the Democrats are in a pickle for sure on November 2nd is what everyone is saying. No doubt there's truth to that belief.
But RINO's... you'd better take a good look at who your enemy is this year. It's not the Democrats.
First of all, let me just state that RINO (Republican In Name Only) is not a name whose concept I can agree with. Nor is it a name a friend would call you. But it's what's been coming from the Tea Party movement for years. Their chants grow louder and their drums beat stronger.
The Tea Party Movement has effectively repositioned the Republican party and set it solidly on a path to extinction. As a Republican I would think that would be something quite alarming to you if you don't see yourself firmly aligned with the points of view shared by those who would replace your chosen ideals.
Anyone who believes the Republican party would be made stronger by a group whose everyday views are more radical than even your most radical ideas is ludacrice - because it's not your party, nor is it the party of Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan or even George H.W. Bush. Nor does it reflect the views of the Constitution or of our Founding Fathers, no matter what they'd like you to believe.
I know these words will most likely be written in vain. But I feel compelled to give my points of view on what is soon to be history, and if I stay silent, don't speak up and share these points, I will never forgive myself.
I've never cared for the Republican view of how to handle the world. But at least in the past the debate was intelligent. I watched Lawrence O'Donnell in a fascinating interview/debate between Lou Dobbs and Isabel Macdonald, a contributor to "The Nation" magazine who wrote a pretty damaging piece about him for allegedly unknowingly hiring illegal immigrants to do work on his properties and care for some of his prized horses. And while I was fully anticipating evasive drabble from the right, Dobbs made intelligent arguments for his case, and he did it with incredible poise and dignity. And he addressed the points honestly, even when it didn't necessarily reflect him in the best possible light. I respect him greatly for his willingness to debate. That's been something sorely lacking of Republicans for a number of years now, unless safely coddled within a Fox News studio, where there's never really any debate at all.
On the extreme far side of that was the interview between Rachel Maddow and Art Robinson, the Republican candidate from Oregon's 4th district who sidestepped issues, would not answer questions honestly and didn't understand the concept of the 1-1/2 second satellite delay and argued with Maddow about it, making himself look incredibly foolish on national TV. While I can understand the average man's sympathy for Mr. Robinson given his predicament, we can't be conned into voting for someone who can't talk about issues simply because we empathise with his discomfort. As an example, Ms. Maddow asked Mr. Robinson questions about his past beliefs on HIV numbers which allegedly benefit politicians, a conspiracy theory he allegedly wrote over 15 years ago. But he wouldn't even listen to the question, let alone attempt to answer it.
Now I know I've written some pretty zany things over the years. But if I were running from office and someone held up a newsletter that I wrote and quoted my own words, an honest answer would be something like this: "I wrote a lot of stuff, some of which I still agree with, and some I don't". Or "I still do believe that". Now the consequence of the honest answer might mean that I might not be elected on November 2nd. But you know what? It would only mean that I am not the right person for the job. That's the way it should be.
What if you answer honestly and DO get elected? Seems to me that's a much better position to be starting off as a freshman congressional representative than being an evasive and elusive shadow. And that goes for candidates of all parties, not just the Tea Party.
The focus should not be on just getting elected, it should be primarily about doing the job - and doing the job requires debating tough issues with people who won't agree with you. If you can't debate intelligently, if you can't compromise, and if you don't have a super majority, then how are you going to get anything done?
The Tea Party candidates who are running now run from any media outlet that doesn't have a FOX NEWS logo on the side of the van. And that's not healthy for democracy.
It is in your best interest to stop the fanaticism on the far right now before it's too late, for the sake of your own party. And why, you ask, would I be interested in keeping the Republican party alive? Because the enemy of my enemy is still my friend. And if the enemy of my enemy becomes extinct, then we are all left with only enemies. I have friends and family who are Republican and they don't agree with the Tea Party movement. But worst of all, they're silent this year, just waiting for this storm to pass but not taking a definitive position against this madness. You're taking shelter under a tree that's about to be struck by lightning. You'd best find cover elsewhere.
Let me point out some obvious facts: The Democrats have the youth vote. That's pretty important moving into the future as a quickly aging, mostly white, mostly Christian political party. The Democrats have the minority vote. Again, that's important moving forward, because it's impossible to unmix the color from the American palate. The Democrats have the majority of the women's vote. Again, pretty impressive mix moving forward. The Democrats also have the majority of the non-Christian vote. Despite what you might believe, there are a lot of different religious people of other faiths - and non-religious of no faith at all - who will never align with the Tea Party. You won't turn these people into conservatives, into Christians, into white middle-aged men.
So then what is not feasible is the idea of an all-white, all-Christian, all-male, all-Republican country. There just aren't enough of you, and there never will be again. If that's the America the Tea Party is fighting to bring back, then let's re-float the Titanic and criminalize icebergs while we're at it.
The Tea Party is an unsustainable party, but it's becoming your party. If you embrace it, then you own it and it's yours alone, and you can't say that you weren't warned. But reject it and we can start fresh with real dialog, real issues - real candidates. You are the only ones now who can take the keys away from the engineers driving the crazy train.
I challenge you to read the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution (not just the preamble) as if for the very first time, and absorb their meaning and understand our past and visualize a smarter future.
In my opinion, the only way for real Republicans to win in the long run is to help defeat the Tea Party soundly this fall wherever applicable, and vote Democrat in choosing between the Tea Party or a Democratic candidate. Keep the unqualified candidates out and check the facts from numerous sources, not just Fox News and Rush Limbaugh... the Twinkies in your political diet: they're irresistible and satisfying in the short term, but you'd better not convince yourself you can live on them.
Come back to the table. That's the only way we'll ever get our America back. The future of our nation - for both the Republican and for the Democrat - depends on it.