Here's the Nonsense: It makes no sense that a conservative like Trey Gowdy would endorse RINO Rubio for his 2016 run for the presidency.
Here's the Horse Sense: There were warning signs that Gowdy wasn't the conservative that people thought he was, but too often voters base opinions on superficial observations and information.
The shock of conservatives at Trey Gowdy endorsing establishment Republican Marco Rubio for president is now leading many to question Gowdy's conservatism. But should Gowdy's endorsement surprise us? Or was there evidence all along that showed us what Gowdy really is?
One of the biggest problems with voters today is that they really don't pay attention to what's going on. The vast majority of voters don't have any idea about most of what those of us who read news regularly know. And yet, even some of those who stay informed on what's happening in the news are guilty of basing opinions on superficial observations and information. Trey Gowdy is a perfect example where people misread who he is because they didn't pay attention.
Gowdy was accepted as conservative because he was able to ask hard questions in hearings. But people didn't think about the things he did outside those hearings, too. Without looking at the complete picture we don't see the real marks of someone's political ideology. After all, it's our actions, not our words, that say who and what we really are.
Gowdy's ability to ask hard questions doesn't mean he is a conservative. What it shows is that he's very good at being a prosecutor, a job for which he was trained and worked at for years. It should be no surprise that he is able to ask tough questions.
While the questions got our attention, that attention should have been drawn to start asking questions and examining Gowdy's actions to determine who and what he really is. But that's too much work for most people. The average person just wants to accept things at face value and that's one of the reasons we've gotten to where we're at with our government today.
Voters have not upheld their civic responsibility. They have not done their jobs watching over our elected officials and holding them accountable for the things they do.
People should have been asking questions when they saw Gowdy continually support John Boehner (for an example click here). The warning light should have gone on when Luis Gutierrez praised him for position on immigration. Gowdy responded by praising Gutierrez in return.
Gowdy also supported Obama's fast track authority on his trade deal.
And Mark Levin warned about his RINO tendencies.
Gowdy even supported Paul Ryan as House Speaker.
It's no surprise that Gowdy endorsed Rubio. We've now clearly seen his true colors. But I am sure there will still be foolish people who will think he's conservative.
The Horse Sense Blog compares the nonsense in today's news with good ol' fashioned horse sense
“…I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.… It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
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