In a comment on another thread one of my long-time friends wrote, “When Bush won a second term, you wrote a blog post titled, “Better red than dead”. It was a clever turn on the original phrase. But it got me thinking. The way the phrase is structured suggests that you weren’t really quite as enamored with the Bush Administration as you seemed to be. But rather thought it was your only choice given the alternative.” His opinion was probably also influenced by this post, “Dear GOP: Give Me a Reason To Stay” where I recommend the GOP leadership to do unmentionable things with an object due to their idiotic stances regarding the NSA and Syria. My friend was sensing that I wasn’t happy with the Republican party.
I’m not. I absolutely hate it – at least the national party and its leadership in Congress. If I could, I’d take John McCain, Eric Cantor, John Boehner and any Republican senator who has served more than 2 terms, put them on a starship and send them to whatever planet Reince Priebus is from.
Like most people my opinions and beliefs evolve and change with time, and I choose a political party that reflects those opinions and beliefs rather than the other way around. Born a Democrat as I grow older lower taxes, smaller government and a stronger defense resonated with me more than they had in the past, so I switched my party affiliation to the GOP. But it’s becoming clear to me that the party in Washington has lost these ideals; worse they have lost touch with people like me who hold them.
So when I listen to Rand Paul or Ted Cruz I am surprised and amazed. These guys get me. They understand what it’s like to send your kid to a sub-par public school system, hope for the best, and pray that your ancestors forgive you for turning your back on a Catholic education. They sympathize with a guy who hears about twenty-somethings on disability who are too disabled to work but able enough to get pregnant, and seethes at an IRS and NSA run amok. They recognize that like most Americans I just want to be left alone to pursue life, liberty and happiness as the men who founded this country intended.
I have a child who is at the cusp of adulthood. I am terrified for his future. College has turned into an overpriced day care run by left wing zealots. Corporations ship jobs overseas and game the system in their favor by flooding Washington DC with cash. The wealthy are happy with the direction of the country as they pull up the ladder of success that got them there, proudly turning the meritocracy of the United States into the stratified class system of Europe. The medical system is imploding. Lifetime employment is now an oxymoron, bringing with it a sense of insecurity that hangs over your work everyday no matter how good you are at your job.
Where is my son going to learn the skills to succeed in life that I can’t teach him? What jobs will be there for him, ones that provide him a solid income while developing talents within him that he doesn’t know are there? Where is the medical system that my wife wants to practice in, one that pays her to spend the time her patients need? Where is the economic growth my community needs to help keep us all afloat?
These are all serious issues to me, yet the Democrats just right me off as a right wing lunatic. They are more concerned with erasing our national borders, keeping America one of only four countries in the world that performs late term abortions, and promoting marriage to gay people while discouraging it for everyone else. The GOP meanwhile is busy whining about a mainstream media that isn’t fair (it’s not – deal with it: Reagan did) and trying to prove they really aren’t all that bad really when it comes right down to it. Ignore those nasty tea party and libertarian people.
I don’t agree with Rand Paul’s isolationist philosophy, and I’m sure that when I look deeper into Ted Cruz’s ideas I’ll find some that I disagree with. And I won’t care because these guys understand that the GOP can only survive the way the Democrats have. The Democrats didn’t win in 2006, 2008 and 2012 by turning into Republicans. Instead they turned into the left wing lunatics they are which is just fine judging by the love my liberal friends on Facebook shower them with. They rose to power with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, not Republican-looking Dick Gephardt and Zell Miller. Similarly the GOP should skip GOP RINOs like NJ Governor Chris Christie in place of real GOP governors like Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
People identify more with the Tea Party than do liberalism. America remains a center-right nation one that is comfortable with more restrictions on abortion and fewer on guns than those within the Beltway think. Either Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are the future of the Republican Party or the party has no future. The sooner the GOP leadership wakes up to this fact, the better. In the meantime I will send my dollars directly to Rand Paul and Ted Cruz or any other candidate that reflects my opinions and concerns. The RNC and the national party leaders can go to hell.