Friday, June 1, 2007

The current situation

As my post on RWL is more germane to the state of the blogosphere than the actual race, I'll simply link to said post here.

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Blogger Teddy Roosevelt said...

A few of the committee chairs within Virginia's 24th Senatorial District have recently had a good time bending the truth.

In an unprecedented move, several of the chairs and vice chairs broke from the Republican party and attacked one of the elected representatives they were supposed to be supporting. This could be understood if they had taken the time to lay out evidence that this was an appropriate course of action.

Instead, these "party leaders" took to the streets and the blogosphere (as anonymous bashers) in an effort to destroy the reputation and misrepresent the voting record of Emmett Hanger. Much of this group's disdain comes from a few of Hanger's recent tax votes. Hanger believes that a big part of being a Republican comes from understanding the importance of balancing the budget and in doing what is necessary to assure that core services are provided for. Those who have attacked him are of the Grover Norquist "We should never have to pay taxes ever and should starve this nation until anarchy results" school. The irony is that Hanger's actions in the General Assembly actually led to a net reduction in taxes for the majority of the 24th district.

This group of "party leaders" including Chris Green, Ann Taetzsch, Lynn Mitchell, Mike Meredith, Kurt Michael, and Chris Darden have misrepresented to voters that Emmett Hanger said he would never raise taxes. This is blatantly false. Emmett Hanger has always contended that when the bill has to be paid, we must do what is necessary as a civilized society to make sure we fulfill our responsibility and cover our costs. This is no different than what we do every day with family budgets. There are things we need to take care of. Nobody likes paying bills, taxes, etc...but short of stealing that's the way it is.

A few of the local party folks even went as far as to start blogs that do nothing more than attack Emmett Hanger. If someone goes to one of their blogs and challenges their statements a couple of things will result:

1) They gang up on the individual who is questioning them and diligently remind him/her of Reagan's 11th commandment. This "commandment" simplistically states that a Republican shouldn't bash another Republican. How ironic!

2) They delete all of your posts.

I will post more about this in the future. For now I will simply state that the 24th District deserves much better than our committee leaders are giving us.

June 2, 2007 at 10:26 PM  

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