LOYALTY TO THE “PARTY”
LOYALTY TO THE “PARTY”
We are called Independents because we are independent thinkers. We don’t swallow the script and just regurgitate it. In 2000, our numbers stood at 32 million, and we are a force to be reckoned with. It was a combination of disenchanted Democrats, Republicans, non voters and independents who led the internet charge for former Governor Howard Dean. We feel betrayed that, in spite of our enormous efforts, we are still facing the standard rhetoric from both the Democrats and the Republicans.
So, on this, the third day of the Republican convention, you have already lost us. Regurgitating the transparent lies of “good economy” on the day that the unemployment statistics emerged; showing that the week before the Republican convention started; jobless claims were just 40,000 short that “magic” 400,000 number once again.
WE WANT MORE! More than the pabulum so acceptable to your “base”. We want answers, not reminiscing of parents, and grandparents “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps”.
Arnold Schwarzenegger did not “come to this country” broke and downtrodden. From all we have heard, he left Austria to “seek his fortune in America” from a middle class family that was kept safe because of his father’s position in the Nazi army. Mr. Schwarzenegger, along the way, made the acquaintance of some powerful people.
He did not meet the Nazi war criminal, Kurt Waldheim, in the United States. In fact, we don’t know how he became acquainted with him, or why they formed such a close friendship that he lamented that Waldheim wasn’t allowed to attend his wedding to Marie Shriver, niece of a former president, because of “this Nazi thing.”
This independent thinker never expected to see the “star” speaker of the Republican Convention being a naturalized citizen who had broken his citizenship oath to campaign in his native Austria
for the Jewish officer who sent thousands of Greek Jews to their death in World War II.
And he says, “One thing I learned about America is that if you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you.”
Whose rules did you play by Mr. Schwarzenegger? Certainly not the rules of Allegiance that you swore to “...absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign price, potentate, state, or sovereignty...” Working to elect Waldheim was certainly showing allegiance to the person running to head your former country.
YOU helped elect a Nazi war criminal as president of Austria. YOU were responsible for having your former country put on an international watch list because of Waldheim’s Nazi past. Why should we trust anything you tell us?
Why should We, the People believe you when you say, “...the president didn’t go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. As a matter of fact, the polls said just the opposite. But leadership isn’t about polls. It’s about making decisions you think are right and then standing behind those decisions...”
Hitler stood by his decisions to conquer the world in spite of world opinion. Do you believe Austria was right to stand with Hitler’s decisions? Do YOU think you made the right decision to stand behind the election of Kurt Waldheim? If you don’t, do you have the courage to admit it? And if you do, why are you standing at a podium at the Republican Convention endorsing Our presidential candidate? You do not have that right; too many veterans still live for you to denigrate their sacrifice.
It is impossible for me to believe that Republicans would accept Schwarzenegger’s moral deficiencies regarding his personal choice to support a Nazi candidate, and his clear degradation of women, and impugn Senator John Kerry over his VietNam service!
Does the Republican party truly believe that whether or not Kerry was severely wounded, slightly wounded, or never wounded in the service of his country is more of a moral dilemma for We, the People than Schwartzenegger’s clearly criminal behavior of sexual harassment and sexual battery or his unashamed support of Nazis?
Schwarzenegger has nothing I want to hear, his endorsement of Republicans makes me suspicious of their motives. They have made a big mistake in choosing Schwarzenegger to anoint while, at the same time, vilifying Kerry.
Those of us who are Independents can look at the way the Republican party has dealt with men who have served their country in time of war or elected office and make our own judgments. The Republicans speak endlessly of the necessity of having “experienced” candidates and then elevate two unknown, untried, suspiciously elected men, (George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger) to represent the path Republicans plan to trod.
The most ironic thing about the Republican convention is that you took a divided nation and united it against you. A half a million people gathered to express our displeasure with George W. Bush and you didn’t even bother to notice. Those half a million who made it to New York represent millions of us who could not be there. We all had different grievances to air but we embraced every grievance and every person. We, the People are what you must fear. We, the People, excluded from your Convention, will determine your future.
Arnold Schwarzenegger may say, “The president didn’t go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. As a matter of fact, the polls said just the opposite.” It was the first admission by the Republican party that We, the People opposed Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Schwarzenegger, and his fellow Republicans, seem to have a different government in mind. Those “polls” are the Voice of We, the People; Bush is Our employee.
Perhaps visions of Nazis dance in his head, but here, in Our Country, in Our Constitution, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident...that Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed... and that, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” Not Republicans, but We, the People.
“The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether We use the power or power uses us.”
John F. Kennedy, October 26, 1963
(Quote from a Speech given at Amhe College 28 days before he was assassinated November 22, 1663)