Thursday, October 14, 2004

Welcome to the club

Blogger Vodkapundit discusses the growing list of the Democratic Party's attacks on republican government. His conclusion is one that I got to in time for the 2000 election (my third election and the first that I voted the Republican Party line):
Now, I know this is an angry essay. However, I don't mean to imply that all Democrats are evil and all Republicans are sweetness and light. Far from it. But for the first time in 16 years, I'm going to vote Republican straight down the line. If I have to punish a couple of local Democrats I'm fond of, then so be it, but I have to try to get a point across: The national Democratic Party is bad for this country.


Blogger William said...

Umm dude this is a seriously f*cked up idea...

I voted in 2002 for Rep. Chris Cox, who is one of the most conservative congressmen out there. Why? Cause he seems to me to care about his district. The democratic challenger I had no clue. I voted for Gov. Ahnold Schwarzenegger cause I felt that Davis was corrupt and needed to be gotten rid of and Cruz Bustamante was umm.. very sleazy... Parties as a whole are bad. But just cause you hate a party doesn't mean you should curse all of those in it who are actually worthwhile. I hate Bush and most of the people working in the Executive Branch, that doesn't mean I'm going to screw Cox or Ahnold. Ahnold is an excellent governor. Just cause you hate Kerry doesn't mean you screw some other democrat (unless if you have a legitimate beef with him/her).

An episode of the West Wing portrays this very well. When Josh is working with a liberal republican from Maryland to clean up the Chesapeake bay. Their efforts fail because by doing this, the republican would be all but unbeatable in the next election, thereby screwing democrats and the republicans wanted a more conservative republican from his district. Before he leaves the West Wing, the congressman turns and says "The parties are screwing us all over. In 50 years there won't be a conservative democrat and a liberal republican in national politics."

You need to look at people and where they stand on issues. For example, I am an environmentalist (not a fringe but one nontheless) and am anti-guns. However, I am fiscally conservative. Do I fit into any liberal democratic stereotype???

8:27 PM  
Blogger William said...

Also, if you seriously believe that every member of one party is better than everyone of another party, then you're wrong.

Now if you vote for a party line because you honest to god can tell me that you have cause to vote for everyone of the party over the other and you can give me detailed reasons why you're voting for them over their opponents, then more power to you. If you vote for one party just cause the other party stupid and have no reasons past that, then don't vote. You don't deserve to vote as you are wasting your vote on some idiotic notion. Let's take this idea back some time. Lets say that you're voting in 1932. Its the height of the depression. You're probably out of work but yet, you in your infinite wisdom decide that the Republican party is better than Democratic Party. You, and millions like you decide to vote for Herbert Hoover over a brash, polio crippled NY Governor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Hoover believes in laissez-faire economics and congratulations the depression continues to get worse for the next 4 years.

Let's put in some quotes that I have given you before from the west wing:

Ainsley Hayes (who is a conservative republican!): Say they are smug and superior. Say their approach to public policy makes you want to tear your hair out. Say they like high taxes and spending your money. Say they want to take your guns and open your borders but don't call them worthless... The people I have met have been extraordinarily qualified. Their intent is good. Their commitment is true. They are righteous, and they are patriots. And I'm their lawyer."

No matter how much I hate Bush, I do realize that he has the best interests of America in his heart.

And also for those who want to diss partisan politics:
Ritchie "Now, I want people to work together in this great country, and that's what I did in Florida - I brought people together - and that's what I'll do as your President. In the logjam, in the gridlock, and bring Republicans together with Democrats, 'cause Americans are tired of partisan politics."

Jed "Actually, what you've done in Florida is bring the right together with the far right. And I don't think Americans are tired of partisan politics; I think they're tired of hearing career politicians dis partisan politics to get a gig. I've tried it before. They ain't buying it. That's okay, though; that's okay, though, 'cause partisan politics is good. Partisan politics is what the founders had in mind. It guarantees that the minority opinion is heard, and as a lifelong possessor of minority opinions, I appreciate it. But if you're troubled by it, Governor, you should know, in this campaign, you've used the word 'liberal' seventy-four times. In one day. It was yesterday."

Toby "I'm not sure I can watch anymore. No, wait, I can. I can."

And one just for fun: I love this quote:
Josh 'ten words' "'I will make America's defenses the strongest in the history of the world.'"

Leo "'In the history of the world'? When we say that, are we comparing ourselves to the Visigoths, adjusted for inflation?"

Oh and from what I understand, the man who the people are supposed to start rooting for on the West Wing when Bartlet's term is up is not the VP, its not Houston Congressman, its a REPUBLICAN SENATOR from California.

And now my anger has lessened. That blog entry pissed me off, you did something really stupid, you "woke" me up.

8:45 PM  

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