From the Huffington Post, a must read. It explains a lot of the reasons that I, a lifelong Republican, am so involved in politics for the first time really since Viet Nam. The author, Pete McCloskey is well known for his many years of service, including a presidential run.
Really, go read the whole thing but here is the beginning of McCloskey's letter:
THE NEED FOR A DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 2007
I have found it difficult in the past several weeks to reach a conclusion as to what a citizen should do with respect to this fall's forthcoming congressional elections.
I am a Republican, intend to remain a Republican, and am descended from three generations of California Republicans, active in Merced and San Bernardino Counties as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have just engaged in an unsuccessful effort to defeat the Republican Chairman of the House Resources Committee, Richard Pombo, in the 11th Congressional District Republican primary, obtaining just over 32% of the Republican vote against Pombo's 62%.
The observation of Mr. Pombo's political consultant, Wayne Johnson, that I have been mired in the obsolete values of the 1970s, honesty, good ethics and balanced budgets, all rejected by today's modern Republicans, is only too accurate.
It has been difficult, nevertheless, to conclude as I have, that the Republican House leadership has been so unalterably corrupted by power and money that reasonable Republicans should support Democrats against DeLay-type Republican incumbents in 2006. Let me try to explain why.
Here is the link to the Revolt Of The Elders referred to in the full letter. It has the "Open Letter To The House Leadership" letter that McCloskey refers.
Go read. Go on. It is that important that I'm telling you to leave now and head over to the HuffPo and read McCloskey's letter. Just don't forget to come back :)