The teams have been chosen, the field prep underway…

27 09 2010
Recently on facebook John Hawkens of RightWingNews, posted: One of the most crucial questions to ask any GOP politician: What will you do to reduce the power & authority of gov’t?
 
It’s a very good question, and to go along with it he got the following ‘questions for politician’s’ in his responses from a few of his facebook friends –
 
‎#2: Are you really who you say you are, or is this all a bluff to get elected to a “position”?
#3: are you willing to actually vote for the will of your constituents vs. the corporations that donate to your PAC and re-election committees?

#4: Are you capable of reading, comprehending, and relaying the contents of the bill without unnecessary legalese to the American people?

#5: What are you going to do to encourage and support private industry to produce sustainable energy?

I think most of this is all basic, but too often we fail to ask this stuff and only hear those feel good “political promises” that never seem to get kept. Politicians, it seems, are better at figuring out what we want to hear than they are at figuring out solutions to problems we face.

To me it’s kinds like contempt. Like we just need to have our feelings stroked with some words of encouragement and leave the rest up to them. Daddy politician knows best.

Years ago I challenged my Senator, at that time Russell Long, that he wasn’t doing the will of his constituents, and that he needed to listen to the public concerning an issue of the day. He wrote me back and in no uncertain terms let me know that HE was Senator, not me, and that we elected HIM because of his great skill at determining what was best for the State of Louisiana and the residents thereof. Daddy Russell knew best, so shut up, behave, and quit bothering him with trivial matters such as what the people want.

That was my first taste of politics on any meaningful level.

I grew up thinking that we sent our politicians off to Washington to represent us, not themselves. Sure, I understand the concept of them learning about the various issues on a deeper level and understanding the ramifications of the proposals and policies. That they need to compromise and work together.

But when push comes to shove it’s the voter they are supposed to watch out for, not the special interests and big corporations with money to fund their campaign, or the lobbyist that scratches their back. We don’t need “professional” politicians… just people.

To me that’s why we need term limits. To kept it an amateur “sport”. And to put some “common” back into the common sense solutions to whatever problems we face.

This year in particular (although it happens frequently in elections I’m sure) I’ve noticed that several losing primary candidates, instead of fading into the background or offering support to the winner, have chosen to either offer themselves as a third party (or independent) candidate, or go with the ‘write-in’ route.

This is telling. And what it tells me is that they are more concerned with the position than they are with the principles or the ideology involved. That they are professional politicians. In it for themselves, not their ‘constituents’.

Professional politicians go with the flow and tend to seek advantage and whatever side the find themselves on in an issue so be it. They like to call it “being a moderate”, middle of the road, or even better, “seekers of compromise and bi-partisanship“. Actually it’s called being wishy-washy.

This year it’s time for a change. You may be a Tea Party supporter, or a proud GOPer, or an outright Libertarian, but it seems that collectively all of you together are yelling that we’ve had it, enough is enough. Even many democrats have come on board with the need to redo what’s been done in the past in our nations capitol.

Frankly, there are some fine upstanding politicians that we need to return to Washington. They’ve stood up for us and deserve our support. We need to remember that none of them are going to be perfect in everybody’s eyes, so we need to overlook the minor things and take look at the big picture. Where are they on the fundamentals?

If we continue to nitpick and infight over how conservative a conservative is we are going to come up on the short end of the stick again. Again, let’s look at the fundamental philosophy of the candidates and support the best ones. The playing field has been established and the teams have been chosen.

Each and every race is important.

Will we have to go with the lesser of two evils? Possibly. But we can address that NEXT election and get out, find, and support candidates that are better suited to what we want representing us.

This election cycle is important. Maybe as important as any in recent memory. Yes, you may have to hold your nose and vote, but vote you must. Undoing what’s been done is going to be a big job, that’s even if some of it CAN be undone. Remember, there is much damage they are still willing to do. That’s the scary thing about this. THEY see their job as unfinished. We need to stop them now.

If not, Lord help us all.

-Al
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Wishy Washy Washington

17 09 2010

There’s a lot of talk about a rift between the “establishment” Republicans and the grass root conservative voters. Along with that we’ve seen some name calling and some hard feelings. Some folks seem to be wearing their feelings on there sleeve and patience is wearing thin.

The problem is a divide between the fundamental ideology of what it means to be conservative and republican, and how and who is representative of the body as a whole. We’ve seen a groundswell of grass root type conservatives that want to bring the party back in line with what they see as the parties roots, or at least its foundation. True conservatism. Morally and fiscally.

This conflicts with many long time republicans, those ‘establishment types’, that have been around a while and think that its best to “work” the system by making compromises and want to be seen as bi-partisan.

One of the problems with that is that the democrats tends to use it to their advantage and never want to reciprocate with compromises of their own.

Now straight up (and as ironic as it may sound) I see both sides point. Our ‘conservative’ leaders haven’t acted so conservative. We’ve been calling people ‘moderates’ when in truth they are actually liberals.

At the same time some of our grass root people are drawing lines in the sand that make good honest conservatives out to seem liberal.

Frankly, the name calling isn’t becoming to either side.

For the national leadership and many republicans that have been around awhile to come out and say some of what’s been said seems a tad childish and petty, and it’s quite foolish. On the other side, calling people that have worked tirelessly for conservative principles RINO’s and such makes them seem petty, uninformed, and foolish as well.

