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September 24, 2010 07:32 PM UTC

Giving up: apparently the new Patriotism

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  • by: Determined to be heard

As a citizen of Colorado, I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to do whatever I can to get the one person that we desperately need, into the governor’s office. So for the first time in my 48 years, I am volunteering for a political campaign.  So as I sit in the campaign headquarters, answering the phones for our next governor, I am amazed at those who call that are demanding  Dan Maes drop out of the race.

One gentleman told me that it was Dan’s “Patriotic duty” to step aside for Tancredo.  Another told me “but everyone knows Tancredo!”.  When one told me that he should step aside for Tancredo because he can’t win, I replied that I don’t believe that.  His response to me was that I have the right to be an idiot. I replied that he has that same right.

So I wondered when did it become “Patriotic” to back away from what you believe in and from those that believed in you enough to have voted for you? Why would someone be expected to do that?  Also isn’t the “name game” what we are trying to see past? Just because your name is familiar, how does that automatically make you the best one for the job?

It seems to me that if your name is familiar in the political arena, you have lost your qualifications to serve the people because you are now officially a “Career Politician”.   The current political atmosphere has proven that in order for a “Career Politician” to maintain their career, they will do WHATEVER it takes to remain employed, honest or not. This makes a “Career Politician” self serving not public serving.  It appears to me that in these wonderfully changing times, we are finally demanding character and integrity over name recognition.  

So the question is how harmful is it that Dan Maes does not have the backing of those “Name recognized” republicans?  After all where are they now?  What was the cause of the demise of their political “careers”?

So a thought to Mr. Tancredo and those that call Mr. Maes’ office, is that you are distinguished by the company you keep and those that you call your friends.  And I would like to say that I am proud to be a part of the Friends of Dan Maes for governor!

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5 thoughts on “Giving up: apparently the new Patriotism

  1. .

    Why can’t an ordinary guy get elected Governor of the state ?  

    Look, exasperated Maes supporter, voters want to vote for someone who inspires them.  There are 4 million ordinary schmucks in the state.  Folks aren’t inspired by “ordinary.”  We want to elect someone who is out of the ordinary.  

    I heard Dan speak at a T-Party event in Colorado Springs in March.  He seemed to be more than an ordinary guy at the time.  When I asked who he was, I was told about his extraordinary business success.  

    But as time went on, it turned out that what I thought set him apart, his record of business accomplishment, was illusory.

    So now, instead of inspiring me, he conned me.  

    He didn’t run from the start as an ordinary guy, but was revealed to be one later on.

    At which point he started making stuff up about being Serpico.  To be sure, he may have imagined that he really was extraordinary as a cop, but he didn’t have anything to back that up.  

    The thing I like best about Maes today ?

    He has been exposed as a poseur, and still his wife stands proudly and defends him.  That proves to me that he is a good, dependable guy.   But an ordinary schmuck, no different than me.

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    1. Political fallacies, especially during campaign seasons include the following

      (1) Claims of being “Ordinary”

      Ordinary is what you’re used to and what you know. For example, if you’re a successful on Wall-Street–surrounded by people with money– you probably don’t think there’s anything unusual with a lavish lifestyle. There’s other examples as well. The important thing is that “ordinary” is a relative term, which largely depends on the  economic and social circles  you spend your time  in.

      (2) Claims of representing the “American People”

      There is such a thing as the “American People” in the sense of population, but in terms of identity it’s non-existent. What constitutes American identity depends on who you talk to, what part of the country you’re in, and how you ask the question.  

      1. .

        I stand at the center of the universe.  I decide what’s normal and what’s ordinary.

        The “American People,” them’s my peeps.  I speak for them.

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  2. I don’t support Dan Maes and I had a stomach full of Tancredo and his message long ago but your candidate won the right to be on the ballot this November. Do I think the smear tactics of some spiteful Republican’s joined forces with the D’s $500,000 ad campaign to put him there? I do.  The point is he won and you chose to support him, so good for you. Phone calls such as you have received is a sad commentary on the state of the Republican Party.

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