I imagine there are a few people anxiously awaiting my commentary after tonight's Florence County GOP meeting. There were about 50 people there tonight, which is a pretty good crowd, although I thought there might be more attending. It started out OK, but at it went along, it got testier and testier... and then it got ugly. By the end, I was wondering if my blog post from last week had taken the exact opposite effect than I had hoped. We'll see over the next few day before the precinct reorganization.
Like I said last week, my point was to get the two disagreeing sides to meet and hash out the differences, and to find a decent compromise. That still could be possible, but there are some hurt feelings here. I'm not going into detail, because I'm not trying to assess blame , or to make anyone look bad. I'll just put it this way: bad comments have been made, feelings have been hurt, and retaliatory comments were made back. Did I wish a little discretion had been used? oh yeah. Is this all my fault? Not all, although I can't predict how people react to things. I think this was going to happen anyway, but I'll take the hit for pushing it along. Still, better here than at the conventions .
The challenge of politics is being able to really dissect a situation , and take the criticism with a clear eye. Are there ways the current leadership could make it's members feel more like part of the team? Sure. Do the Pee Dee Republicans have a couple rogue members who need to criticize without offending people who have worked for the GOP longer than they've been alive? Sure. Am i a big mouth, flamethrowing A-hole who doesn't know when to keep his trap shut, in the fear of causing irreparable harm? Absolutely...
That being said, where do we go from here? First off, it's time to take a step back and suck in a deep, long breath of fresh air. A couple apologies for the things said that might have been better left unsaid would be a good start. Here's how i picture it....
A: "hey, I'm sorry for hurting your feelings"
B: "No problem, i didn't hear you anyway. I apologize for what I said too."
A: " Water off a duck's back, my friend in the GOP! Hey, how about those crazy Democrats?"....
B: "Yeah.... Let's get back to work !!!"
Sure, it's a bit pipedreamish, but I'll settle for a handshake. The important part is that a little introspection be used on each side, and that the Big Picture is not lost in the pettyness. Both sides care a lot, and they are both dedicated. Whatever way this plays out, we're all in the same sandbox, so we need to stop throwing the dirt in each other's eyes. That old lady tonight was right on two points: We need to work together - and there are 12 zero's in a trillion!
So, how can we be Peaceful Warriors in the Republican Cause? I think it can be best described here by Private Joker. It applies pretty well - just substitute the last line with "In every Voter, there is a Republican, waiting to come out." Peace in Flotown, Yo!