Re: [steiner] Principles and Politics
- In a message dated 11/3/2004 1:52:57 AM Eastern Standard Time, tma4cbt@... writes:
I'm a little drunk so pardon my scattered thoughts if I become too
wordy. Earlier tonight I was at an election night "victory"
celebration at the Overland Park Hilton, trying not to have a nervous
breakdown as the votes were counted. It was good being around fellow
Republicans, Independents and all these innocent, dove-like
Christians. The problem was we lost.
As Kobach was giving his concession speech he said something
profound. Let me paraphrase. He said that people who run on
principles cannot lose. We stuck to our principles and didn't waver
However, Kobach ran on so many principle that he was bound to lose.
Statistically it was impossible to win. Who could possibly win
running on a platform that includes immigration reform, abortion, tax
cuts, protecting our borders, decreased federal spending, health care
reform, etc. Worse yet, he refused to get "down and dirty" with his
competitor, even when his competitor started a vicious smear campaign
Do principles and politics mix? I don't know. America lost a man
who could have been a huge star in the political realm, all because
he refused to use shrewdness and viciousness in his campaign. He did
not counter attack quick enough, and sometimes not at all. In my
opinion he was too principled. Politics is a dirty, cut-throat
business filled with rotten a-moralists. I hate it. Save your
principles for non-election years, when no one's looking.
That's a pretty ruthless thing to say, but I'm a realist. I hate to
see good principles go to waste.
******* The Christ said to his disicples seeking to manifest the Spirit in this world, Be ye harmless as doves, but also as wise as serpents. A lot of people believe you have to abandon principles to be at all worldly-wise and realistic, but I think you can be both.