Tuesday, January 29, 2008


As I watch the coverage of McCain winning Florida, one thing has become crystal clear. The Republican party is in it's final death-throws. When Hillary wins the Presidency, we will all be looking back in wonder as to just how this came to pass. We will lament what we perceive as the failures of Republican campaigns, and tremble with fear for the future of this once great nation. We will point fingers of blame, and pontificate till the cows come home. Truth be told, the only ones who will have a firm grip on what happened will be those who's voices are being ignored today.
It will be the conservative who tried to tell the party to not drink from the fountain of "global warming hysteria". It will be the conservative who tried to tell the party to denounce such insanity as the McCain/Fiengold act. It will be the conservative who tried to tell the party to force the issue of illegal immigration into the debate, and fight aggressively against it. It will be the conservative who told the party to reject the premise that we are all begging for national health care. It will be the conservative who tried to tell the party to promote a candidate who represents the philosophies of our founding fathers, not panders to the masses and whims of the pollsters and media.
In the end, it will be the voice of the conservative that goes unheard. The result will be as follows. McCain will go down in defeat. Followed by four years of the destruction of our military, intelligence services, Supreme Court, right to bear arms, sanctity of marriage, millions of unborn children, health care services, economy, national sovereignty, and a laundry list of liberties.
Though it is ultimately going to be our fault as a nation for not properly educating ourselves, the purpose of having a political party is to organize people who share a similar philosophy. Without that philosophy as the rudder, the ship strays into the rocks. It is the captain and crew of that ship who are responsible for maintaining that rudder. When they fail, the rudder fails. It is high time for a mutiny.

As I look at todays headlines, I am continually nagged by one question: Who's fault is this? Well, if we look to our "leaders", we see a herd of conveniant scapegoats just begging to have a sea of fingers pointed at them. One party blames the other, all while competing for holy grail of media compliance.
Which party is correct in their assertions is really not that important in the grande scheme of things. At the end of the day, the real culprit responsible for most-if not all of our ills can be found in the nearest reflective suface. In other words, it's our fault.
Consider this. At no other time in history has a regular guy had so much access to so much information...for free. Twenty years ago, if a talking head told you something on the evening news, you had little choice but to accept it and assume it was the truth. This meant that we had no choice but to trust the individual reporting the news, regardless of any agenda they might be hiding. Today this is no longer the case.
Now, if somebody tells us that we have the power to control the weather with the use of compact flourescent light bulbs and crappy cars, why do we have to accept it? If someone tells us that we went to war in Iraq because we wanted to steal their oil, why do we have to accept it? If someone tells us that having a strong national border is really not that big of a deal, why do we have to accept it? If someone tells us that taking our money away in the form of higher taxes actually makes us more prosperous, why do we have to accept it?
The answer is simple...we don't. Unfortuanately, if our national poles are even remotely accurate, about one half of our population is perfectly happy with accepting whatever idea that can be packaged in a socially acceptable way. Only after the S%& hits the fan do we see the unintended consequences of not taking the time to look at the big picture.
When we cast our vote for someone, it is our duty to know what they really stand for. It is our duty to not fall for fancy packaging and slick keywords such as "change" and "hope". It is our duty to understand their policies, or if they even have any. If we buy into the hype, who can we blame but ourselves?