I have been a political person in my life.
Early on I was a registered Republican and was in the first group of 18 year olds allowed to vote. Then I was a registered Independent, and finally I am a registered Democrat.
My relative position hasn’t changed. The parties have changed.
I have never voted a straight party ticket. I was taught to vote based on what I knew about the candidate … and if I didn’t know either candidate, I didn’t vote for either candidate.
And I think my vote is a responsibility and a privilege.
In the primaries, the man who had held the House Representative seat for the state was defeated.
Now having said that, I will say that tonight I attended the kick-off for the Republican running for the State House for this area. I wanted to hear what he had to say.
I already had heard the Democratic candidate speak at his kick-off about his stand on the various positions.
A few things stood out.
First, the man tonight stood at the door and shook everyone’s hand as they walked in. Point for the guy tonight.
But I have seen the guy for the other side at all the public events I have gone to recently, shaking lots of people’s hands. And have yet to see tonight’s guy at any of them.
Second, the speech.
There were speeches. And prayers. And I was thinking of the Bible verse that might apply to my examination of the candidates.
We will stay on the main road; we will not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Deuteronomy 2:27 NIV
After many, many … many … pre-speeches, endorsements, prayers, songs, pledges and pleas, the man of the hour spoke.
He read well, though. Very well.
The other guy does not read, but has note cards listing some of the points he wants to make sure he makes.
After all the lead-in speeches to our candidate tonight, he stood up and the first thing he said was “Well, now I know what its like to lay in a casket.”
I guess it was some joke about hearing people say nice things about a dead person. But don’t they usually tell exaggerated things?
At any rate, nobody laughed.
He stated that he wanted to sell the State Liquor Stores to private corporations, sell schools to private corporations, and not have property or other taxes.
Now, call me silly, but how was he planning to pay the bills?
I noticed his handout in which he said he was against taxing people. So I asked one of his supporters if that meant he was going to get the money by taxing the businesses instead. “Oh yes” he replied.
Well, that ought to go over well with all the Republican business owners there tonight.
Then he said that the other man was touting a common sense approach to things. That is what the other man is saying … common sense and bipartisan co-operation.
Then tonight’s candidate said this was an insult to all Republicans. How will they win if they insult all the Republicans, he asked.
Then he proceeded to tout life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness … and wondered aloud what the common sense alternative to these might be.
Add to that the fact that he lied about his opponents stand on a few issues, and I am not crazy about this man from the start here.
Third, two of the speakers tonight were from big money PAC groups … who said that he had come to them in the spring asking if they could get him into office.
They said that unlike what they might have expected, our candidate tonight was willing to let them guide him … without taking over for himself.
Then they touted how they had seven … or was it nine total … politicians placed now in the State Capitol … and how this race was the most important one in the whole state so they could place some more of their people.
Now I don’t know about you, but I am not crazy about big money people from other states coming in to your state with lots of money for the express purpose of getting one of their puppets into office.
Seems un-American somehow.
All right then.
And finally, there were the signs on the wall.
All down the wall there were signs with his name, the office he is running for, and the district. All were taped, I suppose.
And every time a speaker would say “We really HAVE to make sure he gets into office.” one of the signs would fall down off the wall.
Five signs in all.
Always timed at exactly the moment that the phrase “This man has got to win” or something equally strong was said.
The last time was during the closing prayer.
I think someone up there doesn’t like him.
At this point I’m not too crazy about him myself.