GOP’s Principles for American Renewal: Should We Buy It?
There’s been a lot of hype in Republican circles lately over RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ recent speech and this statement about “Principles for American Renewal.” I’ve seen the hype nationally, and I’ve received healthy doses of it in my inbox from local Republican sources.
Given the complete BS menu we’ve been fed by the “Republican” leadership over the course of the past four years or so (at least), I was naturally dubious and skeptical.
But trying to always have an open mind (i.e. a mind open to the truth and open to recognizing changing circumstances), I read the document and listened to Priebus’ speech to see what I thought.
It sounded good. The values and priorities found therein were a lot like the ones important to me and to most serious Republicans.
However, as one should always do, I held up the words next to reality, to see how closely they matched the situation in today’s Republican Party.
Unfortunately, there were some serious discrepancies.
When not even two years ago, Reince Preibus and the “Republican” leadership was all hot-and-heavy to embrace and pander to enemies of Republican principles (e.g. amnesty advocates, homosexual activists, etc.), am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When you have the “Republican” Speaker of the House raising cash for an openly homosexual “Republican,” candidate, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When the last GOP vice presidential nominee argues over whether an abortifacient that kills an unborn child is really an abortifacient, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When a major contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination isn’t interested in fighting to preserve this or any civilization’s most important institution (marriage), am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When that same nominee’s staff argues over whether an abortifacient that kills an unborn child is really an abortifacient, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When we have “Republican” leaders engaging in intentional and public attempts to smear conservatives (i.e. the people who are most committed to Republican principles), am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When during an important mid-term election year, Republicans are hiding from the Republican agenda instead of clearly articulating why Republicans deserve to lead, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When we have “Republican” governors earning a “C” in fiscal policy, promoting more taxes, helping homosexual activists and behaving like race-baiting Democrats, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
Here in South Dakota, when we have a “Republican” U.S. Senate candidate–bought and paid for by $2.5 million in establishment and special interest money–whose record demonstrates that he has actually done a lot of the Democrats’ work for them, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
What’s more, when the “Republican” establishment in my state and nationally have overwhelmingly backed this fake conservative and “rah rah” his worthless hide at every opportunity, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When we have the “Republican” establishment embracing crony capitalism and stonewalling against government transparency (in other words, behaving like Democrats), am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
When we have large numbers of “Republicans”–including members of the leadership–aggressively seeking to reward illegal aliens with taxpayer largess, am I really supposed to believe a word of this?
And these are but a few of the examples across our nation where “Republican” actions are inconsistent with Republican rhetoric.
You might be asking yourself, after all this evidence of gross and belligerent betrayal of Republicans and Republican values, what could possibly convince a rank-and-file Republican like myself to believe a word I’m being told by the GOP leadership?
That’s a good question.
A good start would be for members of leadership like Mr. Priebus (i.e. administrative leaders) to start holding fakers, frauds, betrayers and sellouts in our party accountable for their betrayal of our values and priorities. How could they do that? It would be a start simply to acknowledge the betrayal…then to publicly condemn it.
Another good start would be for members of leadership who actually control the reins of policy (e.g. Speaker, Majority Leader, Whips, etc) to start behaving like Republicans. That means they would stop advancing Democrat policies (e.g. amnesty, big spending, more debt, refusing to stop ObamaCare, etc.) and start advancing Republican policies (e.g. fiscal responsibility, law and order, border control, protecting marriage and family, etc.).
And if these reins-holding leaders refuse to behave like Republicans, then other Republican leaders should (a) start publicly condemning them and their betrayals and (b) stop supporting the betrayers financially.
I suppose that if you’re the kind of person who gets excited by empty words that are contradicted by reality, there is much to be enthusiastic about here.
But if you’re like me, if you ‘re into action not words, if you have trouble covering your eyes and pretending reality isn’t really real, then you’re probably as disgusted as I am at having been handed yet another BS sandwich by the people who are supposedly there to fight for Republican values and principles.
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