Why I Am Voting Republican

I'm voting Republican because I'm sick of being told that every policy disagreement I have with the Left is rooted in racism, sexism, or some other mean-spirited “ism” on our part.

Dear Ms. Pelosi,

With less than a week until the 2022 midterm elections, and Democrats reeling from the shellacking they are expected to get, I read a news article that stated you are wondering just how “anyone could vote for these people” (meaning, Republicans). Allow me to answer what I presume was a merely rhetorical question.

I can (barely) remember a time in national politics when our political differences were just that—political. People on opposite sides of the aisle could still work together to achieve good things for our nation. However, those days are long past, and since neither side actually talks to the other but only engages with those of like mind, I thought it might be helpful for me to write this and explain how non-Democrats think.

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We’re voting Republican because we want reasonable immigration policy that reflects the needs and the good of America, while allowing for a generous refugee program for those fleeing disaster. And the only way to accomplish this is with a border that is secure in the first place and not annually letting in tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants and tons of fentanyl. And we resent being told that holding this position is racist and that we just “don’t want more brown people here.”

Along these lines, we’re voting Republican because we’re sick of being told that every policy disagreement we have with the Left is rooted in racism, sexism, or some other mean-spirited “ism” on our part.

We’re voting Republican because Democrats control every major city in America and—let’s face it—you suck at governance. Your cities are in shambles. They are hotbeds of crime and are always on the verge of bankruptcy. Your policies engender government dependence under the guise of compassion, encourage lawbreaking, and pit neighbors against one another in class and racial warfare.

We’re voting Republican because you have embraced the dangerous idiocy of gender fluidity and have poisoned our children into hating themselves and seeking hormone therapy and surgical mutilation without parental knowledge as a solution to the angst you’ve created.

We’re voting Republican because every person decrying America’s history and Judeo-Christian heritage, and every person calling for our cultural and historical icons to be replaced with woke role models, and every person voicing support for “Drag Queen Story Hour” in our public libraries is a self-professed Democrat.

We’re voting Republican because after two-plus years of Covid hysteria and governmental overreach, we know it was largely your party that enforced protracted lockdowns that resulted in skyrocketing business closures, suicides, domestic assaults, substance abuse, psychological trauma, and the trampling of our Constitutional rights. You required vaccinations as a condition of participation in society, forced masks on three-year-olds, and put the vulnerable elderly into nursing homes that were raging with Covid infection. You dismissed any therapy suggested by then-President Donald Trump because of that fact, scorned those who questioned the efficacy of masks, lockdowns, or the vaccine, and even to this day you maintain a sense of superiority and refuse to acknowledge that you did anything wrong.

We’re voting Republican because, despite mounting evidence that there are some very serious health effects from the Covid vaccines, you treat every inquiry about the vaccination status of an unexplained death with horror that anyone would ask such a question (though you had no problem asking the question when you wanted to prevent the unvaccinated from going to a restaurant).

We’re voting Republican this year because we don’t support unrestricted abortion that completely ignores the humanity of the unborn child and treats this new, separate life as threatening the well-being of pregnant women everywhere. We see reproductive choice as properly happening before the decision to have sex, and the thought of using abortion as birth control is abhorrent to us. When I was on the campaign trail this past summer, I had a long conversation with a resident of my Township, a convicted felon who served his time and was turning his life around. He spoke angrily of how his niece was on her fourth abortion because she used it as birth control. Your mantra seems to be “abortion on demand, without apology,” and we just don’t support that.

We’re voting Republican because the double standard held by prominent Democrats when it comes to violent behavior is dangerous and morally reprehensible. You decry “the violent rhetoric of the Right” but remain silent when left-wing activists show up at Supreme Court Justices’ homes armed to assassinate them, or shoot up Congressional baseball games, or burn and loot businesses.

We’re voting Republican because the past two decades have proven to us that the Democratic party has transformed from the party of the people to the party of the woke elite, and the GOP has transformed from the party of the rich to the party of the middle class. If you don’t want to believe this, drive through wealthy, upper-class neighborhoods and see whose political signs they have in their manicured yards compared with the signs you’ll see in middle-class American neighborhoods.

We’re voting Republican because your policies have driven up the cost of everything, making it harder for middle Americans to make ends meet.

We’re voting Republican because President Biden is a disaster at both foreign policy (we are the laughingstock of the world) and domestic affairs (with plummeting education rates, rising mortality rates, and every other metric that matters).

We’re voting Republican because you have allowed the extremists in your party to dictate your direction, policy priorities, and talking points. You can protest that what I’m saying doesn’t reflect all Democrats, but in looking at your platform and the rhetoric of the majority of your candidates, how would anyone know that?

There are extremists on both sides, but if that’s your constant response to the real criticisms I’ve leveled in this letter, then it all amounts to whataboutism, which isn’t really a defense. Your party leaders have become morally bankrupt and un-American. That’s why you’re losing elections, from national Senate races to local school boards. Yes, you’re still winning some elections here and there because you’ve successfully captured every major culture-making institution in the nation, and the mainstream media covers for your failures.

But your power base consists of easy-to-deceive octogenarians who loved Kennedy and still see you as the party of the people, transsexuals and their family members who think that embracing your party will somehow result in a better life for those suffering from gender dysphoria, third-wave feminists who hate the fact of gender essentialism, minorities who you’ve successfully convinced can’t improve their lives without you, and college students who think you’re going to be able to deliver on your promise of free everything for everybody. Your policies and ideology keep creating more and more such people, so it’s no wonder you’re still winning some elections. But your mask is slipping, and people are finally waking up to what you’ve become.

May you never win another election.

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  • Jason Negri

    Jason Negri received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Franciscan University and his law degree as a member of the inaugural class of Ave Maria School of Law. He is a practicing attorney and the elected Treasurer of Hamburg Township in Michigan. He is a member of Holy Spirit Church in Brighton, where he sings in the choir and chairs the parish council. He is also the founder and executive director of the Daniel Coalition, an organization of laity formed to advocate for victims of clerical sexual abuse in the Diocese of Lansing. He and his wife Samantha have 5 children and 3 grandchildren (with another on the way).

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