I had an interesting conversation (debate?) with a hard-shell Republican. He earnestly tried to convince me that I too should support his party, and should work at it as much as he did (or tried to do). I heard the usual litany of problems facing the US: unemployment; deficits; too much government control; too much involvement in foreign affairs; too many restrictions on big business and sundry other problems, large and small. He followed this with an impassioned plea that I should “join in the fight,” as he put it, to clean up the mess.
My answer was simple. “No, I don’t support losers.” He got rather upset with that, and started in on how much his party has gained in the last election, and how much more they expected to win in the next. I cut him off short. “You may have won congressional seats, but you are still losers. Yes, we are facing many problems. Yes, positive action will be required to solve them. Yes, it will be a long, difficult battle. Many difficult decisions and many unpopular actions will be required. But your party isn’t willing to even try. Your leadership has decreed that their goal is not to help America or to solve any problems, but only to make sure the present administration doesn’t solve problems or help America. What they are saying is to hell with America and her problems. If they can defeat President Obama, and make sure that no problems are solved during his leadership, then they will be a success. That’s a real chicken-shit goal! Do nothing and make sure nobody else does anything constructive. No thanks. That’s the mark of a loser, and I don’t support losers. I may be old but I’m not stupid.”