Apology to Republican citizens, including my father and brother

I received an email this morning from my brother M. In it, he spoke of the unfairness of lumping all Republican party members, including himself and our father, with Reprehensible Todd Akin. Before I address the topic, let me apprise you of who these men are :

My father spent twenty years in the U.S. Air Force, as pilot of multi-engine aircraft, including the KC-135 air-to-air refueler. He servedhis country honorably, and retired with the rank of  Major and the wings of a Command Pilot. He flew the Caribou aircraft in the Viet Nam War, and was an instructor pilot for much of his service. Through him, I spent some of the best years of my life at Cigli Air Base, near Izmir, Turkey. My father holds a conservative view of politics and society, and is firm in his belief of what is best for America. My father’s Air Force career, and his life after retiring, have been unswerving in his loyalty to his country.

My brother M. joined the United States Navy after high school and a couple of years of college. He began as an enlisted man, and qualified for the training necessary to complete the requirements to become an officer.  The Navy made it possible for him to return to college and he graduated with a degree in Physics.  He served twenty years on nuclear submarines, and retired with the rank of  Lieutenant Commander.  Toward the end of his service, he represented the United States as liaison to the Canadian Submarine Service. He is still married to his high school sweetheart, L.  Together, they’ve raised three beautiful children; the oldest has graduated from college, and the younger two have now graduated from high school. I am very proud to be their aunt. They are now living near Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota.

M. pointed out, very kindly, that I lumped all Republicans in with Todd Akin, and thereby misrepresented millions of American Republican citizens.

He’s right — I did. I should not have lumped you all together. I apologize.


12 responses to “Apology to Republican citizens, including my father and brother

  1. A bevy of Bona Fides for your Dad and brother. And to lump one with the all often leads to losing an argument.

    But with politics so tribal, some are quick to yell the party has been strategically aggrieved by an unforced and individual tactical error. But Akin is not just an everyman Republican. He’s a sitting member of the House, and current Show Me State’s GOP Senate candidate. That sort of removes him from the everyman GOP party guy. He ain’t no outlier, as Rove suggest. Akin is the party, as co-sponsor Ryan is the potential veep. Akin’s abortion position is the current GOP platform.

    “To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.” Michael Joseph Oakeshott


    • Thank you for your thoughts on this, Doug, and for that wonderful quote. My deep fear is that the fringe right is taking over the GOP completely, as evidenced by Paul Ryan, et al. I think they may be trying to recapture a “simpler” time, or at least so they thought. But I hope there are enough people who don’t want to go back to the 50s to stop this ultra-destructive candidate and platform from succeeding in their bid. My dad, the ultra-right conservative, says I am crazy, that no one wants to go back to 1950 — but he doesn’t say it with a whole lot of confidence. He has not spoken to me since our phone argument, before I posted the Todd Akin stuff — like so much of his party, he has no interest in talking things out, unless they are going to end up strictly his way. I am still considering that compound — it likely won’t be Fiji now, but it might be in the Maine woods, or the Rockies. Maybe some of us can disappear and live under the radar. Thanks for your comment!

  2. There are extremists in both parties. I was berated for voicing my support of an Independent to a Democrat- WOW, way to garner votes! The problems arise when either side vilifies the other. It is hard to maintain reason when party “leaders” encourage division.

    You are such a good person, Judith. I really admire your enduring candor.

  3. Sounds like you have a great—and highly respectable—family, Judith!

    This is me speaking, not you: if republicans don’t want to be lumped together then they need take back their party from those at the extreme—who have absolutely, totally, 100% hijacked it. If a person gets behind an agenda that is written by those at the extremes of a party, well, then they are accepting the terms of those who set the agenda—they ARE, like it or not, onboard with it. If someone ‘chooses’ to walk like a duck and quack like a duck . . .

    If the GOP would show some intestinal fortitude and divest themselves of the extremists then they would resemble something a lot closer to what they used to look like.

    Just sayin’.

    • I agree, George, and in spite of their exemplary military service, my father and brother both get closer to the far edge every day. Dad and I are currently not speaking — he insists that Obama is intentionally running the U.S. into the ground, and when called on it, he will say he never took the presidential oath because he swore it on the bible, not the Koran. How much more extreme and fringe could a person get?

    • Hi, TAAR — Our weather today here is gorgeous today. I’d have replied sooner but, after a week of having only my desk chair to sit in, Mom’s recliner is now in my apartment. After lunch, I must have drifted off. I slept so restfully that I woke up at 4:30 — a 3-hour nap. Long way of saying that everything here is going very well. 😎

  4. Hi judithatwood. I understand your apology to your father and brother. But, if you are in a party you have to take the good, the bad, and the ugly. The republican party is the republican party. At some level the consciousness is the same. No disrespect.

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