I get what you’re doing, Newt. You’re playing the party game. Dede Scozzafava is a “Republican” and the party’s nominee, so it’s important that the party members support the party nominee, right?
Yeah – I get it. And you’re wrong. Very, very wrong.
I’ve admired you for a long time, Newt. Your 1994 Republican Revolution that ended the Liberal Democrat stranglehold on our legislative branch remains one of the great political moves of the 20th Century, akin to Lincoln’s election. While it didn’t permanently shift the Congress, it did make it a much more competitive place to run for office, and you did so based on an agenda of fiscal conservatism coupled with an anti-establishment mindset that would limit individual legislator power and return a sense of responsibility to the American people.
Your moves were never popular, but the sense of responsibility that you brought to the 104th-106th Congresses were exactly what the country needed. Finally, the American people had a political party that did exactly what it said, not because it would net them political gains, but because those decisions and those stands were the right thing to do.
Fast-forward a few years.
The GOP wins a slim election for the Presidency and maintains a slim hold on the Congress, built on in 2002 on promises of national defense and fiscal conservatism. And they follow through… for a while. By 2005, tho, it starts to become clear that the Republican Party of the Republican Revolution is long gone. Those same Congressmen who promised to term-limit themselves in 1994 were still in office and corruption became something to turn a blind eye to, rather than something that needed to be rooted out.
And you? Well… I could forgive the things that caused your resignation in 1999, since you were cleared. But for some reason, since you left office, you’ve spent a ton of time toeing the line between “we need to be a more conservative country” and “I sure wish I could spend more time with my hardcore liberal buddies”. Seriously – global warming? You’re hanging out with Al Sharpton pushing the Obama administration’s education agenda?
And now, you’re backing a woman that is the GOP nominee, but one who is supported by ACORN, who’s backed by unions, who’s backed tax and spend stupidity, and who recently won – and accepted – the Margaret Sanger Award for “leadership, excellence, and outstanding contributions to the reproductive health and rights movement” (aka “blindly supporting the organized, legal culling of human beings so that women can have consequence-free sex under the guise of ‘choice’”).
This is a woman who supports every single possible stand that the Republican Party supposedly takes. In fact, in digging ’round the net, I’m finding it difficult to find a single thing that this woman believes in that smacks of anything less than classic liberalism.
Hey – GOP… compromising with idiots will only make you stupid, and compromising your good conservative principles will only make you bad liberals. If you think compromise will get you anywhere in the political world, ask yourselves why we’re not complaining about the moderate policies of President John McCain.
The Republican Party took over the Legislature in 1994 because it stood on its principles. It got Reagan elected in 1980 and 1984 because it stood for conservative principles. It got Bush I and II elected in 1988, 2000, and 2004 because it stood on its good, conservative principles.
It lost the election of Bush I in 1992, Dole in 1996, and McCain in 2008 because it abandoned those principles. It lost control of the House and Senate in 2006 because it compromised those principles.
It’s time for the GOP to wake up and for those who control the party (aka “the Republican Voters”) to show the establishment and beltway idjut RINO’s exactly what we think of compromise. Y0u put up a liberal candidate, you’re going to lose. You compromise a little to gain a numerical advantage that only exists in your little beltway-driven minds, you’re going to lose. When you start drawing lines and telling us that the folks who fueled the conservative Revolutions of 1980 and 1994 are the reason the party is losing, you’re going to lose. You throw up an ethically-vacant candidate that wouldn’t know good behavior or morals and expect us to vote for them just because they have an (R) next to their name? You’re going to lose.
Every. Single. Time.
We are the principled backbone of this country. We are the spine of the Republican Party. And we are not happy. You will listen to us now, or you will hear our deafening silence when you beg for our support on election day.