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Letters to the editor, March 7

Overblown ego

In 1850, John C. Calhoun tried to destroy the United States to feed his ego and preserve slavery. His following was a pathetic minority that tried to bully the rest of the nation into accepting slavery throughout the country. This ultimately led to the American Civil War and damaged the Democratic Party so severely that only two presidents within a 72-year period (1860-1932) were Democrats.

Recently Ted Cruz tried to destroy the economy of the United States by attempting a filibuster to prevent the United States from honoring its debts. The stock markets in the United States and around the world waited anxiously to see if the real Republicans would allow the Cruz ego to trump the financial stability of the nation and perhaps the world.

Republican senators, recognizing that Cruz had caused the party to sink to its lowest popularity in the history of American politics when his egomania shut down the government for more than two weeks, performed their duty and put America ahead of the Cruz ego.

America needs a viable Republican Party; fortunately, the majority of its members, like the GOP speaker, and a huge majority of Americans despise Cruz and his overblown ego.

The tea party minority is like Calhoun’s minority: It will severely damage the GOP. Only 8 percent of voters now say they are members of the tea party, down from a high of 24 percent in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30 percent of likely U.S. voters now have a favorable opinion of the tea party. Forty-nine percent of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement. And this poll was before Cruz’s latest egomaniacal bluster.

Michael S. Dana,