The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 25, 2013

Our View: Republican Party its own worst enemy

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To Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) who, when reacting to President Obama's inauguration speech, said the goal of the president is to "annihilate the Republican Party" adding "And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal -- to just shove us into the dustbin of history."

While we can't begin to peer into the real intentions of the president, we do know what will shove the GOP into a dustbin of history will be its inability to be relevant. The GOP has nearly disenfranchised the Hispanic vote, has painted itself as the Party of No by failing to advance a positive platform, is seen as protectors of the rich and treats some of its own moderates as traitors to the cause.

There are a number of present Republicans who are hungering for positive leadership with a clear mission for change and who are turned off by the party's seemingly extreme position on too many issues. If there's any shoving going on, it's coming from inside its own party. 

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Pine Co. sheriff showboats on guns

To Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole who vowed to not enforce any new federal regulations on guns because he would consider them to be illegal.

The sheriff's exhortations seem more like a publicity stunt and showboating than something he put a lot of serious thought into. We don't even know what new gun laws might entail. Presumably, it doesn't matter what they would involve, Cole would be able to determine all were illegal.

Cole sent his non-enforcement missive to residents of his county first, citing Second Amendment fundamental freedoms. A Pine County Board commissioner wasn't amused, saying Cole is a "sheriff riding cowboy saying he's going to do what he's going to do."

The sheriff's attitude is troubling because it shows a disdain for the law and that he, is, in fact, somehow above the law. Let's hope the criminals don't take note.

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