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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Does it really matter who has the idea, if it is a good one?

John McCain and Barrack Obama have differing views on how to solve the county’s ills on just about all the problems we face, except for one….they say they don’t care where the idea comes from as long as it is a good idea. As many readers to this blog know, I am a conservative through and through and find many liberal ideas, to solve our country’s problem, ineffective and dangerous to the long term stability of this great country…BUT…I am also willing to listen to anyone who has an opinion, idea or brainstorm (in both my business and in politics) if it will get us one step closer to resolution…so I guess I also have some in common with Obama (YIKES! I hope that scare McCain as much as that realization just scared me!)

The real difference in the candidates on this is I think while they both have stated that “ they will work toward a non-partisan approach to government only one candidate really mean it…John McCain (McCain’s record proves this to be fact while Obama’s ego seem far to grand for him not to come up with the solutions on his own.) In his Speech in Arlington on May 15th (yes still catching up from the mission trip to Sudan) McCain got it right when he stated,

“For too long, now, Washington has been consumed by a hyper-partisanship that treats every serious challenge facing us as an opportunity to trade insults; disparage each other's motives; and fight about the next election. For all the problems we face, if you ask Americans what frustrates them most about Washington, they will tell you they don't think we're capable of serving the public interest before our personal and partisan ambitions; that we fight for ourselves and not for them. Americans are sick of it, and they have every right to be. They are sick of the politics of selfishness, stalemate and delay. They despair when every election -- no matter who wins -- always seems to produce four more years of unkept promises and a government that is just a battleground for the next election. Their patience is at an end for politicians who value ambition over principle, and for partisanship that is less a contest of ideas as than an uncivil brawl over the spoils of power. They want to change not only the policies and institutions that have failed the American people, but the political culture that produced them. They want to move this country forward and stake our claim on this century as we did in the last. And they want their government to care more about them than preserving the privileges of the powerful.”

I truly feel that the American people are less concerned with the “R” and “D” and more concerned with practical and effective solutions to problems…that’s a conservative ideal to the core, even if a liberal takes it to heart.


Alter of Freedom said...

Your willingness to listen and hear other views from every corner is exactly what differentiates most conservatives from liberals or for that matter the so-called progressives of Northern Virginia and beyond.

There is an inflexibility to the viewpoints of these people who on the one hand say the want to create solutions, but on their terms and without compromise. Example: Va transportation and abuser fees in 2007.

I firmly believe we need to leverage potential solution by taking what we know to be tried and true and balancing it with new ideas, especially ones rooted in the advancement of technologies. Those on the left seek all to often to control the "means" in an attempt to truly prevent the "end" from ever occuring. You see, this is how the debate and political fighting continues.
If solutions were accepted through compromised positions, what on earth would these people have as a wedge of their constituencies.
I am not intending to paint with a large brush here as most liberals and progressives are very little different from average conservatives, but it is the fringes of each side that constantly flame the middle and keep us solutionless in my view since lets be honest the vocal, more radical elements of both sides get the larger ear in Washington and Richmond exactly because they are more mobilized and louder.
Enjoy your work immensely JOdy and have added you to Alter of Freedom's roll. Keep up the good work.

May we work to conservatively shape future of Chesterfield.

Jody L. Wilcox said...

So true and nicely stated Sir (and a big fat Amen!) The solution is what should always matter first not the author...America is what it is (good or bad) because we pull together and take ideas the ideas from varying viewpoints and implement them to get the hard tasks done...not through the constant divide that the extreme people want to increase (or propagate the perception of such divides) for their own benefit...America is America because of ALL the viewpoints not because a single viewpoint. Alter of Freedom is a great blog for the people of Chesterfield and the insights expressed are truly worth the read every time....but enough with the love fest, we have work to do in America, Virginia and right here in good ol’ Chesterfield county!!!...see you on the front lines buddy and I hope everything is going great for you!!