A disheartened Arizona Republic has given editorial commentary space to Bob Worsley, whose passing the newspaper mourns. Worsley is still upright, but he has announced he will not seek reelection to the Arizona State Senate, where he ran as a Republican but frequently voted with the Democrats. He called it exercising “compromise” — an art Worsley claims we’ve lost — and displaying “civility.”
“Civility,” he grandly pontificates, “has become a rare commodity in political debate, a fact that worries me greatly.”
The question to ask is,“When did he come to that high-minded perspective?” Our June 23, 2012 post, “Bob Worsley: Hypocrite-in-Chief,” reveals a less pretentious man, with appalling standards, who put his personal vendettas ahead of decency.
Worsley has lost sight of the fact that the two parties stand for very different things, as their platforms reveal. Every four years, platform committees devote massive amounts of time to crafting platforms that encapsulate their basic ideals. Worsley brushes the differences off like dandruff on his shoulder, saying,“There is nuance and complexity in nearly every challenge facing society. We do ourselves a disservice when we oversimplify complex issues to fit a strict adherence to political ideology.”
That bit of Worsley wisdom might require a second perusal to sink in.
It’s worth your time to read the intriguing back story behind the Worsley love-fest titled, “Worsley’s new pals at Periódico de la República de Arizona.” When it comes to political machinations in Arizona, there is no such thing as too much information. The same playbook is often used by slick swindlers, usually Dems, whose constituencies are known to be less attentive.
Now that Worsley will have more time on his hands he would do well to acquaint himself with the vast differences between the two political parties as defined in their platforms. One stresses liberty, economic growth, prosperity and refers to “God.” The other focuses on abortion, LGBT issues, encourages class warfare and sounds as though it was written by Karl Marx.