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October 28, 2014 at 6:09 AM

GOP candidates: To ignore an election’s outcome is unpatriotic

I read with interest The Seattle Times article “Battle of political ideology pits 4th District GOP rivals,” [Local News, Oct. 18] wherein it states that Clint Didier has declared, “Barack Obama is not my president.”

Anyone who considers himself a patriot, anyone who believes in the Constitution, should be able to stand up and say “I am an American and my president is Barack Obama.” He doesn’t have to like it, and it is clear Didier doesn’t, but he cannot both stand up for the Constitution and ignore the outcome of a constitutional process. Of course, he may harbor the delusional belief that the process was not constitutional (twice), but to declare that a constitutionally elected president is not your president is to deny your citizenship. It is one thing to disagree with the president’s decisions or actions, but to dismiss the president altogether is simply hateful.

We do not need the rhetoric of hate and fear, though I’m sure it’s a proven way to win elections. I believe we are at our best as individuals and as a nation when we are able to work through our differences and accomplish something for the common good, a belief most politicians probably hold at some point, but which quickly dissolves in the acid environment of today’s ideologically entrenched political camps.

Donald Moe, Edmonds

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