Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Getting it right

One of my chief disappointments in the past ten or so years has been seeing the Republican party candidates parrot the grass roots agendas of smaller government and so forth, only to get in office and vote some other way (and for Republicans to support them no matter what). Maybe some of the leaders now see that is a problem, too?

"We must support Republican officials who assert these principles," he writes. "When elected Republicans vote against Republican principles, the voters must withhold their support — withhold it vigorously and consistently." -- Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele in his book Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda


Jim1927 said...

Sometimes the electorate forgets that elected government is for ALL the people, including some things we may not agree with individually.

In a plural society, some minority groups have rights. In order for us to protect our Christian views, we can seek certain wording that protects our rights at the same time, granting their rights.



Anonymous said...

I believe a problem could be that as a society, we no longer deem it important to have absolutes, political or otherwise. The trend is gradually moving toward a shade of gray.

A person will state that they only vote for a person and not a party. But if the person in question is affiliated with a party of some type, they are in fact supporting the platform of that party. I often wonder what it is about the person that draws their vote. Is it issues alone? How they come across in an interview? What about just their appearance? It appears the Republican Party is in the midst of a transformation. The electorate is comprised of a new breed now, as evident in the last election. I'm afraid the Reagan era is over.

I believe a larger issue is that of politics no longer being about public service, but rather self service. It's all about making a name for oneself now. In times past, all parties would ultimately do what was right for the good of the country. They can't even be friends now.