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At least seven good reasons to remain a Democrat in Idaho

Letter to the Editor

A Republican family member recently asked me a tough question: “In Idaho, where Republicans almost always win, what’s the point of being a Democrat?” I fumbled through some vague answer about fundamental beliefs, but I found myself – especially after the shady shenanigans of the ethically challenged DNC – wishing for a viable third-party option.

Finding none, I realized there were at least seven good reasons to remain a Democrat in spite of our slim chances in this state. Of the two parties with a realistic chance to win, the Democratic Party is:

  1. Least likely to privatize public programs like Medicare, Social Security, public schools, and our public lands.
  2. Most likely to respect personal privacy and avoid attempts to legislate what happens between consenting adults.
  3. Most likely to maintain a safe separation of church and state.
  4. Most likely to help the middle class and the working poor.
  5. Most likely to prioritize people and the environment in which they live over monetary and military matters.
  6. Most likely to respect women’s rights.
  7. Least likely to adopt “trickle down” economic policies that favor the wealthy.

If these are closer to your values than a list of Republican reasons, then it makes sense to be a Democrat, at least until a better party with a better chance of winning comes along.

Mike Ruskovich



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