Political tribes

In response to the letter titled “Double Standard”, while the author had some his facts incorrect in the Republican response to Roy Moore, the political tribalism that exists should be of no surprise to anyone.

Yes, Roy Moore (R-AL) has his defenders within the Republican Party, but by and large the party leadership and the Republican Party as a whole think that Roy Moore should step down. Right now it is up to the voters in Alabama and many see, including President Trump, a flawed Republican candidate the better choice over a Democrat. The allegations against Roy Moore are reprehensible and he should step down. Just as I didn’t vote for a President Trump, I would not vote for a Roy Moore.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has had several women come forward and accusing him of sexual harassment. Sen. Franken has apologized for his behavior and while some Republicans say he should resign, Democrats have called for nothing more than an investigation concerned that if he were to resign they could lose that Senate seat to a Republican.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has had several women come forward accusing him of sexual misconduct while in office and using a tax payer “slush” fund to settle one of the disputes.

Then we have last year’s presidential election in which one side supported and voted for a candidate who has been involved in questionable sexual activity and another side supported a candidate who helped to ruin and destroy the lives of her husband’s accusers.

There is a double standard among our political leaders and many of those registered with the two political parties. Political tribalism in which we are willing to overlook the flaws in our candidates while pointing out the flaws of those of the opposing party is alive and well.

Gavin T. Ferringer

Lock Haven

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