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Vote for civility, honesty, respect

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The election on Nov. 6 may be the most important one of our times.

Our president has exploited the politics of division, not for the betterment of our country, but for his personal gain and power. He believes the Justice Department and our court system should always do his bidding, rather than uphold the rule of law for all. He ridicules our allies and admires dictators.

By belittling, bullying, and encouraging violence against those different than him, he gives license to others to do the same. By turning his back on immigrants and locking up their children, he gives license to others to ignore their own status as descendants of immigrants. By bragging about assaulting women he gives license to others to do the same. By insulting people of other races he gives license to others to be racist.

The Republican Party has become the party of Donald Trump.

Our state government has similar characteristics. Its leaders are in the legislative rather than the executive branch, but their methods and policies are those of the Republican Party of Donald Trump.

On Nov. 6 we have the opportunity to vote to change the current Republican majorities in the national and state legislatures by voting for Democrats, and to send a message to Donald Trump and his followers. Vote to restore civility, honesty, and respect in our leaders. Look to the center for your vote, look for leaders practicing the politics of bringing us together.

I believe most such leaders are in the Democratic Party today.

Ernie Larkin

Greenville

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