DECEMBER 5, 2003 – Say you were
going to choose between the two parties.
No, I’m not giving you an option. You
have to choose between one of the two. Okay, you can even pick from
Libertarian or Green of Communist for all I care.
But let’s just say for one day you had
to be a member of one of the parties. Which one would you choose?
For me, the answer is simple: without a
moment’s hesitation I would choose to be a Republican.
Now don’t get me wrong – this doesn’t
mean I want to be a Republican or agree with them on more issues
than I do the other parties. But, considering that once within a
party you have some freedom to veer toward the middle while
remaining under that party’s wing, I would have to go with the GOP
for the following reasons.
First, they are actually a political
The Democratic Party operates more like
group therapy. People get together and whine a lot and complain and
share their feelings about how this or that affects them in a
The Republicans, on the other hand, show
up for the sake of making and implementing political plans of
Democrats talk about the current
Republican hold on power as if it were the Nazis taking over, but
most don’t put their money or time or action where their mouth is.
While the Republicans are donating money and writing editors,
Democrats are speaking of their frustration in a nice, open manner.
Take President Bush’s current campaign
machine for example. He recently passed the Healthy Forests bill.
Some people like it, some don’t. But President Bush isn’t going to
sit around and wait to see how the press covers it and then complain
if he doesn’t like the coverage. Instead, he sent out an e-mail to
all of his supporters asking them to write the editors of all
newspapers in their area.
Even better, to easily facilitate this,
he set up an online form with pasteable talking points for people to
build letters from, a simple system that has the e-mail addresses
of the editors of every newspaper in the nation. A list of the
person’s local newspapers were included, and to get the response to
the right place, all the Bush supporters had to do was click on
boxes next to the papers of their choice.
And so, just like that, thousands upon
thousands of pro-active letters trying to garner positive press were
The Democrats, on the other hand, send
out alerts saying, “Tell President Bush not to gut Medicare,” and
include a form you can use to send a letter to President Bush asking
him to change his policy.
You tell me, which will be more
effective? Even more, the Democrats seem delusional. The President
won’t change his mind, so why waste the effort?
Republicans prefer business attire, like
suits, for their campaign and political gatherings. Democrats take
pride in the fact they dress casually. In fact, wear a suit to a
Democratic political meeting and people will ask mockingly, “What
are you, a Republican?”
Instead, they sit there sloppily dressed
in jeans and sweatshirts. I’m sorry, a suit is simply a business
uniform. If I play baseball, I put on baseball clothes. If I play
hockey, I wear hockey attire. If I am conducting an orchestra, I
wear an orchestra conductor's tux, and when I am taking care of
business, I wear a business uniform. It is not a moral choice or a
negative thing. It is not taking a stand on any side of any issue.
It is simply getting prepared for what you are doing.
The worst part of the Democratic Party
is they can not speak loudly or strongly even when they are telling
the truth or on the right side, while the Republicans defend
themselves and stick up for each other and stick it to the Democrats
all day every day.
For example, recently Arnold
Schwarzenegger was made Governor of California. He promised during
his campaign that he would eliminate the massive deficit without raising
taxes, cutting vital services, or just borrowing to cover things up
as Davis did.
Well, it turns out he has no plan to do
that. He simply wants to borrow $15 billion – run up the state’s
credit cards – to make everything seem fixed. This is nothing like what he promised, which was to simply
eliminate the debt by cutting what he said was massive unnecessary
So, do the Democrats pounce? Nope, but
someone does: Republican Tom McClintock. Democrats hem and haw and
worry about sounding too harsh. The Republican let it fly, calling
Arnold’s plan wrong and irresponsible.
Tell me, which party do you want to be a
part of? Who wants to join up with a party that doesn’t stand up
for itself? Who wants to associate with sloppily dressed people who
would rather whine all night and day about bias in the press but
never actually do anything about it, like write a letter to an
On the other side, who wouldn’t want to
be part of a party that takes care of business, that stands up for
itself and what it stands for, that puts its money, time, and
actions where its mouth is?
Agree or disagree with the particular
policies, the Republican Party is the place to be. If you were into
that sort of thing.
Fortunately, we, as Moderate
Independents, don’t have to choose. Yet still, each election we
must do our American duty to take a stand. And there is a reason
so many of us take that stand with the Republican side.