One minute, “You are a f***ing liberal piece of “s**t pretending to be a Republican get a f***ing life!
Then the next, “How sick you to be in the dRump racist party that promotes pedophiles and wants to rob from the poor?”
Just over a month ago, I launched my campaign for U.S. Congress. I knew what I was signing up for. Politics isn’t new to me.
And the country is more divided than any time in my life. And social media makes it easier for people to talk tough.
But there’s something unique about my campaign compared to most of the other 434 races.
Notice how one of those messages came from a Democrat, and one came from a Republican. One from the left, one from the right. Both mad at me.
Of the 7 Democrats in this race, I’m certain they don’t get castigated for being… Democrats.
And Dana Rohrabacher, my Republican opponent, isn’t getting chided for being a liberal — the OC establishment Republicans are 100% behind him and he parrots all the “winning” GOP issues that are part of the McConnell/Ryan establishment. He’s been there for 15-terms. He knows how to play it safe to keep his power base.
Back to me. I couldn’t count how many similar messages I’ve received in the past 30 days. Probably hundreds from the left and hundreds from the right.
So what’s unique about my campaign? I’m a centrist. And we are a rare breed.
- I believe we have far more in common than what it feels like. We want to be safe, have decent jobs, be left alone, have opportunity for us and our loved ones to have security.
- I don’t let any person or group tell me exactly what I need to believe, not even those in my own party.
- I carefully analyze the issues, independent of pressures from either side.
- I don’t subscribe to conservative or liberal news channels to tell me what to think.
- My loyalty, above party, is to what is true and prudent and best and good, even if the idea comes from the other side.
- I believe that truth is truth, wherever it comes from.
- I don’t consider it disloyal to speak up to those in my own tribe.
- I believe leaders have the courage to speak up for truth, no matter the cost.
- My heroes, going all the way back to the Socrates and the Christian scriptures, were willing to stand for what they believed right, regardless of the pressures, regardless of cost.
Here’s one current example of just how depraved party loyalty is making our country. Democrat leaders are calling for Senator Al Franken to resign for allegations of his sexual misconduct. Earlier this week, John Conyers, the longest-serving member in the U.S. House resigned for allegations of sexual misconduct, after Democrats called for his resignation. At the very same time, Republicans, including our President, are increasing their endorsement for Roy Moore for Senate, who, like Franken and Conyers, has many allegations of sexual misconduct. In this case, with minor children.
Democrats are calling for their leaders to resign, while are Republicans calling for their leader to stay in.
Here’s another way of putting it. We are supposed to believe the women who accused Bill Clinton, Al Franken, John Conyers, Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner BUT NOT THE ACCUSERS OF Roy Moore and Donald Trump.
It’s nonsensical. It’s groupthink. Groupthink makes you blind to the truth.
I refuse to parrot the groupthink of my own party.
In this case, it’s immoral.
As a Republican, since I think the Democrats should resign for their abuse, so I think the Republicans should for theirs.
I feel the same about Russia’s interference in our election, and the investigation. I want to get at the truth. If Trump is cleared, great. If he’s found guilty of obstruction or collusion, great.
Because want matters is truth.
My mother, who never shied away from inserting a saying at the apt time, was right: Birds of the same feather, flock together.
I think the saying works okay for pigeons and penguins; I don’t think it’s working really well for Republicans and Democrats.
Birds of a different feather, sometimes, need to flock together.
We need more people to think for themselves, to become centrists.
I’m that kind of candidate.