2016-06-17 / Letters

Republican politics in 2016: Do your civic duty by voting

To the editor:

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

I don’t know who said it but it brings to mind the political situation in South Portland. Apathy has eroded the Republican Party in our friendly little town. The only political party growing here is the “u-enrolled,” which really isn’t a party, or for that matter, a reason to even have a party. Many of the people in the un-enrolled category are disenfranchised Republicans and Democrats. South Portland does not have an Independent category. So why are these people disenfranchised? I think the main reason is results. Not getting any results, that is.

In 2010 I went to a rally and a Tea Party broke out. These people were normal people who were just fed up with the system. Today they would most likely be called Trump supporters. Like our governor who doesn’t always say the right things the right way, but he gets things done. How mad do we have to get to get us off the couch and vote some good people into office. Personally I don’t like losing. Do you?

Cheerleading is not my area of expertise. I’m a worker bee. But one bee can’t get much done. Pat Paulson, 1970s “Laugh In” comedian once said “I am neither left wing or right wing. Those who are tend to fly in concentric circles.” How true. Pick a side and back that side. Get involved.

The elections of 2016 will be the election that will change America like no other change since 1776. Our forefathers were fed up with British rule and now we need to stand up and elect people to public offices that will listen to the people. Not just the few vocal people who say they speak for us. I for one can speak for myself and I will not speak for you without your permission. Stand up, speak out and vote the bums out. And if the people you vote in don’t work for you, vote them out. We need a reset button. That button is in the voting booth.

Michael R. Pock South Portland

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