I grew up in a Republican family and Republican communities. Had I not had an exchange year at a British public school and seen first hand how things were done by the British, I most likely would not have made the change to becoming a Democrat in college. At that time the Republicans were decent people and the suspicion of corruption in urban centers lay with the Democrats. But I had experienced British medicine first hand, seen the humane programs to restore the war torn cities, and other differences (some which I did not like) which led me to rethink the way we were and were not doing things in the States. The Republican attack on single payer medicine revealed its commitment to corporations rather than people. Things have only gotten worst with them since — now open corruption and anti-democratic actions are praised by them. What a horror now coming to fruition in their attacks on reforms in all areas.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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