Friday, June 16, 2006

Saving the Party

Everyday I see story after story bashing various Republican Party members. I don’t see any stories that raise up the Democrats. We seem to have a power vacuum in Washington DC. The only hope of either party is to show themselves as less horrible then the other party.
I found this in my pile of stuff. It goes back to the 2004 presidential election. The piece is good but the Republicans seem to have lost their political compass. Perhaps reviewing items like this the party can be brought back on track and saved.

You're a Republican???

In today’s America, ask a growing number of high school and college students; their teachers and professors; the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, "What is a Republican?", and you'll be told ". . . a rich, greedy, egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment . . . the working poor and all whom they exploit . . ."

I am a Republican . . . I am none of those things . . . and I don’t know any Republicans who are.

WHAT I AM . . . first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, the father of four and an American who's proud of his country. . . and his country's heritage.

WHAT I AM . . . is the grandson of immigrants who risked everything, including their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of freedom.

WHAT I AM . . . is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed, first hand, the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed. I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very little themselves, share what food they had with a half dozen other families, who had even less.

WHAT I AM . . . is someone who worked his way through college by holding down three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a better life.

WHAT I AM . . . is a husband who, at age 24, started his own business for the “privilege” of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I had, including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved ones.

WHAT I AM . . . is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears . . . and plenty of them . . . made it possible for me to provide a secure living, not only for my family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees throughout the years. Employees, who in turn, were able to buy their own homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and their country.

WHAT I AM . . . is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this country . . . and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM . . . is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today’s world, you need only to look into the face of those who received them . . . and the eyes of those who give them.

WHAT I AM . . . is an American who's proud that his President embraces a belief in God; proud of a President who understands, as "politically incorrect" as it may be, there is evil in this world and for the security and safety of all freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted . . . and it must be defeated.

WHAT I AM . . . is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and security of this nation, to be governed by the political whims of foreign governments.

WHAT I AM . . . is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativity in America; racism in her people; class warfare in her society and "political incorrectness" in her character.

WHAT I AM . . . is a former democrat who now understands that it is the soldier and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech and dissent.

WHAT I AM . . . is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who is repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense of the unborn.

WHAT I AM . . . is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM . . . is a movie go-er who is repulsed by those insecure, socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated "entertainers" who have appointed themselves "experts" in the fields of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its actions . . . much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.

WHAT I AM . . . is an American who understands the difference between "censorship" and "choice". Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same "celebrities" receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first thing they yell is "Censorship!". What they seem incapable of understanding is . . . the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those offended . . . as well as those who offend. I support and will continue to support those films and performers whom I choose to . . . and refuse to support those I don't. It is my right as an American . . . a right I will continue to enthusiastically exercise.

WHAT I AM . . . is a voter, tired of politicians, who, every time their voting records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from their political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of "attack ads" and "negative campaigning" . . . and the news media who allow them to get away with it.

WHAT I AM . . . is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith . . . and who's been taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals, in both private and public life, whose decisions and actions are devoid of any sense of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what's best for them . . . rather than what's right . . . often times at the expense of many . . . including our national security.

WHAT I AM . . . is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, in our heartland. That's why I sincerely believe America needs now, more than ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks with a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike, is understood, respected and believed.

WHAT I AM . . . is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in America's war on terrorism amidst both the constant and vicious, personal and political attacks both he and his family are made to endure.

WHAT I AM . . . is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a man nonetheless, who, though not always successful, has continually strived to do "what's right" instead of "what's easy". A man who is challenging the religious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals of "what's right" and "what's wrong", but to also then hold them accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.

WHAT I AM . . . is disgusted with the Courts who, on one hand, call the murder of a pregnant woman a "double homicide" but then refer to the abortion of her baby as, "pro-choice".

WHAT I AM . . . is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a candidate whose primary "leadership" qualities center around his protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and war criminals. That same political party then stepped forward this year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnam prison), from speaking before an open session of the California legislature as part of that state's 4th of July celebration. The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero to speak before their state legislature was because of the "conservative" nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me deeply . . . as well it should you.

WHAT I AM . . . is a man who feels the need to spend, $104,655.60 (tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world's poor. At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that . . . and more. Following the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick . . . and continue to do so . . . and I'm not alone in that work.

WHAT I AM . . . is someone who is paying for this announcement, at my sole expense, in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, " . . . the rights of the governed, exceed the power of the government". For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with The Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.

WHAT I AM . . . is a man who understands, "the American way of life" is a message of self-empowerment for all.

WHAT I AM . . . is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM . . . is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all who seek it.

WHAT I AM . . . is blessed to be an American . . . and proud to be Republican.

For a free reprint of this go to Open Letter
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Thank You

By George J. Esseff, Sr.

I am not going to hold my breath that reminders such as this will bring the party back to its roots. I will instead ask you to choose your candidates wisely. Remember, we the people have power. Careful review of my previous post "Take the Government Away From the Parties" . The next election is coming fast and you had better get yourself ready or suffer further government abuse from the canidate of your choice.

1 Comments:

Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Ahh... labeling oneself, I actually find this quite hard to do.

I am, apparently, a carbon-based, bipedal life form that has some method of thought and self-awareness on a planet that is third from a middling star in a middling galaxy in a middling section of the universe. I have multiple physical and some few mental problems, but those are factual and non-definitional. And I happen to have the great luck to be existing from a long line of other, similar life forms in a mental construct called a Nation. And even further luck is that I was born at a time when a few of my ailments could be ameliorated, though not cured. A greater good luck is that I was also born in a Nation that has the social construct of giving guarantees to liberty.

So, I am LUCKY! Yes! A descriptional label.

And so are quite some other millions of similar beings around me, although they don't seem to realize this....

Ah, a *meaningless label*. Sigh.

Within this social construct I have worked to better myself and not hurt those around me in the doing and to actually try and help some number of them directly by my actions and not indirectly through shouting, protesting and doing other foolish things.

Hmmmm...does that make me a realist and not an idealist. Or an ideal realist? Or a real idealist? Nope, no real label there, sorry.

I have gender and sexual orientation! Yes!

But so does everyone else around me. Sigh.

I have grown up within a familial association that espoused a strange way of life that could never be realistically achieved! And it was *not* a religion!

Unless you look at it the right way... then it is. Sigh.

I didn't take ahold of it nor of any religion! I honor them all equally as they all have good and bad in them. I denigrate no true believer! Unless they are trying to 'convert me', in which case they have a long, long laundry list of problems I have noted with the universe that need to be addressed. And, no, I expect a real answer when I pray and didn't get one when I tried. So now I will ONLY accept verifiable contact information that does *not* require intermediaries nor non-direct or asynchronous communication modes.

I do *not* like being put on HOLD.

I enjoy good wine, good food, good beer, and am an uncertified expert in those areas... but my body now denies them all to me, so life is dull.

I think I understand the system of government the beings around me have been establishing for some time and actually agree with this particular Nation's goals! Yes! A label!

I am a Citizen of the Republic of the United States.

Any others of those around? Haven't seen very many, though lots of claimants to that actually seem to be espousing something other than what is described to me by the document containing the government system....

You can guess how long it has taken me to get to the *next* label.

A Jacksonian.

Still does a good job of defining me, as these things go. It tells a lot without saying a damn thing.

*Just* the way I like it!

4:40 PM, June 22, 2006  

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