Jim Cegielski, Laurel Leader Call, October 27, 2014
Where is Johnny Paycheck when you need him? If there was ever a time for a song called “Take this election and shove it,” it’s now.
I’m not talking about the race for Circuit Court Judge, where we have four outstanding men running for the job, providing the electorate with four very good and highly diverse choices. If you can’t find a candidate who meets your liking between Grant Hedgepeth, Billy Joe Landrum, J. Ronald Parrish and Dal Williamson, then there is something wrong with you. Personally, I like all four gentlemen, but personality-wise and the manner in which they would handle the job couldn’t be more different.
This will be one of the very few races in which most people are going to have a tough time narrowing their choice down to just one candidate. Wouldn’t it be great if all elections were like that?
The election in which Johnny Paycheck would come into play is the United States Senate race between Thad Cochran and Travis Childers. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Travis Childers. He stopped by our office on more than one occasion, and even though I don’t agree with him on all the issues, he seems like a genuinely nice man.
No, the reason that I would shove this election is, unlike the Circuit Court Judges’ race, where we have a plethora of good choices, the Mississippi Republican establishment has stolen our choice in the Senate race.
Like the Texas army at The Battle of San Jacinto spurred on by the war cry of “Remember the Alamo,” any Jones County conservative with a conscience must heed the cry of “Remember Chris McDaniel” and take action. The Mississippi Republican establishment, all those people WE have put into office for the past 15 years, thumbed their nose at us. They point-blank told us, “We don’t care who YOU want as your candidate. We don’t care if YOU want change. We will do whatever it takes, including joining forces with the opposition, as long as WE get to stay in power.”
If we now turn around and vote for these same people, starting with Cochran, then we are nothing but a bunch of schmucks who deserve to be taken advantage of by the rich, elitist, power-hungry politicians who have been using us for the past decade and a half. We can’t possibly let that happen.
I see it as our duty to dish out whatever retribution we can for the miscarriage of justice that took place in the Republican primary runoff. The senate seat was hijacked out from under our native son. Every citizen who voted for Chris McDaniel, especially here in Jones County, needs to remain angry and vigilant in this, and every upcoming election, until the perpetrators of this elector al crime have been weeded out.
I know a lot of you will be tempted to show your disdain for the way Chris McDaniel was railroaded by staying home from the polls. I implore you not to do that. If you do, you are only helping spendaholic Thad Cochran keep his seat.
Some of you are thinking, “I don’t know if I can bring myself to vote for a Democrat.” I haven’t voted Democrat in a statewide election since moving to Mississippi some 20 years ago, but it is time. You must stop thinking of Republicans as “conservatives” and Democrats as “liberals.” There is nothing conservative about Thad Cochran.
I’ve heard the phrase a thousand times: “I didn’t leave the Democrat party, they left me.” Well, guess what? When the Republican establishment will join forces with the opposition against their own base in order to keep power, then it may be time to say, “I left the Republican Party because they screwed me” and change course once again.
I became a Republican when Ronald Reagan was president because of his vision and leadership. He was brave enough to change the course of America after the disastrous Watergate and Jimmy Carter years. He was brave enough to stand up to the Soviet Union, bringing an end to the Cold War and the collapse of communism. And, he was brave enough to cut taxes to get the economy moving, bringing about two decades of an economic boom.
In contrast, I haven’t even seen a single Mississippi Republican, including our governor, who was brave enough to stand up and say that what the Cochran campaign did to hijack the Republican primary was wrong. Sure, it may have been legal, but it was still wrong. You just don’t ask Democrats to vote in a Republican primary runoff because it is the only way to keep your over-the-hill patsy in power. They all know it was wrong but they are a bunch of pussy…cats, too scared to stand up for what is right because they don’t want to make the rich and powerful angry and risk losing their power.
These aren’t the kind of people I want leading Mississippi. Until we get some honorable, brave people — like Ronald Reagan — back in positions of power in the Republican Party, both state and nationwide, I will no longer consider myself a Republican.
On Tuesday, this Independent will “Remember Chris McDaniel” as he casts his vote for Travis Childers.