During the recent national debate about the presidential contest, there has been a call for a third party. It seems a reasonable solution as polls indicate the majority of eligible voters of both parties are not favorably impressed by their candidate. If they vote at all, it will be for the candidate they dislike the least.

As a long-time Republican, it appears to me few of the characteristics being displayed by both elected representatives and the presidential candidate demonstrate positive Republican demeanor.

Instead, they show a refusal to compromise, a lack of respect on issues of race, religion and culture as well as failure to address the needs of those less fortunate. These are dangerous public positions.

The Republican Party has proclaimed itself a political sanctuary for conservatism and religious principles. These centerpieces seem invisible, particularly in public oratory. It appears on all political fronts the “I” is more important than public service or public welfare.

The Republican National Committee and its associated subcommittees have failed their responsibilities by not satisfactorily vetting candidates or requiring full financial disclosure as a prerequisite to receive party support.

These observations, along with the shadow of the spirit of Donald Trump, make it seem as if a third party has already been created.

A friend who was a longtime, grass-roots politician and national political watcher said, “The smartest thing the Founding Fathers included in their plan was to force cooperation, reconciliation and compromise.” He went on to say, “If these governing components are ignored, democracy could come to a standstill.”

In these times I feel we could be on that path. That must change. We have four years to regroup and get back the respect the Republican Party once had. I am not proud of who we are now. If change is not possible, then we must start over.

W.L. Erdner

Hopeman Lane

Mount Pleasant