Here is a problem with situational party politics. Its all about party and very little about principle. You have groups like the conservative Team GOP and others who go all out for a primary and blast someone like Bob Corker. They tell you all the things he has done wrong and why he is not worthy of our support, they tell you he is just like a democrat and then… the day after he wins the party nomination for Senate they tell you we must support him.
What? Either he is a abortion supported, Kerry, Gore, and Naifeh wanna be, or he is a man of principles that can be trusted with my vote. Which is it? According to the TEAM GOP updates I received this election cycle Corker is the following:
- Bob Corker is neither a patch on their (Hillary and Bryant) shirts nor someone who will be remembered other than the guy who could not buy himself a senate seat with Big Oil’s money.
- “This is the same Bob Corker who supported abortion rights and attacked Bill Frist’s GOP credentials in 1994, but all the while was donating to Democrats the same year. This is the same Bob Corker that discussed with Democrat House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh ‘about his running in the future as a Democrat,’ and that Corker was a Democrat ‘deep down inside.’ This is the same Bob Corker who held a meet and greet at his home in 2002 for Phil Bredesen during the gubernatorial campaign.”
Critics of TeamGOP.org often chide the group for having a very rigid dogma of criteria that must be met. Ward strongly disagreed. “We rarely discuss issues; however we always seek party loyalty. Our belief is simple. We are not opposed to Mayor Corker because he is too moderate or too conservative. We oppose his candidacy because Bob Corker is a political phony. That may be good enough for Jimmy Naifeh; I don’t believe it is good enough for the average Tennessee Republican.
There were many more quotes as to why I should not vote for Corker, but I think the most telling line is this. “We rarely discuss issues; however we always seek party loyalty.”
It sounds a lot to me like the folks over at TEAM GOP would support a monkey as long as he had an elephant on his shirt. That is a shame. If Corker is a Democrat in republican clothing why should we support him at all. Why shouldn’t we convince a Hillary or someone with the character of Bryson to run as an independent. Notice, that I did not say because they are Republican, but rather because they have character.
I know, those are tough words to hear. After all to support an independent candidate one has to be an independent thinker. One has to be able to tell the party pundits NO when they cross the line and put up someone like Corker who is out of touch with main stream Tennessee.
But at the end of the day the real question behind the politics is who sets the standard? Are men running for office selected based on any arbitrary standard that we decide is convenient to us today. Or are there transcendent standards to which our leaders, or at least leaders in a free nation must subscribe to.
I would submit to the world that when the principles are nothing more than a party line, we are on the quick path to slavery. But when men have submitted themselves to the God who created the universe and the unchangeable standards of his word, then we will have men who will preserve our freedom, even at great personal cost to themselves. That is the history of this great nation.
As for me and Bob Corker? He doesn’t deserve my vote any more than Harold Ford does! Good luck on that front GOP. I’ll support Bryson because his character deserves support, but I’ll not betray my conscience and the standards of my God so you can fill another seat with an “R” instead of a “D”.