If the "teaparty" is a political party, it is losing ground. If it is a movement, it has already taken back the GOP and is the strongest political influence in the nation.
278 share“Everybody runs like a tea party candidate now. Everybody is running against Obamacare and against overspending in
Editor's notes: I know this is not accepted "teaparty language," but I have always been a qualified fan of Mitch McConnell. Making note of McConnell's more conservative stance, as did Matt Kibbe (above), is more the consequence of giving Senator McConnell a larger conservative base (Cruz, Mike Lee, Rubio, Paul, etc.,) than before.
I understand that my opinion is not the popular "teaparty" point of view. But, I am "teaparty" and participate in our local, 600 member, teaparty association. What gets lost in all the talk about party reformation (from the Right) is that McConnell ranks in the top 10% of all Congressional Conservatives, when his views and legislative efforts are scored for conservative bias . . . . . . . top 10%.
What lost me to the cause of hyper-critical, GOP, review (emphasis on "hyper"), were the attacks, from the Right, of Orrin Hatch, Senator from
. Me? Utah
To be clear, I would vote for Senator Hatch as president, in a heartbeat. His conservative scores put him in the top 5% of GOP leadership. To brand this man a "progressive," is short sighted and the product of confusion, plain and simple. More than this, such trash talk is an assault on trust, an absolute necessity when it comes to the political/party process and party leadership.
The Conservative Revolution absolutely must come to appreciate that election politics are duplicitous in nature and demanding of compromise at some level. When it comes to the political/legislative process, very little is straight-forward or linear in scope. In the convoluted world of opposition politics, nothing gets done without compromise. But, smart compromise is the talking point, here.
For example, the nation is not ready for a ban on all abortions. What do we do, as "the party of life?” Abandon the cause? Or carry on the battle for the right to infant life, on a state to state basis and the use of regulations? We should make it some kind of rule that a number of social/domestic issues are best served by state and local politics. The reader should look to
evidence of how this works, emphasis on how the battle against abortion WORKS.
At last news, only 6 abortion clinics in that state, remain
"open for business." The pro-life contingency in that state,
is making serious inroads against the criminality of abortion, and doing so without going “national.” Texas
Another example of "smart compromise," can be found in the wedding cake industry. Christian cake makers, to be specific, should have an across the board policy against lettering a cake with anything other than general, wedding messages, thus avoiding references to homo or hetero messaging – but, especially, homo references. And Christian cake makers should not sell figurines with their cakes, hetero or homo, thus avoiding a male on male fantasy display. Cakes are made, protocol is followed, consciences are clear and all are happy, happy, happy.
I could go on, but you get the message, hopefully.
When we cannot win battles that need to be fought, education is the best starting point. Democrats call this process, "social conditioning." But, the better term and best intellectual process, is education.
Education has worked with regard to late-term abortions. More than 75% of Americans do not support such abortions. That is a battle we can win, therefore, on a national level. 80% of Americans see the need for health regulations as to abortion clinic service. They see the need for doctors to be certified as abortion trained professionals and accepted into local hospitals, upon demand, should an abortion procedure become a survival issue for the abortion minded patient. Again, these are issues we can win, in a national election.
But when we "stand on principle," and take an "all or nothing" position, we lose even the battles that could have been successfully fought. The Rick Santorum, principled "all or nothing" stance against abortion, has actually cost millions of unborn lives, if you accept that education coupled with incremental legislation, makes perfect sense. There is no advantage to an "all or nothing" political agenda, when that leads to consistent defeat.
Strategy is strategy. Personal assaults and destructive inter-party quarreling are not necessary strategies, they are party suicide.
We need to stop branding all Party conservatives with whom we disagree, as evil "progressives" and, therefore, unqualified to represent conservative politics. Heck, under the present Conservative Rules for Radicals, Ron Reagan would not survive a primary bid, if his legislative record was made an issue . . . . . . and Reagan is or was the heir-apparent to Goldwater and the modern day, Conservative Revolution. Reagan's First Rule of (GOP) party politics was called "The 11th Commandment." It’s cautionary proclamation, "Thou shalt not speak evil an fellow Republicans," is a critical aspect to the theme of this post.
We need to recognize the fact that teaparty values - balancing the budget, pushing a profound regard for Constitutional law, states rights, the need for personal responsibility and an allowance for traditional/populus family values - are at the heart of teaparty "politics." Couple these values with the Reagan Rule, and we have a winning platform for party unity and, just as importantly, winning national elections.