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An Open Letter to Republicans About Trump

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Dear, Republicans:
The time has come for you to do something really important for the country at a time of serious need. The stakes are that high. You must stop Donald Trump from ever becoming president. If you want to continue to be taken seriously as a national party -- viable in presidential elections -- you should not make him your party's nominee. And, he definitely cannot be president. I will do my best to help. In fact, a lot of Democrats and Independents will do their best to help. But, this really is on you.
Allow me to first encourage you to consider the source of this letter. While raised a Democrat, I actually left the party and voted as an independent in 2008, 2010 and 2012. I was fed up with the Democratic Party after their capitulation on the Iraq War and was looking for options. In 2000, I co-founded a nonpartisan nonprofit action tank for political service called United Leaders. My business partner was a Republican and we worked with, honored and engaged many more Republicans. I attended the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in 2000 and 2004. I love Ron Paul. In fact, while I am now a registered Democrat again, I am a Libertarian Democrat and want to end the Federal Reserve System. And, I have watched nearly all of your debates this election cycle. To put it more bluntly, I have a long record of bipartisan work. Now, let me tell you why I am a registered Democrat again and why you should take my challenge seriously.
Your party is driving toward a cliff. After electing George W. Bush president, he then proceeded to allow a massive terrorist attack on American soil and then misled the country to take us into a costly, deadly and unnecessary war in Iraq. During President Obama's campaign and throughout the entirety of his terms in office, the ugliest side of your party has emerged and become a dominant voice. While working for the president's campaign in 2008 I received actual phone calls from people who claimed that Obama would put whites into slavery. Some of your national figure heads including Donald Trump adopted the birther movement and called into question our president's nationality and dedication to this country -- a dangerous conspiracy theory. And, the Tea Party -- from where a lot of this conspiracy stuff is coming -- has risen to national prominence and has a powerful voting bloc in Congress.
And, now you propose to elect Donald Trump -- birther, sexist, racist, xenophobe, islamophobe, habitual line stepper and more -- president? What rational person could take you seriously after that? I was happy to see George Will's column in the Washington Post warn that Trump's nomination would lead to the end of the conservative party. I was encouraged by the nearly 100 Republican national security advisors who signed the letter calling for Trump to be stopped. And, I loved Mitt Romney's call for the same thing. However, that is not enough. If you love this country and all that it stands for, you must not support Donald Trump. While all of your other potential nominees have reasserted their pledge to support Trump should he become the nominee, we all know that your party will implode if he wins. Reasonable Republicans and independents will stay home or vote for the Democrat's nominee instead of supporting him. And, by allowing the lowest representation of your party to control the election you will be unleashing on the country a brand of hate that we do not need.
Do you, the party of Lincoln, believe that the Emancipation Proclamation was wrong? Do you believe that all Muslims are our enemy? Do you think a man that insults women publicly is presidential material? These are just some of the things that Trump's supporters believe. If you are more rational then please take my challenge seriously. This is your time to shine. Stop Trump and send a clear message to the country that his ideas are not welcome in the Republican Party. It is of critical importance that we continue to have more than one dominant party in national elections and beyond. Nominating Trump would send a clear message to the country that you do not want to be taken seriously anymore. And if, god forbid, he became president a deep divide would open across the nation. I urge you to stand up and do the right thing.

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