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November 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Republicans need to ensure they represent more than core party members

The Republicans had a very good election day [“America’s broken political system,” Opinion, Nov. 7]. So be it. That said, however, I would caution the victors with this: Look at your margin of victory in the many races. Was it 15 to 20 percent, or was it more like 4 to 6 percent or less? Also, look at the participation levels. How do the numbers of voters, who did vote, compare to the number who were eligible to vote?

All I’m saying is that I don’t see any mandate, either locally, statewide or nationally for the victors to say that their brand is what the nation wants. What I see, in the voter turnout, is a referendum on how poorly the public regards politicians.

The small margin of victory, for the winners, also tells me that there exists a large body of voters who don’t subscribe to the winners’ political outlook. The Constitution tells us that all citizens are to be represented, not just those who voted for the winners. Just because the Democrats took it on the chin doesn’t mean that we have to, as Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey put it, “sit down and shut up.” That’s the kind of politics practiced in some other parts of the world.

This nation belongs to all of us, all races, religions, ethnicities, political stripes and economic situations. In closing, I would remind anyone who might read this of Thomas Jefferson’s warning about political parties: That at some time, loyalty to the party will transcend loyalty to the nation. That time has come.

Dennis R. Bertaud, Sequim

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