Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Jousting at Windmills
I felt those chains of obligation wrapping around my body at the first meeting. We are going to back you with our money, and we want some kind of payback. I know it is much more blatant on the bigger stage. I didn't vote for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for that very reason. After all those years in Washington, she proved my point. If you examine her voting record rather than listening to her political claims, you can see the real picture. She is a progressive Republican. She was not thinking of the State of Texas, she was thinking about remaining on the taxpayers' dole. She ran against a strong Republican governor who has done a pretty fair job during his political tenure. She exposed the Republican party to an unnecessary fight that could only serve to fracture the Republican voters and give aid to the enemy. We would have been better served to use our conservative votes to insure that conservative Democrats were on the ballot in those districts where Republicans stand very little chance of winning. Our party leadership must try and rid our ranks of the progressive elements already entrenched in the state legislature, and also in Washington, D.C.
Personal responsibility and ethical behavior are essential if we are to get our nation back on track. A democratic republic cannot survive if Judeo - Christian principles are not guiding the behavior of individuals in that republic. Considering the rights of your fellow man is a central theme in making the process work. Greed and selfishness need not be a part of Capitalism. People can become very wealthy without cheating and stealing, and many others will benefit from their success. Class envy gets us nowhere. Attaching work to any money received as benevolence is much healthier for those who receive it. We must kill the entitlement mind set we've allowed to permeate so much of our society. The federal government and the state government should not be required to support anyone. This function is best handled by family, friends, and concerned individuals. They know best who really needs to be helped. Those who refuse to participate would eventually starve and no longer be a problem. Pappy
Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
- John F. Kennedy