Too Little, Too Late
Ok guys, the election is OVER. Republicans lost and lost for good reason. The economy tanked, the leadership failed, and the Republican party lost its vision. Losing sucks. Being a conservative, but not a blind Republican, I lack the personal pain so many Republicans are now experiencing. As I mentioned elsewhere I am somewhat relieved McCain lost. Now we will see exactly where the Democrats will take the country and they can bare the blame. (I know, we’ll be hearing “it’s George Bush’s fault” for as long as they can milk it.)
However, Republicans, especially rank and file Republicans, are demonstrating just how intellectually bankrupt they have become. Rather than return to their core values, those that traditionally have defined the party and made it strong, some have turned to hurling poop just like Democrats have been doing for the past 8 years.
To illustrate my point let me digress for a few lines. Have you ever found yourself debating politics with a liberal friend? Ever notice that as soon as you begin to win the argument or you present too many facts they cease discussing the issue and begin hurling personal insults. You know, such as, yeah well “Cheney is pulling the strings,” “he’s just evil,” or, “well Bush is an idiot.” My personal fav is, “you don’t know what you’re talking about.” For me the debate is over at that point, they lost and now they want to shift the discussion to a subjective point through an ad hominem attack. We saw this happen on both sides in this election. Palin was called stupid and Obama was all but called a terrorist. But for the most part, Democrats, to their credit, kept their focus on the main issue, the economy. Republicans knowing they could not win on this topic, very publicly shifted the discussion.
Had the economy not been in such a dire situation, perhaps a discussion of character might have been appropriate. But as it was, the discussion should have been “oh by the way, he has these friends…” rather than offering nothing on the economy and focusing on the side show. To McCain’s credit he stayed away from these side shows, I’m really criticizing the rank ‘n file, Palin, and talk radio personalities.
McCain’s single biggest failing was his big gamble. He suspended his campaign to “help solve the financial crisis,” only to sit silently at the table and defer to ranking Republicans, while Obama showed off, speaking for ranking Democrats who knew more on the topic but who allowed him to represent them for the greater benefit of their party. McCain should have been the “maverick” he claims to be by speaking for his party and presenting a bold proposal in a commanding way. But that simply is not Mccain’s personality. Obama is the bold charismatic leader and McCain is an understated pragmatist. In a crisis, leaders needed to be charismatic. The herd will only follow a strong leader. This is why scary dictators rise so fast and so high – not that Obama is a scary dictator – I’m just pointing out a fact.
Returning to the point… now what was that pesky little point? Oh yeah, the election over and McCain lost, but some Republicans can’t stop or for that matter take a break in their attacks against Obama. The day after the election I was scanning talk radio and I swear, for these guys the election was still in the future. The one issue that astounds me is the birth certificate. If there is anything to this, why was this issue not raised before October? I suspect because it’s bogus. What purpose is there in pursuing this? The birth certificate to the left appears authentic and matches those of other nature born Hawaiian residents. But that would never even slow people with a point to prove. What I see here is a last ditch desperate attempt to overthrow the rightfully elected President.
ADDENDUM: A reader challenges my take on this birth certificate by pointing back to the Grandmother’s claim. I made a good reply so I won’t repeat that here. Instead I want to post another birth certificate from Hawaii. This one was found on Facebook so I blacked out the last names and certificate number. The only thing lacking in Obama’s image is the seal. I suppose we could blow that up into a big issue (and I saw someone has already done that) but what does it prove? Could just be a scan done by the government rather than someone who first obtained a copy. (A birth certificate is sealed when a copy is released.) I stand by my contention that if there was anything to this we’d have had a Kenyan birth certificate a year ago. In pursuing this, those involved look like complete idiots – or more accurately – like they are trying to steal an election. Reminds me of the Democrat calls for impeachment we heard following the ’04 election. AND NOW BACK TO THE ORIGINAL POST.
Have we learned nothing from the Clinton Presidency? These kinds of political attacks only foster resentment and cost the taxpayers a whole lot of money. I believe much of G.W. Bush’s hardships with Congress were the direct result of “payback” for the endless Whitewater investigations of the Clinton years. It is time to stop fighting and start working on solutions to our very real problems. Trying to overthrow Obama on a technicality is pointless now. If there was anything to this don’t you think Hillary Clinton would have been all over this a year ago? Come on people – STOP BEING IDIOTS!
In the end here is my bottom line point… As the minority party, (and a dwindling minority at that), work to become a real alternative with real workable solutions. Keep your solutions in the press, on talk radio, on the INTERNET, on TV, heck get them on YouTube. When the Democrats ram through their programs and those programs fail or are disappointments, the people will know you have solutions that were ignored. Make your pitch directly to the American people, get your message out, let people know that when one party controls every branch of the government we get “Group Think”.
I know the Republicans will be harshly censored in the years ahead, just as we witnessed when Nancy Pelosi turned off the lights on Republicans and REFUSED to work on the energy crisis last August. Republicans need to regain the trust of American voters by not wasting our time and money on witch hunts, but rather by working on solid well-founded alternatives. I would like to see a strong commanding conservative step up, take charge, and reestablish conservatism. The party has tacked so far to the center they cross the center line more than they maintain the right. When Democrats were defeated and embattled I expected they would tack right but instead they moved farther to the left. It helped define them as an alternative to Republicans. Now Republicans are defeated and embattled. They should take a page from the Democrat playbook and move to the right and stop whining.
It is time to be patriots with answers not fear. I swear I’ve never seen a more sorry crew of politicians than have taken Washington this year. If one wants to highlight the awful condition of our American democracy today, I need only to mention one name — Al Franken. Why? If this guy can come close to or even steal an election it shows just how disgusted voters are with Republicans.