De­fend the repub­lic

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I have read and heard a lot about the di­vi­sion in this coun­try the past nine years. I lis­tened to some­one the other day de­scribe the divide as not be­tween Repub­li­cans and Democrats but be­tween Amer­i­can­ism and pro­gres­sivism. Oth­ers would de­scribe it as be­tween con­ser­va­tives and lib­er­als. I be­lieve it is be­tween so­cial­ism and sav­ing the repub­lic.

Many would say democ­racy, but this coun­try was es­tab­lished as a repub­lic. A lot of peo­ple want to see more co­op­er­a­tion, work­ing across the aisle, etc. I want the peo­ple I voted for to de­fend the repub­lic. Work­ing across the aisle and co­op­er­at­ing al­ways means ac­cept­ing more so­cial­ism, and I be­lieve we have ac­cepted too much al­ready.

The cur­rent at­tempts to re­peal, re­place or im­prove the Af­ford­able Care Act, I be­lieve, are a tip­ping point. If the ACA is not re­pealed, I be­lieve it will be ac­cep­tance of the United States as a so­cial­ist coun­try, and so­cial­ism will only grow from there. His­tory will look back at this coun­try many years from now and sin­gle out the hand­ful of Repub­li­can se­na­tors who voted no on re­peal as the de­cid­ing fac­tor of whether the United States of Amer­ica is a repub­lic or a so­cial­ist or com­mu­nist style of gov­ern­ment.

When this coun­try was cre­ated some­one re­port­edly asked Ben­jamin Franklin as he was leav­ing the Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion, “What do we have, a repub­lic or a monar­chy?” He an­swered, “A repub­lic, if you can keep it.” Who knew his words were spo­ken for three or four Repub­li­can se­na­tors nearly 230 years later?

DANNY NAEGLE

Lit­tle Rock

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