At the end of the day, how do we
tell the difference between a Republican
and a Democrat?
recent editorial to the AJC prompts this question.
Atlanta Journal 2/25/10--"Readers Write"
POLITICS--This Republican says president is a moderate
am a Republican elected official, but I cannot
stomach the growing criticism of the president. It is disturbing that many in
the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party seem to question his commitment
and patriotism in a time of war and economic crisis. This president has
governed from the middle, not the left.
still have troops in Iraq and
He is committed to supporting them, even if it takes more money and time to do
it. His policy seems to be the same as the Republican before him, right or
health care, he did not advocate for what would have been, and still is, the
liberal solution: single-payer insurance. He has instead stated repeatedly that
he wants bipartisanship. He has generally shown that he means it through his
actions. He has instead advocated relatively minor increases for wealthy
can agree or disagree with him, but he is no socialist.
Commissioner, Jasper County
Board of Commissioners
Other editorials and
opinions sent to various papers by Republican Jack Bernard
Forum: How the GOP will lose on health care
By Jack Bernard | Athens Banner-Herald | Story
updated at 9:16 pm on 9/15/2009
Originally published in the
Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
“The American public will again
say that major reform is needed, and that the Democrats are the only party with
any viable ideas, and that we should be more radical in approaching the
issue.” (Read entire article at link
Jack Bernard: Selfish people block health
published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Friday, September 18, 2009
“Yes, selfish. That is the only
way to describe the current resistance to reforms, especially among our
seniors. At a recent meeting on health care reform, I sat with my congressman
and a very vocal elderly man who was a retired vet. This man said national
health care insurance was unconstitutional and violated the "right to free
commerce" (his words, not mine). He went on to say government could not
operate anything effectively and therefore could not run health care. He also
stated he did not object to the truly needy getting health care so long as it
did not affect his Medicare or his taxes.
This veteran served his country. At some point he was a patriot. But is
he now?” (Read entire article at link
Jack Bernard: Beware health-industrial complex
Ledger-Inquirer (Columbus, Ga.)
Sunday, Aug. 23,
“I am a Republican, former
chairman of the Republican Party in Jasper
County, Ga., and
chair of that county commission. Under our two-party system, it is easy to see
why we Republicans oppose Democratic Party reform proposals. We are the
opposition party and do not want them to get the political credit for solving a
nasty problem.” (Read entire article at
Or do we have a RINO
-Republican in Name Only?