By Joseph Branco
February 03, 2005
In many cases, we have become a Zombie Nation when it comes to brand loyalty for our respective political affiliations. Democrats defend and support nearly every idea and spoken word of their fellow Democrats regardless of content or absurdity. The latest example can be seen in the absolutely appalling crusade of John Kerry in late months and Senator Ted Kennedy's latest insults. No Democrat has publicly denounced their treasonous statements or even dared to state that they think it was a poor choice of words. These party members are following their party blindly far beyond the edge of reason and accountability. Republicans also suffer from this disease to some level. Even as a Republican, I see some mistakes in policy recommendation or public statements in my party, but it is embarrassing to admit the weaknesses and miss-steps of your representatives. It is true I am a Republican. But by saying I am a Republican does not mean I blindly accept every idea or bill proposed by my party leaders. Nor does it mean I automatically discredit thoughts or suggestions presented by the Democrats. It simply is a reflection of me more often than not agreeing with the conservative arguments in most debates.
It is true I have strong views on several subjects, and I have no difficulty debating my side with passion. But I also listen to people. I am one of those rare people who have been known to change my mind about topics I once battled strongly for after taking the time to listen and see that my view contradicted my basic belief in American liberty. Don't get me wrong; it has only been two topics in 26 years, so I wouldn t say I am weak in my convictions in any sense. So when your party introduces an idea that sounds so fun to say like FREE HEALTH CARE - be mindful of the cause and effect and effect and effect of decisions like that. Take into consideration what decisions like that will mean to the economic status of our country, the quality of care provided, and who pays the bill. Some Republicans and several Democrats have suggested this concept, but I clearly disagree with it regardless of who proposes it.
I suppose I am simply reminding
everyone not to just follow your party without due consideration
given to each topic discussed. I fear that if we continue to
be a Zombie Nation in reference to political loyalty we may end
up meeting our maker over a nice cup of Kool-Aid.
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