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Will we lose the republic that made the U.S. the 'last great hope?'

To The Daily Sun,

Voters might heed the thoughts of Dowager Countess of Grantham in "Downton Abbey."

The Dowager: "For years I have watched governments take control of our lives, and their argument is always the same: fewer costs, greater efficiency. But the result is the same, too. Less control by the people, more control by the state, until the individual's own wishes count for nothing. That is why the barons made King John sign the Magna Carta ...."

Lady Rosamund: "Mama, we're not living in 1215. And the strength of great families like ours is going; that's just fact."

Dowager, Countess of Grantham: "Your great-grandchildren won't thank you when the state is all-powerful because we didn't fight."

Voters might recall the dialogue between Benjamin Franklin and a citizen when the former emerged from the conference in Philadelphia:

Citizen: "What have got Dr. Franklin?"

Franklin: "A republic....if you can keep it.?

Depending upon on the voters, the republic will be preserved, or they will prove Dr. Franklin correct and lose the republic that made this country Lincoln's "last great hope of mankind" proving also the truth of the Dowager's words.

Bill Dunnell

Holderness

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Johnson may have his flaws but you can't argue he isn't honest

To The Daily Sun,

I had to take a shower after the debate (Monday) night because I felt so dirty. It is a sad state of affairs when two absolute abhorrent citizens are the best that our country can muster. I keep asking myself, "How did we get here?"

Hillary Clinton cannot get any charges to stick to her, but how can any intelligent supporter not see that she is a wolf in sheep's clothing? She's a chameleon of rhetoric depending on whichever crowd she is talking to and mired in too many lies to note here.

The Clintons have ambiguously walked the line between being polished politicians or an clever criminals for too many years, yet here we are again, about to vote them back into the White House so they can continue to reap in the cash and bask in shady backdoor deals and controversies.

Meanwhile the "new" Good Ole' Party cannot even muster an articulate, intelligent human being out of a population of about 300 million people. Donald Trump? Really? I'm still in disbelief.

He's a psuedo-celebrity egomaniac who knows nothing of the middle class or families. I can't even believe this guy is wealthy. I haven't heard an intelligent thing out of him ever. Argue that you believe in some of his policies until you're blue in the face. Have you heard him talk? People, he is 70 years old and has a 10-year-old son. Oh yeah, that's American values right there. The people in these pages who tout him as their champion should be embarrassed for themselves.

The debate was a debacle. Ten minutes pointing fingers at each other arguing who was for or against the invasion of Iraq? Does anybody really care? Aren't we over that yet, people. Hillary knows all the intricacies of fighting a cyber war with the world but she doesn't know what "wiping a computer" means?

I'm supposed to vote for Trump because of what he said to Sean Hannity eight years ago? What the hell is going on here? Donald stating that he has the better temperament between the two of them? Hillary implying that Donald has nefarious business dealings? I feel like I'm in Bizzaro world.

All I know is that I can say I'm proudly voting for a third-party candidate. Gary Johnson may have his flaws, but you cannot argue that he isn't honest and he certainly doesn't exude being a complete slime ball like these other two Manchurian candidates. William Weld and Gary Johnson ran state governments for 10 years. They both won governorships in states that were "blue" when they were "red" which proves they can work with others.

I think that the only silver lining in all this is that both of these ridiculous candidates have "one-term president" written all over them. Perhaps in five years our general population will smarten up, but I'm not going to hold my breath. If we survive this insanity, that is.

Thomas Lemay
Laconia

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