It’s Your Reality. Accept It (or Don’t).

I have considered myself a Republican for most of my life. Of course this blog is really about my struggle to decide whether to leave that party. But while there are many things wrong, one thing I am proud of from the Republican leaders is a spirit of accepting the new reality and offering their support. It started with John McCain on election night proclaiming that Barrack Obama will now be “his President” and vowing to support him in any way he can. I was proud of John that night. It showed class and a greater concern for the betterment of the country than for himself. But that isn’t what always happens.  In fact it happened to me again today. My patriot membership card was threatened. It is really starting to annoy me to hear Democrats today….
 

… that tell me that he is my President now and it is my patriotic duty to support him and give him a chance. They tell me he won, the people spoke, and I should be a patriot and embrace my new leader. I say to all of you who tell me that… kiss my ass. I say that for two reasons. 

First of all, I am a patriot. I gave a significant portion of myself to service of this country. More than I am sometimes willing to admit. Every single veteran has supported this country in ways that the rest of you do not have Privilege to claim. I have always cared more about this country than I did about any party or platform. I served both a Republican and a Democrat while in the military. So I don’t need you to tell me that I have to support my new President. I have always supported my Presidents. I supported Ronald Reagan. I supported George Bush Sr.. I supported Bill Clinton. I supported GW. Even though I vehemently disagreed with things that each of them did. I understand better than most that being President is a tough job that we can’t possibly understand without having done it. 

And I will support Barrack Obama. Maybe it is the military guy in me who still sees the President as my Commander in Chief. Who knows. But I will support him because I love this country and what it stands for and I am rooting for it to succeed, regardless of who we put out front. I will support him because he is my President whether I voted for him or not. But don’t you dare stand there and tell me to support him. Don’t you dare try to take a moral high ground with me when you have sat on your ass and finally, at 40, decided to vote because a great speaker motivated you (or because ACORN came and picked you up and took you to the polls). And most of all don’t you dare say to me that whether or not I am a Patriot hangs on whether I support this President. What have you done for your country besides bitch and complain when the argument doesn’t go your way?

My second issue is this: Where was this support for our leader when the leader wasn’t from your party? When George Bush won I had to listen for four years about how he stole an election. When he won again I have had to listen to people trash him all over again. Never once, besides for a ten month span after a national tragedy, did I ever see Democrats supporting their leader. All I heard them do is complain and throw insults. Mock him, assault his character, assault his intelligence, rant and rave and act like children who didn’t get their way on the playground.

Democrats didn’t support their leader when he wasn’t a democrat. But now they spend all their time telling Republicans to do so. Hypocrites. They spend their time telling Republicans that they should embrace the new direction of the country. But they haven’t embraced anything that wasn’t on the liberal agenda. The people spoke in California and said no to gay marriage (which for the record, I could care less if two gay people want to get married, it doesn’t affect my personal freedoms). Why aren’t all Democrats embracing the same theory there? “No Gay Marriage” won. The people have spoken. So Democrats take to the streets and protest. Only accept the will of the people if it goes the way you want it to go. That seems to be the Democrat mantra. Did you ever notice that 90% of the protests in America are done in support of Democrat positions? You don’t have to tell the Republicans to accept the results of a vote. They just do.

So if you know me personally, and some of you do, shut up about this subject. You have no ground to stand on because you didn’t do it when your side lost. You refused to accept the reality at that time. I know my reality. I know who the President will be. And I will support him. I won’t turn a blind eye. I will criticize and I will keep watch. I will educate the ignorant and I may run for office myself one day on my own principles. But I will support him. But here is your new reality: as a veteran and someone who has actively participated in politics for as long as I have been legally allowed, I am higher on the food chain. You don’t get to tell me what to do or what to think. You are a rookie. If you poke me with a stick through the cage one more time, I may duct tape you to the goalpost. And there won’t be anything you can do to stop it. There’s your new reality. Accept it, or don’t and deal with the consequences.

