Scott Brown for President? Not So Fast.
After last night’s election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the throne held by Teddy Kennedy for decades, thoughts turned immediately to Scott Brown’s potential to win the presidency. That’s not a well-thought-out reaction. Scott Brown was the one who took on the challenge and won, but not necessarily because he is a great Republican or even a great moral man. Most of us in the U.S. know nothing about him.
In the past, people got excited about Colin Powell and begged him to run for president as the Republican candidate before they knew much about his political beliefs or even his party affiliation. He was a handsome, well-educated, well-spoken four-star general who became very popular. As it turned out, he affiliated with the Republican Party, but was very left-leaning and moderate, opposing some of the Party’s platform, which is not helpful to achieving those goals. Eventually, he publicly endorsed the Democrat candidate for president over his own long-time friend and fellow veteran, Sen. John McCain.
In a “morning-after” interview aired on Fox News, Brown was asked if he favored the “big tent” theory for the Republican Party and he made it clear that he does. Others who have advocated this position are; Colin Powell, who voted for the Democrat in the presidential election, abandoning his own Republican party; John McCain, who lost the election because of Republicans like Colin Powell who voted against his own party; former Congressman Christopher Shays, who was defeated by the Democrat he wanted to compromise with, perhaps because there was no clear difference between the candidates; and former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who eventually left the Republican party and caucused with the Democrats. There are many others; some who are still in the Grand Old Party. Watch those still in the GOP and see if they lose their elections, leave the Party and/or vote with the Democrats.
The moral is, either you’re a Republican or you’re not. The Party has a platform – goals they are working to achieve. If you’re advocating “not” achieving those goals, why are you a Republican? Join the Party because you share their beliefs, not for the purpose of weakening their ability to accomplish their stated (and voted on) platform goals. If you don’t share those beliefs, you’re in the wrong party.
Some have championed the virtue of “compromise”. You should compromise when you’re out with friends and some want to eat Mexican food, while others want Italian food. You should never compromise on your core values, your moral values, your principles. You should never sell your values for some benefit, which politicians seem to do often. The consequences of compromising your core beliefs are, more often than not, very damaging to people and to the country.
Let’s take a wait and see attitude towards today’s winner, Scott Brown. I’m glad he won because he wants to stop the current health care debacle bill and he was our last chance for that. But President? Not so fast,