Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Lesson The Republican Party Can Learn from Democrats

     When Missouri Senate candidate Todd Aiken (Republican) misspoke about abortions in cases of rape, he was raked over the coals for days and days.   He was called on to withdraw from the race from members of his own party, even after he apologized.  Many of the Republican party distanced themselves from him, and also continued to ostracize him even after he apologized.   

     Now, Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar said something equally appalling.  He is against students carrying concealed firearms on college campuses because of the risk of shooting someone who isn't actually a threat to anyone:
     Arguing in favor of bill that would ban the individuals from carrying concealed weapons on college campuses, Salazar acknowledged, “There are some gender inequities on college campuses” that put women at risk. He explained, “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at.” 
     He went on to say more ridiculous things about women and rape.  Here is a link to the article:

 Less than a day later, he apologized.  And now he is enjoying the support of his party, and it seems that all is forgiven because he apologized:
 House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, called Salazar a "great legislator and a person who has worked hard in support of women.  "Whatever his words may have been and however much those words are being taken out of context, he did the right thing to take responsibility," Ferrandino said.

Here is a link to that story:

     Everyone misspeaks sometimes.  And almost always the person apologizes.  Why is it that the Republican party is so quick to disconnect itself from party members who misspeak?  Why are they so quick to throw them under the bus?  Todd Aiken isn't the first to experience this treatment from the Republican party.
     This is one lesson we can learn from the Democrats.  They are united, and they support each other.  Am I saying Republicans should support all its members regardless of what is done or said?  Of course not!  But Republican party members need to band together, and support each other in these kinds of cases, instead of tearing the member other down.   


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