Comments

  1. Hypocrisy is a liberal virtue.

  2. revolution2010 says:

    AMEN Brother! If that excerpt were to be in a movie, I think it could only be done by Jack Nicholson!
    I agree with you. I support the President, but I am still going to hold him accountable and expect him to at least make a feigned attempt to do what he said he would. I was actually OK with the whole thing for about 48 hours… or at least more OK with it. Then he started talking about who was filling his cabinet (He got a handler for the Republicans, not someone who would unite them) and how he would be ready to RULE day 1 (as stated by Valerie Jarrett on Meet the Press on November 9th), and only putting the weekly address on the computer where the poor, the elderly and the less advantaged will never see it, and nothing that I have seen so far speaks to the platform he ran about becoming UNIFIED… so am I suspicious? Yes. Will I continue to watch very close? Yes. I hope that I am wrong, I hope he turns this Nation into the most perfect place in the world, but the fact is, should anything not go as planned, those people will thank GOD that someone was paying more attention than you…
    Patriot: You want answers?
    Blind Obama Supporter: I think I’m entitled to them.
    Patriot: You want answers?
    Blind Obama Supporter: I want the truth!
    Patriot: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Blind sheep followers? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Obama and you curse the Patriots. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that questioning Obama’s motives, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
    We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!
    Blind Obama Supporter: Did you order the questioning of President Elect Obama’s motives?
    Patriot: I did the job you sent me to do.
    Blind Obama Supporter: Did you order the code red?
    Patriot: You’re goddamn right I did!!

  3. Thanks for the reply! I laughed out loud when I read it. Colonel Jessep is still one of my favorite characters that Nicholson has ever played. I also loved the lunch scene.

    I think that a good deal of skepticism is healthy around any leader. I see it as part of my job as a patriot to watch my leaders and call it out when they go astray. I have the same concerns that you have. For about a day or two after the election I said to myself that he may not be so bad. I still say that to myself sometimes. But everything we have seen since points to America getting hoodwinked. I hope that isn’t the way that it will be. I tend to think it won’t be. Obama can only go so far before America sees a fraud and that would capsize the Democrat ship for a long time. Nothing makes people bitter more than feeling as though they were tricked.

    But that would leave them with no party to trust on the national stage. Abandoned by the Republicans and tricked by the Democrats. Whomever shall we call to our rescue now?

  4. Well thought out and articulate blog my friend. I have thought for a long while of what I might say in response as I too am a veteran and was also a McCain supporter. I too want to support my new president and am trying to reserve my judgement of this charimatic speaker who basically won an election by running on republican principles while making the conservative look like a liberal. For this I believe most conservatives are waiting to see if he sprints back to the left or will he make a real attempt to achieve his “Purple Party Man” promises? Cuz after all…he wouldn’t want to piss off the left wing who pushed him to the top…would he?

  5. WFnS,

    Therein lies the question of the day. Mr. Obama is very indebted to the far left of this country. If nothing else he is indebted to Crazy Nancy Pelosi for keeping her mouth shut long enough for him to get elected. I want to believe but I find it difficult to fathom that the man voted most liberal Senator by his peers can stay in the center for very long. I don’t think he will have much of a choice early on because of the economic crisis, but once that passes we will see.

    As a side note isn’t it interesting that Democrats are saying that? Because of the economic crisis he will have to remain moderate in order to get the country economically sound again. He will have to leave most of the Bush policies in place so that the economy can recover and then he can go about making the change he promised. See, they see it as explaining why they have to wait to change, because they are more concerned about the economy. I see it as interesting that the way to get past the economic crisis is to keep the Republican plan in place. Once the Republican plan fixes the economy, he can go about changing the plan…….. away from the Republican plan that FIXES THE ECONOMY! Am I just brilliantly intelligent that I see this or is the rest of America really that dumb that no one seems to notice these things? I will give America the benefit of the doubt…. I am just brilliant!

  6. I agree with you completely. No one should tell anyone else to support the president. Its a personal decision. If you don’t like him, don’t agree with him, etc, then don’t support him! Just don’t sit there and complain about him either…

    I am a liberal democrat. I hated George W. Bush and did not support him at all – especially during his second term. However, as an American, I had the right to hate him. Its a free country so I had the opportunity to do something about it. Elected officials get their jobs from us and if they don’t serve their people well, they don’t get re-hired. Get involved.

  7. AJC,

    You certainly have the right to hate any President and not support him. I wouldn’t take that away from anyone. I am glad that you got involved rather than just complaining. Thanks for commenting. Not enough visitors doing that!

