I’m Just a Maverick Too

February 5, 2008

I’ve had some people tell me that I ought to get behind McCain because it’s better to get some of what you believe than to lose all of what you believe. I understand the argument, after all, I’ve made that same argument in 2004… before that in 2000… and before that in 1996…. and before that in 1992. That’s at least four times in 16 years, and who knows, I probably made that same argument in congressional elections and God knows how many other times.
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But this year is different, I’m supporting McCain by example (not by words) set forth by John McCain. I’m holding onto my values and I’m talking straight, and I’m being a maverick. Traits that John McCain ought to be proud of. How many times was he a maverick standing against Republicans? So you guys out there who think I’m a horrible Republican because I don’t support McCain, all I can say is that I am that I’m honoring John McCain by being a maverick, and you’d be a good Republican if you followed our party’s nominee’s by example by being a maverick and bucking the Party trend on issues that are important to John McCain, like the Presidency.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and the nomination will be all but over, and I don’t care, I’m done. It’s over, I did what I could to save my party. I believe we made a mistake and instead of moving our party a little to the left, we decided to move it a lot. I don’t believe we can win with McCain, I don’t believe he can beat Obama, I don’t believe he can beat Hillary, and even if he does, do we really want a President representing the Republican party any further to the left of Bush?

A Hillary president could very well deliver congress back to the Republicans, same with Obama, but McCain will do the things that Americans hate, and guess who’s fault it will be? And guess who the American people will blame? That’s right, the Republicans, and they’ll be right because we sacrificed our core convictions all to defeat one person.

I’ve got a little confession to make, that is that I don’t hate Hillary Clinton. I mean, I just don’t hate her, I don’t like her, but I don’t hate her. Hate is a strong word and I’m not going to hate somebody because I disagree with them politically. I might not like them as a person, but to hate them? Wouldn’t that make me a fanatic? I loathe her politics and the policies she’d institute, I believe that would be horrible for the country, I think she’d make for a terrible President, but that’s why I oppose her.

But hate is a much stronger word, hate is blinding, it’s self destructive, and it doesn’t lead to victory in the general election. If Hillary Clinton wins, I’ll oppose her when she’s wrong, but when she’s right, it’s good for her, it’s good for the country, it’s good for me, what’s not to like about the President doing a good job regardless of what party they are in? Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a Right Winger, and I want conservative policies enacted, if even done by a Democrat.

With McCain, Clinton, and Obama, we can only guess what kind of President we’d get, but at least with Hillary, we already know all the good and bad that comes with her, and for Republicans, that means a one term Presidency.

Looking at the top four candidates (Romney included), I’m ready to print out a Jindal for President/2012 T-shirt, and he hasn’t even accomplished anything yet. Jindal 2012… shoot, with these four candidates, Jindal/08 is looking better everyday.

PIONEER IN HUMANE TREATMENT FOR AUTISM, ERIC SCHOPLER, DIES

US Fed News Service, Including US State News July 11, 2006 The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill issued the following press release:

Dr. Eric Schopler, whose pioneering techniques in humane and effective treatment of autism have been replicated around the world, died Friday (July 7) of cancer. He was 79.

A professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for more than 40 years, Schopler was one of the first to establish that autism is a treatable neurological disorder. Previously, parents were blamed for causing what was then held to be a psychological problem.

Schopler co-founded (in 1971) and directed the UNC-Chapel Hill division TEACCH – Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped CHildren. A division of the psychiatry department in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, TEACCH enlists parents as co-therapists in customized treatments that help autistic children gain critical life skills. website escondido humane society

In North Carolina, TEACCH grew from an initial three clinics and 10 classrooms in public schools to nine clinics and more than 300 classrooms today. The clinics are in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh and Wilmington.

Experts from across the United States and around the world have visited Chapel Hill to study the program, replicated now in nations including Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

“Dr. Schopler’s work erased the burden of unjustified guilt borne by many families and led to meaningful, productive lives for people with autism,” said Dr. Gary Mesibov, current TEACCH director. “For more than 35 years, the treatment that he developed has been the most widely used approach to autism in the world.” The TEACCH model was recognized by professionals in psychiatry through its inclusion in the treatment volume of “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” In 1991, Schopler joined an Autism Society of America meeting with then-President George Bush on the needs of people with autism.

Schopler wrote more than 200 books and articles on autism and related disorders. From 1974 through 1997, he edited the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

TEACCH grew out of a five-year pilot project at UNC in the 1960s, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Schopler and then-medical resident Dr. Robert Reichler (now of Seattle) proved the effectiveness of new treatment methods. Parents involved in the pilot successfully petitioned the state legislature for permanent funding. Today, support comes from the state, fees for services, grants and donations.

Under Schopler’s leadership, TEACCH added a training program for parents and professionals; internship and post-doctoral programs for university students and graduates; and an employment program for adults with autism.

Schopler was born in Germany in 1927. His family moved to the United States in 1938 in the face of the Holocaust. They settled eventually in Rochester, N.Y. Schopler often said that his brush with the Holocaust led to his life’s work with autism, because it fostered his interest in why some individuals and groups are excluded and misinterpreted by others.

Schopler earned three degrees at the University of Chicago, completing a doctorate in clinical and child psychology in 1964. His work with autism began there, with research for his dissertation, which showed that children with autism relied more on touch and smell than on sight and sound.

His awards included the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Achievement Award in 1972; the O. Max Gardner Award in 1985, from the Board of Governors of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system, for his “great contribution to the welfare of the human race”; the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor, in 1993; and the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

The American Psychological Association honored Schopler with its Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service Award in 1985 and Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Knowledge and Service in 1997. This year, the American Psychological Foundation will honor him with a Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.

At home near Mebane, Schopler raised chickens, horses, cows, rabbits and catfish with his family. “He always had an idea of something new and fun to try,” said his son, Tom, of Chapel Hill. “Whether he wanted to build a barn or a log cabin or plant an orchard, he always approached his endeavors with an excitement and energy that inspired others.” Schopler is survived by his wife, Margaret Schopler, and his children, Bobby, Tom and Susie Schopler, all of Chapel Hill; his sister, Irene Solomon, of Escondido, Calif.; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. see here escondido humane society

Last year friends and family established an Eric Schopler Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership in understanding and treatment of autism, first awarded to Schopler, and a fund to create an Eric Schopler Endowed Chair in Autism Research at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In lieu of flowers, Schopler’s family requested donations to the endowed chair fund, c/o Jean Yardley, Division TEACCH, CB 7180, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7180; Friends of Tar Heel Angels, Pediatrics Department, CB 7220, School of Medicine, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7220; or the Piedmont Wildlife Center, 605-A N.C. Highway 54 West, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516.

A memorial service is being planned for early September. Details will be posted on the TEACCH Web site, www.teacch.com. For more information, call TEACCH at (919) 966-2173 or (919) 966-8183.


1 comments
Len
Len

You are absolutely right. Conservatism is the far more important issue, and if a Democrat had come out and run a Reagan-like platform, I'd be on the bandwagon. The trouble is, that not only are Democrats running on a conservative platform, (and really, why would they in a Liberal party) but neither are the Republcans (and why AREN'T they?)

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