Saturday, August 23, 2008

Eisenhower's Granddaughter Leaves Republican Party

Susan Eisenhower the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower has given up on the Republican party. Changes her registration to Independent.












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Reflections on Leaving the Party

"I have decided I can no longer be a registered Republican. For the first time in my life I announced my support for a Democratic candidate for the presidency, in February of this year. This was not an endorsement of the Democratic platform, nor was it a slap in the face to the Republican Party. It was an expression of support specifically for Senator Barack Obama. I had always intended to go back to party ranks after the election and work with my many dedicated friends and colleagues to help reshape the GOP, especially in the foreign-policy arena. But I now know I will be more effective focusing on our national and international problems than I will be in trying to reinvigorate a political organization that has already consumed nearly all of its moderate “seed corn.” And now, as the party threatens to trivialize what promised to be a serious debate on our future direction, it will alienate many young people who might have come into party ranks.."

"..As an independent I want to be free of the constraints and burdens that have come with trying to make my own views explainable in the context of today’s party. Hijacked by a relatively small few, the GOP of today bears no resemblance to Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower’s party, or many of the other Republican administrations that came after. In my grandparents’ time, the thrust of the party was rooted in: a respect for the constitution; the defense of civil liberties; a commitment to fiscal responsibility; the pursuit and stewardship of America’s interests abroad; the use of multilateral international engagement and “soft power”; the advancement of civil rights; investment in infrastructure; environmental stewardship; the promotion of science and its discoveries; and a philosophical approach focused squarely on the future.."
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2 Comments:

At 12:16 PM, Blogger KYJurisDoctor said...

She can't be blamed now, can she?

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Dean said...

Not at all. The most amazing thing about this Presidential election is that ANY Republican will win and old John McCain is still in striking distance of Obama.

 

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