Dear Republican Party,

I am a middle aged, upper middle income, white, conservative, Christian male. In other words I am the "sweet spot" of the Republican base personified; and I estimate that I vote for a Republican candidate more than 75% of the time.

I am hereby publicly declaring that I am FED UP with the Republican party. As my father used to say, "You're on my last nerve"; and that's not a good place to be.

I have watched with dismay as the Republican party of Ronald Reagan, of innovative ideas, of American ideals, and most importantly of both the national and international leadership necessary to do the right things, the right way, and at the right time, has devolved over the past 20 years into the party of 'No'.

The Republican party's only two reasons for existence, as its actions over the past 20 years demonstrate, is to say “NO” to whatever the Democrats propose, and to foster extremism and its dysfunctionality.

The Republican party has become nothing more than a group of loosely entangled extremists who place their own agenda above that of the country; and a silent group of moderates who sit on their hands and keep their mouths shut. This devolvement would be comical if it weren't so tragic.

Thanks to the party of 'No' this country has been forced into the Sequester and the government has been shutdown. These are two strikes against the Republican party.

Now the Republican party is threatening to damage the United States of America's standing in the world for the remainder of our history by allowing our country to default on its debts. These actions are not only irresponsible, abhorrent, and against Christ's teachings (we must honor our agreements, including paying our debts), they are also hurting American citizens. And the Republican party is actively, purposely, and proudly causing these injuries!

Let me be perfectly clear. We have actual real problems that need solving. And instead of solving these problems, the Republican party is purposely and artificially creating crisis situations that cause harm to American citizens. The actions of the Republican party are not just un-American, they are anti-American.

My understanding is that if an American citizen is harmed, the perpetrators are either arrested, or the U.S. military is sent to “dispatch” them. I'm not sure what fate awaits the Republicans responsible for these heinous actions and our current dysfunctional situation, but I sincerely hope it's one of these two options.

In America we believe that you reap what you sow. Well the Republican party as sowed two very large strikes: The Sequester, and the Shutdown. The consequences, the reaping if you will, are as follows.
I will vote against every candidate that is running for office as a Republican for the next two election cycles (one cycle for each strike) at every level of government:

There was a recent discovery of a T-Rex skeleton in Montana that is over 65 million years old. The transfer of this skeleton to the Smithsonian has been delayed by the Shutdown. Now I'm not one to be extreme in my views or my actions, so I won't use the word 'never'. But if the Republican party allows this nation to default on its debts ( Its third strike ), I give you my word that it will be at least 65 million years before I vote for a Republican in any election at any level of government.

From the Declaration of Independence:

“...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it...”

John C. Grady, Jr.

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