The establishment worries about control, while the base worries about principle.

We need to remember that control IS important. Committee chairmanships make a huge difference in getting legislation through and out for votes. With a liberal President in power the ability to hold and control hearings, and move bills is vastly important to conservatives. But, having 51 of “yours” doesn’t mean nearly so much when 2 or 3 of “yours” are voting with “them” on many of those issues of importance. That’s something we’ve seen time and time again over the last few years.

One thing I do know is that no matter WHO got nominated to run in the general election we need to now come together and work to get those folks elected. Nobody should be unelectable if we get the message and our vote out. Namecalling ain’t gonna get one single vote. This election is important people.

Next time the national republican party needs to have a little bit more of an open door policy where supporting candidates is concerned. Throwing all the weight behind candidates that don’t quite fit the true ideology of the party while giving little or no support to true republicans just because they ‘think’ they are aren’t electable, not supporting those dark horses, got it bit this time.

They need to listen more to the base. Quite assuming you know what the people want. That is, after all, who your supposed to be representing isn’t it?

Statesmanship, and making real and honest compromises, there isn’t one thing wrong with. It’s what we expect out of those representing us. But tit for tat, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, isn’t anything at all like good government.

If the Tea Party has taught us one thing it should be that wishy washy isn’t what we’re looking for in Washington. Ideas, ideals, principles, and a backbone. That’s the ticket.

-Al

 





Wanted…

15 09 2010
I was watching a bit of election coverage last night on CNN and, during a discussion of the Delaware vote, heard one of the panel of pundits assembled there make the comment that he keeps hearing the Tea Partiers saying they want to take their government back. He asked something to the effect of “Back to what? The 60’s?” For the life of him he couldn’t pinpoint what it was all those people wanted out of their government.

Well, all he had to do to get his answer was to quit looking for swastikas on signs at the Tea Party rallies and actually read some of the messages. (If he wanted to see swastikas all he had to do was to have CNN pull any of its archived footage of just about any anti-Bush rally and he’d see plenty of them.)

Well, what do we want?

First we want control back. We want to be in charge of our lives again. And that of our family. We know that there are people out there that care deeply about humankind and come up with all kind of ways to help keep us safe and healthy, but the bottom line is this: we want the choice to be ours. We know that things like being overweight can kill us and many things that were once common have turned out to be bad, but if we want to eat a double cheese double bacon fatburger we want to have the final yea or nay. The government and various researchers have done some great work studying our world and their warnings their are fine and dandy, but that’s about the extent of what governments involvement should be.

We want control of government back. We want our votes to count. We don’t want politicians telling us one thing and doing another, and we sure don’t want them pandering to us for our votes then answering to those with deep pockets with theirs. Corporations and special interests may have a lot of money to contribute but they don’t vote. People do. That right there is the number one reason most people want term limits, so our representatives don’t forget how they got there. Too many have done so. The result is many people distrusting the government and not believing in the system anymore.

We want our justice system back. We want judges that enforce laws, not make them up as they go. We want criminals punished. Went want the intent of the public to be heard and don’t want the constitution bent to conform with how someone thinks that intent can be circumvented. Just because someone wants to jump off a cliff doesn’t mean everybody has to. That ‘if it feels good do it’ attitude has got us in a world of hurt.

We want our schools back. That’s not a racial thing, that’s a “We’re the best there is” thing. We used to be just that, the best there was. Washington and a few social engineers have taken that away from us and we are falling further and further down the list. We want it back. We want our kids taught, as in actually educated. It’s time the experiment comes to an end. Educate our kids and you’ll solve most of the social ills this country faces, from poverty to crime and the whole gambit of things that lie between. We want to be #1 again. That starts with education.

We want our money back. We are tired of the pork and the giveaways. Tired of stimulus’s that don’t stimulate anything, only line the pockets of special interests and politicians friends. Charity begins at home and that’s where it should stay. The American people have throughout history been the most generous people in the world, and we still would be if the government would quit taking our money and giving it away for us. That’s not your job Mr. Government man. Our taxes should go for government services, not the tons of extra curricular things we see every day. Waste not want not, as they say.

We want our businesses back. We want the burdens off the back of the free enterprise system and the regulations regulating that things only be proper and right, not some quazi method of control and manipulation for the benefit of unions or special interests or social engineering like what happened with the housing loan fiasco. We are tired of seeing jobs go overseas due to the high costs of compliance, or inordinate demands of unions here at home. Get out of the way and let the people themselves stimulate, create, and build this nation back into the greatest nation on earth. Do that and you’ll see our nations tax coffers rise as well.

The people that wrote our constitution seemed to know quite well what they were doing. They argued and fussed and stewed and stammered for a good while before they settled on what was written there, even inserting a few other things just to be sure and on the safe side. And it seemed to have worked quite well for a long, long time. They also knew what their intentions were with what was written therein and it was never meant to be open to interpretation. Quit trying to figure out new ways of making those words fit with an entirely knew meaning. It’s akin to blasphemy. It cheapens both our history and the sacrifice of our founding fathers, along with our constitution and our country itself.

Those are a few of the things we want.

-Al