Do you recognize The Pink Flamingo?
I’m a Republican.
I’m one of the forgotten people, a real Republican. I’m the 35% GOP base, the one who is always there, almost always votes Republican, and doesn’t have a litmus test for just who should be a Republican other than an adherence to the GOP Creed (see below).
I don’t care about the RINO epitaph. (I find it insulting).
I don’t give a rip about purity.
While I agree with the tax cutting, government slashing ideas behind the tea party, my eyes are wide open. I do not like what I see.
Thanks to the Internet, FOX News, and the talking heads, any of who are now nothing more than slobbering, pandering, cowards who would agree with anyone who promised to keep their ratings high, I have no allusions about the libertarian spin of the tea parties.
I am a Republican. As a Republican, I want to win elections. As a Republican my feet are firmly planted in reality and not in the over the rainbow never never land occupied by the the libertarian backed tea party “patriots”. I reside in a world where it takes independents to elect anyone in a general election. People who live in my world saw through the likes of Christine O’Donnell, and find Michele Bachmann laughable. O’Donnell could not win a general election, statewide. I suspect Bachmann could not win a statewide election in Minnesota, and certainly not be elected POTUS.
I don’t know about you, but I want a little more reality when it comes to Republicans I support. I want men and women running for office who realize that purity is a loser and you don’t harm the country to prove a point. I would truly like to see an IQ test for anyone running for office as a Republican. If so, I am sure certain men elected to the US Senate the last time around would be back in their non-board certified medical practice peddling badly made eye glasses.
Republicans are stupid. We are dumb. We have a tendency to think that people who play the political game are as decent and honest as are we. Because of our abject, trusting nature that makes us little more than bovine-like creatures to be led around by rings in our noses. We have been bullied for so long, and are so excited to see “new” people join our ranks, to grow our party that we have forgotten that there are intellectually dishonest people who pretend to agree with us. It has happened before, during the Clinton years. It is happening again, during the Obama years.
This Republican is NOT going to vote for any POTUS wannabe who is pandering to the Tea Parties to get elected in the primaries. If they think that the tea parties are the only Republicans out there, then they don’t need to be elected dog catcher.
You see, we are Republicans, too. We are the ones who are the back-bone of the party. We pay the dues, give the receptions, arrange the fund-raisers, and get people out to vote. The tea partiers may pretend to be a part of this, but they are not. We would love to have them, but they must grow up and learn to play fair with everyone else. If not, we will continue to marginalize them as the spoiled brats that they are. Any POTUS candidate who continues to identify with them is also going to be marginalized.
If people who want to run for office as a Republican and think they can do so by slamming George W. Bush, well they can forget about that 35% GOP base. We are his staunch supporters. We are the people who still believe in his vision of the greatness of American, freedom, and the spread of democracy the world over.
We are the ones who continue the real GOP fight. We also know the dribble promoted by the extreme right, about the bank bailout is a lie. Do you know that much maligned program has actually netted something like a $23 billion dollar profit for the federal government? How much did the right manage to cut from the budget? Try MAKING $23 billion for a change. That is what GWB did with his bank bailout.
The real problem with the far right, the libertarian “right”, and the libertarian backed tea parties is they think our best days are behind us. They no longer believe in the greatness of this nation. They are so limited by their limited version of limited government, that they limit the greatness of America. They don’t understand that we are a glorious experiment created by a group of all too human men (no girls allowed, it was an all boy’s club) who were making things up as they went along.
We live in a remarkable country. It is an amazing melting pot of many cultures that has made us the annoying, crass, brash, elephant in the china shop that we are. We are not subtle. We want French’s mustard on our hot dogs, not dijon – and load it with onions, please. For dessert we want old fashioned apple pie, then watch a baseball game. (No soccer allowed, please). We drive big cars, fast. And, we’re not cheap.
That is the real problem with the extreme far libertarian right. They are cheap. They are two-bit pinny pinching naysayers who lack the gregarious generosity of that great can-do American spirit. Like the staunch Calvinists who first occupied New England, it is not “can do” but “can don’t”.
Americans don’t like “can don’t”.
This is where the tea parties, and the pathetic POTUS pachyderm pretenders are getting it all wrong. Quit acting like liberals, telling us what we can’t do. Open your eyes and see just what we can do. Stop being so selfish with your approval. Stop worshiping the self-centered, perverted philosophy of someone like Ayn Rand and start celebrating the real Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Our best days are not behind us. Our best days are to come. We are the most generous, remarkable group of screw-ups the world has ever know. In our own fumbling way we come together to help our neighbors when wild fires threaten their home. We step in and find wedding gowns for brides who have lost their homes and families in a flash flood. We give so much blood a vampire could get punch-drunk just stepping into a small town hospital.
We are bright enough to know that you need traffic lights because there’s always some idiot who is going to run a four way stop. We like giving money to bums and panhandlers because it makes us feel good. We want our kids to have a decent education and be able to get away with a little mischief along the way.
