“I don’t split the party into conservative or not” - Michael Steele, Republican National Committee Chairman.
I think that is probably as truthful a statement as you will ever hear from Mr. Steele. After watching the carefully choreographed actions and words of the RNC Chairman, I truly believe that he thinks that all Republicans are likely to back anyone who has an “R” by his name on the ballot. The Republican Party, unlike the Democrat, no longer has the luxury of knowing that any and all policies and actions that the leadership embarks upon will be blindly supported by zombie-like party faithful. A lot of us came to the Republican Party in the early Seventies, after helping elect the Bumbling Buffoon, Jimmy Carter, and getting our eyes opened to the fact that the Democrats were desperately working to destroy our rights and freedoms, indeed our very foundation of Government.
But, maybe you should, Mr. Steele! Maybe you should. Surely that would bring you to some appreciation that not all who classify themselves as Republican are going to buy into whatever the “party leadership” dictates to be right and proper. It might even give you some clue about how strong your voting support is going to be in the coming elections, if you persist in assuming that we, the truly conservative element of your party’s unwashed masses, are as unsophisticated (or even stupid) as elitist Republicans keep painting us.
I am reminded of a wonderfully perceptive quote from Gilbert K. Chesterton, early-20th century English writer and philosopher: “It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.” One would think it impossible, but Mr. Chesterton must have had our contemporary Republican Party “movers and shakers” specifically in mind with that particular jewel of wisdom.
We know what the elites think that the solution is, don’t we? It is simply winning the power back, no matter that the Constitution and conservative principles get prostituted in the process. And, of course, the key to winning elections is to broaden the base, right?
The Republican establishment is increasingly becoming viewed, again by those of us who comprise your own unwashed masses, as aiding and abetting the dismantling of our constitutional framework, although with less screeching and outright treasonous intent than is inherent in the Democrats’ actions. I am afraid that the RNC has a consistent record of not getting out in front on issues that are of real concern to those of us who still believe in limited government, individual rights and accountibility, and all other Constitutional protections. Unless you start getting that message, sir, I believe that your party will never survive. It should be increasingly evident, even to those who “can’t see the problem,” that many of us let ourselves be associated with your party only because we have previously viewed it as being the most viable option for staving off liberalism, but that the RNC’s policies and pronouncements now lead us to question whether you read from the same Constitution that we do.
So, I will give you a few examples of the problems that are causing you to be the architects of your own irrelevance:
- PROBLEM: Your total lack of situational awareness in calling that socialist Republican in New York “statesmanlike” for withdrawing from the race, only to turn around and bury the Republican-supported hatchet in your backs. At least Mr. Gingrich thought it was truly a good use of your funds. We dummies thought it was pretty stupid.
- PROBLEM: Your overriding goal is to be in control in Washington, but nothing is done when Republicans are in control. Do you remember that opportunity to reform Social Security?
- PROBLEM: Republican bigwigs don’t want to take us back to the Constitution and its protection of individual rights and property. No, you just want to beat Democrats, so you can determine who gets the spoils.
- PROBLEM: You don’t believe us when we show, with our actions and our words, that we are not ever again going to accept and support liberal-lite candidates just because the Republican elitists feel that they can get an (R) in a congressional seat?
- PROBLEM: You don’t believe that we will stay home rather than vote for such as John McCain again? But, of course, we won’t stay home. We will, instead, encourage those who can convince us that their love for, and belief in, the Constitution totally trumps any party designation to run as Independents, or Conservatives or even Libertarians, and we will throw our entire beings into supporting them, and we WILL VOTE FOR THEM. Those of you in the “party leadership” will wail and gnash your teeth and proclaim that we are not smart enough to realize that the result will mean that Democrats will get elected.
In the meantime, we unsophisticated types can figure a way out, and it starts with supporting candidates who think like us, and will fight for our way of life.
We have been lectured by the formerly esteemed Newt Gingrich, by Texas Senator (very possibly a temporary position for him) John Cornyn, and by Michael Reagan (the son of Ronaldus Maximus himself) that we must vote for odious moderates (or worse) just so the Republican Party can ascend to the throne of power.
Well, read my lips! I do not care if a Democrat wins a seat because I support conservatives rather than RINO’s. It is more acceptable to have my ideological enemy tear down our country than a wolf in sheep's clothing..