Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Senator Arlen Specter has jumped ship and joined the Democratic Party. I say, "Good riddance!" He clearly wasn't a true conservative anyway. He earned the ire of fellow Republicans recently when he and two other Republicans voted for President Obama's non-stimulus/swine package. Look, I'm a firm believer that people have to stand for what they believe in. I do not support obsessive partisanship, the "I'm voting with my Party no matter what" mentality. I think that's insane. No, one must be true to his principles. That's one major reason I respect our next president so much. That would be President Palin--as if you didn't know! She put her whole political future on the line when she saw, and went after, corruption in Alaska--even blowing the whistle on Republicans, male Republicans, the good old boys. That's an ingredient for disaster. That's political suicide, but she did it anyway--and survived. What she did may not have been Right, but it was right! (You'll get it in a second!) See, it's not about Party; it's about principle. So I don't fault Specter for not siding with the Republican Party 100% of the time.
I do fault him, however, for making the decision to switch parties simply because it serves his own ambitions to do so, simply because it's politically expedient. He made this move for his own survival. In his bid for a 2010 re-election, it looks like he stands a very good chance of suffering a primary loss to former Rep. Pat Toomey, if he ran as a Republican, because Republicans are not going to vote for a big-government, big spending, higher taxes candidate anymore. We're done with that. He realizes this, and therefore has pretty much admitted that he has no confidence in his ability to pass the test. So what does he do? He jumps ship to swim in calmer waters where he stands a better chance of reaching shore. Translation: he becomes a Democrat where it looks like he stands a much better chance of being re-elected. How noble of him!
What ever happened to integrity? What ever happened to the thrill of the fight, the eye of the tiger? What happened to believing that you had something to offer that someone else did not, so you were going to plant your feet firm and "may the best man win"? See, this is why America needs a fresh face--not just a Black face either--but a fresh one. America needs people who are not politicians, but servants. A politician does what Specter did: sell out to make things smooth for himself. A servant stands for what's right, even when it costs him everything. Sadly, it seems that there are far more politicians than servants.
Make no mistake, this switch of Benedict Arnold-type proportions does some damage to Republicans and America that far outweighs one man looking to skate his way back to the Senate floor in 2010. If Al Franken wins the long battle against incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota, he and Specter will give the Democrats a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate. With the Left's unholy addiction to abortion, obsession with spending money the country doesn't have, refusal to secure our borders for fear that they might miss out on some more votes, with their commitment to removing Christ from the very fabric of our country, this is indeed a scary thought.
Ane yet I still say, "Good riddance" to Benedict Arlen, as Sean Hannity calls him. After some 30 years as a Republican, he wasn't doing us any good anyway, and I prefer waving bye-bye to the enemy over sleeping with him any day.