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Lindsey Graham and party patriotism

In politics on October 27, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Sanctity of life, Second Amendment, family and business are what matter to the Republican Party, at least according to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Graham is one of my very favorite Republicans. Why? Because he so embodies the spirit of the Republican Party — and the Democratic Party for that matter.

In April, Graham, speaking at a Republican Party convention in Greenville, South Carolina, reminded voters why he and the Republican Party are so super.

“Here’s what I care about. I care about this party, and I care about this country,” Graham said.

Hmmm, party and country …

Graham said he became involved in politics because, “I believe that’s what God had planned for me to do.”

In tow with two-party politics, Graham proceeded to tear into the Democrats and Obama, using all-too common fear tactics:

“The Obama agenda, if you look at it closely, should scare you,” Graham said. “The only thing standing between the Obama agenda and absolutely everything passing is the United States’ Senate. Our house members are wonderful people, but the Democrats have a huge majority and Nancy Pelosi is not open minded about how to run the house.”

Graham’s solution to the scourge of liberalism is simple: Vote more Republicans into power. 

“In 2010 we have a chance to get back in the ballgame,” he said. 

Graham attempted to sound like a conservative when he began speaking about government spending and the ever growing deficit. However, he tried to downplay the right’s role in the matter, saying that Obama and the Democrats have “spent more money in 90 days than George W. Bush and the Republicans did on Katrina, Iraq and Afghanistan combined.”

“What do liberals do? They raise taxes on the rich, they grow the government, and they cut defense,” he said. “We’re spending our country into oblivion. I want to do something about it. I want to grow this party.”

Graham is right that we are spending this country into oblivion. But if he thinks the way to fix the problem is by expanding the power of the party of bailouts and war, he’s a fool.

Ironically, Graham calls for a reduction in deficit spending while at the same time demanding the expansion of America’s military and war spending. Recently, he told Fox News’ Brett Baier that America needs to attack Iran before Ahmadinejad obtains weapons (his reason being to protect Israel of course).

But perhaps the most revealing aspect of Graham’s speech was his conclusion in which he tried to distance himself from libertarians and Ron Paul.

“In conclusion, I am a Republican right of center. I am not a libertarian. I am not a member of the Constitutional Party. I respect those that are. I like Ron Paul but he is not the leader of our party. I am a Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, Carroll Campbell, Lindsey Graham Republican. When it comes to the sanctity of life, the Second Amendment, your family, your business, I will be there for the conservative caucus. But I am going to try to make my country stronger than I found it, I’m going to make this party bigger.”

So, if you are a card carrying member of the Republican Party or simply a conservative who wants to stem the tide of ungodly liberalism, here’s is your chance. Join Lindsey Graham in 2010 and 2012 in growing the Republican Party. Vote Republican, save your country.

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  1. Jessica,

    I have previously written that I think Graham is one of the few Republicans on the national scene that can bring the party back out of the wilderness. But, as you point out, he falls grossly short as do Obama or any Dems now in power. Please read my blog of “How To Pay for “Stuff”. If my analysis is even close to correct, there is no one ready to really face the music.

    I agree Rep are the party of “bailouts and war”. I also think that Dems are the party of “more bailouts and handouts” none of which are even close to affordable.

    Our goal in the next 10 articulated by Dems is to slow the accumulation of debt through deficit reduction. No one talks about eliminating any deficit or, God forbide, reducing (with a goal of eliminating) the debt. Your beloved libertarian philosophy would call for such but your Libertarian (did I get all the capitalization correct?) Party will never get elected with such an approach. See my latest blog on Ayn Rand”s philosophy.

    I suspect you and I both want similar macroscopic things at least fiscally. How to get there is the big issue.

    Anson

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