“Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes”
song from M*A*S*H
The bus is going over the cliff, and no one has their foot on the brakes
Well, it seems we’re already in the political “silly season” for 2008, and 2007 has barely begun. Political campaigning is quickly becoming a permanent state of affairs.
My concern in this essay isn’t whatever candidate the Democrats are going to present (unless they really surprise me and nominate Zell Miller, in which case I’ll vote Dem for the first time in my life). I know what that party stands for, which is basically everything I’m against.
No, my concern is what I see coming from the Republican party. At this time, the two candidates that seem to be getting the most traction – at least if you listen to the MSM as well as the columnists on this site – are McCain and Giuliani.
Let’s take McCain first (and save the “best” for last). McCain, he of the McCain/Feingold infringement of the First amendment, McCain/Reed/et al gun control bill, McCain/Kennedy pro-illegal alien bill, his embrace of the global warming nonsense, the Gang of 14, the Keating scandal… this guy’s a serious candidate for the REPUBLICAN nomination? Sounds more like a lefty Democrat to me.
Further, McCain is constantly touted as a big expert on military affairs because of his war record. Let’s get serious. He was a jet-jockey, a junior officer in Vietnam, who was shot down and became a POW. That’s like saying Custer was an expert on Indian affairs because he was at the Little Big Horn. Any expertise he may now have is due to his experience on the committees on which he’s served while in Congress, just like any other legislator, including those with no prior military experience.
Then there’s Rudy. Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. Sounds like a line from a Cary Grant film. Rudy, as far as I’m concerned, is nothing more than Hillary Clinton without the hair. He’s pro-abortion, pro-illegal alien, and anti-gun. Yeah, he did a good job as New York’s Mayor on 9/11. Does that qualify him for the Presidency? He’s promised to appoint “conservative” justices if elected. A politician’s promise, and we have no track record from which to draw judgments. Second, whose idea of “conservative”?
If you want some idea of Giuliani’s integrity, take a look at the following link:
Here’s the problem, as I see it. The Republicans took a beating in the 2006 election. They positioned their whole campaign as an anti-Pelosi tirade, a big bunch of Chicken Littling, and it was a message that didn’t sell. The last big Republican tsunamis were the elections of Reagan, and the 1994 sweep stimulated by Gingrich’s Contract with America. Since 1994, their margins have steadily declined, while at the same time they’ve morphed more and more into Dem-Lite.
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Apparently, they haven’t yet learned a thing from their defeat. The Republicans are already stumping for Giuliani using the same straw man tactic that assured them defeat last year, this time substituting the name “Hillary” for “Pelosi”. As Einstein observed, insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly while expecting a different outcome each time.
The apologists, on this site and elsewhere, are saying we should simply hold our noses and vote for Giuliani or McCain. But if we do that, what have we gained? We should sacrifice all our principles, the very things that define us as different from Democrats and liberals, simply to have someone in the Oval Office who has an “R” behind his name? Pretty pathetic when a party’s whole campaign boils down to: “Hey, the other guy’s worse than we are”. Now, there’s a battle cry to rally the troops.
There’s also a long-term side effect that should be considered. The moment the Republican party decides they don’t need core/issue voters, their support for conservative issues will disappear like smoke in the wind. Say goodbye to your guns; say goodbye to any chance of getting a handle on the illegal alien problem; say goodbye to any support for the pro-life issue; say goodbye to whatever little fiscal sanity still existed; and say a big hello to higher taxes and more entitlement spending.
I live in Leftifornia, a state with a RINO governor. Believe me, you won’t like it.