America is viewed by Europe as a necessary evil, or at a minimum is in a love –hate relationship. Europe loves us for our money, but hates us for being the economic power that we are.
Contrary to the conventional understanding of the EU/American relationship, Daniel Hannan, EU Member of Parliament from England and author of The New Road to Serfdom appeared on the Glen Beck program Friday, Oct 1, 2010 to respectfully inform us about ourselves. MP Hannan succinctly explained an otherwise obscure reason that America is a special and gifted place in the world. He identified just one more reason why America is exceptional, and why many citizens of the world overwhelmingly seek to become citizens of the United States, while the current American government seems to be intent on making citizens of the United States into citizens of the world.
MP Hannan eloquently stated what makes America so special is the primary election process. The primary process, he explained, is a unique opportunity for the governed in America to impose on the party apparatchiks who will represent the governed, whereas in most of the rest of the world the party apparatchiks impose their wishes on the governed by selecting who will lead them.
Alaska’s Republicans exercised their unique opportunity to impose their will on the party apparatchiks when they elected Joe Miller as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. The Alaskan Republican Party dutifully acknowledged the will of the people and promptly stood on the same stage with the candidate.
Unfortunately, the incumbent senator refused to accept the will of the people and has mounted a rogue campaign to retain her possession of Alaska’s seat in the senate. Having lost the primary election largely due to a legislative record that was an affront to the will of the party that had formerly nominated, and thus elected her, the incumbent loser has succeeded, nonetheless, to put an exclamation point on the fact that her legislative record was not a representation will of the Alaska Republican Party. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that her allegiance to the party was never a factor to begin with.
The fact that she was appointed to begin with suggests that the party was initially denied the opportunity to adequately examine her allegiance to the party platform, and it took several years for the party to finally conclude that the incumbent senator might as well be a member of the Democrat party. While it is true that she did not break ranks with the Republican Caucus in the year running up to the primary election, her record clearly demonstrated that if she were not up for re-election, her loyally and her votes may have been similar to the record she compiled when re-election was not a determining factor.
While the incumbent senator has every right to proceed as she chooses, and as she has demonstrated over the coarse of her eight years of service to the State of Alaska, it is far more unfortunate that the Republican Caucus in the United States Senate failed to acknowledge the will of the Republican Party in Alaska. This is an egregious assault on all Alaskans by the Republican Caucus of the senate. Sanctioning the rogue senator’s failure to concede to the will of the people by allowing the rogue senator to retain a position of leadership, the caucus has sent a clear message to Alaska and the United States that rogue behavior is acceptable behavior as judged by the Republican members of the senate.
The Senate Republican caucus’s outright contempt for the will of the Alaskan Republican people is unforgivable. Furthermore, it demonstrates the body’s contempt for the concept that America is an exceptional place in the world as so eloquently presented by MP Hannan. Imagine, a foreigner who views us from the outside in and understands why America is so special, while the majority of Republican senators somehow succeed to demonstrate that they care more about one of their own than they care for the will of the party members of the State of Alaska. Moreover, their contemptible behavior clearly demonstrates either a total ignorance of the America that they represent, or they just don’t care about America, and what makes it such a special place as viewed from the outside in.
Sen. McConnel, et al: Have you no shame?