If You Usually Vote Republican

I went to the Ross Overby website today and I found this statement that he (presumably) wrote. Is it just me, or is this a damn good piece?

If You Usually Vote Republican

Hello and welcome my fellow American.

I ,too, once would have pulled the lever for Republican candidates. But times have changed. What we think a party represents is not necessarily what they deliver.

Men like Lincoln and T.R Roosevelt, both legendary Republicans, would be labeled today as Democrats for their belief that government is the ultimate defender of justice and that liberty belongs to everyone, not just the powerful. Conversely, men like Truman and Kennedy, both Democrats would be called strong conservatives for their courage to stand against communism and their responsible stance on the economy.

What would you call a leader who rejected the strong-arm advocacy of every advisor and decided to talk to our enemy? Today, some people would call such a leader “a cut and run wimp”. History calls him Ronald Reagan.

In reality, good leadership is not conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican. Good leadership is progressive. When we believe in the power of America, when we hold to our values and our ideals, when we promote what is best about us, we are great. Great leaders ask every American to vote for their aspirations and not their fears.

The Republican Party of today represents fear and not our aspirations. When we call for a change in strategy in Iraq the Republican hardliners cry "surrender". When we call to lower the cost of health care and to bring care to tens of millions of people the Republican hardliners cry "socialized medicine". When we call to fix our broken immigration policy the Republican hardliners cry "amnesty". When we call for fair trade agreements they cry "isolationism".

America was not built on one-liner calls for fear; we were built on courage and wisdom. Throughout our history, men and women made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our ideals and our values. Our duty to that sacrifice is to keep to our values.

I, a Democrat, believe in the ideals that our parents and so many preceding generations aspired to. I will work for a change. It takes courage to reject political labels and the one-liner calls for fear and to believe in the substance of a candidate. It takes courage to say enough of where we are headed and to change course. We in the 9th District have that courage.

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Yeah...Overby is a pretty enticing candidate

I saw that the other day when I linked to his site at Kos. He also has a good deal of personal income he can lend to his race. Harry Taylor will have a hard time beating Overby. Harry is a nice guy and he had a good 15 minutes of fame standing up and criticizing Bush in person, but Overby has some strengths that can't be overlooked. $$$$



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

my bad

I wouldn't have posted this if I had known Taylor was running. I thought I remembered seeing something about someone else running for the 9th, but I figured I was mistaken.

So far as I am aware, Taylor has not alerted the NCDP that he is running. He has announced right? Has he filed? Does he have a website?

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Jerimee, I don't think there's a problem

with the NCDP pointing out Democratic candidates. This did not come across as if you were favoring one over another. Once Harry's web site is up (I don't think it is ready yet) you can post it and highlight something he's said. I would imagine the NCDP would want us to know about all of the candidates running prior to the primary so we can make an informed decision.

Otherwise, Jerry wouldn't have worked so hard this summer to make sure we knew Rick Glazier was running in the 8th Congressional District.

Oh wait....Glazier was never running in the 8th. My bad.



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I agree. n/t

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

official announcement

Harry will be officially announcing next Tuesday. He will be making stops in Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union counties on the 13th. More details tomorrow.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Hiya....I found his web site

Here we go. Here's Harry's web site. Not to post it on Overby's post, but I posted Overby's web site link on the Kos Harry Taylor thread, so now we're even.

Harry Taylor for congress 2008

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Well . . . . . hmmmm

I like his selection of heroes. But I don't really like the language that compares government to a business. And I ain't wild about Ronald Reagan.
This is not to say that he isn't a strong candidate. I'm just not sure he's mine.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

I think he's using Reagan

well...he's tossing him back in their faces. Repugs love to love Reagan.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I've been disgusted by Reagan

since ketchup was a vegetable.

:-)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I've been disgusted with Reagan

since Reagan was a.....nope...not even going to say it.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'll say it

Since Raygun was a vegetable

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Ooooooo

How insensitive of you!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

<snicker>

That's not nice.

But then, we're not nice here, are we?


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I know Ross Overby...He is what his website implies...

...A very good candidate and we need to help get his word out. I feel Ross will be worth the effort.

Go Ross!

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

I'm Ross Overby Candidate US Congress

Hi BlueNC. Yes Jerimee I did write that piece on "If you usually vote Republican". I am running against an incumbent in a Republican stronghold. It is interesting that the short reference to Reagan made waves. The point I was making is that when the good of the nation is placed above ideology we are a better, stronger, and greater Nation regardless of who took the action. I believe in this country, I believe in its people. I don't believe in our course nor do I believe Congress gets it. Our country is about the ideals of its people, not the ideology of its politicians.

Ross.

Well said Rob

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Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Ross, I understand what you were

trying to say with this:

What would you call a leader who rejected the strong-arm advocacy of every advisor and decided to talk to our enemy? Today, some people would call such a leader “a cut and run wimp”. History calls him Ronald Reagan.

but his few attempts at solid diplomacy were overshadowed by an unprecedented build-up of nuclear weapons stockpiles, the militarization of numerous Third World disputes causing human suffering in the name of "anti-Communism" on a global scale, the virtual dismissal of low- and middle-income Americans as an economic concern, etc.,etc.

Just some thoughts there.

The Bad Side of Reagan

You clearly see the big picture. I wonder if history will ever reveal any small glimmer of good from the Bush years? I doubt it.

Not even the palest glimmer.

These eight years will go down as an unmitigated disaster for the US and for the world.