Part of the Book I'm Writing
As you know, I'm working on a book about what, as Republicans we need to remember and do. I started by working on the chapter about campaigning. I feel like I'm ranting, and would like some advice. I'll post it here for all to read and help me out.
I love political ads because I really find some of them are so far off. You know those ads that make you scared like “Barack Obama pals around with terrorists” and “the democrats are weak on defense”, well those ads need to be thrown out the window. You can say that free speech protects those ads, and maybe it does (note I said maybe), but all that really does is spread fear and hatred among party lines.
First off, I want to address the “democrats are weak on defense” strategy. You do realize that that is a complete and utter lie right? Franklin D. Roosevelt was a democrat. He led the nation during World War 2. He beat the Germans in four years and paved the way for Harry Truman, another democrat, to drop the atom bomb on Japan and end the whole conflict.
One of the bloodiest affairs in history, World War 2, was won with a democrat in the Whitehouse, not a republican.
Remember the thirteen day crisis when John F. Kennedy showed down with the Soviet Union? I mean that was classic. The Soviet Union put nuclear weapons in Cuba that could hit the gulf coast. John F. Kennedy stood up to the Reds, blockaded Cuba and said “Hell No” to the Soviets. He blockaded Cuba and made the Soviets pull them out (so what if he screwed up on the Bay of Pigs? Nuclear Weapons in Cuba were a much more important issue, and he got that right).
It doesn’t matter what side of the bench someone is on, they will defend America. As Republicans, we cannot spread lies and slander. We are better then that.
Some of these strategies, I find down right childish. I remember when the Republicans attacked Barack Obama because his middle name was “Hussein”. Who cares what someone’s middle name is? How does someone’s middle name affect the people?
They also attacked Barack Obama and tried to tell people that he is a Muslim. Why exactly did that matter? Right there in our constitution it is written that a man is free to follow whatever religion he wants (basically), and that he shouldn’t be persecuted for it. We are a country of many people that are diverse and unique, so why do we call someone’s religious beliefs in to question?
We have done some downright childish things over the past decades. We called John Kerry’s military record in to question. I mean the man only volunteered during Vietnam and won a bronze star, a silver star and three purple hearts. So what? The men that question John Kerry’s service must be jealous. Let’s also add that no one question John McCain’s service even thou there was a lot more rumors about him and what he did wrong.
If the democrats wanted to, they could have destroyed John McCain’s military service record. They had the money and resources to do it, but they took the higher roads. They decided not to spread senseless rumors that couldn’t be supported.
We want to make these attacks and then say we are morally superior, that surprises me. Anyone who would spread slander, lies and deception, is not morally superior.
I will also add that anyone who spreads slander, fear and hate for political purposes is unpatriotic, unmoral and unethical. They should be ashamed of themselves.
In the end, when all the votes are tallied, there is one thing that it is imperative we do. We all, as Americans, must rally behind the president elect. We need to rally behind him and support him as he does his best to do what’s right for our country. Spreading slander and lies only hurts our ability to do this. If someone is scared to follow someone, they will not.
Political pandering should be outlawed. It’s stupid. I don’t think that it’s right for someone to sell themselves out to obtain votes. When you sell out who you are, what does that say about you?
People flock around people that are optimistic, and speak about good things to come. If you can speak and give someone hope, it does a lot more for you then if you make someone afraid. I wasn’t alive when Regan was alive, but his optimism is well spoke of, and that is what we should have.
Let’s speak about the issues. People don’t care what your opponents middle name is. What people care about is what they will gain if you go to represent them. People care about what you will do for them.
Let’s talk about what people like. People like to know that they will have a little extra money in their savings accounts in case they hit a hard time. People care about what kind of education their children will receive. People like to know that their safe and that no harm will come to the county. Since that’s what people like, that what we should talk about.
Instead of pandering to the worst kinds of people, we should try to bring out the best in everyone.
Some of our platform is built around one issue voters in some areas, and I believe that is wrong. We shouldn’t make or break an election on one or two social issues, because one issue isn’t even half the battle.
Sometimes you might not agree on someone’s stance on one issue, but if you like their stances of five or six others, and you only agree with one issue on the opponents platform, is their opponent really speaking for you? No, he isn’t. Sometimes it is within our best interest to sacrifice one or two issues that we don’t agree with in order to get the best guy for the job.
Also you shouldn’t vote Republican just because you are a Republican. A political election is about no one party, it is about the bigger picture, the people. To say that I will vote for someone - because he/she is the same political party affiliation as me – is, in my mind, unpatriotic as it gets. When you vote simply because you care about the party, and only the party, it means that you are putting your party affiliation above your nation. When you put your party first, you are saying: “The Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more important then the United States”.
Sometimes voting against your own party is for the best. Sometimes, a party can really lose itself. You can never let your party do this. Sometimes a big defeat is what a party needs to get itself back in line. If they see that the people don’t follow their stance anymore, they will need to edit their platform to be more in line with the people. [/quote]