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When The Far Right Goes Too Far

Posted by Anthony on December 5, 2009

With the recent ousting of Dede Scozzafava from being a GOP frontrunner because of her ties with ACORN, the Right wing majority in the US is gearing up for true conservatives to run for political office. But how far is too far?

Commenting on conservatives endorsing Hoffman over herself, Scozzafava said:

She says she was called a “child killer” and “rhino” and harassed about her weight and appearance.
“There were pieces of mail that said that I was a homosexual lover. There were people…insuating that somehow I was a lesbian,” she said.
So what does she think that means for the fate of the Republican party?
“If the type of hatred and the name-calling and the lies and innuendo is the soul of our party, all is not well,” she said.
The big decision came when Scozzafava decided to back the Democratic candidate and winner Bill Owens – not a decision she took lightly.
“When family members went into the poll, they wanted to vote for me and I just told them, ‘don’t’,” she said.

Now, hate mail to congressmen/women is nothing new, but the extreme factor has ramped up in the last year. Let me remind readers that name calling and harassment gets people nowhere-intellectual debate, coupled with sensible solutions, is the key to future success in the US. There is no room for ad hominem arguments in politics, especially at such pressing times.

Simply put, the GOP stabbed her in the back, which led her to endorse the Democrat.

The TEA party movement has a supermajority of sensible regular citizens who are concerned with the direction their country has taken in the last decade (I would push it further to the last few decades). Their ability to protest peacefully is applauded, but that by no means allows them to run for federal elections.

What the GOP party needs is experience. Cisco Cotto, local radio host for WIND in Chicago, IL, mulled the decision to run for Roland Burris’ vacant Senate seat in November ’10. While he has great solutions, he is better off voicing them from a radio station. It may seem harsh, but it isn’t realistic for a radio host to jump into federal elections. Cisco would fare better by running for State legislation and working his way up.

A list of TEA party influenced candidates running against Republicans can be found here. While some of the Republicans on there need to be removed from Congress (John McCain), the right person, Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, needs to be put in Congress. Party colors do not matter (they never really should).

I propose this question: Who decides who is a true conservative, and who is a RINO (Republican In Name Only)? The Democrats are just as conservative as the Republicans right now.


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