To: DrewsDad; All
I just wanted to apologize for stepping on some toes at the meeting on Sunday, especially you, DrewsDad. I'm not going to make excuses for the things I said regarding right-wing extremists. While I truly feel exactly the way I said, I could have been more thoughtful and considerate in my delivery. After block walking for my campaign all afternoon and being really self-absorbed, I lost sight of the bigger picture. For that I am truly sorry, and I hope you will forgive me.
What I should have said [about my opponent] is that there is a lot of divisiveness within the TCRP, which I am totally opposed to. I am advised that certain individuals have taken it upon themselves to schedule clandestine meetings in an attempt to undermine Chairman Sager, and to politicize issues that shouldn't be politicized or put on any platform. My opponent is one of the larger divisive figures. The Republican Party has shifted TOO FAR to the right, despite Bush's recent Socialist acts, and we cannot afford to alienate and/or lose those moderate Republicans necessary to sustain the party's strength. Divide and conquer only works in war. If we are going to have a Civil War within our own party, we will surely see to our own demise. We need to be more inclusive, and to set aside our own personal agendas for the good of the party.
And that's what I should have said.
On a lighter note, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all you wonderful FReepers out there for bestowing upon me your formal endorsement for Precinct Chair. I will wear it as a badge of honor!
posted on 03/01/2004 2:28:39 AM PST
For many, primary season is the only time people have legitimate things to squabble about. And, as anyone who's paid attention to the Dems knows, the primary season always pulls away from the center, not towards the center. The Dems play the "more liberal than thou" game while Republicans play "more conservative than thou". District 10's race is a good example.
After that, it's back to holding noses and voting for the lesser of two evils. :-). In the primaries, I vote my hopes. In the general election, I vote my fears.
As for Sager, I don't always see eye-to-eye with him but he's been present at some of the FReeps I've attended so I have to give him credit for being physically present and not afraid to be seen with us "right wing kooks". Far as I can tell, he's doing a good if thankless job.
posted on 03/01/2004 8:29:51 AM PST
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This is probably not the place to discuss the Travis County Party fiasco with plenty of fault on both sides. I wear the right-wing extremist label proudly and I think that it hurts the cause of those that use it more than it does me. One could even label Dave Phillips as one.
As far as forgiveness goes, I believe that I should forgive in such a manner as I want to be forgiven(Matt. 6:14-15), and I've done far worse things than labeling someone.
I was happy that you could make it to the meeting and bring the Phillips folks(Victoria?) with you. It was good talking with them.
posted on 03/01/2004 2:47:41 PM PST
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