|From:||J Lee D.|
|Sent on:||Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:50 AM|
When Nancy Pelosi proclaimed Obamacare was good for America we all knew that she lied because she admitted being unable to know its content until it had passed. I conclude that her lie was to advance her Democrat party agenda ahead of truth or what is best for Americans. Being unable to expose her dishonesty in some massive, public way was harder upon me than hearing the lie on Hannity over and over.
For reasons of ineptness, immorality, and evil leadership I’ve given up on the party that first had my allegiance, the Democrat Party.
Left wanting to influence the candidate selection of the other major party, I have become a registered Republican and like many of you, have joined hands with some powerfully wonderful patriots. My first Republican vote was for the Gipper.
I love him, wept at his funeral; love to tell the story of Governor Reagan helping the broken hearted soldier who was leaving for Viet Nam (story is below). I love Reagan’s faith and eternal optimism but I’ve concluded that his 11th commandment is a mistake.
Speak no evil of thy fellow Republican. Ronald Reagan
I don’t want my Republican team to be unified and held together because they are teammates but because they share a common allegiance to all that is just, pure, and good for all men created equal.
The closest ever absolute to Nancy Pelosi is hers to Democrat unity, Democrat agenda and the Democrat Party. With the Dems, whenever a Democrat, for example like Zell Miller, is unwilling to adhere to the agenda…even a rotten agenda, he’ll have hell to pay or he must move on and Zell did move on.
Ask yourself, in the Republican Party, and it is its own system, how are we different?
In the Democrat system, if an elected official is caught prostituting young boys out of his house as part of an escort business such as happened at Barney Frank’s house (Barney’s lover had his own little source of runnin’ ‘round money) the Democrats will circle around and protect their member because he owns them and they own him. I don’t think Reagan would have intended this application of the 11th commandment to any Party, do you?
Is that what we want from our party? Is party loyalty our standard? Are we as individuals owned by the Party or is our allegiance to something much greater than the Party?
The way the Utah Tea Party Republicans replaced Senator Bennett with Mike Lee was a well scripted ballet of righteous politics. They deserve our applause and I offer it. I regret that last night Orrin Hatch survived an identical attempt to replace him with someone less willing to compromise on conservative values.
We are all part of 912 because of our disgust with the condition of our country brought on by abandonment of Constitutional principles that elevate the individual and not the collective.
For us to have the changes in government that we all want or claim to want, we must individually affirm at every turn our 912 values and whenever we see any officials, whether elected or not, betraying these values, for us to say nothing is to consent to their practice.
If we value our friendships above our principles, our success may never come and our party will be dominated by cowards. The 912ers in Murfreesboro practice anything but cowardice. They unflinchingly take on the Mosque and also their local GOP. We’ve consented to the decay of our communities by not fighting every force that runs counter to what we all know and agree is a righteous American cause. Our fear of being wrong, needing to be liked or hurting someone’s feelings have left most of us emasculated and a slave to our fear.
There is a practice in the Republican Party that we should disown. A man who I love and who also goes to church with me, an elected official, agreed to the use of his name for a fundraiser for a candidate for whom he would never vote. It is a common, inviolable party practice, I’m told and I think it stinks and should stop. Who said that an incumbent of the Republican Party must support all other incumbents of the same party? Who wrote that rule?!
Isn’t the use of one’s name an affirmation to the qualities of the person being affirmed? Would a business owner who fired a bad employee being doing a disservice if he gave that same employee a good recommendation…to his friends? How is this different?
When 912 vetted the gubernatorial candidates in 2010, Ron Ramsey shined in his answers and passion and drew a visible contrast between himself and Governor Haslam. I happily gave him my vote.
In this last legislative session, Lt. Governor Ramsey, among other questionable decisions, sided with the lawyers’ lobby to permanently remove voters’ rights to elect their state judges, almost as if instructed by Governor Haslam. The contrast has certainly dulled between the two and I must only respect that his views and mine are different.
When he was vetted, Ramsey provided very crisp, well defined descriptions in all of our questions about what in politics is Conservative. Siding now with Haslam in a mutual support and endorsement of one of the most liberal state senators, Doug Overbey, should leave us all stunned.
Senator Overbey has a terrible record as a Republican…much less as a conservative. You can see his record here. He opposes loser-pays tort reform, opposes school vouchers, removal of collective bargaining with teachers, stopping the teaching of homosexuality in elementary schools. Overbey favors driver’s license for illegals, a new privilege tax on businesses. Overbey wants to criminalize parents’ monitoring of their children’s internet activities. There are some parts to conservatism that are gray…these are not.
Ron Ramsey has stated that attorney, Senator Doug Overbey is “absolutely a conservative.”
We all know that this voting record of Overbey is not one of a conservative and I think every 912er should feel insulted that Ramsey has changed his conservative views to more resemble those of Governor Haslam and to recommend to the citizens of that district that Overbey is something that he cannot be.
If we remain silent when our officials endorse bad candidates or candidates for whom they would not vote, we’ll continue to be at best, a semi-principled party, getting the same results for another generation.
Please consider the importance of your voice.
This story unfolds in California when Reagan was governor. The capitol city, Sacramento, is on the outskirts of Travis AFB. Loving our servicemen, whenever Governor Reagan heard that a new battalion was being shipped out to Viet Nam, he’d find a way to go visit the boys in advance of departure and they’d have a love fest. On one of those visits Reagan spotted a despondent young serviceman. Learning that the soldier was depressed because he had been unable to persuade his girlfriend of his love, Reagan asked for and got her name and contact info and said that he’d see if he could find time to call.
The next week in LA, a long black limo pulled up in front of this girlfriend’s house. When she opened the door, you can imagine her sheer glee and surprise when Governor Reagan handed her a dozen roses, declaring that he’d been sent by the soldier as proof of the soldier's devotion and love. True story.