In follow up to my last post, which was getting a little long, we need to address this “civil war” in the Republican Party. Of course, most of us think we’re in the right, no matter which side we’re on. I know I was hopping mad when I heard about that RINO group wanting to “beat the snot out of” the tea party and more conservative candidates. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the problem. I was also livid when I heard John Boehner call critics of the budget deal unveiled by Paul Ryan “ridiculous.” As I responded at the time, Boehner could have handled it better.
“I appreciate the concerns of those who don’t believe this deal goes far enough in cutting spending. Unfortunately, the Democrats control the Senate and flat out refuse to agree to any sort of sensible budget. This is the best we could come up with under the circumstances.”
Does anyone remember when Democrats were in the minority while Bush was president? What did they do every day? They vilified him. They blamed him and the rest of the Republicans for everything bad under the sun. They were united. Yeah, I know, they were united in an evil national suicide pact, but they were united and it worked for them.
We have an electorate that doesn’t pay attention to anything political. They catch a few news clips on facebook and that’s how they decide who to vote for. Like I said in my last post, most don’t give a hoot about Senate rules or nominees to this court or that court. What they do care about is how much they have to pay for health insurance. They care when they get the cancellation notice in the mail and find out a new policy is going to cost anywhere from 50% to 150% more. They care when they lose their doctors. They don’t give a crap about immigration, other than wanting the government to deport more illegals. They care when they lose their jobs, but then they hear the Democrats tell them the mean Republicans want to take away their unemployment.
We are living through an enormous political disaster. But our side can’t get it together. I still don’t understand why so many liberals continue to call themselves Republican. Look at Colin Powell. Not only did he endorse Obama, now he’s calling for a single payer system. Thankfully he’s not running for anything as far as I know, but what about the rest of them?
Here in New York the Republicans are finally getting a clue and calling for an end to corporate welfare. That’s a welcome development.
I know I’m rambling, but all of that prefaces this piece I just read at IBD about conservatives ending our “family feud.”
We must let liberalism unravel, with an eye to 2014 Senate (and House) targets of opportunity. We must not greet this opportunity with further disunity in the form of a “circular firing squad.”
Yet that is exactly what’s developing today. Business groups threaten to support challenges to Tea Party candidates like Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who actually developed one of the most thoughtful Balanced Budget Amendment proposals. Conservative groups threaten a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Yet on the National Tax Limitation Committee’s congressional scorecard , which we’ve prepared for over a quarter century, McConnell earned a 91 in the 112th Congress and a 90 in the 111th Congress (strong “A” grades winning NTLC’s Tax Fighter Award).
This is a “family feud” that can only benefit Obama and his increasingly extremist “Progressives.” Conservatives need to keep up the pressure for a more principled Republican Party.
But given the pressure from the far-left extremist Democratic Party today, it may be wise to recall Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican.”
Read the whole thing. The only point of contention I find is that the piece mostly focuses on the tea party and libertarian wings of the party, both in glowing terms I might add. But it doesn’t really talk about the establishment wing and the “corporate welfare” wing of the party that’s really where the division begins. What’s wrong with free markets, right-to-work, and American labor? Note to the Chamber of Commerce: Do you really want more Democrats in power to approve more left wing radicals to the NLRB? Or more whack jobs at the EPA making it impossible to turn a profit?
I heard Mitch McConnell this week praising the Tea Party, saying his only bone to pick with our side would be with the Senate Conservatives Fund. I was fine with his explanation, I guess I’d be mad at a group trying to derail my career, too. Not that I have a problem with the Senate Conservatives Fund or primary challenges.
I guess what I’m saying here is that people in the Republican Party would get along just fine if not for those spending a lot of money to make sure we don’t get along. They’re the ones doing the Democrats a favor. Don’t blame us conservatives and libertarians for the big money guys throwing a hissy fit because they’re finally being challenged. I almost don’t blame them, considering what it’s like these days doing business in the United States. Their strategy might work in the short term to advance their interests, but in the long term nobody will win.
Maybe they should be the ones to extend the olive branch. When you really think about it, the conservatives and libertarians are the only ones concerned about the economy as a whole. Do they want a rising tide to lift all boats, or just a place at the head of the line at the lock?
I would love it if we could all just get along. So here is my plea to those who want to fight us: Please knock it off!