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Sunday, July 21, 2019

I was a Republican for 40 years. I’m still very proud my first vote was for Ronald Reagan. I answered the call to public service and spent most of the last 20 years abroad as a law enforcement officer and diplomat.

I witnessed, first hand, how this president created chaos and uncertainty in foreign and national security affairs. When I retired and returned home, I was saddened, but not surprised, at the disgraceful state of my party. I hadn't left the Republican Party — it had left me. It’s now the party of right-wing nationalists and religious extremists who degrade our democracy and threaten our prosperity and security.

I still hold foundational Republican principles of individual freedom, limited government, human rights and harnessing the awesome power of free enterprise to solve social problems and build equality of opportunity. True Republicans believe all people are endowed with unalienable rights, not just American citizens. True Republicans believe limited government is one that doesn’t intrude on individual liberties like reproductive choice or choice of marriage partners. True Republicans don’t suppress voting rights or manipulate voting districts to discriminate against minorities. True Republicans know that free trade is the engine that propels prosperity and creativity. True Republicans don’t bully allies or cower before tyrants.

If you’re a true current or former Republican; if you value foundational precepts of Republicanism; if you favor reasoned and thoughtful approaches to solving national challenges; if you want the impostors in the White House and Congress to know they’re on the wrong side of history; join the protest on July 17 when the president comes to Greenville.

I’ll be there because, as Edmund Burke so famously said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Steve Bows

Greenville

Stephen Bows is retired from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. His letter was received prior to the visit by President Trump but could not be published sooner than today.

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