And – we don’t want soccer rammed down our throats.
We are a baseball nation.
Real Americans don’t sit around sipping expensive wine with every conversation. Got a beer? We drink iced tea, sodas, and put salt on our deep fried union rings. Real people don’t have intellectual conversations about the state of the economy, and the philosophy of monetary policy. We’re too busy complaining about the price of gas, and how much more you can save shopping at Target instead of Walmart.
Normal people who have quite a bit of wisdom don’t mind paying taxes that support our firefighters, cops, and decent schools. We don’t worship political figures. We’re too busy talking about life. We don’t begrudge our cops and firefighters (who have recently saved our homes) from getting a decent pension. Because we are fair, we understand that there are rules of civilized behavior that include living up to contracts and agreements. We don’t want subscription fire departments.
The average American understands we are fighting a war against radical Islam. We also understand that not all practitioners of that religion are evil. We don’t like to see any religion slammed, including our own. As a Christian, I am sick and tired of Spring Spheres, winter festivals, and having merchants ram Christmas sales down my throat before Halloween is over! Do they think we are that stupid?
I want fireworks on the Fourth of July and a real Christmas. I try not to patronize anyone who says “Happy Holiday”. If I don’t defame the faith of others, then I want to live in the old fashioned America where my faith is allowed. While I might joke about politics, I don’t malign people to their face. If my gay friends wish to live together, they God Bless Em’.
You see, I am a normal American, believe it or not. I’m not part of the fringe. I’m not part of the extreme. I don’t go to political rallies an meetings because I don’t have time. I’m too busy. You won’t find me carrying a sign begging not to be tread upon. I’m not going to lead a tax revolt. I’m simply going to vote. If I’m unhappy, I pick up the phone and call the office of my Senator or Congressman. If I’m terribly unhappy, I will no longer vote for them.
As a “normal” person I have friends, family, and associates who do not look like me, do not worship as do I, don’t vote like moi, and don’t do what I tell them to do.
- I am a Republican.
- I am a Christian.
- I am an Episcopalian.
- With the exception of 1 great-grandfather, my family was here by the end of the 1600.
- I am a member of the DAR.
- I have so durn many “patriot” ancestors it is almost an embarrassment.
- I am related to so many Founding Fathers it is also an embarrassment.
- With the exception of the Froehlichs, who were German, all of my ancestors hail from England, Scotland and Wales.
- I have at least 4 Mayflower ancestors.
- One of my best friends is a Democrat (we do not discuss politics).
- I have an “adopted” sister who is Muslim, from India (we do not discuss religion).
- I have dear friends who are a gay couple (we can talk about anything).
- One of my dearest friends is a naturalized America from Mexico.
- My sister and I were “raised” by an absolutely wonderful African American women we loved as much as we did our grandparents. Mae was Jehovah’s Witness. Neither her race nor faith made a difference in how we loved her and she loved us.
- My parents best “couple” friends are Jewish. Nancy hid our Christmas presents in the trunk of her car and my mother hid Karen’s Hanukkah presents in the trunk of our car. Jerry (retired) is one of Lindsey’s law partners and one of his mentors.
- My ex-brother-in-law is a physician.
- My other “sister” is a teacher (a very good one).
- My sister is owned by a small business.
- My father is a small business person, a WWII vet, and a Child of the Depression.
- I am overweight.
- My parents are elderly, in poor health, and live with a Medicare supplement.
- My oldest niece is a liberal (we NEVER discuss politics).
- I drive an SUV.
- I love baseball.
- My sister’s god-son is Hindu.
- I have very dear friends who are from China (registered Republicans).
- My Chinese friends are Buddhist.
- I have friends from Canada.
- I even have friends from Texas!
- I have friends who are supporters of the Cowboys and not the Earps. (We argue all the time).
- I even have friends who are “minutemen” and we NEVER discuss immigration reform.
- My brother is an Iraq vet. His sons have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- I have a cousin who was a big shot test pilot and broke the sound barrier early on.
- I have an uncle who has been divorced 3 times.
Why do I list all of this? It’s quite simple. I am a NORMAL American. I am friends with whom I wish to be. No one tells me that I cannot be friends with my Democrat friend. No one tells me I can’t be friends with my gay friends. No one tells me I cannot associate with my friend from Mexico. I refuse to allow anyone to denigrate or treat badly my dear friend who is Muslim. I will never allow anyone to speak ill of my friends who are Buddhist.
This is what real America is.
People who require “purity” of thought, religion, and association in “real” America are considered extremists and bigots. They are usually thought to be not quite right. Normal Americans have a tendency to view those who demand purity of thought, religion, and association as someone to avoid.
This is the real America.
If we associate with Democrats and liberals in our daily lives, why do we all allow people who demand “purity” in politics to dominate the conversation. It is not indicative of real America.
