Terry Martin-Back: Stop dictating and start leading


Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.

A friend and I were invited to a conservative gathering in Orlando recently. We thought we would attend a gathering of conservative people who could sit and talk about how to create solutions for problems within our government and address them with our elected representatives. Having been invited by a “non-party affiliated group,” I assumed it would be a very interesting day.

What we found when attending this conservative gathering was “non-party affiliated groups” such as FreedomWorks, the tea party and the 9-12 Coalition happened to be members of the Republican Executive Committee. After sitting there and listening to the problems of the Republican Party and being berated (because it was those groups and conservatives who cost them the election), we had had enough and departed at the noon break.

Having had a busy week to ponder about what had happened, I decided to address my opinion of the Republican Party in public.

To the Republican Party: When will you come to the conclusion that you are out of touch with “We the People?” When you are clearly attempting to dictate which religious group has precedence over other religions, you are clearly out of touch

When will your party stop dictating to people about their personal freedoms and liberties on who they choose to spend private time with or what choices they make with their bodies? That is clearly not any business of the Republican Party. When will your party focus on the real problems of our society: the waste, fraud and abuse of our government? Try presenting or establishing a real federal budget or finding solutions to lower our high school dropout rates.

Those are just a few examples of where you need to try practicing leadership instead of whining. It's very unbecoming.

Terry Martin-Back lives in Gainesville.

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