Republican Candidates Ignoring Conservative Interests
The following quotation from a New York Times article proves the point that I’ve been warning people about since 2002 and even more so since 2010.
Jennifer Steinhauer writing for the Times said: “Now…least nine Republicans, a mix of former incumbents and previous challengers…are running again — but with a difference. This time they have shelved their incendiary remarks about President Obama and the national debt in favor of a narrower focus on the Affordable Care Act, which they hope will attract moderate voters from both parties, even in heavily Democratic districts, who are disenchanted with its rollout.” (G.O.P. Firebrands Tone Down Their Message and Run Again; 12/15/13)
They are in part: Bob Dold from Illinois, Bobby Schilling of Illinois, Nan Hayworth from New York, Martha McSally of Arizona, to mention but a few of the nine.
Did you catch that? The Republican candidates are bringing a message “They hope will attract moderate voters.” Specifically what that means is that they are not running because of concern for you and me; they are running to get reelected because they do not like being out of office. They aren’t interested in speaking the truth about Obama, and the danger he poses to America’s future. Nor are they interested in admitting that the present incarnation of the Republican Party is about to go the way of the Whig Party because they have lost sight of what is important to We the People.
If the candidates running for reelection and/or another attempt at office are openly saying they are unwilling to run as true conservatives, there is no better indication that not only are they not true conservatives, but also that they can be counted on not to govern in the interest of We the People if they succeed in being elected.
The question you should be asking yourself is, “Am I willing to stand my ground to make a difference?” I ask myself that nearly every day, and the answer is a resounding, “Yes, I am.” If we stand our ground regardless of how the election turns out in 2014, I believe we will send a clear and unambiguous message to the GOP that we are prepared to not vote for two-bit, left-leaning moderates who are only interested in getting elected. The time to draw a line in the sand and tell the GOP they have already crossed it is now.
We cannot allow the old Republican message of “If you don’t vote so-and-so Republican, a Democrat will win. Our response to that should be would we be worse off if Boehner, McCain, McConnell, Cantor, and all the other liberal RINOs in office now were not there? The answer should be no. We cannot afford to permit the talking heads who are shilling for the GOP to convince us that we need the current GOP. We cannot afford to allow them to thwart our resolve and have us capitulate because they’ve successfully scared us.
Are We the People better off because we allowed the GOP and Karl Rove to convince voters to support establishment candidates? It was Ted Cruz who went to the mat for us fighting against obamacare — not Rubio or McCain. Pat Toomey sold us out on our second amendment rights. Jack Ryan sold us out on the budget. Cornyn, Boehner, and Cantor have made a living of selling out We the People. And they aren’t even the tip of the iceberg of so-called Republicans who, in reality, are sellouts.
We must let it be known that we are determined to stand our ground regardless of the scare tactics the GOP and Rove use, and regardless of the immediate outcome we must realize our focus is for the future. And we will not have a future if we continue to allow the GOP to dictate whom we are to support.
There is one reason and one reason alone that the GOP, Rove, Mitch McConnell, et al. hate the Tea Party groups as they do. It is because they fear We the People. They know that the Tea Party is the true voice and mind of We the People. And they know that the more of us who support same, the fewer of us there are to support them. The Whig Party made the same mistake in the mid 1800s, and they paid dearly for it. It is time for us to make the GOP pay equally as dearly for disrespecting us and dismissing the issues that are important to us.
Steinhaur wrote: “The Republicans who lost in 2012 say it will be harder to tie them to the Tea Party because they have seen this play before and can counter it, with more name recognition.”
My question is if the GOP candidates are supposedly running because they care about We the People, then why are they so vociferously adamant in cursing the Tea Party when more so than any other groups Tea Parties give voice to our concerns? The answer is because they are lying to us. They just want the perks that come with being elected. They don’t give a rat’s tail about us. And we are running out of opportunities to get that point across.
We either stand our ground and fight for true conservatism, or you buy the lie that conservatives cannot win. As for me and my colleagues, we refuse to betray our country and our conservative roots.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here