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May 17, 2013

Guest opinion: Campaign with honor

By ZAN PRINCE | Chair, Parker County Republican Party

All politics is local and personal! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful summer, filled with relationship building experiences and times of relaxation. As you do all the things that re-charge us for the next round at work and involvement in community and political activities, let’s reflect on the 2013 local elections for a moment.

Did you see this disgraceful attack on our American election process?

Elections are the ultimate expression of our First Amendment-protected free speech. Every citizen from every walk of life has the opportunity and responsibility to participate in the process. While “good folks” have worked hard, taken care of their families and volunteered at the church, others have been whittling away at the very things that make America great.

While we believed there was no way certain things could happen in America, unbelievable laws were passed that have a horrible effect on our lives. When we were children, who would have ever imagined an America where Christian expressions of faith, gun ownership or the responsibility of the individual were challenged?

It’s time for each and every citizen to get informed and get involved. The investment in our present and future is worth the time and effort. We need ALL of the contributions of ALL hardworking Americans who believe in American values to make sure that America has religious, civil, and physical liberties.

Now, let’s look back to the 2013 elections right here in Parker County. In campaigns involving our friends and neighbors, we just finished campaigns that involved vandalism, name calling, intimidation and fact twisting that I would call lying if I was correcting my grandchildren’s behavior.

Free speech is at the very foundation of political dialogue for any and all sides. All need to be respectful while agreeing to disagree. In many cases, this election involved name calling and mud that has no place in any politics, especially in local politics.

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