Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
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In an earlier life I was reliably Republican. I even contributed to the reelection of President Ronald Reagan. I admired Reagan. He practiced the fine art of cutting a deal - which is good governance. And he fashioned a big tent for the GOP.
Much has changed since then. All that was once grand about the Grand Old Party has been sacrificed upon the altar of ideological purity with some rather sad results. A pathological obsession over gay marriage, women’s reproductive decisions and border fences. It has sown a crop of intellectual luminaries like Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Christine O’Donnell, Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. It forced Mitt Romney to grovel in servitude during a carnival sideshow of a GOP presidential primary and then lurch to the middle in the general election. Swing voters didn’t fall for that act and the GOP lost seats in the House the Senate and ultimately the Presidency.
Now we can add victimhood to the list. Ted Cruz whines that his critics are trying to silence him. Left-leaning organizations single out Marco Rubio for criticism because he is Latino. Everyone is an aggrieved victim. Take the latest flap that has been blown out of proportion. Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty earns a time-out for some provocative remarks and the GOP rushes to his defense.
Sarah Palin - Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.
Ted Cruz - If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson.
Bobby Jindal - Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views.
What has gotten lost in all the hand wringing, hurt feelings, bloated angst and feigned distress is that guys like Robertson and me and are entitled to hold whatever views and beliefs we want. Same for you readers. However I do not have a constitutional right to a blog nor does the 1st Amendment guarantee the Duck Dynasty Patriarch a television reality show. My day job places all sorts of constraints upon what I can say here. And A&E has every right to place curbs upon anybody who collects a paycheck from them. That is called a condition of employment. And it makes neither of us a victim.
If all of this baloney wasn’t so pathetic it would be amusing. Republicans don’t seem to be interested in growing-up, getting serious about attracting and retaining smart, thoughtful, level-headed and normal people. It’s much easier to be a victim.
Suck it up already.