Both Parties Continue a Pattern of Failed Promise
by Carl Mumpower
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The 2006 election offered a clear indictment of the policies of the President and Republican Congressional majority and their failure to provide effective leadership on core issues. Illegal immigration, deficit spending, health care issues, unfair trade practices and job impact, social security solvency, erosion of America's educational standing, and other primary issues were sidestepped by those in control in deference to legislative trivia and the pursuit of pork. Even stalwart Republican voters came to feel they were voting beneath their dignity in supporting 'Republicans in Name Only' as the lesser of evils over liberal Democrats.
A year after this call for something different and better, little has changed. We are seeing a shift from the short-sighted 'borrow and spend' policies of the Republicans to the historical 'tax and spend' policies of the Democrats, but few would describe that as progress. Tough issues continue to be ignored in deference to the easy task of regulating the behavior of average Americans who already behave pretty well on their own. The new Democrat controlled Congress is just another restaurant's version of a frozen french fry --it looks real, but still tastes like greasy paper and leaves most Americans with a queasy stomach.
We seem to have lost faith in our two primary parties. The Democrats, who seem to be in love with the concept of individual and community welfare, have been kidnapped by extremists that mock the traditions and values still held by a majority of Americans. The Republicans, who seem to be in love the concept of corporate and trade partner welfare, have been kidnapped by those who say one thing and do another. Principle, which has more to do with standing for something than being perfect, has seemingly been abandoned in the rush to pander and indulge special interests.
Solutions will not come by careening from one ditch to another as is sometimes the tendency of a frustrated electorate. Instead, each of us as Americans must get serious about holding our elected officials to their promises and separating the pretty, smooth, and seductive leaders from those struggling with real principles and real issues. Nature sends a daily message that God's world is a tough world, and that we get no better from that world that we are willing to earn. Politics are certainly no exception.
It's a continued personal belief that the Republican party's principles offer the closest match to the values of the average American. I also believe those principles best support the historical American Success Equation of liberty, opportunity, and responsibility that grounded our tremendous history and holds the key to our future. The Republican party of principle is grounded in the works of men like Lincoln and Roosevelt “men who struggled with the often contradictory influences of principles versus power and politics“ and more often than not, unlike most of today's leaders, won that internal struggle. We can see both clouds of darkness and sunrays of hope when we look toward America's future. Political parties that are corrupted by extremist views or an absence of principle will not take us toward the light. Building something good has never been that easy. Carl Mumpower is currently a member of the Asheville City Council and a candidate for the NC-11 Congressional seat. Website: Mumpower 08
Wednesday, December 19, 2007