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.
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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