I imagine that Dan and Bruce, among others here, will take issue with the following. Ah well. I never claimed to be wedded to the Republican Party.
Virginia Candidates for US Congress
Neither Parker nor Pixton have a prayer of winning IMO, they are but vehicles to register my utter disgust for both parties. I’ve gotten so fed up with the two major parties that I will not support either in this election. Republicans George “Macaca” Allen and Jo Ann Davis haven’t done enough to blunt and counter what has greatly angered me about the Republican Party; indeed at times they’ve joined in quite willingly. The GOP has abandoned just about every principle it supposedly stood for and which I’ve regularly given them my vote in the past to support. Instead of tackling the major issues I want resolution to, such as border security, they’ve pussyfooted around and offered last-minute crap along with wedge-issue nonsense like gay marriage, flag-burning, etc. Here’s a clue to the GOP: I don’t like John Kerry, that’s why I didn’t vote for him in 2004. It’s no surprise to me that he continues to make an ass of himself in public; such is part of his nature it seems. Yet however big of an ass Kerry is, he’s not on the ballot and pointing out his latest gaffe does not make up for continued failures and dismal performance by the GOP over the past few years. Trying to peel my vote by presenting a nightmare scenario of Democrats winning and then botching the GWOT isn’t very convincing when they’ve acted and behaved as if the war was a side-issue only to be trotted out in order to win elections. All this does is remind me of the naughty boy caught doing something wrong and saying anything to stave off his just punishment. That’s not going to work this time. Some will disagree with me here and claim that I am allowing emotion to enable the Democrats to win. Ni modo. I’m finished with being taken for granted of by the Republicans and the fault lies with them for not being the kind of leaders they should be. This kind of reasoning has allowed both parties to put up any boob knowing that a certain percentage will always vote for them no matter what. If the GOP cannot stand on its own merit and provide leadership beyond the feckless and incompetent manner they’ve been doing thus far, I see no reason to vote for them. Respect and loyalty are earned, not something they are entitled to. Just because the Democrats have no concept of leadership is not enough to sway my decision. I also call “bullshit” on this since we won the Cold War with a divided government, even if it may have taken longer to do so. A Democrat Congress or one evenly-divided might shake President Bush up enough to rethink the lackluster performance he has given and maybe, maybe he might remember that he does have a veto pen. If the GOP loses, or even hangs on by the skin of their teeth, let them reform and refocus on why people entrusted them for so long with all levers of power. Contrary to the delusions of Dobson et al. I do not believe that GOP stands for “God’s Own Party“. Perhaps I’ll come back and consider them in 2008. Let them earn my vote and those of the rest of the electorate by becoming the kind of leaders they claimed to be and clearly have not been.
Democrat James Webb is an interesting candidate and if this were peacetime I’d probably vote for him on Tuesday as I did in the primary. Yet he has run a campaign just as dirty as his opponent and chosen to represent a party I absolutely despise given its embrace of just about every whacko nutjob from the Radical Asinine Left that has come along, from Michael Moore to Cindy Sheehan. I will not reward their disgraceful, dishonorable, and despicable antics by voting for their candidates, no matter how worthy they may be. Besides, call me a prude but I do not want my Senator writing about fathers putting their sons’ penises in their mouths in any context. Democrat Shawn O’Donnell is a party hack hardly worth consideration for dog catcher in my estimation. Let the Democrats follow the Republicans in reforming and refocusing, along with ditching the RAL, and then perhaps I’ll take a second look at them. I must admit though, that if the Democrats snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yet again I will have to chuckle and perhaps re-post the YouTube video of that evil genius Karl Rove. I may be angry with the Republicans but I do enjoy watching the Democrats go down in defeat. Their wails and lamentations are music to my ears. Besides, there are some Republicans and at least one [Independent] Democrat I’ll be rooting for on election night, but not Allen. I’ve had enough of him.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments in Virginia
I can understand why some people might oppose same-sex marriages, especially those doing so out of religious conviction, but civil unions and domestic partnerships as well? No, this goes too far and leaves gay couples with nothing at all. This is nothing more than discrimination worthy of pre-Loving days.
This seems to be nothing more than constitutional house-cleaning since the provision is already unenforceable. Eh, I too question the constitutionality of it anyways so why not?
#3 – “[A]uthorizes the General Assembly to pass laws that will allow counties, cities, and towns to provide a partial exemption from real estate taxes for new structures and improvements located in a conservation, redevelopment or rehabilitation area.” YES
This seems non-controversial to me and perhaps beneficial.
#1 – Allows the county to borrow nearly $77 million dollars to upgrade parks and recreation facilities. NO
I’m in a cranky mood since not enough has been done for transportation, despite the next referendum on the ballot. No, I’m not willing to allow the county to borrow money for much else until my commute improves.
#2 – Allows the county to borrow just over $161 million dollars for transportation projects. YES
A no-brainer for anyone stuck in the long commute in this area.