George Orwell once said, “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”

Well, here we are, and here I am — restating the obvious.

Many elected Republicans appear to have lost their way. I would like to start a bread-crumb trail of sorts to help lead them out of the darkness and back into the light, the light ruled by common sense and tradition.

I invite them to come back to their roots and embrace their conservative principles.

Republican or not, I believe most people agree with the following principles at some level.

• Personal responsibility is crucial to a thriving America. We all have a responsibility to be upstanding citizens who contribute to our families and communities. We cannot blame others for our circumstances, nor expect others to pay for our mistakes.

• The role of government should be to provide Americans the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. The purpose of government must be to preserve individual freedoms for all Americans and not impose law after law upon us until we can no longer live freely. This is a Republic, where all eligible citizens have an equal say in local and national decisions affecting their lives.

• Traditional American values are OK and, dare I say, even preferred. News flash! Valuing morals, ethics, religion, hard work, ambition and importance of family is good. When these ideals are practiced and valued, life is good. When they are ignored, taken for granted and mocked, life isn’t so good. Death, destruction, demoralization of society, evil and laziness prevail.

There we have it. I hope others, regardless of political affiliation, join me in embracing these principles.

Alice Addertongue

Farmington