An editorial by Sanford Staab
Some articles I have seen in the papers recently say that Dorothy Moon’s attempts to vett candidates before allowing them to run as a Republican is somehow evil while the democrats say that candidates that differ from the party’s platform value the “Citizens” more than their party.
I saw this in print form in the Idaho Free Press but can’t seem to find those articles online at this time.
The point is, when a candidate differs significantly in his views from his party’s platform (regardless of the party) he is essentially LYING to the voters.
This is such a blow to the integrity of both the Ds and the Rs that independent candidates, such as Ammon Bundy, are becoming a true threat to the “mainstream” partys.
The Rs, have been supporting RINOs because they are Rs in name even if not in spirit. The Ds have been supporting DINOs because thier party platform is so out of touch with the average Idahoans, they can’t get elected otherwise. This has damaged both party’s reputations, rendering the platforms of little value when voting.
The only real solution to this problem is for voters to do their research and vote by character and past performance over party or platform. Doing this will help keep the party’s honest and probably give us a better set of politicians over time.