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Republican by Default..? by Merwin
Republican by Default / Part One
Would it be fair and accurate to say whatever political party one belongs to... they belong to it by default?
I know... I'm assessing most everybody's plight to be similar to mine, but I feel pretty safe in doing so; let me explain.
We have political conditions in place that suggest an overall discontent that is bipartisan. The party philosophies that have surged strong in the past have thinned, and platform issues have dissolved into obscure notions barely reminiscent of their former glories. The leadership enthusiasm that generated large followings in both parties are seldom repeated and failure to keep the momentum gained, sparks panic in the respective ranks.
As a brief example...
Toward the fade of the Reagan enthusiasm... or the Papa Bush term of office, we had true panic among the conservatives. The elder Bush was somewhat able to tread the political waters held in reservoir by his former boss' reputation, and the smiting of Iraq for invading Kuwait helped his buoyancy. But by the end of his term however, it was obvious that no one wanted to "read his lips" while he said "no new taxes" or anything else.
Newt Gingrich and his crew purchased a lot of political equity with their "Contract with America" debacle which was little more than an expression of their growing panic, and when it failed, it marked the effectual end of Robertson's, Christian Coalition and Falwell's, Silent Majority.
And I can cite similar examples in the Democratic Party's history, but it would merely belabor the point.
The point is that inspired leadership is leadership that inspires.., and without a clear message and direction our loyalty to any party is by default.
The inspiration provided by a Reagan or a John F. or a Robert F Kennedy or any other catalyst for cohesive leadership quickly defines a party's philosophy or even redefines it. The new philosophy then becomes the face and character of that party and personifies the expectations of the constituency.
Clinton came to office on the coattails of the Kennedys, he was shown as a youth having his picture taken shaking hands with John F. while visiting the White House with his group. I saw this picture many times during his first campaign run for the office. The allusions to the similarities filled the airwaves. He crashed and burned.
Both Bush boys got into office on Reagan's coattails and they similarly crashed and burned though for different reasons. The first with being told in polite rebuke... "its the economy stupid." and the other with his shameful displays of two terms of feigned buffoonery... (he is really not stupid).
We all elected them... and why..? We that populate whatever party, are the inspired adherent's remnant. We remain loyal to our philosophies due to momentum, and are carried along by inertia of our unspent enthusiasm but are directionless, bereft of sound leadership, we are the, "whatever" party... by default.
We are inundated by would be leaders, full of cliches and bygone platitudes promising "change", and these show up, without real solutions. They are full of good looks and confidence... preying upon our default settings and our willingness (if all else fails) to vote party lines, and they get elected.
And ultimately... why are they elected..? Because of their great record of successes..? Because of their clearly defined directives and convincing desire to turn their issues into a mandate from the people, if elected..? Don't we wish!
No... they seem to keep getting into office because of the dismal failures of the opposing party that they are ousting. Then they, because there is no mandate really, simply the promise of "change..." they fail.
They all seem to get into office because we are party members by default. And they, are not real leaders they are merely part of the "Default Party" machinery.
Well there are potential solutions, at least to a lot of this nonsense and I will share them in Republican by Default / Part Two