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Advice to My Bucks County Republican Friends After Their Big November Election Loss

Choose freedom over fascism.
Shirts for sale on Jan. 6, 2021, combined loyalty to Jesus and to Donald Trump (Joyce Dalsheim, CC BY-ND/The Conversation)

I know how Republicans must have felt on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. I’ve been there. George McGovern, 1972. Ouch. He only won in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. I still feel that pain. So I truly know how you feel after losing so badly here in Bucks County, and in Ohio and Virginia and Kentucky and…

So let me give you some advice. Like most Democrats, I care more about Country than Party. So perhaps if you change some aspects of your platform, it might be good for our country, and you too. Here goes.

Many old, and even young guys in your party hold onto the antiquated (if not sexist) idea that men are better suited to make decisions for women about their health and bodies. Hey, if you were having medical problems, would you want some politician preventing you from seeing a doctor? What if the woman died because a doctor was afraid to go to jail if he treated her? My bet is you would lose the votes of her entire family. For years. And that carrying a baby to term after rape or incest? Really? As Dr. Phil would say: ‘What were you thinking?” Women deserve to be free, just like all other Americans, right?

Book banning. Kind of sounds like book burning. And you know who started that. Nazis. Newsflash: most Americans don’t really like Nazis. (Oops. Charlottesville. Your leader said there were good people on both sides. Let’s try not to bring that up ever again. But lately, he has been saying stuff that sounds like they are lifted right from the mouth of Der Fuhrer, like calling his opponents vermin and planning to round people up into law-free camps. So it may be hard to get people to forget his praise of Nazis in Charlottesville. Maybe you should seriously consider picking another candidate, one who hasn’t been indicted with 91 felonies, perhaps?)

Also, going all in on censorship in the educational system sounds a lot like Stalin and Mao (You don’t want people to think you are socialists or communists, right? I know how that feels too). Those dictators made adherence to party ideology more important than pursuing truth. That didn’t help their students get smart, did it? Americans want an excellent educational system for their kids unfettered by party ideology, right?

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And why are you picking on LGBTQ+ kids? Don’t you know that will just make you look mean and cruel? That won’t go over too well with the LGBTQ+ community and all their relatives. Oh, did you know that the first Nazi book burning included a lot of books related to homosexuality? Not a very good association for your party. America is supposed to be a place where all can live free and safe no matter what their sex or race or color or religion or sexual orientation is. Support, not attack, the LGBTQ+ kids in our schools, right?

Hey, did you think Tuesday’s election was rigged? The guy who 56 percent of your party wants to be your 2024 presidential nominee keeps saying his last election was rigged and unfair to him because he lost. I used to be a Judge of Elections and I saw firsthand the hard work both Republicans and Democrats did on election day to ensure a free and fair election. If you guys keep saying elections in America are rigged, you are insulting all those poll and Board of Election workers across the country who love democracy. Most Americans love democracy. Why does your party keep bad mouthing it (only when you lose)?

So I think in this election Americans showed they want freedom and not fascism: freedom to have free and fair elections, freedom for their children to have a quality uncensored education, freedom for LGBTQ+ kids to live without prejudice, and freedom to make personal healthcare decisions – all without interference by politicians and their unfree ideology. 

Hey, didn’t you folks used to be the party of personal freedom? Then why are you suddenly advocating taking away our freedoms? What happened? Maybe that’s another reason why you keep losing.

I think you should change your platform quickly. But if your party leaders won’t let you, maybe you should simply vote for Democrats next time so America can still be the “Land of the Free.”

I hope you follow my advice. Better luck next time!

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Steve Cickay

Steve Cickay

Steve studied philosophy at the University of Chicago where he developed critical inquiry and writing skills that enriched all his endeavors in life. He moved with his family to Bucks County in 1985 attracted by the excellence of its public schools for his children. He spent his life in public service in the Departments of Army, Navy, Labor and Treasury in the information technology field. During retirement, he became more active in local politics as an independent activist, a Democratic Committeeperson, and a Democratic candidate for State Senate in 2014. Although he enjoys walking his rescued pitbull Hazel in the beautiful parks of Bucks County, biking and trying to run in his advancing years, his new role as a grandfather fills him with exquisite joy.

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