The Long Version

Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

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Are You a Builder or a Wrecker in this Election Season?

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Years ago, when the internet was beginning to blossom for businesses around the world, I traveled the world teaching people how to take their businesses to the web.

One of my colleagues had a poem he liked to quote at the end of his presentation and it has stuck with me since.

It’s words are cause for self-examination.  A personal inventory of our character to help determine the kind of people we really are.

As I watch the candidates, their campaigns, their staff, and zealous followers in this presidential race of 2016, the words to this poem become even more compelling and acute.

I watched them tearing a building down, photo 3-1
A gang of men in a busy town.

With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
As the men you’d hire if you had to build?”

He gave me a laugh and said, “No indeed!
Just common labor is all I need.

I can easily wreck in a day or two
What builders have taken a year to do.”

And I tho’t to myself as I went my way,
Which of these two roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care,
Measuring life by the rule and square?

Am I shaping my deeds by a well-made plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,
Content with the labor of tearing down?

~ Charles Benvegar

What are you? What is your preferred candidate?

Which category do your words, actions, and interactions on social media or in person place you in?

I know I have some work to do.

 

 

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The Shameful Seven

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Jaw dropper. That’s what I thought when I heard about the dirty politics being played in the recent Republican primary election in Mississippi.  I don’t consider myself politically naive but I guess, in some respects, I am. I may no longer be a registered Republican, but I still look to that party to uphold and advance the conservative principles I hold true and believe must be followed if the Republic is to remain intact.  I simply expect Republicans to maintain a higher standard. I was even more disturbed and disgusted by the negative and racially charged campaign ads Republican candidate Thad Cochran’s super PAC put out against his main opponent Chris McDaniel who has been championed by many conservatives and those who associate with the Tea Party.

Cochran’s campaign ran ads on radio, TV, and in print, which were distributed in heavily African American Democrat communities, encouraged Democrat voters to vote for Cochran while slandering McDaniel in the process. In Mississippi, Democrats and Republicans can cross over and vote in the other party’s primary IF they haven’t voted in their own party’s primary already.

It has become increasingly apparent that without this dirty political move Cochran would have lost the Primary to McDaniel.

Shameful SevenNow for the really greasy, grimy, dirt.  Republican Senators, one of which represents my state, were implicit in the funding and creation of these slanderous and racial ads.  They will certainly claim no part of it, but then lying seems to be second nature for too many in Washington DC.

According to the Americans for Legal Immigration website,

Seven Republican senators have now been linked to the racial attacks against conservative Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.

The financial report for Thad Cochran’s super PAC was released earlier this week and contains two alarming details.

First, it shows the following seven GOP senators gave a total of $160,000 to Thad Cochran’s super PAC:

1. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) $50,000 (202) 224-2541
2. Bob Corker (R-TN) $30,000 (202) 224-3344
3. Rob Portman (R-OH) $25,000 (202) 224-3353
4. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $25,000 (202) 224-5251
5. Richard Burr (R-NC) $20,000 (202) 224-3154
6. Roy Blunt (R-MO) $5,000 (202) 224-5721
7. Mike Crapo (R-ID) $5,000 (202) 224-6142

Second, it shows that the PAC then gave a similar amount to a liberal group to run racial attacks against Chris McDaniel.  These senators funded ads that urged Democrats to “cross over and vote in the republican primary” and claimed that a McDaniel win would be a loss “for race relationships between blacks and whites.”  They also helped pay for fliers that said, “The Tea Party Intends to Prevent You From Voting” and suggested McDaniel would roll back civil rights.  And perhaps worst of all, they helped pay thousand of dollars to Democratic activists to do so called “canvasing” to turn out votes for Cochran.  These seven Republican senators not only supported a 41-year incumbent who regularly votes with the Democrats, but they also funded a shadowy group to get Democrats to hijack the election.

How can these Republicans expect conservative voters to support them when they do such treacherous things to people in their own party?

Senator Orrin Hatch (R) Utah, is one of my senators.  There was a time when I supported him and I admit I voted him back into office each time he has run with the exception of his last campaign when I realized he no longer exhibited the conservative principles or backbone I expected from the man I had voted for so many times before.

Some will say, “get over it, that’s politics.”  I guess you could say the same to Caesar about the Ides of March, but it wouldn’t make the sting of being stabbed in the back any less painful.