“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday a wake-up call for Republicans

Yeah, yeah, I know, you've heard that one already! The Democrats and libs are beating Republicans to death with a whole lot of twisting and turning of what happened on Tuesday in the Tim Burns race. Of course, the Republicans are also doing their version of twisting and turning.

I think the Republicans are coming across as arrogant, entitled, assured of victory and it's backfiring.

The Tea Party movement is not about being Republican. It's about values, it's about less government, and it's about real change that takes us back to a free America built on the ideas written in our Constitution and other founding documents, not Obama's radical change.

Republicans do not have the corner on the Tea Party and the ideas that are galvanizing Americans to stand up and stand out. The things the Republican Party SAYS they believe in are more closely aligned, but that doesn't mean those in Washington are the standard bearers. Many of those in politics who call themselves Republican have  already shown they can't be trusted to stick to Republican values. Why should we trust that they haven't wet their finger, stuck it up in the air and figured out which way they need to act to stay in power?

The arrogance they are showing with their "we're going to take up to 70 seats" and similar are really, really turning me off. They sound power hungry. They seem cocky. Sometimes they sound giddy.

If you had asked me a few years ago which party I belonged with I'd have answered 'Republican' in a heart beat. Now I just say I'm conservative. I vote conservative, which means I vote Republican as a rule. However, for the first time since choosing to become a Republican, I'm open to voting Libertarian, Independent, or 'other' if the candidate is truly conservative.

Yes, I know that by broadening my choices I may be helping to elect a lib. I'm going to watch that carefully. If a candidate hasn't got a chance or if it's very clear that voting third party will only split the conservative vote and allow a Democrat to waltz in the door, I'll vote Republican. However, if they keep crowing and dancing around like they've already won, I may have to rethink that stance. I know I will not be voting for many, if any, of those already in power. They've been infected and based on what I'm hearing I don't think they've taken their medicine like they should. I will NOT risk our country just to get them to swallow a bit more castor oil as we have too much to lose at this point. But once we get through this patch and have a positive foothold, I'm all for sweeping any of those opportunists left out the door.

I listen carefully now and I not only look at current actions, but past actions. I'm ready for a whole new crowd to put their butts in those chairs in the House and Senate chambers. It's not going to happen in the next election, or the one after that, but if we stick together it'll come to pass.

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