Well I’ll be a ….
Good to hear from you!
It is very interesting what you propose. I don’t think a whole lot of Democrats are going “switch boats” as it were (though I would argue that we’re all in the same one and it’s sinking) . Speaking for myself, it would be refreshing to get a “real” Republican get the nomination. I like what Paul said about 911 being the result of a whole lot of bad foreign policy coming back to bite us. He was chided for it with the typical simple minded response that somehow he is blaming America for 911. Nothing justifies what happened on that day – nothing! But it takes real courage to come out and question weather or not we have, in any way, perpetuated a climate in which this extreme hatred towards us is exploited and made manifest in such abhorrent ways. I think it is a very valid point. It is uncomfortable for some of us to look in the mirror this way. It is far easier just to point the finger and live in denial.
I am of the belief that the Republican Party has always stood for some of our most noble values. It was formed to oppose slavery. They have ever been champions of civil liberties, fiscal responsibility, deficit reduction, limiting the power of the executive, free market economics, and the wisdom of promoting the idea that having a good moral compass that places family right at the top is a good idea. It is because of this that I believe that of all people betrayed by the Bush administration, the Republicans have been betrayed the most.
We have lost civil liberties, our deficit has gone through the roof, the executive has been given unprecedented powers, our “free markets” have been hijacked by a socialist corporateocracy, and our “family values” are at risk because of the elements of a theocracy that have been added as of late. The separation of church and state exists not to keep religion out of government; it exists to keep government out of religion. But once you get religion too far into government, then naturally the government gets too far into our faith.
But the point is this Brady; this is something the Republican Party has to sort out itself. There are already a multitude of candidates on “the other side” who already subscribe to this view. I tend to support Sen. Obama at this point because he is no raging liberal like some of the others. He has authored and co-sponsored real legislation with Republicans (who are quite for off from being of the “liberal” sort) and had it passed and become law.
Extremists in both parties have led us into the abyss. I want the voice of moderation. It is my view that, as a whole, the Democrats have moved to the center while the Republicans have moved to the extreme left – yes LEFT!
I hope that we can choose between candidates that put country ahead of party or ideology.
Good too hear from you Brady!