Saturday, August 8, 2009

It's like riding a bike...

I got an email today concerning our Former Senator, Rick Santorum, and the content of it pissed me off.

The person who wrote it flamed the former senator at face value, but did so without any substance..."flinging poo" so to speak. He also flamed someone who used to work for the senator, again, without substance, only for the sake of being insulting.

While the Dems accept ALL sorts of Dems just because they are Dems, we continue to kill our party by not accepting all of our Republicans into the "Big Tent" we continuously tout that we embrace. We use terms like "I held my nose and pulled the lever" or “I didn't vote for that guy at all" to show our distaste. This is one of the reasons there is a President Obama (instead of maybe a President Clinton or President McCain)

I don't get it...while the Democrats are organizing and becoming a force to be reckoned with, we have continually splintered as a party because "he's not conservative enough" or "she's not anti-abortion" or "he's an extremist", etc. We implode, rather than embrace someone who is fiscally or socially moderate. (for the record, I am both fiscally and socially ├╝berconservative...)

It's a pity. I pull straight lever, every time, because I want Republicans to win, and, we can win...we just don't really want to bad enough. There is no “perfect world” and there are no perfect Republicans. We must accept and embrace this to win elections.

I'm freakin' back.



Frank Custer said...

Glad to have you back, Bill. My blood pressure has been too stable. I agree with your assessment of the psyche of the GOP. It appears that anyone who isn't 100 percent with the ultra-conservative program is politically exiled.

I do hope, however, that you remember your words ("He also flamed someone who used to work for the senator, again, without substance, only for the sake of being insulting.") when you smother your sometimes cogent observations with vituperative, nasty insults and names. It doesn't add anything to the debate.

Again, welcome back.

Bill Shaw said...

I, too, sometimes fall victim to that, Frank, and in doing so, show that I am only human. Maybe this self-imposed sabbatical has enlightened me as a person.

It's good to be back.

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