While I’m mentioning Deace, I have long not understood the Republican hostility towards him. Sure he doesn’t tout the Republican line like Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, but we know that because he has been very clear that he serves Almighty God not a political party. I’m fine with that, its not like he is our Party chairman, he’s a radio talk show host.
As for Dustin’s comments about what I have written about Doug Gross and Dave Roederer, I will continue to stand by every single word that I have written on this blog. Maybe I’m wrong but just because Doug and Dave have a long history of political involvement in this state doesn’t mean that their line of thinking is correct when it comes to watering down what our Party stands for and their insistence on pissing on Iowa’s First in the Nation status.
Quite frankly I’m a little bit disturbed that more people are not outraged that some of our Republican leaders want to moderate our core principles. Trust me folks, a Milquetoast Party of Iowa isn’t ever going to win an election. Secondly, I feel it is a crime against the Party when Doug and Dave openly speculate that major candidates will skip the caucuses because of the large group of Republican evangelicals that dominate the First in the Nation Caucus. Our best way to grow our Party is through the caucuses, look at what South Carolina has done with its First in the South status.
Anyway, I understand that Doug and Dave are key movers and shakers, especially when the caucuses roll around. That’s why they should me the Iowa Caucuses number one cheerleaders, not its main detractors. While I’m sure both advised Romney and McCain to play hard in our state, the simple fact is sometimes you get beat; especially we you fail to bring in new people to the process. So while I’m sure they are not used to people holding them accountable for their words and actions, I will continue to do so. As I’ve said before when they stop bemoaning about Iowa’s social conservatives and pissing all over the Iowa Caucuses, I’ll stop writing about them.
On a related note, I meant to write about this on Monday. Before I loaded up my Thanksgiving plate we took time to pray like so many other families do. Before the prayer a member at the table read the following:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.
President of the United States
1863 Proclamation of Thanksgiving
I’m always amazed how our founding documents and the words of our great leaders remain timeless. I often try to think what our Founders or Lincoln would think about the current debate we are having about moderating our position, or the growing belief that government’s law is supreme, not Gods. Or what would they think if they walked into the new Capitol Visitor Center and saw engraved in the walls “We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution,” which is a complete misrepresentation of our nation’s real history.
I laughed in my History of Political Thought class in college at the notion that a Democracy will evolve into socialism over time. I’m not laughing anymore.