Friday, September 05, 2008

Falling Flat

The RNC ended last night . . . with a thud.

Once Mr. America came out on stage, and glided down the runway to accept his crown and sash, it was all downhill for him. The start was slow, the delivery sluggish. He couldn't even control his ownn crowd of 'fans', yet expects to control the country.

Look, I have a lot of respect for Senator McCain. He served nobly and honorably in service to his country, be it as a navy pilot, a captive, or in Congress. But he has sold out on all the things that built that respect. He parked his independence and maverick status at the door of the Republican Party to attain a personal goal of being President. He voted correctly on the Bush tax cuts that have decimated our economy, but now has flipped to ensure the support of his base. He was right the first time, and we have an economy to prove it, a true Maverick would be pointing that out right now, not pandering for a few more votes.

Now, to be fair, Sen. McCain did do something that most Republicans struggle with, and that's accept responsibility:
I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us.

We lost -- we lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger.
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We lost their trust when we valued our power over our principles.
But the Senator went on to say, later:
instead -- instead of rejecting good ideas because we didn't think of them first, let's use the best ideas from both sides. Instead of fighting over who gets the credit, let's try sharing it.
and although it is the correct thing to say, one thing popped into my mind, and that was Candidate GW Bush's refrain, "I am a Uniter, not a Divider" and look how that worked out for us. One of the most divisive times in our nation, and a cynical electorate that is in desperate need of change.

For all the riot and rancor the Right dumps on Senator Obama, they must take pause and realize they created the environment for that star to shine. They nurtured a disgruntled society to a point they were looking for a fresh face and a new voice to lead us out of the failed policies and practices of the Republican controlled environment. They have only theirselves to blame, and no one to share it with.

We are in the final two month of the campaign, and it will get worse before it gets better. I will do my best to stay above the fray, and talk difference in issues, frustrations with proposed policies, and correct the lies and misdirection that will most certainly play a roll in this campaign. For in the end it isn't about me or you, or Obama/Biden or McCain/Palin. McCain is right about several things, but most importantly he is right about this:

Country First!


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