Smith decision does not sit well

Published 9:26am Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dear Editor,

It is with great anguish that I write this letter concerning commissioner Brandon Smith’s announcement to switch to the Republican Party. I have nothing but respect for Mr. Smith and his fine family.

I do, however, have grave concern when he or any other person in either the Democratic or Republican Party switches their party affiliation prior to the expiration of their term. What does this say to the people who supported their campaign financially or otherwise when an individual makes this type of decision? Why can’t they wait until the next election to make their switch? I am very disappointed in Mr. Smith’s decision as a political office holder. If, as he states, that as a Christian and business owner he feels that his decision is morally right. I question his decision based upon those inputs. If, as he states, that he is so concerned then why does he not have the fortitude to remain with the party that elected him and to those constituents and friends that supported him during his campaign.

Why can’t he stand and fight with the party that elected him to make changes that he feels is necessary to put our country on the right track. I too am concerned with the track our nation has taken over the past several years. I do however have the backbone to stick with my party and support candidates that will make a difference. If Mr. Smith thinks that the democrats have lead our nation in the path we are now facing he must have a very short memory. When the Republican Party took over from President Clinton we had a surplus and during the next eight years the republicans have engaged in a hypocritical campaign to totally blame the democrats for the financial problems facing our nation. How soon the republicans forget their part in the situation we are now facing. I find it hypocritical when any public official changes parties when the chips are down and does not have the backbone to stick with his or her party to make the necessary changes that will make our nation great again.

Again I have nothing but respect for Mr. Smith; it is his decision to switch parties that bothers me because I contributed to his campaign and because I have believed in him and his democratic values at the time of his campaign. He is not even my county commissioner. I felt that I wanted to support him and his campaign at the time and now I feel betrayed.

Foster Kizer

  • bama918

    Goes to show how stupid you are to vote a party and not the man.. You should go more back ground when voting .. Maybe people will kearn from your mistake and fo a big change in 2012..I did my back ground and did not vote for him. Seems your the one with mud in your face now
    Harvey Stacey

  • What Really Matters

    He works really hard and gives up a lot to work for the people he serves. He makes decisions based on what is best and he lives in the community in which he serves. He knows the problems and issues and he wants to make a difference. He does not just fix the problems on his street. He has a servant heart. He runs a business and knows the issues business owners face as well. He is there when a problem occurs, not just when it occurs by his house.He attends classes so that he can continue to learn more to do the best job he can. Maybe that is not what you were looking for in a public servant.

  • sometimes

    On the 10th of the first month, Nissan, Joshua led the Jewish people across the Jordan River
    Posted on April 13, 2011 by Editor
    By STEVE FELDMAN and ROBERT SKLAROFF
    PHILADELPHIA (JTA)–One of the most significant dates in Jewish history and Israeli history is here, but again will pass by with hardly any attention and no fanfare. The Book of Joshua states that on the 10th of the first month, Nissan, Joshua led the Jewish people across the Jordan River, which God had parted so the crossing could be made, and into the Land of Israel (Ch. 3: 14-17). This year the date corresponds with tonight, the evening of April 14 to sundown April 15.
    http://jewishworldnews.org/2011/04/13/on-the-10th-of-the-first-month-nissan-joshua-led-the-jewish-people-across-the-jordan-river/

    Interestingly enough, Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary on the 10th day of our first month.
    So, how do you run a campaign? Timing is not based on the physical circumstances. The river was at flood stage. To be sure, there must be a sense of inevitability – a chosen people of the powerful God. “Israel is the rod of his inheritance” (Jeremiah 10:16). Though Abraham and Jacob gave tithes, the Jews still require a sign.
    God stopped the waters. The ark passed before the people and the priests stood in the dry river bed until the people passed over. After placing 12 stones, they moved out and the river returned.
    Greeks seek after wisdom. However, even witnesses cannot agree. Reagan would hold news conferences and press conferences as the Time magazine was going to press. He would release information that would make the magazine look outdated and less than accurate.
    “Let your children know” (Joshua 4:22). Put stones on the dry riverbed. “On that day the Lord magnified Joshua” (Joshua 4:14).

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