This may be hard to believe, but I know more than a few Republicans personally. A couple of them are even good and honest people, despite their misguided political philosophies. Today one of those people (who had heard about BlueNC) said it seems like the whole political scene has become personal to me. He couldn't understand why I ridicule and attack Republican lawmakers and candidates so relentlessly, why I am so hostile.
I told him I would think about his concerns and respond. Here is what I have to say.
Dear Republican friend:
I'm afraid it is personal to me. Because over the past eight years, starting with the right wing feeding frenzy on President Clinton, Republicans have quite nearly destroyed my country. They have intentionally and maliciously divided this nation in pursuit of power. They have behaved without integrity. They have burdened our grandchildren with unending debt. They have allowed a corrupt administration to destroy America's standing in the world. And they have treated the minority party in Congress with scorn and disdain.
Getting Republicans out of power in Congress has been my single-minded mission for the past twelve months. And I have been willing to do almost anything to accomplish that mission.
I haven't lied, not intentionally anyway. And I haven't cheated. But attack? You bet. Ridicule and rant? Of course. Fight in the gutter? Yes sir. Behave like fool? I'm too old to worry about that. Whatever was necessary to end the reign of the Party of Greed, I've been willing to do it. Because I have had to. You see, I'm just one of the little people. I have no power whatsoever. All I have is my voice and my blog.
North Carolina Republicans, especially in the US House of Representatives, went along with leadership that shut out Democratic voices to the point of near extinction. They marched in lockstep behind George Bush all the way over the cliff. They never even hinted at having interest in what Democrats had to say. And they never spent a second engaging with the thousands of visitors at Blue NC.
Did these Republicans do ANYTHING of value over the past six years? I honestly don't know. I asked my friend and he said of course they did some good things. I'm waiting to hear what they were.
But in the meantime, I'm willing to do something that no elected Republican has ever done to me. I'm willing to listen. I'm willing to invite them to register at Blue NC and make the case for why I shouldn't just wish them into oblivion.
If you are a Republican doing something good for North Carolina, I'd like to hear about it. Seriously.