Saturday, August 13, 2005

The "Values" Party

Does anyone remember when then-candidate Bush said he wanted to restore honor to the White House? Charging RINO has a good post about how "honorable" the GOP has been acting lately. There are also some good posts about this from John Cole and Joe Gandelman.

Kinda makes all the sliminess that happened under Clinton seem like child's play, huh?

Jeremy over at RINO has a good solution to rout out what's rotten in the GOP:

" I'm afraid it might be time for a few years in the wilderness for this crew, to remind them where they came from and just what they were arguing for when they came into power ten years ago. What was that about honor and integrity?"

Indeed. There are many days where I find it hard to call myself a Republican. When I look back on the party, I think of giants like Teddy Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower. These guys were giants of integrity. The people we have now ruling the party are just slimy. What's worse is that they do it under the cover of being moral people.

Jeremy is right that more Republicans need to stand up and say that such behavior is wrong. I'm thankful that there are people like John McCain out there, but it has to also come from the rank and file Republican. Listen, the public won't stand for this; not when gas prices are pushing $2.50 a gallon.

It's time for all of us who are Republicans of conscience to stand up and denounce such tactics. We can't remain silent.

And if the Democrats are smart, they would do as Scott Shields suggests:

I have a strong feeling that what we're seeing here is the tip of a massive iceburg of corruption that's been growing in the Republican Party for years. If reform is not one of the main rallying cries for the Democratic Party in next year's midterms, I'll be very disappointed.

Will they get a clue? We shall see.


At 6:19 AM, Blogger Brian said...

None of this is surprising. Usually after about a decade in power, parties/people tend to start getting really arrogant and that's when the abuses of power start. Or at least when they start to be revealed. Just look at our esteemed Gov. Pataki here in NY... or his predecessor Mario Cuomo.

I don't have much confidence that the Dems will get it right. Partly because since the war on terrrorism (or whatever it's appelation du jour) is in its early years, smearing on 'patriotism' is still very effective... especially in obscuring stuff like what you write about.

And partly because Dems still haven't proven they're capable of doing anything other than saying Bush is a stupid moron whose mama wears combat boots.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Charles Amico said...

Good post. All I can say is Amen! By the way, where can you get gas for $2.50. I live in the Bay Arae of California and gas goes as high now as $3.20. I long for the days of $2.50 again.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Shay said...

Equating the Bush administration to what ***non-White House officials do*** is inaccurate (and there is stuff to criticize just within the administration).

Roosevelt and Eisenhower were giants of integrity? Please. Teddy Roosevelt ("black barbarism" quotes, eugenics supporter, Winning Of The West is sometimes viewed as a key influence on Hitler's later, fascist views over in Germany) and Dwight Eisenhower (opposed integrating the military when he was a general, opposed the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling and regularly refused to enforce the law when it came to black civil rights) were white supremacists. And let's not forget that Eisenhower saw no problem with having businessfolks serve as government regulators of the same corporations in which they held special interests.

To expect values out of any party when it is in power - also look at how the Democrats ran things under their tenure - is naive. That is why small government should rule the day.

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At 11:15 AM, Blogger Sean said...

this is pathetic
pointing to "alleged" crimes of people notn even officially part of the Rep party; amd claiming it makes Clinton's administration look like child's play is pathetic.
how about actual eamples of corruption.
Why are you a Rep, i have not seen one issue you agreen with Rep on.
Your attitude towards bush is built on the issue of gay marriage.
how about FACTS, how about real analysis, this is bogus complaining and comparing apples and oranges.
can a serious person actually compare a lobbyist jamming a phone bank to FBI files in the White House? the travel office firings? lying under oath? ( all of which directly involved a sitting President- clinton)
LOL. if i wasnt so pathetic it would be funny


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