Day: May 20, 2009

A Californian looks into Michael Steele and John Boehner — in a time when we need integrity in our politicians!

What might a Democrat in exile be able to tell these two?

Plenty.

I like both of them, too.

Right now, I can’t trust my old political party at all. At all.

I do not like what it did to Hillary Clinton. At all. I do not like what it did to Sarah Palin either.

I spent the better part of last year following this election and everything that happened as fallout. Day to day. Now Americans are feeling the fallout of this choice. Many Democrats from California face the same splits in their party that the Republican Party seems to be facing right now. We are looking for new faces as leaders. So, starting with John Boehner. Here is the wiki on him:

John Boehner

Mr. Boehner came forth when Nancy Pelosi just tried to pull the sort of stunt the Democrats pulled all last year in and against their own party!. The BLAME game. But, it’s too late. Any thinking American knows that we cannot blame the Republican Party for the evils of the last eight years. Democrats like myself went to John McCain post Hillary Clinton because we wanted SEASONED leadership for the country. We realised what the country faced in terms of the war, the economy and so forth.

That Mr.Boehner came out and said what he had to say about Pelosi was brave and true, in my opinion.

Why Pelosi would do something like that at this time seems insane to me.

I will never, ever, as a voter put my blind trust in politicians again. Ever. It will be on deeds and actions that I vote in the future. Our governor (a Republican) represents the last eight years to me as well. It is very unclear who or what he stands for. Or Napolitano at this point.

What we wanted was leadership out of the next leader. We aren’t seeing that. What we see is “splitting” — that term comes from psychotherapy — it is a term that happens in family systems. We had discussed narcisissm here before in earlier articles — here is some info on splitting as a defense mechanism:

Splitting (psychology)

“…People who are diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder also use splitting as a central defense mechanism. They do this to preserve their self-esteem. They do this by seeing the self as purely good and the others as purely bad. The use of splitting also implies the use of other defense mechanisms, namely devaluation, idealization and denial[4].

Splitting creates instability in relationships, because one person can be viewed as either all good or all bad at different times, depending on whether he or she gratifies needs or frustrates them. This, and similar oscillations in the experience of the self, lead to chaotic and unstable relationship patterns, identity diffusion and mood swings. Consequently, the therapeutic process can be greatly impeded by these oscillations, because the therapist too can become victim of splitting. To overcome the negative effects on treatment outcome, constant interpretations by the therapist are needed[5]…”

America doesn’t have time for leaders who would use this technique right now as a defense mechanism, even if unbeknownst to them. The problems we are seeing are a result of this kind of pathology at the top?

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So, as I look at another Republican I feel I can respect:

Michael Steele

I see someone who has lived the same era I have in America. We are post Martin Luther King people?

The tactics the Democratic Party pulled on its followers by calling them racist were insane. Race for our generation is not an issue in the tail end Baby Boom generation. We just want leadership out of our leaders!

Take a look:

“…Michael and his sister, Monica Turner, were raised in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. which Steele has described as a small, stable and racially integrated community that insulated him from some of the problems elsewhere in the city.[9…”

California is just like that! That is how we grew up, Mr. Steele. Integrated and post MLK. We are the same generation. Here! I think that is the biggest issue right now. Americans? Caring about America as a whole — How can any of the realities Mr. Steele’s and my generation have lived be discounted at this time?

They can’t.

AMERICA in 2009 is A WHOLE not some divided place pre-1960′s as the Democratic Party tried to make the world believe last year.

We are very unclear about ideas and statements coming from the top right now and all these scandals in the banking industry and credit card industry and car industry. I know one thing — we need a system of checks and balances in Washington and too much weight on the Democratic side is an imbalance? Also, these Democrats do not seem to be like the Democrats we loved in the past?

One thing Mr. Steele, I feel that there is a great center in America that knows how to do the right thing.

Politicians should not be a celebrity rock star thing. They should be behind the scenes quietly doing a job?

That is what we expect of them, and what we have always expected of them?

Who cares which political party our politicians come from any more?

Just that they are honest and do not cheat their way to the top?

GOP can yet prevail in a diverse America, Barbour asserts

“…The Republican stalwart did call for his party to tolerate different views.

“For a party that got 60 percent of the vote for president in my lifetime, it is silly to think everyone is going to agree on everything. We are not. In a two-party system, both parties are coalitions. We are the conservative party of the United States; the Democrats are the liberal party of the United States. And within our party, there are going to be a lot of people who are not conservative enough to get elected to Congress from Sugarland, Texas,” Barbour says.

Sounding at times like potential presidential candidate himself, the term-limited Barbour offered sharp critiques of Barack Obama’s policies.

“[Bill] Clinton’s proposals were liberal but not nearly as far left as Obama’s. I can remember when President Clinton said the era of big government is over. President Obama is offering us a size of government beyond anything that any Democrat or Republican has ever campaigned for,” he says. “There is nobody who has ever been willing to go out and campaign for a government as enormous, expensive, in debt, or as much in control of the American economy – whether it is healthcare, energy, or Wall Street.”…

Getting to center would be a good, good thing right now.

We can’t afford not to.

Integrity is going to rule in the future, I think. I see John Boehner and Michael Steele as both having that. Just as I saw John McCain as having that?

Infighting between political parties just isn’t going to work any more. It’s about people and what they stand for, for me as a voter right now. I will NEVER just blindly vote for Democrats as I have in the past. Actions such as Pelosi and Feinstein have exhibited in the last few weeks in the news?

Make me sorry I ever voted them in.

Obviously California needs a new tack, and voters yesterday just showed which direction we want to go.