Turkey, the Democrats, the Republicans, and me

Undermining U.S. foreign policy is the result of the House resolution on genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century.  The Democrats are no stranger to sacrificing strategic interest for political gain.  Gen. Sanchez publicly said it recently and this symbolic action illustrates it.

Turkey has made brave gestures towards America when we needed good friends to stand with us.  Turkey is a key ally to our military even before this current war on their doorstep.  Turkey is uniquely strategic geographically in this as well as most other wars past, future, or present.  Turkey has been a player in geopolitics far longer than we have been a nation, and no is no doubt a valuable resource in understanding the middle east.

The measure is only symbolic.  The events occurred nearly 100 years ago.  The Ottoman Empire still existed.  Turkey is a new country.  This measure could have been passed 50 years ago, or 10.  This measure could be passed next year without harming anything.  For that matter it could be passed 20 years from now and gain nothing.

Maybe the Democrats aren’t trying to further damage Bush, which seems to have been their only agenda since 2002, and they are trying to make a statement for a cause they believe in.  Either way they have no place in American government.  Of course the same could be said for the Republicans and Democrats alike on border security.

Nothing trumps national security.  Not business, not the poor souls destroyed 100 years ago.  This is not a time for games against each other.  Of course the players are so into the game, they can’t see the big picture. 

The Democrats were so desperate to regain power, and so bitter about loosing it, they decided absolutely nothing was more important than their quest for power.  The Republicans  sold us a bill of goods and turned out to be just like democrats but not as good at the game. 

In the interest of full disclosure I am a lifelong Republican.  I had mixed emotions with the Reagan revolution(I was 13).  I loved the idea of smaller less intrusive government, but thought the narrow ledge abortion stance was too restrictive to personal liberty and less than optimal for unifying the country behind the ideals of our founders.

I guess I was beginning to understand I didn’t quite fit in the modern Republican party.  In 2006 I decided the country was more important than the party, and tried to run for congress in the general election as a Libertarian.  The state of Indiana refused to allow my candidacy because the Libertarian Party faxed the 10 day notice of intent to fill a vacancy.  

The game has become more important than the country.  It’s not that big of a deal here in my little corner of Indiana.  It doesn’t really matter to every day life.  Every day life is a big deal.  It’s tough out there.  It is going to get a whole lot tougher for our kids and grand kids.  We could help them have a much easier time if we grab hold of our government and make it act in our interests.

Our founding fathers created a great country.  In one short 30 year span we have completely changed the face of this great nation.  We must take stock of the tremendous changes and ensure we are staying true to the things that made us great. 


About votescottwise

I love Columbia City. I was born here, spent most of my life in and around Columbia City, and chose to make our community home after college. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to take advantage of what this country and our community have. I am running for Mayor of Columbia City in 2011.
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