Tag: RINOs

Why Don’t Republicans DO Anything Once in Office?

 

I moved to the Illinois 10th Congressional District in 2003. My congressman Mark Kirk promoted himself as fiscally conservative and socially moderate and he was the perfect fit for for the district. He’d worked for the previous congressman John Porter. He served five terms in the House and one in the Senate (2001-2017). While he was a Senator, he had a bad stroke and is a retired politician after being defeated in 2016. Since then, the map for the 10th district has since been redrawn to make it more Democratic.

I normally wouldn’t repeat a private conversation, but since Kirk’s days as a politician are over it can’t hurt him. My wife worked as a volunteer in 2004 for a woman who was running for the Illinois Senate. In the process, she got to know many people working for the GOP township organizations and one told her of a conversation she had with Kirk before he ran in the 2000 primary. She basically tutored him on what positions he needed to hold to be a viable primary candidate; thus, his true opinions were to the left of his public positions.

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We joined the XXX Township Republican group when we moved to Town Y in the early 2000s. My wife became friendly with the Township’s administrative assistant. She knew well our local Republican congressman. When he was running for the R nomination, she coached him on acceptable positions. He was a typical fiscally conservative socially more […]

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High Road to Hell

 

shutterstock_116560858We frequently tell those who fail to recognize the importance of defending ourselves against radical Islam that “you may not be at war with radical Islam, but radical Islam is at war with you.” Yet many of us refuse to acknowledge a truth just as important but perhaps even more urgent: You may not be in a political war with the radical Left, but the radical Left is in a political war with you.

I openly concede that we have opponents who merely disagree with us on policy and fight us with ethical restraint, but almost none of them are in charge. Instead, the Democratic Party’s leadership and its supporting leftist organizations fall almost entirely under the direction of those who see us not as mere political opponents, but enemies. Whether or not you support gay marriage, if you pose any effective resistance to their overall agenda, you will be vilified. They care less about you being an actual racist than if you can be portrayed as one. It doesn’t matter if the GOP nominates Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, or drafts Jon Huntsman to run for president: the nominee will be torn apart and have his character assassinated with every underhanded tactic and rhetorical smear the media can possibly get away with. And yet, our response is much like the Left’s pathetic hopes to defeat Islamism by demonstrating how virtuous we are in comparison.

I understand the desire to not “go down to their level.” I also feel the pangs of conscience and dedication to truth and principle that constrain us. I’m aware of the danger of becoming too much like our enemies in our attempts to defeat them.

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Republicans like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and the rest of the Democrat-Lite Caucus are routinely referred to as RINO’s: Republicans In Name Only. But this term is inappropriate for a couple of reasons. First of all, Rhinos are actually tough, aggressive animals. You wouldn’t want to tangle with a wild rhinoceros. The complete opposite of […]

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Welcome to the Cocktail Party

 

Paul_Ryan_by_Gage_Skidmore_3Is Rep. Paul Ryan now an Establishment RINO squish? This piece in National Review explains that Ryan is now deemed unacceptable to lead House Republicans because of his past immigration stances. Yes, border security is paramount. Yes, this means that we should apply additional pressure on the Republican leadership to make sure they don’t try the “comprehensive” approach with President Obama.

But let’s be realistic. Obama has just over a year, and that isn’t going to happen. So the goal should be to find someone who can unify Republicans on a strategy that will force Obama to accept popular conservative positions (okay, not likely), as well as force Obama to defend unpopular leftist positions, thwart Obama’s executive ambitions, and create popular support for conservative policies. Ryan is uniquely qualified to do this.

If there are some conservatives who wince at this option, then they should offer a name of someone qualified to lead and not simply throw out past apostasies.

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One of my regular complaints about RINO tactics is how unimaginative and by-the-book they are, so by-the-book that everyone else has read and re-read that particular book so often that anyone paying attention is never surprised by tactics used from it.  Contrast that playbook with progressives.  Regardless of the merits of a particular issue raised […]

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A Surreal World

 

The temptation arises, when one has been away for too long, to unleash a tidal wave of prose that risks drowning all but the most hearty readers. And since, as Oscar Wilde observed, “I can resist anything except temptation,” I will do all I can to keep things snappy, but beyond that all bets are off. Besides which, my wonderful fiancé and her delightful mother are dining with a small group of Catholic ladies this evening, which gives me the perfect opportunity to relax with a delicious bowl of gumbo and a glass of smooth bourbon while trying to hone disparate thoughts for your enjoyment, or consternation, as the case may be.

I don’t know the extent to which my absence was conspicuous, but I, for one, certainly missed the company of the good people here at Ricochet. Now, lest you think I’ve been slouching into a full RNC-like stupor, and perhaps to help balance the productivity ledger, I should explain that I’ve spent the last six weeks or so finishing the book I swore to complete by the end of the year. The time to write being a precious and fleeting commodity, I elected to devote all of my energy to the book rather than split it between competing projects. A compilation of travel pieces, the book is pretty evenly divided between life as an over-the-road truck driver and life as an active duty military member deploying across the globe, with a few surprise chapters thrown in for good measure. The search is now on for a publisher.