My Party, My Principles, and the Infinite Sadness

I don’t know the author. I am not a Ron Paul supporter. Nor am I familiar with the politics in his local area. Nonetheless, I agree with many of the sentiments he expresses, particularly in this paragraph.

I wept for the sake of the party. In the meeting, one person declared that our goal should be to elect “anyone but Obama”. Really? Has our party become so vapid and devoid of rational worth that we will gladly rally behind any man or woman regardless of merit simply because he or she is not Barack Obama? Heck, Hilary Clinton is not Obama; does that mean we should support her if she had an “R” by her name? And isn’t there is an ocean of difference between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich? Don’t principles mean anything anymore? And I started to fear that perhaps I was gravely mistaken to believe that they ever did. Yet if we cast aside principles, what’s left to separate the parties other than a meaningless animal mascot and a color?

When we support a candidate just because he or she is electable, that’s just about the most lame reason I can think of. Are we trying to elect a suit or a person we honor because that person stands up for the principles we support.

The Virginia Conservative

On Friday at noon, the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Republican Parties held their monthly First Friday gathering at the Wood Grill Buffet in Harrisonburg.  The featured speaker was Pete Snyder who is heading up the Republican victory program in Virginia for 2012.

The meeting itself was a fairly ordinary affair.  About two-dozen or so local Republicans attended, most enjoyed lunch, while I just had several glasses of sweet tea.  However, once just about everyone had dispersed, I paid my bill, sat on the bench near the entrance and wept.

As we live in a society which typically discourages most public forms of emotion, especially from men, it must have been a strange sight indeed for those around watching a thirty-one-year-old person cry for no discernable reason.

So what, may you ask, caused me to act in such a fashion?  The answer is boiling anger, overwhelming frustration, and infinite sadness triggered…

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6 thoughts on “My Party, My Principles, and the Infinite Sadness

  1. I’m guilty of saying, Anyone but Obama! But I sure don’t like the Establishment telling me who to vote for. I get bugged a bit when I hear of someone voting for Romney because he is most electable though they would have preferred to vote for one of the other candidates. I can see how this can be like a strategic game, but for primaries let’s vote our head and heart.

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    1. Exactly what I would like everyone to do. When Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul are all better candidates than Obama, we have no excuse for not picking the man whose character we most respect.

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  2. Annie – When the best excuse we have for voting for a candidate is his alleged “electability’, we risk electing someone of questionable character. Obama, apparently, was quite electable, but when we went to vote we had no excuse for voting for that man. When the people who voted for him went into the polls, they had to ignore the many things he had done that reflected badly on this very electable man’s character.

    Please read this post. https://citizentom.com/2007/01/18/electability-revisited/

    If you are voting for someone just because the establishment has told you he is the most electable candidate, you are voting for the wrong man for the wrong reason.

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  3. “When we support a candidate just because he or she is electable, that’s just about the most lame reason I can think of. Are we trying to elect a suit or a person we honor because that person stands up for the principles we support.”

    I would not normally do this (support the candidate just because he or she is electable) but in my mind and in my heart, this election is too important and rides on too much that we as a country can’t afford four more years of the current president.

    Everything this country stands for has been poked and prodded and ripped apart and challenged by Pres. Obama, that we need to get him out. Every thing that the people who fought in the Revolutionary war is being called into question, The war that people thought so hard for and died for so that this little country could survive and thrive against all odds. (Okay, that sounds a bit smarmy, but it’s true).

    If only Newt Gingrich could debate Pres Obama and Mitt Romney govern, I think we could have something there: Newt would clean Obama’s clock in debate and then Mitt Romney would go about turning this country around and putting it back on track to what you’ were weeping about on that bench.

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  4. Good morning Citizen Tom.

    I can’t say that I’ve met you either, but perhaps that will change at some convention in the future.

    On the issue of voting for someone on the basis of supposedly being “electable”, I am reminded of the 2008 Republican convention here in Virginia. Throughout that effort, quite a few people told me that they were supporting Jim Gilmore because he was supposedly more electable than the more conservative Delegate Bob Marshall. That argument panned out pretty well, huh? And now I’m hearing the same talking points for both George Allen and Mitt Romney in this election cycle.

    It is unfortunate that the promotion of conservative principles have been taking a backseat to this desire to win. My fellow conservatives would do well to remember that winning means little if we do not elect people who will actually articulate and promote our values in Richmond or Washington. I would have liked to think that McCain’s failure in 2008 would have provided a sufficient wake up call. After all, I don’t think anyone can make the argument that he lost due to the fact that he was too conservative.

    My Republican party must stand for its principles and soon. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if we continue to be ruled by a coalition of big government Republicans and Democrats.

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