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No Party to Console me ...

Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 8:08 AM

In September 2009, I decided to step away from the political party, which I had been associated with for approximately 40 years. There were a couple reasons for that, which I will try to explain. In the particular party I was involved with, it appeared that if you were not 100 percent in favor of all they said, they assumed you were 100 percent against them. There seemed to be no leeway for differences. I did not announce that I was crossing over to the other party. I stated in an article on Oct. 1, 2009 in The Brazil Times that I would become independent. Not the Independent Party, but independent. I was going to be nonpartisan, on one's own, self-contained, self-sufficient.

As a member of the city council, I often wondered why some thought the council vote had to be 5-0. If I voted different from the others (4-1) wouldn't they still "win?" I was not elected to this office by my fellow council members, I was voted in by registered voters of Ward 3, Precincts' Four and Six. Ward 3 consists of a large area of Brazil; south of National Avenue and west of Forest Avenue to the city limits and in the area north of National and west of Sherman Street. I often asked constituents how they felt about certain things coming up to a council vote. I listened and voted accordingly. The smoking ordinance: Vote it down. The animal ordinance: Most didn't care one way or the other. That's not a voting option (or is it?). Selling beer at the golf course pro shop? Not feasible.

My point is that people need to vote and live according to their individual beliefs. After leaving my former political band wagon, my wife and I attended monthly meetings of the other party. We were indeed welcomed with handshakes and even hugs from those who knew us on a personal level. Never, at any time, did anyone approach us asking why we were there, what our motives were.

Clay County is a Democrat county; always has been. The Republican Party, in my opinion is more of a Christian party. Clay County is known throughout the area as the "meth capital." The Wabash Valley is now "Meth Valley." Drugs and crimes are rampant. Where am I going with this comparison? Liberals versus Conservatives; both judges in Clay County are Democrats, liberals if you will. A liberal, by definition is a bleeding heart, a sentimental fool, a softy and a sympathizer. Republicans are more conservative; once again by definition, alert, careful, controlled, guarded, precautious, safe, watchful, wise and seem more appealing to the Christian morals of society. The old adage of "live and let live" should be over. I believe fewer convicted people would be released if more Republicans were judges.

Let's look a minute at national leaders. Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter were all Christian presidents. All but Carter were Republican. Carter lasted one term. Was he too Christian for America? I think so. Where is America headed now; wars, abortions, welfare classes? The ACLU founding members were followers of Joseph Stalin (http://amerpundit.com/2011/01/05/aclu-founders-fans-stalin/). If the ACLU isn't bleeding hearts, I don't know who is. Our current president is Democrat, openly supporting abortion and opposing parental knowledge of allowing minors to get abortions in other states. Republicans and Democrats contrast a lot!

The Democrat party is stuck in the "good ol' boy" days. Almost every election year, someone decides to use the slogan "It's time for change." OK, what has changed in past years, in a positive aspect? Isn't that what they really mean "Vote for me and see if I can do any better?"

At the time I decided to leave the Democrat party, I was unaware of the discernment that was pulling me away. Now I know.

What this country needs isn't "a good five-cent cigar;" it's a solid ground coalition that supports each other, not just one group.

I know we've all heard the illustration that attending church makes no one more a Christian than standing in a garage makes one a car. Keeping your car properly garaged will ensure it will last longer, have less rust, won't ice up and will start in cold weather. Attending church, well ... figure you it out.


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Nicely said Steve. Although I dare say, you might ruffle a few feathers with this one. I do admire your conviction and courage to stand up for what you truly believe in, with the comprehension, there isn't a utopia in any of the political affiliations.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Fri, Nov 18, 2011, at 10:24 AM

Nice article. I appreciate getting to know you through this article.

I was not aware that the local party meetings that we need to inquire to new faces "Never, at any time, did anyone approach us asking why we were there, what our motives were. "

Being a member of the local GOP, I appreciate knowing what I need to ask new faces, instead of just assuming that someone is there of their own free will, to be with politically like minded people, and to help support those that choose to run for office. Thank you, and I hope that you will again frequent the local GOP, on the 21st, at 6:30. Consider this an invitation.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, Nov 18, 2011, at 2:31 PM

ConservativeDad: When I said "Never, at any time, did anyone approach us asking why we were there, what our motives were.", what I meant was the warm welcome we DID receive, no questions asked. Now, if I kew who you were, I'd look you up on the 21st. Your confidentialty will be respected. We'll be there.

steve47834@hotmail.com

-- Posted by steve47834 on Fri, Nov 18, 2011, at 4:53 PM

Steve: When you get done with the GOP meeting, why don't you drive around town and pick up the rest of your campaign signs! You seem to be the only candidate to still have signs scattered all over town.

-- Posted by open minded on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 4:42 PM

CHECK! I will do that Wednesday. Thanks open minded.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 6:43 PM

I guess you never made it to the meeting cuz I didn't see you.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 11:35 AM

open minded: The signs are down.

PomC: I thought it over and decided out of respect for my Republican opponent, I would not attend this meeting. However, I have been to past meetings and will attend again.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 1:50 PM

Thank You!

-- Posted by open minded on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 7:57 PM

Look forward to it Sir......Thank you for the emery board in my jacket pocket! LOL

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Dec 2, 2011, at 11:16 AM

good article and explanation Steve.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Mon, Dec 12, 2011, at 10:54 PM

I can say we DID miss you Steve - it was as usual, a joyful occasion for all. Hope to see you January 16th.

-- Posted by captnwench on Mon, Dec 19, 2011, at 1:58 PM

So Mr Lamb must we all convert to your way of thinking, to be accepted in your christian utopia? Where do the rest of us fit in?

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 6:11 PM

A liberal, by definition is a bleeding heart, a sentimental fool, a softy and a sympathizer. Republicans are more conservative; once again by definition, alert, careful, controlled, guarded, precautious, safe, watchful, wise and seem more appealing to the Christian morals of society. The old adage of "live and let live" should be over. I believe fewer convicted people would be released if more Republicans were judges.

Let's look a minute at national leaders. Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter were all Christian presidents. All but Carter were Republican. Carter lasted one term. Was he too Christian for America? I think so. Where is America headed now; wars, abortions, welfare classes? The ACLU founding members were followers of Joseph Stalin (http://amerpundit.com/2011/01/05/aclu-founders-fans-stalin/). If the ACLU isn't bleeding hearts, I don't know who is. Our current president is Democrat, openly supporting abortion and opposing parental knowledge of allowing minors to get abortions in other states. Republicans and Democrats contrast a lot! lol Hogwash No wonder the dems booted your bigoted ,racist antisemitic rear end shame on you and you call yourself a community leader??? Lead by example!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Jun 14, 2012, at 11:10 PM


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