Betrayal

I fought with my sister over Ronald Reagan.  She said he was a war monger, and would bring on nuclear war.  I bought the “smaller government” plank of the platform, and thus began a 26 year committment to the GOP. 

I faithfully supported and argued for the Republican candidates and positions.  I later became involved in local Republican politics, ran for office, and was a GOP County Councilman.  I studied politics in college, and closely followed the issues.  I drank the kool-aid.  I looked past the GOP failings, as they were less aggressive in installing a central federal government, and talked about reversing the trend.

In 2006, in the midst of the immigration debate, I realized the GOP was playing me for a fool.  They talked a good game, but were little more interested in a smaller government than the Democrats.  The Federal government had grown tremendously in that 26 years, and the Republicans were in control of congress for much of that time.

I voted for them, I argued for them, I put my faith in them.  They betrayed me.

We are 13 trillion in debt.  Fully $40,000 for every man woman and child in this country…unless you include the illegal aliens.

In what way have the Republicans made the government smaller in the last 30 years?

The Republican party has betrayed those of us who endlessly supported them on the basis of their promises.  They sold us a bill of goods, and continue to peddle them as if we are dolts.  Of course where else would we go?  They are the lesser of two evils.  I eventually got to the point of rolling my eyes every time a Republican said “smaller government,” or “fiscal conservative.”  The phrases came to mean nothing. 

Can we believe them?   In as much as they can be manipulated by the GOP leadership with committee appointments, seniority, and campaign money, they represent the Republican party more than their constituents.  Much as George Washington warned us, they are partisans and pursue partisan interests rather than American interests. 

Both parties endlessly try to convince us that their partisan agenda is the American agenda.  The media parrots the two parties’ claims as if they are objective.  They have lost sight of the fact that true objectivity has no concern for sides, but rather truth, which is as elusive today as the American dream.

The Republican party will not save our nation.  Further investing in the two parties is insanity.  Most would say “that’s just how things are…it’s politics.” 

To continue to allow the political establishment to  determine the fate of our nation is a death sentence for our republic.

The voters of Indiana’s 3rd district have a distinct choice.  They can continue to support the two major parties by voting for Tom Hayhurst or Marlin Stutzman.  Both candidates claim to be fiscal conservatives, both talk about change, but both will go to Washington and be instructed how things are done by their parties and leadership.

The voters of Indiana’s 3rd district should cast their votes for Scott Wise.  One often hears have hears how much we need regular people in Washington DC.  Scott Wise is a regular guy who attended public school, State colleges, and has worked alongside voters in factories.

This is a 2 year job, and the powers that be told us just this year that, it wasn’t that important that we were left unrepresented for 1/4 of that 2 years.

A vote for Scott Wise is a no loose proposition.  With 434 other house members, he can’t destroy this nation.  Nor is Scott Wise going vote to spend any more money.

Take a chance on a guy who has a chance to really make a difference.  One freshman congressman doesn’t have much influence when among a group of senior republicans or democrats, however one congressman who can play the middle against both sides can have a large impact.  One freshman congressman willing to stick his finger in the eye of powerful interests, or stand for what is right even if it means election defeat can play a powerful role in moving legislation or debate.  One freshman congressman who can speak the truth to the media without fear of party retribution can change the direction this country is headed.

We get the government we deserve, and if we select it the same way we always have we will get the same.

Vote Scott Wise for Congress.

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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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One Response to Betrayal

  1. Joe Lehman says:

    Scott: I have not heard any candidate criticize the Pentagon, and its business model to keep the GWOT going forever. We’ve wasted the landscape in the Middle east, starting with the war based upon lies, and now are stuck in AfPak…….can’t any of the candidates go after the parasites of our nation 1. Wall Street and 2. DOD?

    Your words on this website start to get it right……what economists do you agree with. I go for Paul Krugman, James Galbraith, Nouriel Rabbani, Simon Johnson, and Nobelist James ____________. YOur Republican economists use the bankrupt ideas of the Chicago school…..Milton Friedman, which have, in the US and in other nations, utterly failed to succeed, except for the elites.

    You libertarians have some good ideas; Mark Vogel, in last night’s debate in S. Bend, did call for immediate troop withdrawal. Where do you stand; or do you go along with the mindless phraseology of the R/D’s.

    Joe Lehman

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