Driving around today, it was fun to listen to Sean Hannity broadcast from the Democratic National Convention. He's one of the few journalists there not actually drooling on and worshiping the candidates and delegates.
I tend not to blog much on politics, because that's not really what my intention for this blog is, but it's becoming increasingly evident to me that this election is even more important than I thought it was. I was content with the knowledge that I would simply nod and smile at all my friends and family, and then when finally at the little plastic table, use my little ballot pen to connect the arrow next to President Bush's name and be done with it.
I don't know if that's enough now.
It appears there is a concentrated effort on the part of media to discredit and villify Bush. First with the 2 hour Kerry Commercial from Michael Moron, and now the remake of the Manchurian Candidate. At the least the New York Times finally came clean and decided to be honest about what they do.
I studied journalism in college, was a member of the Society of Proffesional Journalists, and actually believed for a minute the crap they claim are "journalistic ethics."
One quick look around my college newsroom though quickly told the story. Act Up flyers, a photo of U.S Senator Don Nickles (R-OK) with a swastika on his forehead. Trojan condom ads, and the like were prominent on the walls there. To them, it seemed "balance" was the liberal AND ultra-liberal point of views were to be given equal time.
When I was about to turn 18 in the summer of 1989, I spent four hours a day for a week in the OU library studying the platforms of both the Democratic and Republican parties. I made a personal checklist of ideas and agendas that I like and disliked about each one. In the end, the Republicans were ahead by about 90 percent. So, on my 18th birthday, the first thing I did that morning was register to vote. I still remember the snippy look the registrar gave me when I chose Republican.
People seem to think that the GOP is the party of the "Rich" and uncaring. But I don't see it that way. I am FAR from wealthy, making just around $25,000 a year in a job I love because it allows me to help kids in need. I believe that the Republican party is the party of common sense. Rugged individualism, compassion, responsibility, respect. Keep what you earn, and be good to your fellow man.
I see the Democrats as the party of "gimme" and unchecked ideals of "It's All About ME"
Well, it's not all about YOU. It's about God, and HIS plan for our lives.
I view Democrats as the fish salesmen, and the Republicans as the fishing instructors. Sure, the instructor may seem cruel, making you learn how, and do the work yourself. But how much more cruel is the fish salesman who leaves you dependent on him, and then keeps raising the price of fish?
Now, of course, there is that 10% of me that gets irked at my party of choice, which is what lead me to the Libertarian party for a while. But the differences are so slight, and still so represented within a large numbers of Republicans, that I have since returned to the fold.
Well, enough ramblings for today, I'm off to work soon.