Monday, November 10, 2008

Once A Starbucks Republican...

Now a Scoop Jackson Democrat. Read on, this is good:

The Democrats are on the right track. They got their problems, and the biggest ones have names like Pelosi and Boxer, but all in all their approach fits my political persuasion. We need to start thinking about public policy again, something that Barack Obama has preached. It isn't about big government or small government, but good government. I think Mike Bloomberg said it best during the financial crisis when he said the question is not do we bailout companies or do we not, but which ones and why.

So why not be an independent? Because it isn't practical. I will continue to vote for Republicans when I see fit, but we are a two party country. The way I see it is that you are either on one side or the other.

Why Scoop Jackson Democrat? Senator Jackson was from Washington State. He was a fiscally responsible, pro national defense, anti-communist social justice crusader who cared deeply about protecting the environment. In other words... my kind of Democrat. The emergence of Obama and other politicians like Jim Webb, Jon Tester, Steny Hoyer, Harold Ford, and many of the pro-gun, fiscally conservative moderates in the Democratic Party, has replaced what was once the Nelson Rockefeller wing of the Repbulican Party. The loss of Congressman Chris Shays was symbolic somewhat... he was the last of a dying bread within the GOP.

Indeed.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

So why not be an independent? Because it isn't practical. I will continue to vote for Republicans when I see fit, but we are a two party country. The way I see it is that you are either on one side or the other.

I disagree with that. I'm not a third party lunatic, but there is a voice and should be a voice for independents and writers -in.

The loss of Congressman Chris Shays was symbolic somewhat... he was the last of a dying bread within the GOP.

I also disagree (cranky, aren't I :). The GOP has always been spenders. I remember the Reagan years. He created the Bureau of Veterans Affair and spent plenty on defense. The only reason why people suddenly are in love with the idea (until they need it) small govt is due to the fight between Clinton and the Gingrich Congress. That's when "small government" became virtually a fetish, at least in recent history.