In real America my Democrat friend and I work together constantly. We have literally been through life and death together. I trust and honor her and she trusts and honor me. I may banter back and forth with her Democrat husband, but that is because he views politics the way I do – as a game.
No one is going to tell me I cannot associate with my friend because she is a Democrat. If this is the case, how dare conservative and liberal purists demand our members of the House and Senate not associate with those who are either liberal or conservative.
That is not rational. It does not reflect real America. It reflects only the petty and pathetic demands of a handful of very irrational and malicious individuals who are not mature enough to comprehend that in order for people to get along in this world, they must get along and co-operate.
When a Republican works with a Democrat, it is not betrayal.
When a Democrat works with a Republican it is not betrayal.
It is normal and rational.
It is the way real Americans behave in their daily lives.
That was the greatness of Ronald Reagan.
He had the ability to work with liberal, conservatives, Democrats, and Republicans. He was disliked by the far right as much as he was disliked by the extreme left. He understood real America. He had the common touch of being able to connect with people, all people. He respected everyone, their political views, and their opinions. He did not denigrate people. He believed in the abject greatness of this nation and the American people.
George W. Bush is the same way.
The far right pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and the like get it all wrong with their worship of Reagan. He was not great because he was a conservative. His success and his greatness were because he understood that in order to be great, in order to be a leader, he had to work with everyone. You never heard Reagan denigrate anyone.
George W. Bush is the same way.
It is why the far right, the tea partiers, libertarians, Ron Paul Bots, John Birchers, and their handlers are doomed to failure. It is why Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are doomed to failure.
The far right talking heads think it is about being conservative. That is NOT what it is about. It is about being NORMAL.
Normal, average people are basically conservative about most things.
The one thing that is going to ultimately doom the far right, the talking radio heads like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Ingraham, and the tea parties is quite simple and logical. They are so certain that the “right” people are always far right, that they have managed to forget human nature. We are not all right and we are not all left. We are somewhere in the middle. Most of us are a little to the right of the middle.
We’re like Goldilocks to the Three Bears.
We don’t want anything too hot, or too cold. We want it just right.
We don’t want anything too soft or too hard. We want it just right.
We don’t want it too big or too small. We want it just right.
We want it just little bit right.
What we don’t want is the constant pandering. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of cowards who are constantly being bullied by the far right. They don’t win. The man or woman who has the courage to stand for the right of center is the real winner.
It happens time and time again. Candidates must go far right and far left to appeal to the fringe who make up part of the primary electorate. In order to win, though, they must moderate and go to the center. I don’t know about you, but to me this is pandering.
I expect Republicans who vote for a candidate top:
- Be informed
- Intelligent enough not to require pandering
- Logical enough to understand that no one is perfect
- Wise enough to want men and women who are capable of thinking for themselves
- Honorable enough not to require absolutes
- Frank enough to tell candidates what they want
- And decent enough to require standards in a candidate
- Intellectually honest
I expect Republicans who are running for office to be honest enough to tell the truth about their background. I want them to understand that there are more people in the GOP than libertarian tea partiers. I want them to be honest about their agenda. I also want them to understand they work for me, and not for the tea party, and not for people who live out of state.
It is time for the GOP to understand that we are under assault by a group of political operatives who are blatantly dishonest about their agenda. Unable to win as Libertarians they are pretending to be Republicans in order to get their people elected. They are switching parties in a well planed and orderly manner, in order to manipulate primaries.
They are rude, arrogant, and do not tell the truth about their actual numbers. They use the same tactics as did the Obots, using different identities, and over-inflating their numbers. They attack Republicans. Their tactics including demoralizing, crashing web sites, and intimidation of Republicans. They will attempt to destroy anyone who disagrees with them.
They are not the Republican base.
If our candidates and elected officials can comprehend that the real GOP base is made up of normal Americans who do not demand purity or perfection, only an honest attempt to do what is right and wrong, we would get more of them elected. When 100% purity is demanded, we ALWAYS lose.
Maybe it’s time we NORMAL Americans, and the GOP base turn off the talking radio heads (with the exception of Michael Medved) and turn off FOX News and simply pay attention to what is really going on in the world.
There is more to the GOP than Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and the scant handful of men and women who give allegiance to the tea parties. There are some very good men and women out there who are intellectually honest. Like John Boehner, Lindsey Graham, Tom Coburn, and John McCain they are stalwart, decent people who are just trying to do what is right.
I want more people like this in office. Don’t you?
The REPUBLICAN CREED
I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity, not security,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream and
build, to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to
guaranteed security, the thrill of fulfillment
to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master,
save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and
unafraid. To think and act for myself, enjoy the
benefit of my creations; to face the whole world
boldly and say, “I am a free American.”
I’m a Republican Because…
I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.
I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.
I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.