Sunday, June 12, 2005

Our Future Decided on Tuesday...

Welcome to our soapbox for a few minutes. It has become obvious to me that our state is quickly swinging over to the Dem side of world. Why is this happening? It is not because the ideology of our state is becoming less conservative. Nor is it because the Democrats truly offer better governance than we do. This shift exists because we have an inability as a party to get along with one another. We are like siblings craving mommy’s attention and willing to pummel one another to get it. So, what does this mean? It is simple. On Tuesday we will see the two sides of our family go head-to-head. It will be a contest between the ideologues and those who wish to truly govern. It is a match-up of a group of people whose life depends on existing within the political realm versus a group of people that seek elected office in order to make our world better for our children. The odd thing is we are not debating the issues that generally set Republicans apart(social issues and the multitude of ways to view them within the “conservative” label), rather we are arguing over what “fiscal conservative” truly means. One group feels the government should not raise taxes under any circumstances, yet provides no real solutions to limit spending. The second group feels that raising taxes should always be the last resort and that we need to set real conservative priorities for how we spend the money that we have. The second group also refuses to sell its soul to special interest in order to get elected and further their lives within their own self-aggrandizing political aspirations. Now, where has this family battle led us? We have two candidates for Lt Governor. Both of these candidates are equally qualified and hold almost the exact same line on all of the social issues(it appears that Bolling is more conservative on guns while Connaughton seems a little more conservative on abortion). The difference between the two? Bolling is a man that exist only to make his next move on the political realm. His self-worth comes from the respect that comes with elected office as opposed to his own personal accomplishments. Connaughton is an odd political beast. He is a man that runs for office simply because he truly feels he can make a difference in the way our world operates. If he loses then he returns home and his life continues forward with no real bump in the road. I think the average person would much rather have Connaughton over Bolling for this very reason. Governance is always preferable to ideology amongst the general public. Yet both parties seem to nominate the ideologues to carry the banner every November. A few other opinions I have developed on this race…. - Bolling has yet to provide a reason why he should be our next Lt Governor. It seems to me that his entire campaign has existed on two premises; that he has been running for four years and therefore should be the nominee and that Connaughton is a liberal in his mind with a multitude of issues. Ok. Any real reason why you are qualified Sen. Bolling? (If anyone can provide me with any literature where he lays out the good reasons why he should be LG I would appreciate it.) - If Connaughton loses our region goes to the Dems. We have very few Repub’s left in No Va that can both win the party nomination on the state level and be electable in a General Election. In addition to that we have seen an exodus of our regions business leaders to the Democratic side. A Connaughton lose would most likely solidify this shift. So that is how we see it here at Too Conservative. Tuesday will be a pivotal moment in the future of our party(especially the near term). We can only hope that Connaughton is successful on Tuesday and that our entire ticket wins in November.

3 Comments:

At 6/13/2005 08:21:00 AM, Anonymous Mitch Cumstein said...

Couldn't agree with you more, MR JMS. Governance and politics are about more than issue slogans that fit on postcards. We need real leaders in office, not just party standardbearers. That's why Sean is the clear choice.

 
At 6/13/2005 09:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch, I agree with you completely that we need real leaders in office. So why would you back an LG candidate who doesn't stand for anything?

 
At 6/14/2005 05:47:00 AM, Blogger MR JMS said...

What do you stand for when you can not even post a psuedo name for discussion purposes?

And as I pointed out in my post, name one real reason Sen. Bolling has given that we should support him.

 

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