Murphy's prescription won't help the GOP (or Maryland)

November 30, 2010

I read the commentary "Maryland GOP can be a winner (Nov. 29) with sincere interest. Brian H. Murphy, who had hoped to be chosen by his Republican Party to run against Gov. Martin O'Malley, might enlighten me. I believe in the two-party system, but how can Republicans win substantial votes in Maryland?

His six founding principles, unfortunately, aren't going to win converts.

Honor and transparency? Nothing new here.

Support for the citizen? Of course individuals and government should live within their means. Democrats agree with you there, too. But try to make our representatives vote for any restraint that would affect unsustainable lifestyles…

Respect for the family? True, we are in a sorry state when a huge percentage of young women decide to have children without a husband, and then other non-traditional couples are denied citizen rights and, in some states, adoption rights.

Respect for human life? Too many people believe family planning, including the right to abortion, are choices that should be made by individuals, not government.

Respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Sensible gun laws show disrespect, apparently. "Defending themselves and those they love" are hollow words in a complex world far different from the 18th century.

Rule of Law? Mr. Murphy wants to curb illegal immigration and secure the borders. The problem here is that neither party knows how to deal with these issues effectively. Too many businesses want cheap labor. Fences don't do the job. National identity cards, such as are used in Europe, strike horror into those who want unrestricted freedoms without living with the consequences.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait a little longer for a winning GOP in Maryland. In the meantime, maybe the best we can hope for is a minority party that is willing to work with a Democratic governor or president, both of whom are faced with solving immediate problems, not just talking about them.

Martha G. Little, Baltimore

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