Let’s try an experiment, lets pretend I’m an elected official…. Frank Torres-R-Florida…Okay, how did reading that name line make you feel? What stuck out the most? You already knew my name, and where I’m from, so I’m sure it was the R that stands for Republican. Now if reading that letter make you grit your teeth or bring on a feeling of disappointment or make you dismiss the rest of what I am going to say, then that’s wrong. What about this? Frank Torres-D- Florida…If reading that overcame you with similar feelings then that’s no good.
If it brought on feelings of hatred, then you need to talk to someone.
If it’s the first thing you look for in an article about a politician that’s wrong.
I am a big fan of bi-partisanship. Good ideas come from both sides of the aisle and some of the best pieces of legislation have combinations of the values and beliefs that define the diversity and the brilliance of the American people. Too often do the powers that be; who bleed only red or blue and are overwhelmed with resentment frown on such ideas or teamwork. That’s unfortunate and if it’s fueled by greed or fear of losing power then those kinds of leaders need to be replaced.
I believe RINO and DINO are acronyms that inspire division and set back progress towards better government, plus it’s kinda silly. They are thrown on to the table like playing cards in a game of Spades, with snap judgment and little logic. We don’t have the ability to read minds and who are we to define an individual’s values, based on their honest decision to do what they think is right.
The bottom line is that R’s and D’s in a name line shouldn’t define the lawmaker, but only the very basics of what he or she might believe in. The truth is found in research and voting records, don’t be lazy, and don’t stereotype. I think they should get rid of the thing altogether. I promise my next entry won’t be so preachy but as we move towards the season of primaries the parties start almost eating themselves over who can out Liberal or out Republican each other. It’s important that it gets said