ROMNEY, TRUTH, HONOR Again Or “When Jindal, Others, and Opportunity Politics Knock — Part II”
Last week I offered Part I to a story not believing there would be a Part II. Read on…
TODAY: The Mail Online offers:
Romney aides blast ‘hypocrites’ who asked for cabinet jobs just before election and are now trashing him
- Presidential candidate has come under fire from Republicans after loss
- But aides say figures like Bobby Jindal and Newt Gingrich were desperate for positions in his cabinet if he had won
A vindication of what I suspected in my Part I post earlier this week (a portion is posted below) with the link to the entire post offered here: Part I Link
November 21st Erased
Did I say something wrong? Maybe. I meant no harm, was simply musing upon courtesy, truth and honor.
Evidently my post from November 21st disappeared from the Diary box list here at RedState one day after posting it.
It could be just my imagination as “Part I” November 21st post simply wouldn’t pull up into the Diary box on any attempt after several updates.
Either way — I offer it again with this “Part II.” I only do this because of the new, and validating information coming from the cited article at Mail Online.
AND — I cite an outstanding look and a robust debate for anyone wishing to investigate the position: Romney Was (Not) the Problem
Courtesy and Class for Conservatives 101
Look — Here’s the bottom line to me. We need courtesy.
Truth and honor are hallmarks of conservatism and most Americans instinctively know that.
The courtesy we sometimes lack moves up and down the spectrum from politicians to all of us commentators as we point fingers at each other — or as is the case with the recent election — forgetting the gracious offers of “thanks for the best you did give.”
This did not happen in public, instead we saw adults acting childish and self-important in their punditry, and as I put, “politically opportunistic.”
The GOP needs to be the party of “the class act,” but if their members can’t be then fellow conservatives must be.
Let the liberals be crass and ill-mannered. They are cut out for it.
Messenger Dodging Bullets
I’m all for creative messaging to gain adherents as I proposed in a post dated November 8th, and of which so many critics of Mr. Romney and campaign have complained for two weeks.
Unaffiliated, by choice, I vote Republican, live in a conservative dominated city, county, state, and grew up in the home town of the Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA when Reagan was my governor. I’m Reagan through-and-through in ideals and maintain a Facebook Page in his honor.
Until the day comes that something more conservative is viable enough to compete with the GOP, I will seek to support conservatism within the GOP.
I will also seek to tell people, with whom I politically disagree, where to go so that they look forward to the trip, while seeking clarity, but no ill will.
We should be better than what was delivered to Mr. and Mrs. Romney and Mr. and Mrs. Ryan over the past two weeks; this from within our coterie of media appointed spokesmen at the highest levels; who offered few, if any, “thank yous,” but much feigned outrage, vitriol, and indeed ill will for a supposed ally of weeks prior.
It doesn’t need to be so maniacal; the jumping upon the bandwagon of “what Romney did wrong” from the GOP gang members, hailed accurately by Rush Limbaugh and many others as “circular firing squads.”
The Post’s Message:
And that is where I got a little hot under the collar in “Part I.”
Outright distortions, lies, as was in the twisted words of George Will (Romney “despising the American people”) , and opportunistic grandstanding of two men I like in all other ways — Bobby Jindal and the very articulate and capable Newt Gingrich. (I recommend all his books, btw).
Unfortunately for them and us, they all came across as little as the liberal messengers, small minded, and petty, and it didn’t need to be. They are all talented and “big” in so many other ways.
So allow me to offer the RE-POST of what I will now call “Part II.”
Mail Online is quite a bit more forthright as to why Mr. Jindal’s and Gingrich’s nastiness was so outrageous and unworthy of them. As I said, I believed them to be bigger men that that.
PART I — PARTIAL POST FROM DIARY November 21st:
ROMNEY, TRUTH, HONOR or “When Jindal, Small Ideas, and Opportunity Politics Knock”
“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.” ~ Thomas Paine
Truth and reason stand the test of time in a cause and effect relationship of applying principle for a reliable outcome.
Truth is made of stiff stuff because it is things as they really were, are, and always will be.
When truth is inconvenient the troubling temptation for political opportunists gains momentum, and they slither forth from unsuspected places, often clothed as friends.
It is disturbing, but expected when the opposition does it, but doubly harsh when erstwhile allies seek personal gain from it.
I have been disturbed for one week now at the nonsense of gainsaying members of the GOP who can’t have the decency to give Mr. Romney and his wife a well-deserved, “Thank You” but instead create empty messaged noise for the liberal media when there is “no there there.”
Ingratitude and lack of grace is an ugly thing — especially between friends…
Pretty Lies or Inconvenient Truths
“My honor and my life are one. Take honor from me and my life is done.” – Shakespeare
Honor in politics is rare. Romney and his wife Ann offered America a glimpse of it for a brief moment in 2012, and yet our hopes were dashed by small things and small men.
What we need is more Romney and Ryan Boy Scout oath takers no matter how silly it may seem or sound…
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and Country…”
…and not dishonorable opportunistic politics.
Self-destruction begins with embracing a lie, followed by endorsing it, ending with proclaiming it.
So it is with individuals and organizations, and for two weeks since the election so it has become with some in the GOP, at least in my mind.
To the point…
Two weeks ago the American people believed a list of pretty lies in enough numbers that just under 500,000 votes in four swing states bought the election outcome for Obama-Biden.
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and two other prominent conservatives, chose a path of high criticism of Mitt Romney for his wording infractions cited last week by the press.
In short, Mr. Jindal sought political gain by taking advantage of the political correctness game liberal progressives run.
He seemed to revel in the tearing down of a friend and ally of just two weeks prior — Mitt Romney — and in that there is no honor…
James Michael Pratt is a New York Times bestselling author editor and owner of Jerusalem Reports, and frequent contributor to Red State and other conservative sites. He is author of RIGHT and WRONG Not Left and Right – The Third Option, Book 1 for 2013 release. His personal website includes biographical and other information regarding his work. He can also be found on FACEBOOK and Twitter.