Selfishness over selflessness gives Republicans advantage

As this election draws nearer, there are some candidates who are standing on misguided principles instead of thinking about the good of the country. The race for one of Florida’s Senate seats is the perfect example of a candidate’s selfishness when America needs selflessness from its politicians.

Kendrick Meek was reportedly asked to step aside and throw his support to Charlie Crist to prevent the loony Marco Rubio from becoming a U.S. Senator. It’s understandable that Meek wants to stay and fight till the end, but the latest polls show him at 15% with Rubio ahead of Crist. Crist is running as an Independent and although he is a Republican, he is moderate and the polar opposite of Tea Party favorite Rubio.

In fact, there are many Democrats who are campaigning on their record of opposing many Obama and Democrat’s bills, and they are reprehensible for their voting record. However, the important point is that if Republicans gain control of either house, the political agenda will take the country back to the 1950s. It seems that reasonable people would sacrifice anything to prevent a Speaker Boehner or Senate majority leader McConnell; or DeMint.

America is at a crossroads, and there are many pundits and journalists who want revenge on disloyal Democrats, and it is understandable. But it is insane to support any Republican or Tea Party candidate who threatens to shut down the government, eliminate 90% of regulations, privatize Social Security, or take away Constitutional Amendments.

It should be obvious that when Fox News pundits began condemning Democrat’s campaign strategy as racist, or that President Obama wants to be the only black politician in Washington, they have ulterior motives and feel their boy Rubio could lose the election if Meek throws his support to Crist. Republicans do not care who represents the party in Washington or what color they are. They want the numbers so they have control of the legislature and can set the agenda.

Meek is a good candidate, but he has no chance of winning and he knows it. Does he believe it is better to stay the course, lose the election, and hand control of the Senate to Republicans,? If he had any sense, he would drop out and give Crist his support to keep Rubio from representing Florida. He said that, “I don’t sellout on the people of Florida,” but by giving Rubio the election, he has sold out Florida and possibly the country. Apparently, pride is an issue with Meek and he must think he is making a statement. He is making a statement; he’s saying it’s acceptable to give Rubio a six year stint in the Senate just to say, “I didn’t give up.”

Perhaps Meek will change his mind, but it is late in the game and he’s like the quarterback who is bound and determined to run the ball himself instead of handing off to the better player who may have a chance at scoring. Everyone expects Fox News and conservative pundits to accuse Democrats of using race to force him out of the election, but it is a mystery why a Democrat would consider giving away the country over pride.

Maybe some Democrats want to suffer conservative rule and see the end of freedom in America, but when it’s all said and done, they are cutting off their nose to spite their face. Meek will be able to say he stayed till the end, but he will have given the advantage to teabagger Rubio over a moderate Independent.

Crist is not anyone’s first choice for a Senator, but an Independent does not add to a Republican majority. Apparently, it is better to see Speaker Boehner and majority leader McConnell than to do the right thing for America. Meek is not worthy of any votes if he is more concerned with his pride than his country. He should do the right thing, but his ego won’t let him and everyone will pay for his arrogance.

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5 Replies to “Selfishness over selflessness gives Republicans advantage”

  1. I watched Keith Olbermann’s interview with Meek, and while I greatly admire Meek, he should face the fact that he has no chance of winning. I remember others like him who poll very low but have enough votes to influence the final election one way or another. Ross Perot in 1992 and Ralph Nader in 2000 come to mind. In this case, Meek will definitely sway the election in Rubio’s favor. Rubio is every bit as reactionary and ignorant as the other Tea Party candidates I have given more attention to, and his proposed policies will be hurtful to the large elderly population in Florida. Meek is a good example of Americans who can’t look past their noses to see the big picture. He runs the risk of alienating his own party in the extremely likely event that his continued presence will guarantee Rubio’s victory. He also runs the risk of blowing any more political opportunities in the future. Meek is shooting himself and other Floridians in the foot, just as surely as other Americans are who insist on voting for the Tea Partiers and other far right politicians who do not have their interests at heart.

  2. Agreed. I know its hard to ask someone like him, (a great man in all ways possible but with very little hope of winning) to step down. And he has every right to stay in if he wants. Crist is like he says, a former republican who still believes in many of the republican things BUT if I had to pick between the 2 republicans running (lesser of 2 evils), I’d pick ole Charlie every freaking time! He’s definetly a center leaning conservative who is willing to work with liberals, a great ally to have IMHO.

  3. I am terribly disappointed with Mr. Meek. I echo the sentiments of Anne, but it’s time that Meek stepped down. There is a huge difference between showing your determination and doing what is right. Sometimes they don’t always coincide. He is most definitely jeopardizing his future career as a politician. The Florida issue could be all wrapped up by now.

    But I’m afraid that people are voting as conservatives for change. Unfortunately when Obama ran for change he had a platform. The Conservatives do not have a platform at all which is what shocks me that they have such a good chance. I have to think we have the worst political in the universe

  4. I believe that Mr. Meek is the one who should be in the race and Gov. Crist should drop out, afterall, he lost his primary, and Mr. Meek won his. He won his by a 26% margin after having been down 10 points in the polls. Gov. Crist is not the only GOP member who can’t accept that they LOST thier primary, and are making it harder for the rightful candidates (those would be the ones the people voted for) to win. It shouldn’t matter if you are on the left or right.

  5. I just want to say that I endorse Meek and think he is the right man for the job. But putting one teabagger to work with DeMint in the Senate is a disaster. Crist is a Republican, but Rubio is dangerous and DeMint will most likely control him. I too, admire Meek’s willingness to hang in and fight, but it’s a fight he will not win and I am frightened at a majority leader McConnell…DeMint or any of those animals.

    It is just a frightening scenario. It’s okay to fight another day. Meek has a promising future, but when the Conservatives get done with the Constitution, a black man may not be allowed to run for office ever again. Scary.

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