“To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.”
— Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister
Why the Maggie Thatcher quote? Well, first of all she is a great, conservative woman and since “Reviving the Republicans (Part 2) is about “clearing the airway” of RINOs, I thought it important to give some examples of RINO thinking and juxtaposition it (look it up) with what real conservatives believe. And since the patient (GOP) was severely wounded by the 2006 election, let’s see what RINOs and other pundits are offering as the antidote (I’ll provide that in Part 5).
In the Washington Post article, “Republicans’ Angry Factions Point Fingers at Each Other,” dated November 9, 2006, reporter Michael Grunwald writes, “In the aftermath of the historic GOP losses Tuesday night, moderate Republicans quickly concluded that the party needs to be more moderate. Conservative Republicans declared that it should be more conservative.” To the Moderate Republicans I say “absolutely not!”, and to the Conservative Republicans I say “absolutely!”
Does anyone remember Ronald Reagan? No really, I mean what he believed in as far as conservatism was concerned? Do you? Here’s a quote from the greatest 20th Century President: “The American new conservative majority we represent is not based on abstract theorizing of the kind that turns off the American people, but on common sense, intelligence, reason, hard work, faith in God, and the guts to say, yes, there are things we do strongly believe in, that we are willing to live for and yes, if necessary, to die for. This is not ‘ideological purity.’ It is simply what built this country and kept it great.” (From Reagan’s 1977 speech before the American Conservative Union)
Moderates are always looking for “consensus;” leaders are always leading. Does that Reagan quote sound “squishy” to you? “Squishy” is the word used by Rod Martin of TheVanguard.Org to describe RINOs. Squishy is what John McCain and the Gang of Fourteen did with killing the “nuclear option” for judicial nominees. I’m tired of squishy; I’m tired of “abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies,” to again quote Madame Thatcher. No more RINOs! It’s time to elect real conservatives.
If we want to get the GOP breathing again, we need to clear the airway; that means clearing out all the RINOs. After that we check for breathing, and our patient is not breathing.
Next, we’ll look at restoring the “breathing” of the GOP!