Former President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again; because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat…” Insomuch as I believe this principle to be true, I’ve made up my mind as to who to support in the Lt. Governor’s primary. After much thought, and consideration, I’ve decided to throw my weight behind Ralph Reed. You’re not suprised, I know, you’ve thought all along I was a Ralph guy. Well, I wasn’t. Regardless of my other priority affiliations, I’ve been a Cagle supporter from the beginning of the race. I’ve had extensive personal contact with both candidates, and I decided, on the basis of my personal experience with them, that I would vote for Casey. Having worked for Ralph previously, I had an opinion of him that although he was a brilliant strategist, he was also a complete and total jerk, and, like many others who’ve chosen sides in this race, made my decision primarily on emotion of personality. I was wrong. Honestly, while I see Ralph as the lesser of two evils right now, I also see in him the most potential to develop into the leader for whom I’d gladly cast a vote. Ultimately, he’s also not the candidate who’s supporters are standing day in and day out throwing mud…12 months out.
Having spent the last several weeks listening and probing intently to Casey’s staff and supporters, I’ve decided that I must hold to the ancient principle that empires are built on issues, conviction, and strength of leadership, rather than whining, nit-picking, and the pointing of fingers. I’ve specifically left out of my columns and posts details of Senator Cagle’s political affiliations that are questionable at best, and as such, have been somewhat offended when my fellow columnist spends almost 100% of his time attacking Ralph. Bull, you’ve got a one track mind, buddy, just like all of Casey’s supporters. I’ve yet to speak to ONE, just ONE Cagle supporter who had anything to say besides, “Ralph Reed’s the devil, he’ll take us off a cliff…” Disraeli said, “It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.” In this case, I find that principle to be immensly true.
I, like Hamilton, believe that those who stand for nothing fall for anything. Unless Senator Cagle and his supporters rally the wagons and decide on a bedrock of relevant, cutting edge, out of the box, solution oriented issues, they’ll fall.
I, for one, have no desire to be involved in the camp of someone who’s “steam” is strictly antagonistic. I’d prefer the man with conviction and direction, however slight it may be.