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    I have belonged to the Republican Party since I registered on my 18th birthday in 1984. The following day I went into the U.S. Army. I served my Country under President Reagan. I have reached the conclusion that I am no longer in sympathy with the Republican Party's ideology, or in reality it is no longer in sympathy with its stated ideology. Today I have completed, and will submit, my change in party affiliation. In the words of Matt Walsh "its... not me, its you."

    We, as a party, have done this year what I have been against on the local level for years ( , ). We have nominated and put into office a non-Republican. Donald Trump is not a Republican; he is not in sympathy with the stated ideals of the Republican Party. It appears a win is more important to the Party than its ideals. Trump, and others, have raided the Republican Party solely to get him into office, and we as Republicans let that happen. This led to the general election that was a race to the bottom.

    Matt Walsh aptly reminded me that "The Republican Party, we should remember, is made up of Republicans. And most of the Republicans are voters, not politicians. So even if nobody else will say it, I must make it clear that I’m leaving because of these voters. Whatever else can be said of citizens who want a man like Trump to run the country, it cannot be said that they’re anything resembling conservative. Nor can it be said that we have anything much in common."

    It is oft said that the People will get the government it deserves. We have seen it in West Seneca and the terrible decision to downsize our Representative form of government in this town and we will see it over the next four years in our country.

    Regardless of how you feel about the results of this election, keep in mind that Trump was elected President, not dictator. The office of President is one of limited powers and is kept in line by the other two co-equal branches of government. Life will go forward and we as citizens will have opportunities to change our Country's direction one of which comes in two years if we see fit.

    We have tolerated two years of non-leadership of a Republican controlled House. I am sure we can endure two more.

    I have chosen to register with the Libertarian Party. While I may not agree 100% with their stated platform, I can agree with it more than I can the Republican Party's actions despite its platform. I will work to increase its presence in our State and our Nation.

    Goodbye Republican Party, it is not me, it’s you.