Train Wreck of Ethic Proportions Thursday, Mar 20 2008 

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Ever wonder if politicians lose sleep at night?  I do.  We are facing an ethical and moral dilemma among political figures today.  It’s a train wreck.

According to The Advocate, state democratic party chairman Chris Whittington is calling for the resignation of Senator David Vitter, republican.  Is this an anomaly?  Will Whittington also call for the resignations of all democrats that have had marital indiscretions and apparent ethics violations in our state and parish, or just those exposed by the national media?

Do not misunderstand.  I am totally against any marital indiscretions.  Period.  End of sentence.  I do, however, challenge Whittington to call all political appointees out openly, not just those exposed by the media. 

The last few days have been peppered with charges of ethical violations and moral indiscretions across our country, state, parish and in the Red Stick.  Expect more to come out locally before 2008 ends.  

Regardless of your spiritual belief, we all understand the law of sowing and reaping.  Voters are now more savvy than ever in this information age of breaking news, blogs, email and text messages.  Just ask Obama, Spitzer, Vitter, or the Clintons to name a few.

Politicians say ‘I speak for the people who elected me.’  No, you do not speak for us when we see you eating at an area restaurant or dancing in a dimly lit nightclub with your girlfriend and not your wife.  Nor do you speak for the voters when you commit ethics violations by not disclosing vital information about your campaign and business practices.

We truly have a train wreck of ethic and moral proportions.  What you do when you think no one is watching is of ethical and moral consequences, whether you are a republican or democrat, or a U.S. Senator or a local Red Stick politician.  Let’s stop the train wreck of ethic and moral proportions at the voting booth this fall.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

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The Political Lie Detector Wednesday, Mar 12 2008 

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Authors Stephen Covey, Bill George and Martha Beck teach lessons on finding your moral compass, true north or northstar respectively.  Their focus is to take life’s challenges and place them into proper perspective while finding what is right and true for your life, thus reaching your highest potential and purpose.  A personal search for the truth per se.

Truth.  Now there’s a challenge.  Especially in politics.  Truth is a key component to finding your moral compass.  Truth in politics is a national concern.  Rightfully so.  In fact it’s a political dilemma.  Google’s CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt, said he expects an internet lie detector to become a reality.   Schmidt said it would be so fast that while candidates are debating, with the touch of a button, the search engine would provide instant proof or disproof of claims made. 

We often refer to the infamous Clinton lie “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” along with his eventual confession.  It’s ironic that politicians believe they can deceive the public in an age of technology that exposes the truth before it gets its pants on. 

How do we ensure that political figures are speaking the truth?  In the information age, it’s actually quite easy for those willing to take time to check the facts.  I hope Schmidt is accurate and that someone (perhaps Google) takes this challenge on by creating a literal political lie detector search engine that is lightning fast.

In the meantime we can discern truth by following our instinct as clearly defined in Malcolm Tidwell’s bestseller Blink! = Initial Instinct. 

On the other hand, my Dad always said the greatest lie detector test is:  how someone treats others and the way they live their life when no one is seemingly watching.  Once again, I believe he was right.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Politicians Gone Wild! Tuesday, Mar 11 2008 

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Politicians Gone Wild! 101:  You are not invisible.  Sexual indiscretions always find you out.  It ruins families.  It ruins careers.  It ruins public trust.  It matters to the voters.

#1 – Politician Gone Wild! – New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, aka Sheriff of Wall Street, aka “Mr. Clean”, aka Client 9:   Another day goes down in infamy as federal wiretaps at the Mayflower Hotel (Room 871) in Washington exposed Spitzer, engaged in adultery with a prostitute from the Emperors Club VIP call girl pool.  Ironically, Spitzer called this a ‘private matter’.  The matter is not only public, but costly.  $4,300 for 2 1/2 hours and the loss of a promising political career.

Didn’t your fellow Politicians Gone Wild! alumni teach you anything?  Indulge me.

