Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Greg Abbott's family values apparently include statutory rape and draft dodging

Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor, has been campaigning and drawing crowds with Ted Nugent. The aging rock star has publicly bragged about his sexual encounters with under age girls. As the father of a teenage daughter, I am outraged at Nugent’s behavior but Greg Abbott, currently the Texas Attorney General, continues palling around with Nugent and that’s reprehensible. What does it say about Greg Abbott’s family values that he enthusiastically embraces a sexual predator who has admitted to multiple counts of statutory rape?

Nugent claims to be a true patriot and supporter of the Second Amendment yet he once told an interviewer that he dodged the draft during the Viet Nam war by defecating in has pants and continuing to wear them for days until his appearance before the draft board. Abbott claims he’ll defend Texas and our constitution yet he publicly associates himself with an admitted draft dodger. Nugent later claimed he had pulled the wool over the reporter’s eyes, so either way he’s been disrespectful of those who served our nation, many of whom gave their very lives for it. What does Abbott’s continued embrace of Nugent say about his idea of patriotism?

How can any Texan calling themselves patriots not be outraged? How can any man who respects women not be outraged that a high government official and seeker of yet higher office associates with someone as repulsive as Ted Nugent?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

GOP Violating Ethics and Possibly Campaign Finance Law

In Florida the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) created a website that gave the appearance of backing Democrat Alex Sink for Congress and took contributions from people who thought they were supporting her with the intention of providing those funds to her adversary. Rather than campaign on ideas and policy leading Republicans have stooped so low as to lie about their identity and intentions in order to steal money from people who disagree with them.

15 Democratic candidates in other states have also been targeted by the same corrupt Republican ploy. Lest you believe this corrupt operation is just a few rogue individuals you should know that Daniel Scarpinato, the NRCC's press secretary told CNN “we are very proud of this program.” Scarpinato says the sites have been so successful that the NRCC plans to build more of them in the 2014 election cycle. While here in Texas an as yet unidentified group is making robo-calls using a woman’s voice claiming to be Sen. Wendy Davis.

While the GOP, aka God’s Own Party, claims to be the only party of morals, law and order, party leaders are violating simple ethics and possibly campaign finance law. Rather than campaign on ideas and policies the morally bankrupt leadership of the Republican Party is willing to violate ethical standards to win elections. That should tell you something about the moral quality of their ideas and policies.