This is in response to Marcia Savage’s letter to the editor published last month, http://www.lodinews.com/opinion/letters/article_971eb554-a9e1-59ab-9fd0-a5c9d48a4417.html"> “Questions for Lodi Republicans.”
It is most interesting that your reader did not bring in the word Constitution until the end of the article. Our country would not be “unraveling” so much if we began with the end in mind, and understood that the framers/Founding Fathers did not conceive of a dependent state, but an independent Republic.
As a friend of mine said, “If we taught about the Constitution and citizenship in our public school systems, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today.” We Republicans are also “disgusted, disheartened and depressed” as are Democrats, but for different reasons.
One example is our public school system, burdened with too much bureaucracy. Teachers have become the welfare agents for big government mandates, and many times the “babysitters” for too many “socially advanced” students. They are not rewarded enough for the work they do, but rather for implementing liberal policies by Socialistic Democrats like John Vasconcellos, who once said it is “the duty of government to take care of us from womb to tomb.” If anything, this mindset strips a human of dignity. It is a dependency state. If this isn’t socialism, what is it?
I recall my mother, an immigrant, telling us children to learn English, as we would not succeed if we didn’t learn the language of our country. We did not have bilingual classes or special classes because Spanish was the language primarily spoken in our household. Most Latinos want their children to learn English, as they recognize it as a necessary step to compete and contribute. Democrats want minorities to be “dependents” of government.
The plight we find ourselves in today, such as our national debt, huge unemployment, a poor economy and a housing industry in shambles, is not due to just the liberal policies of the Democrats but is also due to the policies of Republicans going along with Democrats in expanding various programs and/or creating their own. One good example is the “pork barrel” process of “earmarks,” which is a mindless game that would not see the light of day in a hearing process, judged against other priorities. This practice has ceased.
When President George W. Bush tried to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to cease their liberal “liar loans” — no-down-payment purchases, no proof of employment or proof of income practices to secure loans for homes — he was blocked. The liberal team of Sens. Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd blocked the efforts of President Bush. You can see the resultant effects; short sales, foreclosures, bankruptcies abound. A “modification” program by this administration was an abject failure.
As far as shipping jobs overseas, I hope the readers read the adjoining Letter to the Editor from Mr. Roger Kern regarding GE’s Jeff Immelt shipping jobs to China.
This dependency mindset is what sets the Republican Party and me apart from your reader. Her “government is the answer” to all problems does not teach responsibility — pride in caring for oneself, your family and others (when able). Whatever happened to the concept of charity? Helping others instead of depending upon the government for every social need? I agree there are some needs where government can help, but keep in mind it is a government conceived of limited powers.
My conservative family values did not teach me that Republicans have the “corner market” on fiscal responsibility and support for law enforcement, any more than a Democrat has the “corner market” on clean air, water or conservation issues.
I have 14 grandchildren who will be financially burdened with liberal government programs such as “Obamacare,” of which I’m certain your reader is enamored. I don’t want my children or grandchildren to drink dirty water or breathe polluted air, but I want to teach them that an employed human farmer and farmworker are more important than a 2-inch smelt.
This is what separates a Republican from many Democrats. Some Democrat policies are as illogical as banning smoking and legalizing marijuana.
Your reader asks rhetorically why I am a member of the Republican Party. The answer may be as simple as why did both a liberal congressman — Jerry McNerney — and a conservative congressman — Tom McClintock — both vote “no” on the recent federal budget? Why did they both vote against raising the debt ceiling? Without speaking for either, but venturing an opinion, it is the difference between expanding government as McNerney wanted and cutting back on government as I believe McClintock wanted. Neither Congressman wanted to support the legislation, but for completely opposite reasons.
As for the Koch Brothers supporting, I assume financially, the Tea Party movement (citizens disgusted with big government abuses), George Soros would fall into the category of being a benefactor to all that is liberal and socialistic.
You asked, and I hope I pointed out some differences.
Antonio C. Amador is chairman of the San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee and a former candidate for Lodi’s City Council and the U.S. Congress.