The GOP is to Conservatives what the Soviets were to the Allies
Many of us are understandably fed up with the GOP — all the more so after Speaker John Boehner infamously laid claim to the “conservative” label for himself and trashed as having “lost all credibility” brave Conservatives like Ted Cruz. Why? Because they chose to fight rather than capitulate to Big Government Democrats and the Democrat-servile Big Media.
And many of us are still bitter over the GOP’s treatment of Conservative candidates in past primaries and elections. It now appears that millions of us chose to sit out 2012 to send a message to the GOP. Indeed, a “principled non-vote” may have seemed a safe way to send that message, since pundits like Dick Morris were bombastically predicting a GOP “blowout” victory in 2012.
Oops. Lesson learned.
That must not happen again in 2014 and 2016. All Conservatives must vote, and we have to vote for the Republican even when the candidate is not to our liking.
I was once a Democrat, and I’m old enough to remember when the Democrat party had a small but solid wing of politicians who believed in fiscal and personal responsibility, limited government, free enterprise, a strong defense, and the US Constitution that they swore to uphold.
Democrats in that Conservative tradition, like John Kennedy, Zell Miller, Scoop Jackson, and Joe Lieberman are long gone. Instead, the Democrat party is now super-saturated with Big Government, statist, lifetime-legislative-class elites like Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi who have sold our children and grandchildren into debt bondage while pretending to be the party that “cares.” Phooey.
Sadly, there are plenty of old bulls in the GOP who are little better. They put on a show of conservatism, mouthing conservative themes when running for re-election and occasionally from the House and Senate floor. They then capitulate to their “old friends across the aisle” in the name of “compromise” and “pragmatism”, thereby winning favorable write-ups in the New York Times. For decades, they too have piled up the debt that will crush our country. It happened on their watch, and there’s no escaping that truth or their responsibility for it.
How do Conservatives handle the painful “cognitive dissonance” of voting for re-election of a Big-Government Republican? Hold our noses with one hand and mark the ballot with the other? That’s one way, but instead, I take some comfort in thinking of it this way:
For now at least, we need each other, and we have a common enemy. When it seems too difficult to campaign and vote for a Big Government Republican, remember what what Winston Churchill famously said about Joseph Stalin: (roughly) If he were to oppose Adolph Hitler, I would make favorable references to the devil!
Once the modern, statist, Democrat party is pushed back into the minority, we can carry on the battle with Big Government Republicans for the soul of the GOP within the party. It may be a long cold war with the Washington GOP “establishment”, but we’ve already made great progress in the states and among We the People, and the old guard of the GOP will ultimately give way to a new generation of principled conservative politicians.
In the meantime, when you hear of “RINOs” in the context of the GOP’s next slate of candidates, think “Soviets” and remember Ronald Reagan’s long-term plan for dealing with them: “We win. They lose.”