Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Special guest writer

A letter from Joey C.

I am a loyal reader of LeftOverHotDog and feel I owe its contributors some payback. I ritually read the postings and comment without fear of retribution because I do not have to voice my own opinions for scrutiny. So, here is my own little contribution for your thoughts and comments.

It has come to the attention of the press that the Republicans currently in office may be trying to divert the public's attention from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the fluctuating economy by bringing social issues to light. After all, social issues are a concern of the voting public. The most recent issues include the 12 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the continental United States and the gay marriage debate. After all, on these issues, the Republican base is considerably united: you cannot reward illegals with full citizenship and gay marriage should not be legalized. Utilizing these issues, the Republicans can hide the fact that they have failed to capitalize on their time in office by passing the legislation on which they campaigned. Now, I am not saying the Democrats elected have upheld their campaign promises either, but we do have a Republican executive branch and a majority Republican legislative branch. How we might be surprised if they did?
So, what do we do against this political manipulation? First, we recognize the gay marriage debate is a State issue not a National concern. After all, we do have a recognized separation of State and National powers set forth by the Constitution (whose framers, coincidentally, feared a dominating national government). Second, we cannot focus on what to do with the illegals present until we control the number of people still crossing our borders on a daily basis. The National Guard presence seems like a step in the right direction. The Mexican president also mentioned on an interview that the United States is seeking to strengthen the Mexican economy. This too seems like a necessary step. After all, why leave a country where you have financial opportunity? Third, use the press like the leaders we have elected. The press presents stories according to what the American people will read. If popular opinion indicates citizens of the United States are more concerned with political and economic topics than social issues then the press will continue to emphasize coverage of these issues.
In closing, I am a Republican. I voted for Bush. I don't think illegals can be deported. I think closing our borders is a necessary step. I believe in the equal rights of all citizens, gay or straight, regardless of my religious and/or personal affiliation. I read the news daily but refuse to take public opinion surveys (considering them a waste of time). And, I wouldn't change places with a politician for twice their non-declared income.
So, there it is! Have at it! Your loyal reader, Joey C.

10 comments:

ritch said...

great write up, joey....i see your points...

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