In Defense of Republicans
I am a strong libertarian. I thought it useful to remind everyone that most or all of us that post here identify as Republicans. You see a lot of complaints – especially at the local level – about Republicans on here. There is a simple reason for that. The Democrats in Loudoun are weak and useless. If there was a dem who was out there making decisions to criticize locally, you can be sure it would be done – in a big way.
The local Republicans have certainly made mistakes, some of them serious. But they have also done good things. I am quite open that I don’t follow local events and politics as much as many others on here, but there are many good Republicans in Loudoun County.
Some examples. Ralph Buona and Shawn Williams working to try to resolve the Openband issue and then helping to get the board to vote against the Franchise of a local monopoly. It is not easy to go up against MCDean, especially when they are threatening to sue the county. But they did it and it was the right thing. Bill Fox – whom I assume at least leans Republican – is another great example. He is helping to drive the school board in a positive direction and bringing real positive changes to the schools. Year Round School is a perfect example. Randy Minchew is another example. He has mainly comported himself very well in his position and has helped to move things forward and represented his constituents well.
This is just some I am more familiar with. I am sure there are many more. I know there are good democrats too. I hope they take back their party locally from the extreme elements that are destroying it as we certainly need a strong opposition in any area of government. I am proud to have voted all Republican in the most recent election. They were all good people and all of them were the better candidate. I don’t always vote Republican. I am no party hack. It is just that the dems so rarely offer someone worth voting for if you are a libertarian.
No matter how many failings the Republicans have, such as anti-gay stances, prohibition, and overspending on defense, the Democrats are either no different or worse. Obama obviously has issues with gay people as evidenced by his capability of expressing an opinion against gay marriage (no matter how much it has “evolved”). The dems are also for prohibition. The dems overspend on EVERYTHING, including defense.
I can’t find a reason to regularly vote Democrat. Their platform offers almost nothing I agree with. There are many democratic partisan readers of this blog. Please tell me why I – a pretty standard libertarian – who is also pro-life, should be enamored with the Democratic party. Sell me on it. I don’t see anything there.