Principles Witnessed in Any CaucusMarch 10th, 2009 by Steven Gardner
The Kitsap County Republican Party sent out an invitation this week for a gathering to watch the “We Surround Them” show as part of “The Glenn Beck Program .
It’s not an official party event and it isn’t limited to Republicans, but in some ways it does show some of the emphasis being exerted by Sandra LaCelle, the party’s new county chairwoman.
LaCelle didn’t know a lot about the program itself, but said it seemed like one way to get Republicans and other like-minded people together on a grass roots level. Later efforts could include getting local party members involved in local service, such as making deliveries of donated food to food banks. The party may not have much say in government right now, but it doesn’t have to be mute or lie low.
Beck’s program has been advertised nationally as one for those who don’t agree with the current direction of the country.
LaCelle herself said she isn’t “totally against government involvement,” but in the case of President Barack Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress, “I just think we’re going too far.” She worries the current programs will place too much of a financial burden on future generations. And she draws on her experience as an attorney having witnessed families who pass down a culture of welfare generation to generation. “What I fear most is an entire generation of people dependent on government programs for a living,” she said.
The little bit of information available about Friday’s program centers on nine principles and 12 values. The writers on the Web site say, “If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common.”
Frankly, I know many on the left who would conceivably believe in all nine. In fact, I’m going to provide a quote for most of the nine principles that I think demonstrates how the left could make the same argument that’s being made by the program slated for Friday.
1. America is good.
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.” — Barack Obama, Inauguration speech.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my
“Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.” — Barack Obama, Christianity Today
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I
“Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.” — Barack Obama, Inauguration Speech
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the
ultimate authority, not the government.
“Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important.” — Barack Obama, Father’s Day speech.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is
blind and no one is above it.
“As Democrats we are committed to being smart on crime. That means being tough on violent crime, funding strategic and effective commmunity policing and holding offenders accountable . . . “ — Democratic Party Platform
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
“These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children. But it is up to us to ensure they walk through them. In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent — for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child. I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father, when I say that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That’s an American issue.” — Barack Obama, address to Congress on Feb. 24.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with
who I want to. Government cannot force me to be
On this one I won’t put a quote, because it is both right and wrong. For one, we’re talking degrees here. Government can and does force charity, because your taxes go to pay for things that go far, far beyond sharing “it with who I want to.” Technically, paying for public education when you don’t have kids is charity, and I know people who think the costs of education should lie on the backs of parents. Now, if you’re talking about government not forcing you to be “charitable” in the emotional sense, I agree. They can take your money and make you work, but they can’t force you to feel good about it.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with
authority or to share my personal opinion.
I won’t put one here either, because for the last seven years and four months of the last presidential administration the ones who would have yelled this principle the loudest were on the left.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them,
they answer to me.
“And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.” — Barack Obama — Inauguration speech.
My point in this laborious process is to show you that people who differ politically can both claim to hold true to the same principles. Where the real differences are lie in the details. Most of the time, I think it’s a matter of degrees. Both Democrats and Republicans honor the free market and government intervention, but they differ in degrees. The folks who will go to the events Friday are probably are in line with LaCelle’s comment, “I just think we’re going too far.”
There will be two watching parties in Kitsap County. The program begins at 2 p.m., but people are invited to start gathering as early as 1 p.m. Group discussion might occur afterward.
One will be at the 19th Hole Tavern at 2171 Erlands Point Road in Central Kitsap. The other is at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting at 3900 SW Lake Flora Road in South Kitsap.