Part of the problem.
For a long time, I was part of the problem. I was willing to trust our government, no matter what. I would not criticize Republicans, no matter what. That began to change during the years of the older President Bush because I saw some things that he was doing that I wasn’t happy about. Although, to be honest, I did vote for him when he lost to President Clinton. I had to hold my nose to do it, but I did vote for him over Mr Clinton.
Then we got a choice between Bob Dole(?!?) and Bill Clinton. Because I knew what Clinton was, I held my nose (and put on nose plugs) and voted for Dole. But Dole?!? Whose brilliant idea was he?!? It’s since been confirmed that it was “his turn.” Isn’t that nice. It’s not what’s best for the Country, it’s about whose turn it is.
Then it was Mr Bush (the younger, aka “shrub”) against Al Gore in the first race (and contrary to what many Democrats believe, he did not invent the Internet,) and then John “F-cking” Kerry in the second race. (And while the Democrats excoriate Mr Romney for building his own wealth, Mr Kerry married into his.) Again, I held my nose and voted for Shrub.
And then I saw what he was doing and then spoke out against him, vocally. That completed my transformation from part of the problem to part of the solution. Yes, I did vote for Shrub twice, and I regretted it the second time around. But I did something that far too many people, on both sides of the aisle, have been unwilling to do: I spoke out against him.
Enter the 2008 election, where it was Mr Obama against Mr McCain (or as I referred to him, Juan McAmnesty.) Although I did speak out against Mr Obama far more than Mr McAmnesty, I also spoke out against him. That particular election was, for me, about the lesser of two evils. The main stream media, in my opinion, bent over backwards to get Mr Obama elected. The media and Mr Obama’s handlers crafted this image of a super-human coming to save us from the evils of Shrub.
Don’t get me wrong; although I did vote for him the second time around I regretted it. But in the 2008 election it really was the lesser of two evils. Mr Obama is, I believe, a socialist. Mr McCain was an open-borders zealot. Never the less, I knew what would happen if Mr Obama got into office.
During his time in office, I’ve been writing to politicians of both sides of the aisle, criticizing them both for things I believe them to be doing wrong.
I took issue with the Republican National Committee, I took issue with Speaker Boehner, I took issue with Kris Jordan, whom I wrote about favourably on my blog. Mr Jordan, in his personal email to me, corrected a mistake I had made. I haven’t heard back from the Speaker or from the RNC. Although, I’ve no doubt I’ve made numerous enemies.
That, however, isn’t the point. The point is that I’m willing to criticize my own party for things I believe them to be doing wrong.
There are far too many people, on both sides of the aisle, who are unwilling to criticize their own party or their own candidate.
Many Democrats will vote for Mr Obama this coming election no matter what. He could rip off a human disguise and show himself to be a space alien, and they’d still vote for him.
Many of his policies are running our Republic into the ground and they’re still going to vote for him. The main stream media (see my previous posting) are again going to bend over backwards and insist that GOP Governors give Mr Obama credit, even when it might not be due.
But that also brings up another part of the problem; the main stream media.
Many people, myself included, laughed at Shrub’s inability to say ‘nuclear.’ I myself laughed when he walked into the wall in China. It really wasn’t a shining moment for him! His stumbles and gaffes have become the butt of numerous jokes. And, he deserved them.
But let’s contrast that with Mr Obama’s saying that the March to Selma in 1965 was responsible for his parents getting together?!?(*) There’s just one slight problem; the March was in 1965. Barack Obama, by all accounts, was born in 1961.
Let’s remember that he himself said he’d campaigned in 57 states, and then identified the city of Eau Claire as the “state of” Eau Claire.(*2) Had it been an African-American Republican saying that, the press would be all over it. For Obama, yet another pass?
Then it was Abraham Lincoln who built the intercontinental railroad, according to Mr Obama.(*3) Again, there’s just one slight problem. An intercontinental railroad goes between continents. Mayhaps he meant the trans-continental railroad?
That is the point: Part of the problem, or part of the solution?
If you’re going to mention the gaffes on the right, you’ve also got to mention those on the left.