Perhaps a political party that promotes state-ordered vaginal probes, re-litigates contraception, mocks higher education, attacks JFK and runs down rabbit trails irrelevant to most Americans’ lives is best suited to win back the White House.
But I doubt it.
I think it is more likely that Republicans are staying competitive against President Obama in spite of themselves. After all, the economy is still weak, the president appears emotionally aloof and Americans remain suspicious of big government.
But the Republican Party has candidates who are flawed, a message that is mush and a front-runner who is so weak that he struggled to win his home state last Tuesday.
As this long winter winds down, a cynic could be excused for calling the likely campaign between Obama and Romney a political race to the bottom. But I suspect Romney’s win in Michigan will set in place a political showdown that will take us late into the night on the first Tuesday in November. Then history will happen again and whoever loses will be left asking the great historical question Rick Santorum should be asking himself right now: What if?
Actually, Scarborough wrote this commentary about Santorum specifically. However, it speaks to the entire sideshow that has occupied our fall and winter. We have had one unlikely candidate after the other paraded before us as the next Rrepublican candidate, only to have one’s hopes on that candidate smashed to smitherines before the nation. Perry, Bachmann, Huntington, Caine, Johnson and some other ‘also rans’ were paraded out only to fall by the wayside. They affectionately got labeled the flavor of the week.
A group of about thirty or forty peaceful protesters on the stairs of the Capitol were cut off when the riot police shoved the rest of the demonstrators back. The cordoned off protesters were then arrested and dragged away. Riot police literally trampled on the Great Seal of Virginia’s motto “Sic Semper Tyrannis” as they forced peaceful protesters off the plaza in front of the Capitol Thomas Jefferson designed as a temple to Democracy.
I can’t tell you how this sickens me. The protesters look like they are sitting on the steps waiting for a class picture. Then whoosh! The Powers That Be order them arrested. Peaceful protest is no longer legal? Were they threatening anyone?
This is a wonderful opportunity to help those families in need! Erick Finley is sponsoring this event. Even if you can’t make it to bowl, any donation to SERVE is appreciated.
For many years now Finley Asphalt has sponsored the annual ”Strikes for SERVE” Bowlathon to support the SERVE campus of the Northern Virginia Family Service. This year’s event will be held on Saturday March 10th at the Bowl America in Manassas. In addition to Finley Asphalt’s sponsorship I will also be bowling with my wife Lisa and my two sons Jonathon and Nick. While my bowling skills are quite embarrassing, it is for a great cause and we have a lot of fun. I am reaching out to you to raise money for this event. Last year our team (“Team Finley”) was the top fundraiser for this annual event. Please assist me by donating as much as you can to do your part in “Striking” Out Hunger and Homelessness! I realize that the economy has not been great for the past several years. We all wish that things would return to the boom days that we all experienced. However, we are all still doing okay. There are many people out there who are far from okay.
Here are just a few things that SERVE provides to the community.
• 900 families each month are receiving food assistance
• Over 65,000 meals were served to 400 people, including over 200 families, at our emergency shelter last year.
• The need for emergency housing is so great that SERVE maintains a waiting list of 150 people who have no place else to stay.
Please make all checks payable to “Strikes For SERVE” and mail to:
Finley Asphalt and Sealing, Inc.-Attention Erick
P.O. Box 1710
Manassas, VA 20108
I need to collect the donations prior to the march 10th event. My goal is to raise $5,000.00. Finley Asphalt will match all donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000.00. A reminder e-mail will be sent out one week prior to the event.
The current Rush Limbaugh controversy brings up some issues that might be considered ethical questions. How far should the American public go to control its talking heads and entertainers? Should we ‘vote with our remote?’ Should we boycott movies. TV and radio shows, and products that sponsor people and shows we do not like? Obviously the answer here is yes. It isn’t just a simple yes but a yes with all sorts of ramifications and considerations.
Obviously if a movie or recording is offensive, lame or just unappealing, not buying the product is a good way to send a signal. Movies that have poor attendance obviously make no money. That cuts out the middle man pretty much. Some entertainment is far less direct and obvious. What do you do if a TV show becomes dull, offensive, or unacceptable in some other way? For starters, you can call your cable company and complain. I expect that is probably a fairly slow and ineffective way to get someone’s attention.
A more direct and effect way to voice your displeasure is find out the sponsors of the show and write to the sponsor. Tell them you simply will not buy their product present or future. The fact that you don’t, never have and never will varies with product. Let’s take Carbonite, the latest company to defect from the Rush Limbaugh Show.