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Murkowski goes partisan

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2004

I was raised staunch Republican in a patriotic military family. Republicans theoretically favor a restricted governmental role in social and economic life; is that evident nationally? Abraham Lincoln warned, "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... (C)orporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

Our republic is under attack from within and many Alaskans are following blithely along. People assume political labels and are more interested in voting for their "team" than in critically evaluating candidates' positions on real issues. Does the candidate truly embrace the concept of representative government; government of the people, for the people, and by the people? Do Alaskans remember that our democracy was established with checks and balance so that no "team" could control America and render it a dictatorship?

Is it good for America to have a cadre of like-minded politicians in power, making decisions behind closed doors? Rep. Lisa Murkowski was a gutsy, independent thinker. As a U. S. senator, she has become a non-thinking partisan politician.

Partisan "teams" are bad for democracy, bad for America, and bad for Alaska; support an independent, thinking Alaskan. Support Tony Knowles.

Julie Maier

Fairbanks



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