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Do Morals Questions Hit Republicans Harder Than Democrats?

With the recently revealed allegations against Larry Craig and his subsequent guilty plea in court even fellow Republicans are calling for ethics hearings into the third term Senator from Idaho. While this is not the first time a Senator is being accused of misconduct it seems that the larger issue to his fellow Republicans at least by the tenor of his responses to recent questions is whether the Senator is a homosexual. With the party line on homosexuality being considered somewhat aberrant behavior and the strong stance of the party against things like gay marriage, Senator Craig seems to be becoming more and more isolated by his fellow Republicans. Much like the Mark Foley scandal with male congressional pages, Republicans seem to be clamoring to distance themselves from the long serving Idaho Republican.

Prominent Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain have called the alleged acts “disgusting” and “disgraceful”. Romney was quick to state that Craig is no longer affiliated with his campaign. High ranking Republicans calling for ethics hearings on Capitol Hill give the early impression that Craig’s political career in the Republican Party may be at an end. There are already rumblings in Idaho about replacements for the Senator who is up for re-election in the 2008 cycle.

So, with all of the outrage from the Republicans, why are Democrats not quickly jumping on the bashing bandwagon? Could it be that the Republicans are in some ways dying by the sword of moral superiority? Even Democrat Larry LaRocco who is running for the Idaho Senate seat refused to jump on the opportunity to take a stab at the long-serving Republican. Are Democrats purposely taking the “high road” on this scandal to point out hypocrisy in the Republican Party’s long-standing “family values” platform or could it just be to stay above the fray? Given Senator Craig’s record on issues such as gay marriage, it would seem that it makes him a bit more vulnerable when accused of lewd acts of a homosexual nature. The normal opportunistic approach would be to pounce and make political hay while the story is fresh news but that has not thus far been the Democratic Party strategy. Will Republicans end up spending more time on this issue than their Democratic opponents spend? Will it help or hurt them in the long run?

It would seem that the Democrats historically have an easier time riding our morality based scandals with their base. When Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his conduct with Monica Lewinsky many Democrats took it in stride and turned it on the Republicans accusing them of going on a “witch hunt”. Many said that Ken Starr was asking questions that shouldn’t have been asked thus forcing Clinton to hide the truth to protect his family. Why is it that Craig has no such defenders in the Republican ranks? Could it be that they have so strongly portrayed themselves to be the morally superior party that now they can’t be human and survive politically? In the town where Marion Berry who was caught on tape with a prostitute smoking crack got re-elected by his Democratic base, have the Republicans hurt themselves with their position of being the moral authorities for the nation?

While the full impact of this will not be known for some time to come, it seems that Senator Craig will have an uphill battle in keeping his job in 2008 seeing little support coming from either side of the aisle. While Democrats have not attacked him overall they not defended him either. Given his record on abortion and gay rights issues he will not likely find much sympathy from Democrats even if they choose not to attack him over this scandal. The larger question of whether running on a “morals” platform is helpful or a hindrance to the all-too-human members of the Republican Party will likely only be known by the outcome of the election.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer - | E-mail Comments on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

Respect and Entitlement

There was a time in America when it was more than an axiom that respect was not given it was earned. To earn respect one had to distinguish one’s self as an upstanding member of society. Respect did not come simply from the fact that one had been born.

It seems that in this new age of entitlement, people seem to feel that they deserve respect simply for existing. It does not seem to matter if you have done anything worthwhile for society or if you are even a productive member in society. People from school children to senior citizens seem to feel that the world owes them respect. Why? What have you done to earn it? Have you taken time out of your life to help those less fortunate than yourself? Have you endeavored to make your community better in some way? Have you shown respect to others? Have you even bothered to educate yourself in politeness? If you have not, then why does anyone owe you respect?

Some would argue that all humans deserve respect. I say that is ridiculous! Do we respect people like Charles Manson or Richard Allen Davis? No! We call them what they are and lock them in the deepest darkest holes we can find. They are monsters not deserving of anything in terms of respect. They are not just mentally disturbed individuals; they are psycho killers who merit no respect whatsoever.

So why then do we try to give respect to those who choose to disrespect others all the time with their actions? Why should I respect the gang-banger out on the street treating human life as if it is nothing of any great import? Why should I show any respect for people that spend their lifetimes milking the system for all its worth while I work hard and pay my taxes? What has the third and fourth generation welfare family, where not one family member has even ever applied for a job, done to earn my respect? Why should I respect those who live off the sweat of my brow without contributing anything to society? Should I respect them because they happen to be of the same species as I?

We need to return to a culture of earning respect and one where the value of a person comes from the sum of their deeds. We need to stop allowing children to demand respect while refusing to give it. Our society has become overrun with people who feel that the world owes them something. It does not. We are entitled to one thing at birth. That thing is death. All humans are entitled to die at the end of their life. That and nothing more is a birthright. All other things should be earned. If you choose to ignore your education no matter what form that education may take, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you choose a life of crime, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you choose to spend your life in idle pursuits, you have no one to blame but yourself. My success is not a result of my birth. Quite the contrary, I have had to overcome many obstacles to enjoy the small measure of success I enjoy. I worked hard for that which I have achieved in my life and I work every day to achieve more. Does that mean I deserve anything more than anyone else who does the same? No. I deserve what I earn. If people respect me, it is for the things I do in my daily life to earn it. If I do not earn the respect of others I do not deserve it.

For the young African American who claims slavery as their excuse for not achieving, we need to stand up and say “No sir. You may not claim this.” Neither they nor anyone they know has ever been a slave in America. For the young Caucasian that claims a birthright of dominance over others we need to again say “No sir. You may not claim this.” There are no superior ethnicities of humans on this planet. For any other group who would claim a right to anything simply for being born of that group we must once more say “No sir. You may not claim this.” Nobody is deserving of anything simply for being born other than to eventually die. Anything more than that is a privilege and privileges are something that can be held or lost through actions. If you act in a manner that is not deserving of privileges, you should lose them. Respect is an earned privilege. If you don’t earn it, you don’t deserve it. What have you done to earn it?

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer - | E-mail Comments on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america



Get Involved

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It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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