Thursday, July 6, 2017
Exactly who is serving who here?
Many, many years ago when they thought I was too naive to catch on, they (one of our political parties) wanted me as one of their Precinct Chairmen. They asked if I would accept, and I in return asked, "What exactly will I have to do?" They explained I would need to knock on my neighbor's doors and ask for their vote, pass out literature, put campaign signs in lawns, host fundraisers for local party candidates, and just in general pledge my loyalty and support for all the candidates the party puts forward.
"But what if I don't like the candidate you put forward? What if I for some reason find your / our candidate to be unworthy of my and my neighbor's vote? Do I still have to support him?"
They said, "yes", and I said "no thanks".
That, on a far grander scale, is what we're seeing in Washington right now. Republicans seem to be honoring their loyalty pledge to their fellow party member, without reservation. Every single intelligence agency head has publicly stated the Russians actively interfered in our recent election, but President Trump just gives it a "maybe". "It might have been the Russians, or maybe someone else" he says. "Who knows?"
Congressional Republicans almost uniformly say, "Yeah, well probably, I guess, but I'm not sure." Why can't they put party aside and say, "Yes the Russians interfered, and I don't like it one damn bit!" But they don't. They just give President Trump a pass, who in turn will likely not even bring the matter up with Russian President Putin when they meet tomorrow at the G-20 summit. Everyone is just tip-toeing around this little Russian bully. Is Washington now a "Backbone Free Zone"?
So the party....either party....is now more important than our nation's sovereignty and security? Unless they speak up boldly, now, I'll have to conclude their answer is "yes". That's their dirty little secret. To them the party is more important than The People they serve.
And that's why I will never be a member of either the Republican or Democratic Party. My loyalty will never be given cart blanche to either party, ever.