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Ivan Marte, the ex-chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly
I’ve been asking for a couple of months now, when someone…anyone in the Republican leadership was going to stand up to the crazy elements in their party?
Ding, ding, ding… We have a winner. 🙂
I’m proud to introduce you to Ivan G. Marte, the Chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly, and member of the Republican Central Committee. He has resigned his post over what he sees happening in the Republican party. For Marte, the Joe Wilson ‘you lie‘ shout heard around the world, was the last straw.
In a phone interview with Think Progress’ Faiz Shakir,
“I do not want to continue being a member of a party in which the members of the party express themselves in that way,” said Marte, 59, of Cranston. In a phone interview, he called Wilson’s behavior “shameful” and “uncivilized.”
In a resignation letter to GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione, Marte touches upon several important points.
On the morality of tolerance:
Endurance, tolerance and courage must be part of our daily life, there are others virtues to be considered to fulfill some of our daily task and responsibilities to our family, our neighbors and our community but when those duties are to be accomplish through a political machinery with an uneven and inequality system fill with peoples lacking the basic understanding of human values, seduced by power, money and an illusion of glory and fame than those duties are to be attended through others venues.
On being underutilized and marginalized:
I would also like to point out that during my tenure of my position I came to realized that I was underutilized and marginalized by the same peoples that we help reached public office through our support, commitment and hard work.
On the Republican party needing to unify and not divide our country:
I do hope that my resignation served as a sign, that the Republican Party in this Nation need to reevaluate their position in a Society that it strength and sovereignty depend on the unification of our peoples and not the division that we had build and that we should concentrate our efforts on our similarity and not on our differences.
On learning an important lesson from our Armed Forces:
That we out to follow the lesson that our Armed Forces has learned while defending our Freedom, our Democracy and our way of life through forces made out of an array of soldiers from every corner of the world who like any American swore to defend our Nation with the same commitment as our fore father before them.
On the GOP adjusting to the 21st century:
We must prepared our peoples to adjust and adapt to our current time, that our survivorship will be in the hands of the very same peoples whom at one time or another we found it hard to deal with it because of Color, Religion, Race, Ethnic or National Origin; for our children will be a witness to this.
In resigning, Matre has made the GOP tent a little bit smaller today….but if Republicans continue to alienate voters with litmus tests, I’m sure it will be even smaller tomorrow….
Read his full resignation letter.
Due to Mr. Matre’s courageous country-before-party actions today, he is the recipient of the 44D’s Political Courage Award.
Congratulations Mr. Matre!
This prestigious award is available to all of our elected officials who are willing to do the right thing for our country, instead of the right thing for their political careers.