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Conservatives for Change

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They trust in the rights afforded by the United States Constitution.  Yet, Conservatives, committed Republicans, will vote for change.  Countless on the Right have openly endorsed Barack Obama, a Democrat for President. Numerous established and esteemed dynasties remain steadfast and staunchly devoted to what are commonly thought to be traditional mores. Yet, persons within these same lineages  say aloud and in print the Democratic Obama Biden ticket will best represent them, their long held values, and the country they love.

CC Goldwater, granddaughter of the renowned Republican, Arizona Senator and a Presidential aspirant Barry Goldwater illustrates this veracity.

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Ms Goldwater professes a profound connection to her past.  She treasures her heritage and has faith in the principles Paka, her granddad, the father of traditional, time-honored values the Republican Party holds dear. CC, who speaks for her relatives and herself, cherishes the creed  Paka avowed.  "We believe strongly in what our grandfather stood for: honesty, integrity, and personal freedom, free from political maneuvering and fear tactics."  

However, the woman who penned her grandfather's biography said, "I am still struck by certain 'dyed in the wool' Republicans who are on the fence this election, as it seems like a no-brainer to me.  Myself, along with my siblings and a few cousins, will not be supporting the Republican presidential candidates this year." Faithful in the doctrine she learned at Paka Goldwater's knee, CC and her blood will cast a ballot for Democrat, Barack Obama.

Chris Buckley, the son of the famed William F. Buckley also reveres Republican ethics.  He respects his roots.  This is the reason he cannot commend Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin.  Christopher Buckley did place his confidence in the former prisoner-of-war McCain during the primary election season.  Yet, over time his fervor for the man he once called "friend" waned.

Late in October, the man who has upheld a Republican family ritual will do as he has not done.  In The Daily Beast, Chris Buckley did not boast, nor did he bemoan, In a treatise titled, "Sorry, Dad, I'm voting for Obama" the author wrote, "So, I wish him [Barack Obama] all the best. We are all in this together. Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship. And so, for the first time in my life, I'll be pulling the Democratic lever in November. As the saying goes, God save the United States of America."

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For this statement, a tempest arose.  The National Review columnist, Chris Taylor Buckley, felt forced to offer his resignationfrom his position at the magazine his father founded.  The reason--the rants the periodical received, after he inscribed his choice to endorse Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama.  Many readers refused to further fund the publication.  More mused of the mutiny, the betrayal to the "standard-bearer for the fledgling conservative movement.  Chris Buckley, whose Dad was a Republican when the young Ronald Reagan was a registered Democrat, dared to declare as he has.  For some on the Right, this was and is unforgivable.

Most who were forever fond of the son, just as they had been of the father William F. Buckley, may not have read or were too red-faced with anger to comprehend, Chris Buckley is still the Conservative they loved.   He too states as many McCain Palin supporters might, "I am a small-government conservative who clings tenaciously and old-fashionedly to the idea that one ought to have balanced budgets. On abortion, gay marriage, et al, I'm libertarian. I believe with my sage and epigrammatic friend P.J. O'Rourke that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away."  For the more than few fervent followers of the McCain Palin ticket, these sentiments matter not. Blood and the Republican brood must be more loyal.  They cannot think for themselves or commit to change.

Christopher Taylor Buckley believes even his darling Dad, might not sanction a sentiment that avers blind faith to a Party or a person.  The younger Buckley presents a narrative, "Dear Pup once said to me sighfully after a right-winger who fancied himself a WFB protégé had said something transcendently and provocatively cretinous, "You know, I've spent my entire life time separating the Right from the kooks."

Perchance, other renowned Republicans feel as Goldwater and Buckley do; Republican is not synonymous with "right."  Reference, David Brooks in aNew York Times editorial, Thinking about Obama, or even earlier in a January interview on Meet the Press.  Remember Colin Powell and his powerfully profound soliloquy on Sunday, October 19, 2008.  Again, on Meet the Press, a Republican offers a tale that tells of more than a moment where he or she has evaluated the man, Barack Obama, and his message.

Peruse and ponder thoughts George Will presents or the offering Hail Mary vs. Cool Barry, by Conservative Columnist Charles Krauthammer.  Might there be a hesitancy to support the Arizona Senator McCain?  Other Grand Old Party Obamacans acknowledge there is.  Prominent Republicans Line Up Behind Obama.  Governors William Weld and Arne CarlsonKen Adelman, a prominent Conservative, expert on foreign policy matters are among the many who may have broken with family tradition, or as CC Goldwater observes; "We reject the constant intrusion into our personal lives, along with other crucial policy issues of the McCain/Palin ticket . . . I think he would feel that love and respect for one's privacy is what matters most, and not the intolerance, and poor judgment displayed by McCain over the years."

Indeed, Ms Goldwater, shares family history that offers insight into what her grandfather, and grandmother intended to be interpreted as Conservative constructs.  "My grandfather (Paka) would never suggest denying a woman's right to choose. My grandmother co-founded Planned Parenthood in Arizona in the 1930's, a cause my grandfather supported. I'm not sure about how he would feel about marriage rights based on same-sex orientation. I think he would feel that love and respect for ones privacy is what matters most and not the intolerance and poor judgment displayed by McCain over the years. Paka respected our civil liberties and passed on the message that that we should conduct our lives standing up for the basic freedoms we hold so dear."

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Perhaps Ms Goldwater understands as Chris Buckley and other Republicans do.  Family values and a deference for Constitutional rights are the found in Democratic platform.  Barack Obama and Joseph Biden embody the traditional mores more than the McCain Palin ticket might.

References for Republicans for Change . . . 


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