  8. AJC Said:

    “I hated George W. Bush and did not support him at all – especially during his second term. However, as an American, I had the right to hate him”

    Let’s see if we on the right have the right to hate Obama after he screws things up. Somehow I have the feeling the whole “Dissent is Patriotic” meme is gonna go the way of the Dodo and be replaced with “Dissent is Racist”. After all thats what we were accused of BEFORE the election, now that The One is in power and the Left have already gone batshit crazy over Prop 8, just wait till we actually start in on Obama and his marxist ways. It’s gonna be a fun 4 years.

  9. Although I agree with a lot of these posts, I do disagree with one thing…..we must support our President. We do not have to agree with what he says, but he is the leader of our country and he deserves the respect associated with the position.

    I am one of the few people who loved President Bush. People wanted him out for the same reason they put him in. He didn’t give a crap what people thought and did (what he thought), was best for this country. I have to respect that out of a leader.

  10. Jen,

    I am with you about Bush and his attitude towards what people thought. I kind of liked his ability to ignore what the media says and ignore the comments from people who simply don’t know what he knows. I need this in a President. He gets his power from the people. And he has to make decisions every day that he lives with regardless of the outcome.

    The other side of this is that he has perhaps sometimes gone against the will of the people without giving them enough information to understand why. I know he cannot tell us everything, and I am good with that. But he should do more telling us about whatever he can. Yes he should have to explain himself to me. He works for me after all. That is not to say he is worse or better than past Presidents in this regard.

  11. Jen-

    I wasn’t always a pro-Bush person but I like to think that I’ve evolved (voted W ’04). What I’ve grown to really appreciate is the fact that he wasn’t aiming to please but to just get things done. Popularity contests are for the weak. I respect that he has kept this country safe since 911 and isn’t afraid to add a ‘God Bless’ in his speeches. It was refreshing to have someone who ‘keeps it real’ in office. I will miss that.

  12. MadDog,
    Amen to that. I haven’t always liked everything that Bush did, but I did like the fact that he was who he was. He didn’t try to placate people or spin things. He just stood up there and said “I know some of you aren’t gonna like this, but I have to make a decision. So here it is, I am the President and I have made it. If you don’t like it tough.” I expect that and need that in a leader. I often wished there was more transparent discussion around topics so that we could understand better.

    On the flip side, I think that the far left has blown every comment out of proportion and done their best to polarize the nation in any way they can. The whole “Bush lied about WMD’s” is a perfect example. At the time, EVERYONE thought WMD’s were prevalent and would be found. Saddam went as far as to tell the world he had them regularly. But when they didn’t turn up the far left got half the country hooked on this notion that it was all a lie he told us to go there. Bullshit. And if you believe that, then you are simply looking for an excuse to hate him. He made the best decisions at the time with the information that he had. And in case no one remembers, the entire Congress approved his decision prior to his going into Iraq. One or two people in Congress can honestly say they didn’t approve. I guess All the Democrats in Congress at the time were in on the lie too. So why isn’t anyone saying the same thing about them?

  13. I am puzzled. Liberals are supposed to be liberal, right? Yet many self identified liberals, people who supposedly favor fairness in politics and political rectitude in all pronunciations, uniformly use the word hate to describe their feelings about the President of the United States. They will not call a Muslim terrorist either a Muslim or a terrorist. They insist that the mere mention of God in the public sphere is possibly offensive to some and we should avoid all such offenses. They are so worried that someone might be offended by rules of decorum that all such rules must be voluntary. Yet, when it comes to their own response to traditional values they they use the most offensive offensive language and tactics they can dream up. They freely admit to hating religious people who don’t support abortion or gay marriage. Liberals think it quite proper to harass conservative speakers in any public forum. Liberals proclaim themselves champions of individual liberty, yet appear perfectly willing to stomp on anyone who does not completely agree with their opinions.

  14. PJ,

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t hate liberals, but i do despise their hypocrisy. I find myself so often in the middle in terms of politics. I am conservative on economic issues. I fall on the liberal side on many issues involving rights (gay rights and abortion). But when it comes to the whole political correctness thing in America, it drives me insane. The entire writing of the post above was driven by the hypocrisy that I witnessed. A literal disdain for every breath that our current President drew, while immediately expecting across the board respect and love for their new god.

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