Another Reformed Ticket Splitter Writes in:
Mike Castle may be a great guy, he may be a good Delawarean, he may be a moderate Republican. But he is, a Republican. Does such a thing as a good Republican who deserves to win office in November even exist?
Any other time I would have said sure. Any other time I would have said voting straight ticket was pure partisanship. But this year is different.
This year we have seen the unfettered Republican machine in action. We are at a point that to vote for any Republican in this
off-year election, is to condone the actions of the isolated, insular, inept core of the Republican leadership.
The only way to redirect this country is to send a signal, strong and loud, that Americans do not appreciate their country's Constitution, usurped by a king and his court. And the only signal they will understand is if a Republican, campaign chests overflowing, unexpectedly does not return to his seat next January.
If even good , honest, decent men who have given much to their country, are defeated solely because of the actions of a few in their top leadership, then those few have no choice to acquiesce to the will of a majority of American people. Some say this is too harsh a sentence to pass on a good man. Any other time, I might agree. But not now.
We are seeing the destruction of democracy, piece by piece, little by little. Did any of you vote for this eradication of the principles of our founding fathers? Probably not, you're all Democrats. Did any Republicans realize they were voting for the end of our Republic? No, none of this was a campaign issue. The internal core has simply created their own system of rules with no input or oversight of the American people.
Today, with what's left of the Constitution, we do not have to take arms against a sea of troubles. We can push a button instead, and pull the lever. (provided the machine is not a Diebold). Today voting for the Democratic candidate is as patriotic as grabbing the gun, kissing the wife, and trudging off to war.
Mike Castle has always been there for Delaware. He has, and deserves, many friends. Those who know him understand his actions. They remember when he first went to Congress, vowing to be independent, not following the warped will of the Republican leadership, and the next morning, all funding for Delaware had been stripped overnight from the appropriations bills up for a vote. He had to crawl, on his knees, hat in hand, and beg for restitution of funds earmarked for Delaware.
That Delaware should be so humiliated, should make every citizen of this great state livid. Every vote for any Republican condones this behavior. But the lesson was learned by Mr. Castle.
This election we will hear much about the stem cell bill vetoed. But at what cost was such a bill passed? Here it is:
- College loans and student lunches scuttled to make way for a tax break costing billions.
-Medicaid and food stamps trimmed while supporting billions in tax breaks.
- Castle voted against protecting health coverage for breast cancer treatment (HR 4281 – vote 173);
- Castle voted for the confusing GOP Medicare Prescription Drug Bill (HR 1 – vote 669);
- Castle voted against lower drug prices, against allowing drug re-importation, and against more coverage for low income seniors (HR1 – vote 668);
- Castle voted to weaken state health insurance protections (HR 660 – vote 296). (Yawn, aren`t details boring?)
- Castle voted to deny extra monies for our first responders to a terrorist attack.
- He voted against extra monies to shore up levees in New Orleans,
- He voted for HCR 376; vote 158 ; which raised our debt limit while cutting funds for port security, national guard,
protection of nuclear material from terrorists, and homeland security.The Castle we once knew and loved, would never have done this.
This is what had to be done to buy votes to pass the stem cell bill.
Delaware deservers more than someone forced to crawl up and lick the feet of his master for a little tidbit. A Democrat, not beholden to Republican kingpins, can fully represent this great patriotic state. Any Democrat. Any Democrat can
outdo Mike Castle in the current Congress. And, this time we have an outstanding human being, contesting Mr. Castle. Dennis Spivack
cannot fail to improve Delaware's stature in Congress. Especially if no one is expecting him to be there.
This is not an easy issue to resolve. It has the same balancing of loyalty over time, verses being treated as second class citizens, that our ancestors had to struggle with against Great Britain. It consists of balancing our hearts against our heads. Divorce is never easy. But sometimes necessary for a better future.
It is time for Delaware to divorce Castle. Every American who loves his country and this State of Delaware, and willing to fight for the best Constitution ever written, must push the button at the top of the Democratic ticket and pull the lever for Spivack
. This and only this will restore us a government for the people, of the people, and by the people.
- Reformed Ticket Splitter
Here is a link to Spivack's ACT BLUE page
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