Differing parties are not America’s enemy

To the editor: When I registered to vote, I identified as an Independent. I applauded the President when, a few days ago, he said, “In these times, we have to unify.”
For that reason, I was grieved that some people have been harassed for trying to restart the Crawford County Democratic Party.
Differing parties are not America’s “enemy.” America has enemies – lots of them, make no mistake. Those enemies want to destroy our democracy, and one of their tools is to turn Americans against each other. We are a strong electorate, and it is unworthy of us to fall into their trap.
We used to have a concept called “loyal opposition.” That means that we can disagree on policies but we all still love our country and we want – with all our hearts – to keep America safe and strong.
We may argue over whether America is a “Republic” or a “Democracy,” but either way we are a country that was founded on the sacred principle of voting on our different points of view. To do that, we have different parties. Even if the Dems are a minority in the GOP fortress of Crawford County, they have a right to form their party. In fact, I’d say the GOP needs them, otherwise how can they feel they’ve fought much of a battle? Winning over thin air isn’t much to glory in.
Republicans in San Francisco might agree with me. So let’s hear it for all “loyal opposition.”
Cathy Lester

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806
E-Mail: information@crawfordcountyavalanche.com

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