Well, I’m certainly not a Democrat. That much I know for sure. And there was a time that a Republican could have been considered the opposite of a Democrat.
- Democrats want big spending, Republicans want the least possible amount of government spending .
- Democrats want bigger government, Republicans want smaller government.
- Democrats see the Constitution as an old, antiquated document, Republicans believe it to be the best form of government.
And you could go on and on contrasting the traditional platforms of the two parties. The social issues alone could fill volumes. Anyone who claims to be both a Christian and a Democrat is either a liar or a fool. Or both.
And there’s the Republican Creed:
- That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
- That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
- That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
- That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,
- That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
- That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.
And if it were really is as simple as accepting the Republican Creed as the basis for answering the question “Are you still a Republican?” then the answer is a resounding YES!
But the Republican Creed does not describe Today’s Republican Party. In fact, I’m not sure it ever really described the Republican Party. But I think there was a time that the Republican Party actually held their Creed as a goal.
But these days the Creed is mostly something that you say at the beginning of Republican meetings like the Pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer. At least the Republicans still pray in the open.
But the Creed has mostly become just words. If many of the people speaking these words actually listened to the words coming out of their mouths, they would burn their tongues like so much acid. The sad truth is that the Republican Creed has become rhetorical and perfunctory and is cast aside and forgotten as soon as the echo of the words dies down, a decay measured in milliseconds.
The Creed is remarkable like the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the Pitcher’s Mound just before a Church League Softball game that also becomes lost into the night air even before the players leave the mound and run to their respective benches and the profanity laced and decidedly un – Godly competition begins.
And at some point, I realized that I had become that kind of Republican. The guy that worked tirelessly and unquestioningly to put Republicans in the seats of power. Sure we wanted good people, but mostly, we we just wanted people who said they were a Republican that could defeat the non-Republican opponent.
And after that, no matter how bad the person votes, no matter how bad the decisions and no matter how corrupt they become, you just sit back and smile and take comfort in knowing that you helped put a Republican in office.
This blind allegiance and mandate to bury your head in the sand is enforced by a reminder of Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” ‘never speak ill of a fellow Republican’. Some Republican local committees go so far as to proudly proclaim the “Blind Sheep” rule on their websites.
And that is what I heard when I criticized far left “Republicans” in my own Hanover County. Two of the more Progressive left wing big spenders I helped get elected to the Board of Supervisors – Canova Peterson and Angela Kelly-Wiecek – have been major boosts to local Democrats. High density, low income, Democrat voting apartment complexes have become a high priority for this pair of liberal big spenders. And the logical outcome of their efforts will be higher taxes to subsidize these apartments and eventually turning this strongly Red county blue.
But I was told we mustn’t speak ill of Republicans. Reagan said!
And when 42 Republicans in Richmond joined Republican Governor Bob McDonnell’s call for higher taxes and expanded Medicare pretending to be a Transportation Bill, I was reminded of the 11th Commandment.
And when Eric Cantor bemoans Obama’s spending and votes time after time to fund the Continuing Resolutions that allow Obama to spend us into oblivion, I am reminded of the Gipper’s words.
And when people like New Jersey Governor Christie warn of the dangers of the Libertarian views of fellow Republicans like Rand Paul and their Constitutional views that the government should not be spying on ordinary citizens without cause, one wonders where the reminders of Reagan’s words are for Christie.
It seems these days the Republican Party only objects to speaking ill of RINO Republicans – those that promote big government spending – and are silent when the RINO’s commit the same “offense”.
Sorry, but I am not that kind of Republican. Not any more. We simply can’t compromise our basic principles and remain a viable party. When we have weak representatives and mistake them for leaders, we become part of the problem. Worse, we allow them to believe we elected them to lead us. The truth is, they work for us and at our pleasure. When they fail to represent our values and our views they need to go. We simply cannot sit in silence and pretend all is well because my representative is a Republican.
I am the type of Republican that is described in the Republican Creed. And there are only 10 Commandments and they come from God – the same place from which we get the unalienable rights our elected officials are taking away from us every day. And as long as we believe there is validity to some “rule” because it comes from Ronald Reagan we will continue to allow our elected officials to erode our God given Liberty.
And to answer the NRSC’s question, yes. I am still a Republican.
The question is, is the NRSC still Republican?
I think you know my answer.