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Do we hire these people for good POLITICAL decisions, or to vote on our behalf--to represent US? How can we know that he best represents us when he won't even put himself out there against others who are asking for the same responsibility? In taking the coward's way out, Specter proves beyond doubt that he's only in it for himself--forget the idea of debate...the voters be damned.
Arlen Specter has no honor, and this is the fundamental problem with American politics, and indeed with American governance, today. It makes one wonder if honor is dead in this country entirely.
It sickens me, and makes me ashamed.
Only a fool believes the Democrats alone are responsible for the messes in this state and nation...and at this stage in our history, only a fool blindly toes the line dictated by the party people who've done the most to get us into this mess in the first place.
And that opinion, my friends, comes from a lifelong REPUBLICAN who has voted in every single election he was eligible for for more than 25 years. I'm not a big "third party" kinda guy, but I'll be damned if I'm going to keep being railroaded by those in power who have no interest whatsoever in doing what's right, or doing the bidding of the people they are supposed to represent.
I have little doubt that Tom Corbett will win the Governorship, and that's actually somewhat disappointing because it won't teach these idiots anything...and clearly, they aren't going to learn it on their own. I can say with absolute certainty, though, that if a Republican does NOT win the seat, it will be solely the fault of the state GOP.
Regardless the outcome, these people should feel a great deal of guilt right now. At this point in time they appear to be no better than the Progressives--which makes one wonder if they aren't all just working from the same playbook.
Certainly they're running the same shameful plays. It's disgusting. It has to stop!
Here's how you stop this kind of election-rigging. First, you commit RIGHT THIS MINUTE to NEVER AGAIN send ONE THIN DIME to the State GOP. Never...not one dime. Starve the beast. When they come to you begging for your financial support, you write a polite message informing them that you are capable of thinking for yourself, thank you very much, and from this day forward you will exercise that ability without their assistance. You might close with "Signed, YOUR BOSS" or something suitable since they've obviously forgotten from whom they get their power.
Next, you make every attempt you are reasonably able to RETAKE THE PARTY OF YOUR CHOICE. It can be the GOP, or the Democrats...whoever, they're both in need of a serious scrub. Go to your county elections bureau and find out what you need to do in order to become a PRECINCT CAPTAIN or COMMITTEEMAN or whatever it is they call it in your particular area. Pay the registration fee (it's minimal), get your petition, find TEN SIGNERS in your precinct (should take all of half an hour) and GET ON THE BALLOT. You'll be elected, I assure you. Once you're elected, YOU'RE NOW ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO MAKES THESE DECISIONS.
Next...and this is the most important part...ACT WITH HONOR. I'm a pretty smart fellow but I don't have all the answers to the problems we face. Nobody does. All the computers and education in the world can't come up with perfect answers to every situation, and so the only guidepost we can rely upon--and the one most absent from our political system today--is PRINCIPLE. Behave with integrity, believe in the guiding documents we cherish (the Constitution chief among them), and trust in your good character...and you will finish well in the end. You may not make the correct decision every time, but you will do far, far better than the BOZOS we have running the show now, who are so clearly interested only in their own wallet, their own power, their own narcissistic needs. Act with honor, guided by principle, secure in the strength of your character, and you will do right by yourself and all of us.
This is how we retake America. This is how we retake the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This starts NOW, TODAY. Be a part of it, or stop complaining. It's honestly just as simple as that.
I DON'T THINK SO.
Good Americans who did as their government demanded, and who now depend on the benefits that their hard work earned them should not be torpedoed simply to correct horrible policy. I'm all for the systematic dismantling of Social Security, Medicare and every other social(ist) welfare program the governments of the United States and it's individual partner states have ever enacted--BUT WE DO IT STARTING FROM HERE, not by pulling the plug on those who spent their lives, for the most part against their will, paying for programs that were to pay them back at retirement.
Any suggestion to the contrary is garbage, and usually is used by a Leftist shill who wishes nothing more than to present a schism with which to destroy opposition from the Right. If you wish to be taken seriously as a Conservative, then make sense. If you wish to be taken seriously as a PATRIOT, make sense AND stop shilling for the machine...whichever machine you work for!
Of course we're going after the Republican party first, but that's simply a matter of common sense--they have always purportedly been Conservative (though lately that's hardly been the case) and as the out-of-power party the opportunity to create change is greater with the (R)s than the (D)s...but for TRUE Tea Party believers, conquering both parties and returning sensible leadership to each has got to be the ultimate goal for which we strive.
The saving grace is that we're committed, we're honorable and we're numerous. Only time will tell if we can avoid the pitfalls they're setting for us--the primary of which is the attempt to either infiltrate or co-opt the movement. This is why I'm so disgusted any time we (the Tea Party in general) start sounding like "GOP-lite". That is the surest way to our demise, and the death of this movement spells the end of America, in my studied estimation.
That said, there are three unmistakable facts which must be recognized. First, this segment of society, by and large, will choose the easy way every time, be it free government handouts or NOT BOTHERING TO VOTE. This is especially true for off-year elections, and will be even MORE true for a special election. Remember also that there is no great impetus for the other two notoriously low-voting groups--young voters and the African American population, both of whom generally vote (D)--to show up at the polls 'cause Obama ain't running this time. In short, those who are energized will be the ones who determine the outcome this go-round...and the population of which you speak is most certainly not energized.
So who is? This is the second unmistakeable fact; THE PATRIOTS. It is true that there are fewer of us among this populace than any would like, but we're ITCHING to get out there and cast a ballot. We are working harder than we ever have to find good candidates and support them in ways the majority of us have never before considered. Together with the out-of-power party folks, who will also traditionally be more motivated, there is a strong opportunity for the GOP to gain this and other seats if they don't totally screw things up (which I'm unconvinced is not a serious danger).
Lastly, the third unmistakable portion of the equation is that the group that IS often dependable for the Democrats, namely labor, is so disillusioned and downtrodden right now that two realities are now emeging. First, they're not likely to bother, and second, that if they DO bother they could easily vote AGAINST the (D) either in protest or in disgust.
I might also add, as a minor fourth point, that there are those of us doing a DAILY job of changing public opinion on many previously-entrenched ideas in this area...converting many people to our point of view and GETTING THEM TO VOTE, every single day.
In summary, Murtha's district is hardly a hotbed of patriotism on it's face, but those of us who DON'T care for these social welfare programs are much more inclined to work for change, and vote for change...and those who wouldn't otherwise want to see the seemingly unlimited source of free money turned off just aren't near as likely to make the effort. The counterbalance to these two groups, labor, just isn't interested this year--or is so disgusted that they may actually come down on the opposite of their traditional side.
No matter what happens, it will be interesting to watch. Grab some popcorn.
It could be fairly stated that from person to person, the Tea Party is indeed somewhat "nebulous", but we're united behind a core set of principles which, to Mr. Corbett and anyone else with one whit of intellect and a nanosecond of attention span, should be crystal clear. Simply put, we're going to fundamentally alter the way in which we are governed. More specifically, we are going to expose, and then destroy, the methods by which we the people are manipulated by those in government--and by those who put them there.
Nothing "nebulous" about that, Mr. Corbett. Nothing at all.