Remember the country song with the lyrics, "You've Got to Stand For Something, Or You'll Fall for Anything?" I think that Aaron Tippin, who wrote the song in the 90's, traveled into the future and wrote it just for Jim Bennett in 2010. Later in the song the lyrics say, "Never Compromise what's right, and uphold the family name." Prophetic!
Politics should not be about personal gains, benefits or vendettas. Unfortunately we see a lot of this in our political climate today. None have been as blatantly obvious as Jim Bennett's willingness to throw all of his, so called, deeply held beliefs, to the wind after his daddy didn't win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Utah. Recently Jim verbally insulted thousands of honorable Utahans on KSL radio who didn't believe his father should be re-elected. He has called many of us out as angry and basically idiots without any ideas. I guess he believes we were just angry at his Dad, but we didn't really know why. Elitist? Arrogant? You decide.
Several weeks ago, Mr. Bennett was traveling the state fighting for his father as the candidate who will stand up for core republican values. After his father lost the re-election bid, Jim decided to start working for the Democratic candidate, Sam Granato. He is now campaigning against those same deeply held beliefs that he supposedly had just weeks ago before his father wasn't re-elected. Had his father been the nominee for the Republican Party he would have been out blasting Sam Granato, but is now working for him. Where is the integrity in this?
Either Mr. Bennett did not hold true republican values or he threw them all out the window a few weeks ago. Regardless, the appearance is that Mr. Bennett does not stand for anything, and falls for everything.
As the song continues it says, "You've got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string."I believe the people of Utah and the United States have seen enough of this suspect and disingenuous political selfishness. We are ready for someone who will stand for something and not fall for anything. This will take someone who is willing to be politically incorrect. This is someone who will make a statement and stand by it instead of pandering to the particular poll numbers of the day. This is someone who puts the people first, above selfish wishes and family names. This is someone who will refuse to be a puppet on the Washington DC string, held by the elitists of both parties. This someone will have to stand up against huge political powers that will be very despotic.
When you break it down, politics and identifying yourself with a political party should be about your deeply held beliefs on the fundamental principles of how government should affect our lives. This should be true for Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians or any other political party you may belong to. You see I identify myself as a Republican for only one reason. I believe with great conviction that the republican principles expressed in the "Platform," are the best philosophical foundations to maintain what I consider, good government. Many of my good friends who identify themselves as Democrats have equally strong convictions that may differ with mine, but are sincere. Regardless of party affiliation, if you sincerely stand for a core belief, I can, at least, respect that. What I refuse to accept or respect are people who fall for anything and change their positions according to what is best for their personal gain.
As Democrats, Republicans or any other political persuasion, I urge you to take a stand for something, least you fall for anything. This I think is honorable, no matter what disagreements we may have on political philosophy.
Chris Crowder's blog can be found at : www.chris-crowder.com. He is music and media pastor, director of facilities at Christian Life Center & Layton Christian Academy. He lives in Layton.