Many years ago, while in the US Army, I had a very good friend who was an Army Chaplain. He was a soldier's chaplain, preferring to spend his time with the guys in the field, ministering to their needs, rather than political hob knobbing to enhance his career. I will talk about this very unique and selfless man in future blogs.
My good friend had many profound thoughts, some of which he wrote down on post-it notes and stuck on surfaces around his home. Others, he shared with those he chose to let into his thought process. I was fortunate to be one of them.
"Christians are like cannibals, they devour their own." I would like to transliterate into the political world. Republicans are like cannibals, they devour their own. The soup d'jour is Governor Sarah Palin.
Is it really possible that anonymous members of the McCain campaign are trying to throw Governor Palin "under the bus"? Of course! The Republican Party wouldn't know solidarity if it would a labor union in Polland. With a few exemptions (Ronald Reagon), republicans in power are mostly ineffectual, acting almost as if they are the minority party...even at a time when controlling both houses of congress and the presidency. When out of power, they spend all their time blaming each other for the fact that they are out of power. These "anonymous" cowards don't even have the courage to go on the record.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR REPUBLICANS!! You allow the "main stream media" to define you. When this media started bashing George W. Bush, you barely hesitated to jump on the band wagon. Don't get me wrong, there is much our current president has done, or not done, that I personally disagree with, but with almost no support from his own party public opinion had no where to go but down. Are you really going to do this "main stream media's" job and destroy the reputation of Governor Palin for the sake of diverting the blame away of yourselves? The Republican Party has too few up and coming stars in their midst. BACK OFF!
The time has come for the real republicans, those of us who are "just voters" to take back our party. It's time that we run the fakers and pretenders over to the other side of the aisle(where they belong), or out of the political scene all together.
Another profound saying of my good friend was this: "If it weren't for lawyers, we wouldn't need'em". What is it that is so attractive about Sarah Palin? She comes across as one of us. Why are the vast majority of congresspersons lawyers? It's high time we started electing "ordinary citizens" to go to Washington, DC.
Is this even possible? The democratic party has always (in my lifetime) be much more loyal (to it's own) than the republican party. As shown by this most recent election, the democrats are much more organized and consistent in their message. I could go on a RANT about the truthfulness of the democrats, but this isn't about them, it's about the republicans. Either John McCain didn't really want to be president, (ala, George H.W. Bush, 1992) or he surrounded himself with imbeciles. Conservative Republicans have got to learn from these lessons, yet we never seem to.
The only way I know to solve this problem is to get involved in your local party. Don't imagine that I have all, or even some of the answers. I'm merely looking in the mirror of our current situation and seeing lots of problems.
Sarah Palin may not have been the best choice. I don't really know. I do know that she excited the trully conservative republicans I know. I also know that Joe Lieberman was not the answer. Talk about a dissaster.
Quit blaming everyone else and LOOK IN THE MIRROR.