â€œIt’s one thing to have a sizable minority like the Democrats stand in your way, but it is just unacceptable when a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of Republicans in Congress also rear up in opposition and join the liberal Democrats to derail an agenda. At some point that has to be faced. It has to be faced because these RINOs, these moderates, are undermining our agenda on taxes; they are undermining our agenda on spending; they are undermining our agenda on oil drilling, and they are undermining the war on terrorâ€¦â€
â€”Rush Limbaugh, November 11, 2005
Excuse the long quote, but Rush has wrapped up the problem with RINOs and how we the Republican Party are going to get the heart beating again and stop the bleeding. Too many disgruntled conservatives have left the Party or are voting for â€œconservativeâ€ Democrats. The Republican Partyâ€™s heart is barely beating and it is bleeding profusely and immediate first aid is required.
How do we restore the Republican Partyâ€™s heartbeat? We need to pump new life into it and that means new, healthy candidates. We need to remove the RINOsâ€”Senators Arlen Specter (PA), George Voinovich (Ohio), Chuck Hagel (Neb), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John Warner (VA), Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (this will be hard to do in Maine). And that’s just the Senate; I’m keeping my eye on the House too!
We also need to be concerned with stopping the bleeding. In what I consider that greatest betrayal by Republicans to a Republican President, the Commander-in-Chief, and also to the new commander in Iraq, and the troops in Iraq, the Senate is considering a resolution denouncing the plan to send more troops to Baghdad. This blood-letting must stop! Republicans are scared that they may not get reelected if they support the President in his efforts TO WIN THE WAR! Sorry for shouting, but Iâ€™m absolutely fed up.
I need everyone to email and call their Senators and the National Republican Senatorial Committee and let them know that if Republicans, all of them, do not get behind the President on this, the money and support stops. Not a penny!
Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman and 2008 Democratic Presidential hopeful, said that this is not to embarrass the President or to tell him heâ€™s wrong, but to rebuke him. HELLO! (sorry) Senator Biden, it is not only an embarrassment to the President, it is an embarrassment to our country and the troops. And guess what gentlemen? Al-Jazeera thinks what youâ€™re doing is very newsworthy! (Just hit the link and read)
General Petraeus, the new commander in Iraq, believes the surge will work because security to Baghdad is vital. At least one Senator gets it; Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the following to the general: “I want to urge my colleagues to consider your testimony this morning and to put the brakes on’ such resolutions. ‘You, in my opinion, will receive unanimous or near-unanimous supportâ€¦ [for the nomination] from this committee and from the [full] Senate. But I fear that a resolution of disapproval will send you [Petraeus] over there” to Iraq with mixed signals to the Iraqis.â€
Obviously I could on at great length writing about the examples of the RINO effect in Congress and how it is weakening our country, but space and time will not allow. Suffice to say, that if we can at least take the immediate first-aid steps to keep our patient alive, we can then administer the antidote to cure the sickness that is within the Republican Party. More on that in Part 5.