|Photo from The State newspaper|
This is gonna upset some of my Republican friends, but that’s certainly not the intent.
It’s like this: for several years, I’ve been saying I’m tired of so much partisan politics and so much partisan bickering. And I really, really am.
That’s the same thing I’ve heard loads of other folks fussing about also. They’re tired of everything in Washington having to do with party lines. They’re tired of partisanship in our state legislature. They want what’s good for the people to be put before what’s good for one party or the other.
But, have we looked at our own back doors or front doors or wherever we generally look? Don’t we put party before consideration of individual candidates when we vote straight party tickets?
And, now, here we are faced with a special election (May 7th) in our own first congressional district – a race pitting former Governor Mark Sanford (he of Appalachian Trail fame) against Elizabeth Colbert Busch, businesswoman and sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.
Guess what we’re hearing and reading now from people who are sick and tired of partisan politics? Here are a few of the comments:
“No, I don’t like Sanford, but he’s the Republican, so that’s how I’ll vote.”
“Forget a third-party candidate or a write-in, because that would just hand the election to the woman instead of a Republican.”
“I didn’t want Sanford to be the Republican nominee; he’s a scoundrel but I just can’t vote for a Democrat.”
“Yeah, Sanford was wrong to leave the state, to lie about his whereabouts, to not leave anyone in charge. Yes, he was wrong to violate a court order. But he’s the Republican.”
Those are just samplings. In the last two weeks, people who used to talk about character, honesty, integrity and such, are listing reasons they don’t like Sanford. They are not questioning Colbert Busch’s character and integrity --- yet, they’ll likely vote against honesty, character and integrity because of party loyalty.
What’s right for the country, what’s right for the citizens – these take precedence over what’s right for a particular political party.
Just callin’ it like I see it, folks.