talked about.
Michael Bloomberg ( mayor of New York ) is a 'Republican', but only because that's how he could win office. Bloomberg has very little in common with the Republican party.
42 posted on 07/17/2005 8:01:44 AM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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"We have mortgaged the country's fiscal future in a way that no Democratic Congress or administration ever did"

Uhh... where was he in the mid-60's when all of these disasterously expensive programs were started?


43 posted on 07/17/2005 8:02:00 AM PDT by Betaille ("I turned 21 in prison doin' life without parole" Merle Haggard (lyrics))
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Let me make sure that I understand this correctly. We are being asked to consider as valid the thoughts of a LAWYER ? ? ?.

Worse yet, we are asked to ignore the fact that this is a lawyer from Eugene, Oregon ? ? ?

Eugene, Oregon - as in "The People's Republic of Eugene?


44 posted on 07/17/2005 8:02:43 AM PDT by GladesGuru ("In a society predicated upon liberty, it is essential to examine principles)
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To: joe_oak

I vote ZOT now!!


45 posted on 07/17/2005 8:03:11 AM PDT by Thomas Truxtun
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"We're teetering on the brink of self-inflicted insolvency."

Hmm.. I'm willing to bet this guy felt the exact opposite way in 1994 when the Republicans were bold in trying to elminate the deficit. By the way, didn't the deficit just cut in half because of economic growth?


46 posted on 07/17/2005 8:03:27 AM PDT by Betaille ("I turned 21 in prison doin' life without parole" Merle Haggard (lyrics))
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To: joe_oak
gcochran, who was banned for his outspoken hatred of the Bush Administration, would have loved this guy.

On foreign policy I took the position that the Administration was justified in manipulating the evidence to take us to war, that a long line of war-time Presidents going back at least to Polk had done just that. But he would have none of it. He said his ancestors, all the way back to Revolutionary days, had fought for a government which was honest with its citizens and he was not going to break with them. He thought the Arabs were a weak people, easily controlled with sanctions and inspections, and that the price we would pay for breaking our international commitments and reneging on our obligations would permanently damage us.

47 posted on 07/17/2005 8:04:36 AM PDT by liberallarry
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To: joe_oak
James Chaney is a Eugene attorney who has been in private practice for more than 20 years, and who has been a registered Republican since 1980.

The problem is if this guy believes what he does on each of the issues he lists in this piece, he could not possibly have ever voted for a Republican unless the Republicans in Eugene are Democrats. Either that or he hasn't a clue as to how the Republican Party evolved after Nixon, or even Goldwater.

My guess is this guy reads "law" stuff and not much else. In Minneapolis we have some sports writers that have talk radio shows. They spend a good deal of time on the shows talking politics. I find a couple of them to be superb sports writers. It's obvious when they venture into other venues they are illiterate. Perhaps our friend from Eugene is of the same ilk.

48 posted on 07/17/2005 8:04:47 AM PDT by stevem
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To: joe_oak; Admin Moderator

Marks of a troll:

1. Post an article on the first day of membership.
2. Post a REALLY STUPID article on the first day of membership.
3. Do not interact with replies to REALLY STUPID article on first day of membership.

Looking bad.

Dan


49 posted on 07/17/2005 8:04:51 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: roylene
Oh so many democrat talking points. What a fake.

That was my reaction as well, particularly since it was posted by somebody who just signed up today. However, a little Googling demonstrates that the article at least is real and that the author is in fact who he is alleged to be. So, the question boils down to how real a Republican he ever was and whether Republican values have in fact changed in some significant way.

50 posted on 07/17/2005 8:05:37 AM PDT by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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