Exit Stage Center-Right

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner's Nov. 7 op-ed, "Republicans' Road Back," was both offensive and a sad harbinger of continued partisan acrimony in Congress.

Mr. Boehner wrote, "I became a Republican because I believe that if you work hard and believe in yourself, there is nothing you can't achieve." This is not a Republican principle; in fact, the election of an intelligent, hard-working African American Democrat proves that this is an American principle. Nor are "principles of freedom, opportunity, security and individual liberty" strictly Republican values. These are values held by Americans of both parties, as well as by independents.

Mr. Boehner contends that America is a "center-right country" and that Republicans must fight to maintain Republican ideals. In fact, the election showed that America is a center-left country. But more important, the clear message sent to Congress by Americans across the country was that the partisan fighting must stop and that collaborative efforts must be made to move the country forward.

If Mr. Boehner does not wish to do this, he should step down as the House Republican leader.

LINDA ROSENDORF

Rockville

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