Thursday, September 4, 2008

John McCain: Republicans Lost The Trust of The American People

In recent polls, 70% of the American people feel that the country is going in the wrong direction. I won't disagree there. It is not just the left and independents who aren't satisfied with how things have been going. Believe it or not, many Republicans and conservatives feel the same way.

The issue of this election is exactly what direction we want to take the country. On the left are leaders such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama. The reason that Hillary was so popular is because, right or wrong, people did not associate her with the left-wing fringe. Democrats took over in 2006 with a list of things they were going to accomplish, yet they haven't achieved much. It is the lowest rate Congress in history.

On the other side are leaders like John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and the next generation of Republicans. Let's be one thinks that John McCain is a Conservative. He has reached across the aisle to the detriment of himself.

As a voter, it is easy to blame Bush. I voted for the guy and I blame him. In John McCain's speech tonight he stated, "the Republican party has lost the trust of the American people." The man trashed his own party during his own convention. If that isn't a maverick, I am not sure how much stronger that you can get. The fact is that Republicans did not lose in 2006 because they acted like Republicans, they lost because they forgot who they were.

Does this country want to follow the direction of Senator Obama and head toward the left? Do we want to follow Europe's failed economic policies, nanny state, and double-digit unemployment? Do we want to raise taxes, increase spending, and regulate free speech? Europe has already thrown out the left and brought back the Conservatives.


Do we want to lower corporate taxes to bring business back home? Do we want to use our natural resources and protect our national security? Do we want all children to be able to attend good schools instead of being stuck in schools that create the poverty and disenfranchisement that is being repeated every year?

No party is perfect. No politician is either. I believe that John McCain can take back the Republican party and put it on the road it should have been on for years. He may not be a great orator. We will concede that point, but he has a proven track record of getting things done.............whether we like it or not.


DeniseMary said...

Well and succinctly stated. Always enjoy reading your commentaries. Thank you.

Rick Hilton said...
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Stacy said...

I try very hard to let everyone hear have their say. However, I will not be disrespected for my view point. If you chose to challenge based on facts, go ahead. I do not attack character on this blog. If you want that kind of attack, you can go tot he dailykos.

Rick Hilton said...

"Does this country want to follow the direction of Senator Obama and head toward the left? Do we want to follow Europe's failed economic policies, nanny state, and double-digit unemployment? Do we want to raise taxes, increase spending, and regulate free speech? Europe has already thrown out the left and brought back the Conservatives."

I don't know Stacy, this comment on your part is both incorrect, (not reflective of facts in evidence), and genuinely inflaming to me. As are the speeches of the RNC, and the general tone of the Republican Campaign offensive (n.). I am starting to get worn down by the continual misinformation, and derogatory comments of the right.

However, if I stepped past your level of comfort, please feel free to drop me an email, and I will be more than happy to either "can it" myself or modify the tone.
I am not trying to abuse your hospitality, but rather aggressively pointing out the failures and blatant inconsistencies of the current Republican model for America. Or that is my intent at least.

I realize that these emotions may seem confusing to you, but if I may, pretend that you are a Democrat and peruse the right-wing's information. It would be my hope that you would feel the nastiness and vile that is being put forth.
It does not excuse my emulation of it, but it at least should provide some sort of explanation for it.

Stacy said...

I am one of only two Republicans in my family. The rest are life-long democrats. I do not disparage democrats. I do, however, criticize the left which I believe has taken over their party. I argue with my own family, all of whom were Hillary supporters. But, not even they are happy with the Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's of their party. Most, but NOT all are voting for McCain. They want balance in government. I am conservative, but I am NOT right-wing. The whole point of my blog was that the Repulicans got what they deserved in 2006 for not living up to their own standards. My hope for my party is that they learned their lesson and that they will live by their principles, but govern with compromise. I don't believe that is hate-filled.

Rick Hilton said...

I do not oppose the conservative ideology and furthermore, I agree with your assessment of what transpired in 2006.
I do find that your negative comments with regards to Obama's "direction", more reflective of the Bush Administration and the current Republican platform.

As to whether your blog has hateful rhetoric, you perhaps need to reread some of the comments herein. Mine was mild by comparison with the only difference being its political slant. The fact that you deleted mine while perpetuating an Obama future filled with "regulate(d) free speech" is admittedly ironic (I'm sorry, but I laughed).

