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EDITOR, Daily News:
Sixty-eight years ago, a Republican senator from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, courageously spoke out against Sen. McCarthy, four years before the rest of Congress took action. On June 1, 1950, she stood up in the Senate and made a "Declaration of Conscience," saying "The American people are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their minds lest they be politically smeared as 'Communists.'" She accused him of the "selfish political exploitation of fear, bigotry, ignorance and intolerance."
The Republican Party used to be the party of progressive change. The first female member of Congress, Rep. Jeannette Rankin from Montana, was a progressive Republican and the Republican platform endorsed the Equal Rights Amendment long before the Democrats did. The party used to be socially moderate and fiscally responsible. It used to support the environment (Nixon enacted the clean air and water acts.) It used to be a big tent. But that is ancient history.
I urge Sen. Lisa Murkowski to look in the mirror and ask "Am I still a Republican? Can I really condone the actions of this president and this party?
Alaska's citizens are well-known for their strong independent mindset — indeed they elected Gov. Bill Walker in 2014 as an Independent. Sen. Murkowski is a popular senator who has shown independence before. Why not become an Independent and then vote your conscience on Brent Kavanaugh and other issues essential to your constituents?
CAROL SIMON LEVIN
Bedminster, New Jersey