Before I began my rant please let me qualify the following statements by saying that I am running for the Liberty County Republican Chair Position. Having said that, let us proceed.
The Political Forum at Cleveland Texas on January 28, 2010 was very informative and I appreciate Dayton News and the Cleveland Advocate for holding the event.
Having said that it is my feeling that the core values and/or the Party Affiliations were not addressed by the questions that were presented to the Candidates.
The logistical questions about how one could improve the particular office that the candidates were running for were interesting but I did not come away with a true picture of why the candidates were running for office. I did not come away with an identifiable political position that the candidates follow.
I must say that the candidates of a couple of the races did identify themselves as Conservatives and did allow us an insight into why they became involved in Liberty County Politics. I applaud those candidates and I appreciate their boldness.
If I were a candidate standing on the political stage of a public forum I would tell the public that I am a Conservative Republican. I would also say that I support the National and State Republican Platform.
I would say that I believe in Individualism, Less Government, Lower Taxes, and that I believe that the National Government should stay out of our lives.
It would be great if the Republican Candidates would use their opening statements for the purpose of stating why they are running for the position and identify themselves politically.
Republican Candidates please take the opportunity to differentiate Conservative beliefs from those of the Democratic Party. Distinguishing the political differences between the Republican and Democratic Party will not be seen as divisive or as trouble-making but rather it is a statement of one’s belief system.
Republicans the procedural questions presented to the Candidates at this forum favored the incumbents. In Liberty County the Democrats are the incumbents. If you want to win your political race and help to move Liberty County in a Conservative Republican direction, you better tell the voters who you are and what you stand for politically or you will lose.