The Republicans have had eight years; six years of which they had control of both the legislative AND executive branches. At what point do we draw the line and say, hey, let's try a different path, because this sure as heck isn't working?

My family members are staunch Republicans and as far as I know, they are voting Obama (they have been sending him money, so that pretty much sounds like a vote). They aren't big fans of liberal, but they are disillusioned by the current Republican platform.

By the way, I am not sure who has hijacked the Republican platform, but the same people are onboard with McCain as were with Bush.

Stacy said...

Actually, look at the free-speech issue. Liberals want to bring back the fairness doctrine. They are not just trying to rein in radio, but now blogs as well. As for your statement about gov't control, please review. The Republicans had control of both houses for two years, but did not have enough votes to block filibusters.....just ask Chuck Schumer. They only had control of both houses 2002-2004. Prior to that they had control of the Senate only. The dems have had control of both houses the last two years and what exactly have they accomplished.

Rick Hilton said...

I stand corrected on the time frame for the control of congress (actually had to do a quick fact check), but with that stated, the Dems have had problems of their own (difficult Republicans, and the mighty veto). Thanks for keeping me honest.
Hmm, what did we have in 2004-2006? Must have been ugly given the ugly turnover in '06.

Personally, I am about sick to death of having a do nothing congress and an administration that does not heed the principles of the party. I hope that the Democrats win it all in November and heed the moderates in the party. So many problems mounting and solutions being traded as only sound bites for polling results. You can wish for Republicans, I won't begrudge you that....

I was talking to Rob, and we are floating a Hillary/Palin ticket for 2012! Okay, he wants that reversed, but boy a Dem/Rep ticket might mend some wounds.

In the current environment I am afraid that they would both be accused of "selling out" their respective parties. Help, I am slipping into lack of faith territory....

The New Conservative said...

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I was wondering if you wanted to add me to your bloglist if you do I'll add you to mine.

Eva said...

Stacy: I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide I was a Republican; I gradually woke up over time and realized I was no longer a Democrat. Like you, my family is, and always has been, Democrat. My family are involved in local politics but disliked both Hillary and Obama. They feel the DNC is corrupt and needs to be reconstituted back to a party of the working class. They are going to remain in the Party but I jumped ship to Independent.

Basically, most Americans’ lives are too complicated to be either liberal or conservative and most likely fall somewhere in the moderate zone. Radicals to the left or right are a law unto themselves and believe we should get off the fence and be one or the other. I disagree. Moderates are the real bipartisans and need to start their own Party. I am looking for a permanent home - - no longer a Democrat but not comfortable with Republican.

I voted for Kerry 2004 but will vote McCain in 2008 (I voted Hillary in the Primary). I’m a Pennsylvanian but vote in Florida; you know the one - - where my vote was discounted by the DNC this year. I disliked Crist, who didn’t need a hurricane to destroy Florida, and would never have voted for him as VP.

As a moderate, I vote country and not Party and therefore McCain/Palin is the obvious choice for me. If Obama had run as VP to Hillary, he would have gotten my vote 2016; but as he is a legend in his own mind, he will end up with nothing in the end for his greed and underhanded manipulations.

I originally disagreed with NAFTA and although signed by Clinton, I blamed it on the Republicans. Now I realize that it isn’t NAFTA taking jobs away, it is apparent that the U.S. has the second highest corporate taxes and companies are leaving our country for friendlier climates. It is also apparent that American greed is the culprit in outsourcing our jobs to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, et al. It isn’t just the stockholders, it is Americans not supporting American-made products. If Americans do not put America first, why should anyone else?

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pf said...

I guess we all can use reminders every now & again...someone sent this to me and now I am sharing with you.

How Women Got To Vote. A short history lesson on the privilege of voting...

The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It s raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.

Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use--or don't use--my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.' HBO will run the movie periodically before releasing it on video and DVD. I wish all history, site for verification

Anonymous said...

Perfect summary of how we got here..wish you'd share that article with Blogger Lopsided Mom, who has the complete opposite view

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your very kind and respectful comment on my blog, which, despite anonymous' attempt at a jab, really isn't about politics at all.
I was also born in West Virginia, but I was raised in a Republican family before I defected to the Dark Side. Glad to find your blog.

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