I’m not sure if I’ve said this on here before but I’ve definitely said it to my colleague here and to my friends and family: I am not a Republican. I am a Conservative. I have no affinity for the Republican Party whatsoever. They are too focused on being moderate and reaching across the aisle, something the Democrats never do. Republicans keep bending over to the Democrats, always looking for some sort of compromise, something, once again, Democrats are never willing to do for us. Republicans don’t have a spine but yet they supposedly espouse conservative principles–at least in their campaign rhetoric. When they get to Washington they go back to being the mushy, spineless RINOs they were before the campaigns instead of standing up and actually living conservative principles and philosophies. They need to start standing up for conservative values instead of compromising all the time but evidently Republicans don’t care about true conservative values. Democrats always stand tall for their liberal values (at least until this election season came around), so why can’t and won’t Republicans do the same for their conservative values? Republicans are standing up for something but it definitely isn’t conservatism and therein lies the problem. I stand up for my conservative values and don’t try to hide from them and for that, above all, is why I am not a Republican.
This election season has provided many examples of why I dislike and distrust the Republican Party. Ever since we got this current liberal agenda forced down our throats, the American people have woken up, finally realizing that we are on the wrong path as nation. As a result, there has been a conservative ascendancy, as Rush Limbaugh puts it, that has swept across the nation. With last year’s rise of the Tea Party and the utter and wholesale rejection of President Obama’s policies, conservatives have never been in a better position to take back Congress and fix our problems. The problem is that instead of embracing the Tea Party as an ally, the Republican establishment is rejecting it and for this, I hate the Republican establishment. We have a chance to win like we have never won before but instead of winning, it seems like they’d rather lose than join forces with the Tea Party, who, as a result, are also fighting back against the Republican establishment. Should they have to? No. They should be joining forces to defeat Liberalism but they have to instead fight two fights to ensure victory. For example, establishment Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who lost her primary to the Tea Party endorsed candidate Joe Miller, called the Tea Party “an outside extremist group”. Instead of conceding the race, admitting that she has lost the confidence of her constituents and standing behind Miller, she is instead going to seek a write-in candidacy. Why?! That doesn’t make any sense and it won’t unless you accept that Republicans care more about keeping their establishment candidates in power rather than trying to defeat Democrats. They would rather lose to the Democrats instead of letting someone else, from their own side, take their place. And that is exactly what I think is going to happen if she does go through with her write-in candidacy. It will split the Republican/conservative vote–which would be one if she stayed out–allowing Democrats to win. The Democrat vote will be smaller than the Republican/conservative one combined, but that smaller number will be large enough to win if our vote ends up being split. Republicans should care more about defeating Democrats and stopping the destruction of this great nation of ours than who is actually filling the seat in Congress but they don’t. If the establishment Republican can’t win, it seems accurate to say that they’d rather see a Democrat take the seat. It’s confounding, unacceptable, and one of the biggest reasons why I no longer respect the Republican Party itself. It used to be about conservatives, and there are still a great many of conservatives in the party whom I have the utmost respect for–Rep. Paul Ryan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for example–but they are not in control of the party anymore. They should be. Hopefully the Tea Party will remain powerful enough for the next few years at a minimum and get more candidates in office on Republican tickets. Doing so will undoubtedly help us take back the Grand Old Party.
Another great example of why I’m not a Republican occurred this past week in Delaware. There Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell beat Rep. Mike Castle in the state’s Senate primary. Again, instead of embracing her as their candidate, establishment Republicans have thrown her under the bus, claiming she has too much “baggage” and issues in her past to be a good senator. Ok, she may have some issues and I’m not overly familiar with them to comment on (though from what I hear they’re mainly personal ones rather than ethical ones) but I want to ask, why are they making that the issue right now? Why are they busy condemning our side instead of backing her to fight those who have legitimate ethics issues like Reps. Charlie Rangel or Maxine Waters or any other of a host of sitting Democrats? And who out there has a completely clean slate? I’m all for us making sure we’re upholding the morals we claim to have but this is ridiculous, especially at this point in our country’s history. The issue right now should be destroying the Democrats on November 2nd. And what is the point for voting for someone like Rep. Castle when his voting record shows that his voting record is actually fairly liberal? A vote for someone like Castle is a vote to keep on the same, unsustainable path we are currently on. If we want to actually bring this country back from the brink, we need to get rid of every so-called Republican like him and put actual conservatives into their seats. They need to be held accountable for their votes and Rep. Castle, Sen. Murkowski, and every other Republican that has been defeated by an actual conservative or Tea Party candidate have been by their constituents. They just refuse to accept it.
These are just a few examples of why the Republican Party is part of the problem. Just look at any election battle over since last summer and you’ll find many more, the primaries the Senate seats in Utah with the unseating of Sen. Bob Bennett and the nomination of Sharon Angle in Nevada quickly coming to mind. We need to change the Republican Party and make it a party that actually embraces conservatives instead of Republicans who refuse to stand up for conservative ideals. They need to stop looking down their noses at the American people and work with them, not against them. We need to change the party in lieu of creating a competing party. To do so would just split our votes, thus ensuring Democrat victories. That is unacceptable. We have to unite conservatives and the moderates of the Republican Party so we can stop the liberal machine. If the moderate Republicans refuse, well then they should just go because they’ve proven they don’t belong on our side. We need to bring conservatism back to the Republican Party and until we do so, I refuse to call myself a Republican.