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The 'Big Tent'

The 'Big Tent'

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Blindly taking marching orders from a skewed party “loyalty” is not the Republican Party. We’ve see that type of unwavering “loyalty” in history and it never ends well. The Republican Party has traditionally followed the principles of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. 

Abraham Lincoln navigated the new Republican Party by rallying contentious factions, primarily the War Democrats and Radical Republicans. Lincoln worked with these factions by capitalizing on their dislike of the pro-confederate sympathizers and appealing to the American people. This was the beginning of “The Big Tent,” inclusion of many philosophies with a common goal. 

Ronald Reagan supported Abraham Lincoln’s principles with his “Big Tent” speech. “We discovered we could no longer afford the luxury of internal fighting, backbiting and throat-cutting.” “We must keep the door open – offering our party as the only practical answer...” “... this is the great common denominator — this dedication to the belief in man’s aspirations as an individual — we cannot offer them a narrow sectarian party in which all must swear allegiance to prescribed commandments.””Unity does not require unanimity of thought.”

“Unity does not require unanimity of thought.” That is the Republican Party, the Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan. The party of inclusion, diversity of thought, acceptance despite differences because we know we’re stronger together. Representatives Nancy Ballance, Sharon Greef and Dave Bedey understand and respect these principles. Nancy Ballance, Dave Bedey and Sharon Greef represent the true values and principles of the Republican Party.

— Katherine Scholl, Florence

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