It always seems like we get in a blood feud every election cycle where there’s an open seat. Passions run high and people argue about why their candidate is God’s gift to the community/state/nation/world and how he or she will single-handedly balance the budget, reduce taxes, made the government small enough to fit into an overhead bin, synthesize the cure for cancer, and negotiate world peace by the time to go home the day after inauguration day. We make lofty goals and promises. Some we can keep, but some we can’t. I believe they’re well-intentioned, but we have to remind ourselves that getting things done both Atlanta and Washington seems to take about as long as pouring molasses in Maine on a cold winter’s day.
On the flip side, if you don’t support the now-deified candidate, you’re simply stupid, can’t read or write (i.e: “we’re surprised you can bathe, clean, and feed yourself if you support the other guy, you neanderthal”), and various other sophomoric insults and allegations. I’ve done it, and I’m sure the vast majority here have done it as well. We’re guilty of it. Can you see why “normal” folks don’t like politics? I am trying to change my attitude though. We all come from different backgrounds and have different aspects on life. It’s easy for Republicans and Democrats throw personal attacks at each other, but even that’s becoming tiresome.
What really concerns me is that Republicans are going after Republicans and calling each other names and tearing each other apart because folks like Santorum over Newt, Newt over Romney, or Paul over everyone else. It goes back to the whole “if you don’t support my guy, you’re not a real conservative, you hate freedom, you hate America, and you probably kick kittens into traffic for fun.” We don’t gain anything by going down that road, and we might actually lose some people because of how we act toward each other. How can people take us seriously if half of the party is perceived to hate the eventual nominee and then the party *loves* the candidate going past the nomination?
Let’s have an open, honest debate towards the nomination. Our nomination process could use a lot of tweaking. The same three or four states shouldn’t essentially dictate who our nominee is, but that’s a different post for a different day. We come back together united as a party at the end of August to defeat President Barack Obama at the ballot box in November, but keeping our wits about us and not getting too nasty during the primary will certainly help us mend the fences better after we officially nominate the Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates.