PARTISANSHIP

Political Point of View by Collier Democrats

PARTISANSHIP

Theron Trimble,
Democratic Executive Committee of Collier County

As a young, naive voter, it troubled me to learn that I had to register as a member of a particular party if I wanted to participate in primary elections. I felt that as a good, independent citizen, I should study the issues and candidates carefully and vote for the person who was best for the office, not consistently for the same party. Over the years I have continued to keep this view and in every election I have tried to be objective and open to both sides. Unfortunately I consistently find myself desperate to find a Republican candidate at the state or national level that I can support without becoming nauseated in the voting booth.

It appears that in every election the Republican party manages to find, and often elect, the most despicable people available. It is unbelievable that the party that once offered candidates like Abraham Lincoln and Dwight David Eisenhower has sunk so low as to promote the likes of Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, Connie Mack, Jeb Bush and Rick Scott. Admittedly John McCain came close to being worthy of support until he showed a serious lapse of good judgment by selecting the inept Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate.

To avoid over generalizing, a distinction must be made between local politics and politics at the state and national level. At the local level, a candidate’s party affiliation is more a matter of convenience related to the dominant party in the area, rather than any real commitment to party ideals or active party participation. Local parties have little control over who runs, what their affiliation is, and are often able to provide little in the way of real support to the candidates. At the state and national level, however, real identification with the party’s ideals and platform is more essential and support, with both financial and human resources, is more substantial.

Rick Scott has become today’s best example of the depths to which the Republican party has sunk. Rick Scott’s candidacy on behalf of the Republicans could be excused, on the basis of his buying the election, if they had done more to distance themselves from him. As a candidate he lacked political experience, was guilty of questionable business practices and was a symbol of corporate greed. In office he has performed exactly as expected and may even erase the memories of the former worst governor, Claude Kirk. At least Scott can be praised for consistency. He promotes merit pay, in which pay should be related to performance. Since he has chosen not to accept any salary while in office, his performance is clearly equal to his pay.

I am still not a proponent of partisan politics but until the Repbulicans develop ethics and candiates, I will have to continue as a Democrat.

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liberator100 writes:

Theron Timble,

"I am still not a proponent of partisan politics but until the Repbulicans develop ethics and candiates, I will have to continue as a Democrat."

Did you read what you write before sending it in? Talk about partisanship.

When you listed despicable people you forgot to mention Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, Joe Biden, Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Gary Condit, John Murtha, Sandy Berger and the biggest of them all, William Jefferson Clinton Impeached by the House of Representatives over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice, but acquitted by the Senate. Scandals include Whitewater - Travelgate Gennifer Flowersgate - Filegate - Vince Fostergate - Whitewater Billing Recordsgate - Paula Jonesgate- Lincoln Bedroomgate - Donations from Convicted Drug and Weapons Dealersgate - Lippogate - Chinagate - The Lewinsky Affair - Perjury and Jobs for Lewinskygate - Kathleen Willeygate - Web Hubbell Prison Phone Callgate - Selling Military Technology to the Chinesegate - Jaunita Broaddrick Gate - Lootergate - Pardongate ...

Need I say more? Please, please, please continue as a Democrat. That is where you belong.

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