#2 – Politician Gone Wild! – U.S. Senator Gary Hart, aka Playboy:  Hart left his post with the hope of becoming the presidential nominee of the democratic party.  He taunted the media to prove he was having extra-marital affairs.  They took the dare and found him on his yacht, ironically named Monkey Business, with Donna Rice sitting on his lap who had spent the night with him.  This affair cost him the 1984 presidential election.  Gallop polls tried to convince us that marital affairs did not matter to the voters, but election results proved it did when he received only 4% of the vote. 

#3 – Politician Gone Wild! – President Bill Clinton, aka Slick Willie:  Condemned to repeat mistakes by not heeding the past, had sexual trists with Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky.  Clinton thought denial was acceptable.  His dishonesty cost him an impeachment.  His wife, Hillary, has earned greater respect for her special rendition of  “Stand by your Man.”

#4 – Politician Gone Wild! – Congressman Gary Condit, aka Gary Condom:  Condit couldn’t resist a young girl, Chandra Levy, two years younger than his own daughter.  He also tried the path to denial.  Chandra went missing (her murder remains unsolved) and Condit suffered his first political campaign loss after the affair was exposed.  The people have spoken.  Need I say more?

#5 – Polticians Gone Wild! – Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, aka Ted Kennedy, aka Cadillac Eddie:  Can you say Chappaquiddick?  Kennedy was annialiated with opponent’s political ads playing “Bridge over troubled water” during his bid for the presidential election in 1980 because of the death of his date, Mary Jo Kopekne.  Leaving the scene of an accident where your date is drowning makes for bad political press.  The power and money of the Kennedy family has somehow kept his political career afloat for 42 years despite this incident and his sexual exploits.  Ask not what the Kennedy’s can do for you, ask what they can do for theirselves.

All joking aside, there is nothing funny about Politicians Gone Wild! 

Some Redstick politicians seem to feel they can rise above the fray of their indiscretions because an overdose of sugar plums are dancing in their political heads. 

Politics, like religion, is a double-edged sword.  

Voters have a difficult enough time with unfulfilled political promises without having to deal with affairs that mock a candidate’s platform.  

Revelation:  EBRP voters do not consider marital indiscretions components of “improving the quality of life for our families.”

Until next time,

Redstick Republican

A Place Called Hope Monday, Feb 25 2008 

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“I still believe in a place called Hope.”  Hope IS the anchor of the soul.

Hope, Arkansas has a population of about 10,000.  Two natives from Hope include  42nd president, Bill Clinton, and 44th presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.

Is Hope the birthplace of another “comeback kid?” 

Huckabee and Clinton seem to be polar opposites with the exception of their musical prowess, service as governors of Arkansas, and running for the position of leader of the free world. 

Clinton drowned in controversy for numerous indiscretions including Whitewater,  Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky.  I can still hear him saying “I did not sleep with that woman” and later admitting “yes, I did have an affair with Miss Lewinsky.  I misled people, including my wife Hillary, and I deeply regret that.”  So did we!

Huckabee, on the other hand, is a southern baptist minister, weight loss and health advocate, and married to Janet McCain Huckabee,ironically born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has little controversy other than his affinity to humorous metaphors.

Here are some reasons to take a strong look at Huckabee: 

  • Post-Katrina — Huckabee stood in the fray and rallied the people of Arkansas to come to the assistance of many driven from their homes in Louisiana and on the Gulf Coast
  • 2nd Amendment — Huckabee is a strong advocate of the right to bear arms
  • Roads — Huckabee sponsored the largest road construction package in Arkansas as governor
  • Budget — Huckabee did an excellent job with the budget as governor turning a $200 million deficit into a $800 million surplus
  • Children –Huckabee worked to help low-income families by increasing the number of children covered by health care and put into effect a program called Smart Start that pushed for children to learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic
  • School funding — Huckabee worked to make school funding more equal across the board as governor
  • Leadership — when former governor Jim Guy Tucker was charged with fraud, agreed to resign and then tried to rescend his resignation Huckabee stepped forward and showed leadership by forcing Tucker to resign or face impeachment proceedings

Anyway you look at it, there are pros and cons of every candidate.  Huckabee is someone to take a hard look at because he seems to be a man of conviction.  I like his humor, ability to think on his feet, record, stand for christian conservative values and style of leadership. 

No one is perfect, but maybe, just maybe “we can still believe in a place called hope.”

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican