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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The rightwing conservatives vs. the GOP

There was a time when the Republican party stood for smaller government, sound fiscal budgets, foreign intervention only when absolutely necessary to defend the United States. The GOP once stood for a time for Main Street values. Protection of the Constitution. Small businesses.

No longer.

Don't believe me? Look at how the federal government has grown to its largest size ever, with huge bloated bureacracies and billions of dollars unaccounted for. Look at the Downing Street Minutes which showed the Bush administration intended to go to war with Iraq and manufactured the "evidence" to justify the war hy deliberately lying to the American people. Look at the Patriot Act and the upcoming Patriot Act II which would allow police to enter our homes without warrants, which would allow those suspected of crimes to be stripped of their citizenship so that they could be shipped to Guatanmo Bay to be held with terror suspects there. Look at how the Bush administration's trade and economic policies benefit the largest corporations while not giving the same support to businesses that create jobs in the United States. Look at how the Republican party thrust itself into a private family matter in the Terri Schiavo case, the kind of heartwrenching decision families must make daily for their loved ones in hospice care. Look at Tom DeLay and his unethical behavior and forcing out ethics committee members who voted three times to censure him for his immoral acts.

Today's Republican Party has sold out putting party over the American people, putting party above nation, party above ethics, party above principles, party above old people, party above veterans, party above students.

Do you know who stands for and works for all of those things the Republican Party once professed to support?

State Sen. John Unger. He's worked hard to create economic development opportunities for small businesses in the region. He's supported the West Virginia State Police troopers by making sure they get a new barracks in Martinsburg. He's worked hard for more efficient government to make certain our tax dollars are spent properly. He's worked hard to provide benefits for our state's veterans.

He's a Democrat and like the Democratic Party, he represents the true mainstream of America.

And I'm proud to call him my state senator.

7 Comments:

At Wednesday, June 08, 2005 10:11:00 AM, Blogger John C. said...

Amen brothers and sisters I feel we are truly blessed to have John as our state senator. His record and the bills he has passed thru the state senate show his tenacity for his constituents. His voice on the local talk show is one of reason amidst a conservative republican underbelly. I hope John chooses to represent us in Charleston for years to come, it's a thankless job for the most part so I say to you John "Thank You"

 
At Wednesday, June 08, 2005 9:51:00 PM, Blogger Carnacki said...

Well said John C.

 
At Thursday, June 09, 2005 4:45:00 AM, Blogger Adam said...

I would have to agree at one time the Republican Party did stand for most of the things you list. That time is no more. Now most republican politicians are left leaning pansies. They are as power hungry as your Dem leaders and willing to sacrifice the things you mention. The one area you missed is those “Main Street values”. That job has always been held by you liberals. Whoring the working stiff has always been your job.

There is some difference, the republicans are not quite as slimy as you Democrats are. They are getting closer to your way of thinking and that’s scary. We are losing diversity in politics.

Let me clue you in on what the answer is, Take back the Republican Party. Us Fundamentalist Christians are starting to encourage the party into doing what’s right and reasonable. Hopefully they will listen because as you well know there is massive power in our hands and we will contribute that power to those who tie themselves most closely to the principles this country was founded on.

So be encouraged we will do our best to set things back to the way they are supposed to be. It may take awhile but we will not tire.

 
At Thursday, June 09, 2005 9:58:00 AM, Blogger John C. said...

Adam, while I don't know who you are you have certainly sparked open debate on this topic and I have to heartily disagree with your postition. You conservative, right wing, religious types have been duped and that's too bad since I thought you all had more sense, being all righteous and all. Just because Bush mentions the Bible and his willingness to listen to a higher power doesn't mean he's doing it. This war in Iraq is a travesty and you all voted him in to office even though it was obvious to over fifty million Americans that it was ill-intended, illegal, and a certified bloodbath which it has become.

 
At Thursday, June 09, 2005 8:40:00 PM, Blogger Adam said...

John,
Apparently you did not quite understand.
First, I did not vote for G.W. but he is the president we have and for the most part seems to be mostly honest for a politician. He has also done some pretty good things for this country. His mentioning of the bible is encouraging but by no means says what kind of commitment he has to its values or to this countries best interest. As far as being duped I would have to agree with you there many, who should know better, that have been sucked in by the liberal attitude of false tolerance and promises to fulfill selfish desires that the Republican Party has adopted from the democrats.
The point of my comment is that if you honestly look at both parties they are very close to one another on most issues, which I will not go into here, and both of them are heading down a path that is not good for the future of this country. We as a nation have adopted ideologies that infringe and sometimes run right over good common sense.

As far as the war is concerned not only is it a responsible choice it is also what the democrats touted as the proper action in the 2000 and 2004 party platform. Look here for just a taste
We actually should have gone to Iraq during Clinton’s term but he didn’t have the courage. The sanctions that where placed on Iraq after Desert Storm where not followed. This war is by no means illegal or ill-intended. War is always a travesty unfortunately it’s sometimes necessary.

 
At Thursday, June 09, 2005 10:39:00 PM, Blogger John C. said...

Adam, you wrote....

"They are as power hungry as your Dem leaders and willing to sacrifice the things you mention. The one area you missed is those “Main Street values”. That job has always been held by you liberals. Whoring the working stiff has always been your job."

From what you've written I deduced that you must be a republican supporter of the president and all his men, if not then I can see how I misunderstood as you put it. I notice you haven't signed on to the list of contributors so how am I supposed to know who the heck you are, I certainly don't see why you chose to hijack this thread which was really about Sen. Unger, all that repub stuff in the beginning was just there to make you appreciate his work ethic and show you a marked contrast to the repubs.

 
At Friday, June 10, 2005 4:49:00 AM, Blogger Adam said...

John, if I spoke out of place and my comments are not wanted I apologize, I did not intend to post on a private blog. I found your blog on ROMA’s profile and thought I would check it out, sorry.

I hope that Sen. John Unger is as good as you say, I don’t know much about him.

Good luck with the blog

 

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