"A REPUBLICAN IS A REPUBLICAN IS A REPUBLICAN" OR IS HE?

April 2, 2009

We cannot say that the Republican Party is conservative anymore.  Nor can we say that the party for the conservatives is the Republican one. In fact, the most conservative party to run a candidate in the 2008 election was the Constitution Party whose nominee was Chuck Baldwin.  Remember him?

Well let me state from the outset that it is time for a true, blue completely competitive political party!

In a recent editorial, appropriately entitled "The Republican Party: Lost in the Wilderness," political pundit Matt Barber paralleled the situation with the GOP with that of the children of Israel in the days of Moses.  After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they rebelled against God and were made to wander aimlessly in the desert for 40 years on a needlessly roundabout journey to the Promised Land. God kept the coveted prize out of reach until that rebellious generation passed.

Barber correctly pointed out that now "we find an improvident Republican Party lost in the political wilderness. As the GOP seeks to find its own Promised Land – a return to majority leadership – it has, to its own detriment, rebelled against the core conservative principles solemnized within its own party platform."

In a “big tent” effort to be all things to all people, the GOP – charmed by a gaggle of “moderate” RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) – has taken a hard left, hustling along in exactly the wrong direction. As a result, that elusive Promised Land shrinks in the rearview mirror with every “centrist” capitulation.

Much of the party leadership has become emotionally addicted to the placebo of political pragmatism, swallowing the media-driven misconception that, to voters, ideological “moderation” is somehow the political gold standard.

So, the Grand Old Party has become the Bland Old Party, suffering a largely self-inflicted electoral thumping at the ballot box two election cycles running.

But alas, a defiant elephant refuses to cry “uncle.”

I have to say that I supported Michael Steele's election to lead the RNC only because he is truly a political conservative.  But he has given me room for doubt about his sociological views. Despite the party platform explicitly affirming unborn children's “right to life which cannot be infringed,” current RNC Chairman Michael Steele recently chose to parrot the DNC’s pro-abortion talking points.

When asked about “abortion rights” in an interview with GQ magazine, Steele said: “I think that's an individual choice.” A clearly stunned interviewer followed up: “Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?” Steele: “Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice. … Yeah. Absolutely.”

In fairness, Steele later issued a statement insisting that, in fact, he is “pro-life.” This, of course, begs the question: “Huh?”

But the enigmatic Steele didn’t stop there. While addressing the highly polarizing issue of homosexuality, he flippantly cast aside the GOP’s moral values banner, sounding off like a spokesman for the “gay” activist Human Rights Campaign.

Taking a jab at the untold thousands of ex-“gay” Americans who have found freedom from the homosexual lifestyle, he opined, “I don't think I've ever really subscribed to that view that you can turn it on and off like a water tap. You just can't simply say, oh, like, ‘Tomorrow morning I'm gonna stop being gay.’”

Then, to a liberal’s delight, he wrapped up his pro-“gay” exposé, by falsely equating changeable homosexual behavior to his own immutable skin color, concluding, “It's like saying ‘Tomorrow morning I'm gonna stop being black.’”

Even in liberal California, most Democrat-leaning African-Americans disagree with Steele’s apples to oranges comparison. Although 96 percent voted for Barack Obama, 70 percent also voted to pass California’s Proposition 8, doing away with court invented “same-sex marriage.”

In fact, 46 states have either passed legislation or a constitutional amendment protecting natural marriage. Yet, according to Steele, a proposed federal amendment to do the same is, “mucking around with the Constitution.”

Although the marriage issue has, time and again, been a verifiable winner for the GOP, the party treats it like a political third rail.

The American people demand much more. They have forsaken the GOP because it first forsook them. Yet the party’s ideologically emaciated leaders remain oblivious to the obvious – blind to the political sustenance aplenty that pelts thick skulls like manna from Heaven. If the GOP ever wishes to reverse its spiral into the abyss of irrelevancy, it must, in word and deed, make a bold, unapologetic return to the fiscally conservative and socially conservative policies that fueled the Reagan revolution.

Still, in what amounts to chronic wishful thinking, the left has – over and again for decades – prematurely penned the conservative movement’s obituary. To borrow from Mark Twain: Reports of our death are, once again, greatly exaggerated.

In a part blog, I noted that the best thing the GOP can do if it wishes to regain Congress and the White House is to get away from the "White Male" look and the Neo-Con feel by selecting Michael Steele as its Chairman, Bobby Jindal as its nominee for President and Sarah Palin for VEEP.  No white males allowed!  Seems that I was wrong about Steele, yet my second choice was Ken Blackwell (a conservative African-American from Ohio).  I just hope I won't be wrong about Jindal and Palin, both of whom are more to the right of Steele and are strong in their opposition to gay marriage, abortion and preferential treatment and quotas in the workplace.

Liberal Democrats and “moderate” Republicans alike continue to misrepresent voters’ ballot box rejection of today’s “centrist” GOP as an overall aversion to larger conservatism. Frankly, it’s tiresome and a bit embarrassing. In fact, precisely the opposite is true.

An August 2008 Battleground Poll reported that 60 percent of all Americans deem themselves conservative. Evangelical Christians – an estimated 70 million – and other social conservatives make up the base of that 60 percent. Almost universally, social conservatives are also conservative on economic and national security related issues, representing what I call: “The complete conservative.”

Yet, as we plunge headlong into the dark age of social and economic socialism, the GOP inexplicably continues to treat complete conservatives like that crazy uncle you only have over for Thanksgiving. When election season rolls around, it’s all hugs and kisses. After the returns – not even a phone call.

Well, complete conservatives have finally taken their ball and gone home. And, until the GOP finds the moral compass it so long ago tossed in the unforgiving wilderness sand, it’ll just have to keep pitching to Independents, liberal Republicans and moderate Democrats. You know, like John McCain did.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.