Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Why is this vote important to California Families?

In this weeklong saga devoted to understanding the value of this vote, today I focus on the differences between the Democratic Party and the Republican party. To some, it might sound like a deeply long and complicated topic to address in this short format, but please allow me to cut to the chase. You see, I was once a democrat. I proudly went to the ballot box and cast my first presidential vote for President Bill Clinton. How excited I was to see someone for whom I voted become the President. In fascinated curiosity, I watched the election process. I listened (for the first time) to the news inform me concerning the development of the cabinet. I saw as appointee after appointee was rejected by the Congress due to illegal activities. I wondered if this was normal. Then I saw item after item accusing our president's wife of illegal activities. Then, our president himself was accused. He calmly addressed the country with what many consider his charming demeanor and he pushed aside these seemingly silly accusations. There were accusations by many women who said he was inappropriate toward them within the office. OF PRESIDENT. Trying to stay on the side of "my guy" I waited, assuming, of course, the National Organization of Women would check into the accusations. They didn't. No one looked into it on the Democrat side. They just smiled because he was also "their guy".

I saw very brave people, who wanted to seek the truth, push and push the issue. Each Republican who was brave enough to step up and go against this President was soundly attacked and taken out in the next election process, as we knew they would. Meanwhile, I saw republicans who when accused of wrong doing even had their peers (fellow republicans) state their actions inappropriate. I saw people who stepped down from leadership because they did not want skeletons in their closets to interfere with the work of leading our country. This was not what I saw from the Dems.

As a result, I became a republican. But I still wanted to vote only for the person not the party. I thought voting for the party was checking your brain at the door. But I also watched people with seemingly high ideals fall in line with whatever the party said and did. I saw government is not one man or woman against they system but one team vs. The other team. When a new quarterback comes in, he is still part of the team and must work with the team or get sacked by the opposition. Even a strong running back must have other teammates running block to be sure the catch is made. It is for this reason that many a superstar basketball player is on the LA Clippers, but that doesn't make it a great team.

I realized that one must look at what the team says if you want to know how best to vote. What does the team do in practice? How does the team conduct itself when times are difficult?

This year, I am not trying to be an ostrich with it's head in the sand. I am voting for the team I respect and want to see lead. I will watch this team. If by some chance this team is dishonorable, I will rethink my position. But for now, I have clearly seen the dishonorable actions of the Democratic Party who will stop at nothing to defend one supreme court ruling. Holding up judge appointees so that they do not even receive a vote is quite simply dishonorable to us the people and certainly to those appointees.

As I look at our California ballot, I look at the Republican who are running. Each a person, to the best of my knowledge, who has integrity and good judgment. They are part of the team I support.
Howard "Buck" McKeon, Bill Jones, Tom McClintock, George Runner....

I even decided to find out which judges my team supports. Not knowing their rulings or the way they carry themselves, I am trusting my team to tell me what they think. It isn't a perfect method, but our system is not a perfect system either.

(by the way, the whole time I have been writing this, my 4 year old daughter has been at my feet singing and playing and all she asked is she be allowed to type her name too.....so here it is.....RACHEL...isn't that neat!)

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