- - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Many Republicans are turning away from supporting Donald Trump, and many do so fearing that his election will lead to the end of the Republican Party as it existed before Mr. Trump. Are they blind to what could happen if he loses?

With a President Hillary Clinton it is likely that two, three or even more relatively young liberal judges will be placed on the Supreme Court. This will create a liberal balance that cannot be changed for many decades, if ever. This will ensure that all existing restrictions on abortion will be ruled unconstitutional. Overturning Roe v. Wade has been a motivating factor for many pro-life voters for decades. Why would they ever again settle, holding their noses and voting for less attractive Republicans in the future, especially if pro-life third-party choices are available?

For those who support the Second Amendment, these same liberal judges will rule that strict gun-control legislation is constitutional, thus the Second Amendment will be effectively altered forever. Again I ask, why would these advocates continue to support Republicans, who have failed them?

I believe that the Republican Party will lose many of these pro-life and pro-gun voters to third-party candidates, and the margin of victory they have previously provided will disappear. In many close races Republican candidates will no longer be able to win.

Sometimes actions have unintended consequences.

JAMES WARRICK

Burke, Va.

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