It’s time to move over…

Interview with Richie 6/14/2010

“It’s true that of the 29 statewide offices available, the Texas Democratic Party doesn’t hold a single one. The party’s chairman, Boyd Richie, says it’s legitimate to criticize the Democrats for that — but not to blame him for it.”

It is all about values…

For a while I have said that in politics it is all about values.  Values make you a Republican a Democrat or an independent.  Values make a statement about you.  Values establish a bond between people that is hard to dissolve.  If you ask someone to describe a Republican this is what you may get back:

Pro-Life          Pro-Gun          Pro-God          Pro-family      Small government

Low taxes       Anti-abortion                          Balanced budget

Anti-Gay         Strong military                       Pro-business

Ask someone to describe a Democrat and this is what you may get back:

Tax and spend             Pro-abortion

Big government          Weak on military

Big spender                 Anti-second amendment

Keeping in mind that these are merely perceptions.  One of the enduring lessons from my military experience is that perceptions are reality.  Or, as one of my supervisors once said, “don’t confuse me with the facts.”

What’s Next?

Now that the November election is behind us, it is time to sit back and relax and ponder.  I believe that this election more than any other since I have run for public office shows that it is time for us to take charge of the Democratic Party and loudly demand new leadership.  I have read many analyses of what happened, what has to be done, and blah, blah, blah.  It is the same old stuff in the same old stuffy bottles.  We got whupped.  And I say we because I am a Democrat and proud of our party.  The thing about losing is – I do not like it and I am certain that none of us like to be on the losing side in elections.  So let’s see how we can stop the bleeding.  The Dallas Cowboys recently demonstrated what happens when a leader fails and you are on a losing streak – you replace the leader.  We Democrats need the same change. On the top of the list is a change in leadership.  We need to accept the possibility that the Republicans are going to be in charge for several years, so we must move on from the current objective of simply holding on to what we have.  There are good stalwarts of the Democratic Party and they need to stand up and let us know what they are going to do to stop this losing streak.  As for all the political advisors who had the winning formula for this past election – they need to be fired along with the head coach.  I know there are many of you concerned about the state of the Democratic Party, well – now is the time to turn concern into action and elect a leader who will demand more than simply “doing better than last election.” We will never win an election if the only objective is to improve the numbers for the possibility of a future victory.

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