It’s too bad that we have to turn to history books detailing events of generations long ago to appreciate principled American leaders. These days — party platforms are flexible and “living” — *kinda like that Constitution thingie*. Platform planks — like campaign promises — are merely gimmicks meant to excite the rubes out in the hinterlands so that they will keep coughing up the campaign contributions and turning out to vote so that our, um, “leaders” can keep their dirty hands IN the cookie jar.
After the votes are counted, all that stuff gets thrown out the window, and our “leaders” get back to lining their pockets, scratching each other’s backs, and paying us off with our own money.
I’ve followed politics for a long time. Every so often, I come across a candidate who gives me hope — possibly the next “Mr. Smith.” Far too often, they win the election, get sworn in , and start to disappoint me. Why cut government when you’ve got a large, powerful bureaucracy at your beck-and-call that you can use to do “favors” that win you extra campaign cash and votes for the next election?
Social Security was initially meant to be a temporary measure to help folks get through the tough times brought on by The Depression. Yet, it’s still here — a Ponzi scheme adding layers of government dependents and bankrupting our nation.
Recently, two elected officials I had high hopes for began showing signs of disappointing me. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest fought the party establishment in 2012 and eked out a win — in spite of ZERO assistance from Team McCrory and the rest of the establishment. He came out strong against the state’s common core curriculum. Now, it appears Forest might be showing signs of “growing in office.” Check this out from a recent interview he did with John Drescher’s shih tzu:
[…] The Common Core standards gave Forest his largest megaphone. Adopted by the state in 2010, the math and English standards are designed as a national benchmark. All but five states have adopted them but conservatives like Forest are raising opposition.
In July, he sent a 40-page letter to the state Department of Public Instruction listing hundreds of questions about Common Core. Forest, whose wife home-schools their children, is concerned about the cost, the rigor of the standards and the state’s ability to revise components it doesn’t support.
However, in the interview, he said “95 percent of Common Core is great.”
“I think we could easily keep a large quantity of Common Core and just change the standards on it,” he added. “…Get rid of the copyright so we can do the things we need to do with it.”
His political bearing was noticeable in other ways as he appealed to the party’s far-right supporters. He called U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, a Cashiers Republican who played a prominent role in pushing the government shutdown, “the smartest man in Washington today” – a remark that drew rebuke amid the furlough of federal workers. [..]
On a side-note, isn’t it interesting how people who support the GOP platform are called “far-right,” but those who strongly back the Democrat Party platform get labeled in much milder terms, like “activists” or “Democrats”?
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-11th) drew quite a few “atta-boys” from this site and many other Tea Party and otherwise concerned American sources for his courage in getting out front in the ObamaCare repeal fight. Recent media reports indicate that John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the boys have had a sit-down (an “intervention,” perhaps, in state board of elections-speak) with him:
[…] Meadows represents North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, which encompasses Burke County and much of the western part of the state. He said the more realistic goal is to make positive changes to the way the law affects the people.
“A repeal is something that may still seem desirable,” said Meadows. “But in reality, it’s not something that’s going to happen … not with this President and not with this Senate.”
Although the White House said “it’s time for Republicans … to stop re-fighting old political battles over health care,” Meadows said the party is no longer looking to repeal the newly-enacted law. Instead, he said, Republicans seek to improve the Affordable Care Act and the way that it is influencing American citizens.
“I don’t agree with the headlines that the White House has sent out,” Meadows said. “Like so many of their other headlines — like ‘you can keep your doctor’ or ‘you can keep your insurance’ — they’re in sales mode.”
While he admits that repealing the law is not the party’s goal, the Congressman has committed to making changes that can make it work better.
“We’re hearing real stories that are unfolding daily that give me great concern,” he said. “What was intended with Obamacare is really not what’s being delivered.”[…]
We GAVE these people a majority with explicit instructions to GET RID of this nightmare. A repeal is THE ONLY possible happy ending to the story of ObamaCare. You couldn’t “fix” Hitler. You HAD to get rid of him. You couldn’t “fix” bin Laden. You HAD to get rid of him. You can’t “fix” the Taliban and al Qaeda. You have to get rid of them.
Everyone who sits out the repeal fight, votes to fund this, or tries to “fix” it, is an accomplice in siccing this travesty on the American people. The main purpose of O-Care is to enslave another subset of people into government dependency. It’s working JUST how its creators intended.
When Ronald Reagan took office, he had a Republican Senate majority and Democrat House majority — the inverse of what Obama has today. Reagan aggressively pursued tax cuts and smaller government. Did the Democrats roll over and play dead, whining about not being able to stop a GOP president and Senate majority? Nope. They went to war — actually forcing Reagan to agree to a tax increase and back off some bureaucracy cuts.
Did the Democrats roll over and play dead when George W. Bush had the House AND the Senate? Nope. They went to war. Despite total GOP control of DC, we got an explosion of spending.