Iím sure Iíve written in this space before about my Republican bona fides. Grandfather was county chair; I was in Prescott, Ariz. when Barry Goldwater kicked off his presidential campaign; first Republican-owned newspaper in Fort Bend County; Republican precinct chair; in
other words, a life-long Republican.
But over the years and months, Iíve become increasingly upset about the Republican party which speaks out of one side of its mouth, but act like another side.
They speak about fiscal conservatism. Itís a good excuse to cut social programs.
But when it comes time to spend money, they listen to lobbyists, flim-flam artists and corporate executives.
They end up spending more tax money than Democrats ever thought about spending for education, childrenís health, and programs to lift up the poor, etc.
Iíve had enough of it.
In these very pages, I used to rage against the excesses and editorially complained about Tom DeLay. For that, the local Republican party censured me and asked me to resign as precinct chair.
I refused and told them the only people who could make me resign was the voters, then I wisely decided not to run again.
I was not necessarily afraid of defeat as much as I had lost all faith in the Republican party.
DeLay has turned into a great embarrassment to the Republican Party and dropped the local party in the grease by not resigning in time for Republicans to replace him on the ballot. Yet there are people in Fort Bend County who would still fall on a sword for DeLay. Tom DeLay might
be a wonderful personal friend, but he ended up with the same hubris which seems to plague those that become powerful without first learning critical thinking.
In an earlier column, (July) I wrote about my concern about Obama. I said at the time there was just something that bothered me about him.
After that column, a reader called me and said if there was anything really bad about Barack Obama, didnít I think the Clintons would have dug that up by now.
I had to agree.
Then she said the reason I was bothered by Obama was my residual racism. That took me aback, but the more I thought about it, the more I agreed with her.
I donít think Iím racist, but what else would explain my disquiet about Obama? Just like other races I probably always feel a certain amount of disquiet about most of our former presidents.
I have supported other black candidates in the past, but they were always local, people I knew. So looking at Obama with those new eyes, I decided to get over it and let myself support him. After all, I had supported other Democrats in the past, and I like a bunch of them running
this year (Nick Lampson).
Not only do I really like Barack Obama, but I canít possibly bring myself to vote for John McCain.
A great patriot, McCain has just not shown the judgment necessary to be president. He supported the Iraq war from the beginning, he named Sarah Palin as his running mate, and now heís saying he has Obama ďjust where he wants him.Ē
McCain chose a person with all sorts of baggage and very little experience as his vice-president. Weíre talking about a man who has several health problems and has not released his medical records.
And he has lurched into a campaign which has purposely whipped up hate for his opponent. They can disagree about policies. In fact, they should, or we wouldnít have much to choose from. But a campaign that panders to the ignorant and emphasizes personal attacks is not something
this country needs right now.
The partyís over folks. We are going to have to live within our means. We are going to have to sacrifice to conquer the energy problem. We are going to have to go to some trouble to recycle, walk more, turn our air conditioning up, and be good stewards of our planet. We need a
leader who recognizes this and can lead us to the future. We donít need an elderly man with little judgement.
Since Sarah Palin and John McCain continually advertise themselves as ďWashington outsiders,Ē letís keep them there .. outside Washington.
Old grumpy.... Unfortunately, Iím as much as an old grump as Andy Rooney and John McCain. At every chamber/fundraiser/gala event that I have attended in the past two years Iíve noticed two things.
First, we have to say the Texas Pledge, which I have to this day refused to memorize. I learned the pledge to the American flag in the first grade, but nobody ever taught me the Texas pledge. Iím as jingoistic about Texas as the next cowboy, but I canít see pledging to the flag.
Remember, we have had six of them. If I was supposed to know the Texas pledge, then my first grade teacher should have taught it to me.
Second, when did raw green beans get to be the vegetable de jour. Iím sorry, but I like my green beans boiled for at least 15 minutes and preferably with salt pork or bacon. All those al dente (sorry, when I write about food, I just naturally fall into well-known French phrases)
green beans do not make me more sophisticated; they simply make me gaseous.