Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
Last week I wrote an article entitled “Republicans truly care for you (Democrats, not so much),” and I pointed out reasons why I wrote that and now want to give further reasons why I stand by what I wrote.
There was a time when Democrats worked with Republicans and did so for the good of the people because those in both parties loved America and would not do anything to harm her. Surely, they would not take her down a socialistic path. I do not want to paint with too broad of a brush here because there are those, especially the older generation, who vote as they always have, when men like President John F. Kennedy led our nation. They fail to watch closely what their party leaders are doing and so they continue to vote the ticket. But things have changed.
Today there are too many Democrats who will do anything and spend any amount of taxpayer dollars to maintain their power and control over the people. These are aliens to that once great Democrat Party, and the sooner these loyal Democrat voters realize it, the better off we all will be. One only needs to look at the Vermont Democrat Party platform and compare it to the Republican platform to see the obvious difference.
Vermont Republicans genuinely care. And while Democrats use high sounding rhetoric to convince people they care, their words are empty when put next to their actions. The majority, over the objections of all Republicans, independents and some of their own party, just voted themselves a pay increase. Does that show caring for those who have no paycheck and are struggling to survive?
There is so much more. I believe the Democrats are concerned that the electorate is on to them, and so instead of working to insure that the upcoming elections are fair, they are supporting the scheme of the Democrat secretary of state to send ballots to all on the checklists, including those who are dead, have left the state or are uninterested. The opportunity for fraud is immense, and one can only draw certain conclusions based on who wants to weaken the safety of the voting system and who wants to keep it strong and fair.
The Democrat Party is even pursuing an expensive campaign to paint the Republicans as uncaring to the health of Vermonters in opposing the mail-in voting scheme. Vermont currently has a highly effective and safe absentee voting system and all folks need do is to ask for a ballot or vote early at the town clerk’s office. This bullying tactic by the Democrats to try to paint Republicans as insensitive to the health of voters cannot stand without firing back with the truth. If we can open the economy and safely carry on many activities in commerce, if we can now eat in restaurants, if people can protest without any restrictions, then we surely can vote in person and do it in a safe and effective manner.
There are many examples of the non-caring nature that Democrats/Progressives have exhibited in Vermont over the past couple of decades. Their position on oppressive climate change legislation, legalization of an addicting drug for recreational use, physician assisted suicide, excessive taxing of strapped taxpayers, business unfriendly rules and taxes, and abortion is shameful.
So many of Vermont’s Democrat leaders also show unwavering support for the agenda of the radical Democrats — people such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama and Joe Biden — in their push for open borders, no limits on illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, impeachment of our duly elected president, and so much more. Is it not proper to label them as uncaring? I do and I stand by that.
Vermont Republicans truly care and if you do as well, then vote Republican in November. We have many candidates running, and we need them all elected so we can reestablish Vermont as the fiscally and socially responsible place to live and raise families. It used to be that way. Those carrying our banner have a heavy responsibility to unmask the alien Democrats who no longer are true representatives to the once great Democrat Party. They are aliens and must be defeated in November.