March 2014 Newsletter
By the time this newsletter reaches you we will have seen, and hopefully lived through, the end of the most raucous, double-down dirty primary season that I have experienced in a long, long time.
All I can say is, “Thank goodness it’s over”. I hope everyone had a chance to celebrate victory for their candidates. But even if our favorite lost in the primary, now is the time to put away our disappointment and work towards getting our candidates elected in November… and keep Texas red!
I think that what bothered me the most during this primary season were the vitriolic attacks against Republican candidates that came not from “the other party” but from within our own party. Especially the attacks insinuating that someone wasn’t really a Republican because they differed on a point or two.
We are all human, after all; we are never going to agree 100% of the time. It’s just not possible.
I’m fine with a debate between candidates on the finer points of their positions; in fact, I am always happy to see an intelligent discussion between people who don’t agree with one another. That is usually the kind of discourse where I can learn something useful and important.
What I cannot tolerate is the use of labels and the amplification of hyperbole to the point of defamation. It simply isn’t necessary. We voters are a pretty intelligent bunch. Those who choose to run for public office can be assured that we are able to listen to a candidate’s positions and make an informed choice.
Hear me clearly candidates: We don’t need you to tell us why your opponent is the worst human being to walk this planet; we need you to tell us what you will do and why you are best for the position.
Recently, I heard Senator John Cornyn say this: “What do I call someone who agrees with me 80% of the time? I call him a friend, not a 20% traitor.”
Amen, Senator Cornyn.