Eowyn has just posted on the very same subject here (GOP is Suicidal), and a darn good post if you ask me. We normally try not to do this to each other, or our readers, but I’m making an exception on this particular subject because I have been thinking about it all day and want to put my thoughts down for prosperity.
My first thought has to do with Newt Gingrich. I have finally reached a point where I no longer want Newt as an un-elected leader/spokesperson for Conservatism. He can go on and on all he wants for the Republican Party, but I do not want him confusing the Republican Party with Conservatism in any way. Newt may be smart, and he may be a nice guy, but his constant push for the “Big Tent” has turned me away from whatever he’s selling.
For me, it started a two or three years ago when he was taking part in a debate about Global Warming at some University in the South. I forget all the details, but he spent a good deal of time agreeing with Albert Gore. That debate opened my eyes to the real Mr. Gingrich. Although I have heard him explain, over and over about how the GOP needs to be more flexible, yada-yada-yada-big tent-yada-yada-yada, I never took him serious. Knowing he’s a smart guy, I figured he knew what he was doing. Geeez, was I wrong or what?!
So here’s my message to Newt…
There is a direct correlation between the “Big Tent” push in the GOP and the horrible mess that the party is in. However, as each day goes by, it seems to me that Conservatism is slowly being pushed out of the tent. Big mistake!
Conservatism is making a comeback. More accurately, it’s making a roaring comeback. If you don’t believe me just check out how many people showed-up in D.C. on 9/12. That huge crowd had Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and a little bit of everything representing those fired-up citizens. What drove those people to D.C. was an anger and frustration at our countries leaders that are digging a grave for the USA, and to top it off, the politicians want the citizens to pay for the shovels. Most of the 1.5 million people at that protest were there to support Conservative values, NOT a party! But for some odd reason you want to ignore this political oddity. The GOP no longer wants or even tries to promote Conservative values.
To me, it seems as if the Republican Party simply plays defense on every issue, never wanting to make waves or make anyone ‘uncomfortable’ by being in the forefront of a battle. If the “Big Tent” is so inclusive, then why are Conservatives Like Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin endorsing the Independent guy Doug Hoffman (who is now a member of the “Conservative Party”)? Let me answer this for you… because he’s a real Conservative. The competition, a woman calling herself a Republican is a Liberal and does NOT belong in the GOP. If she was a Conservative Republican she could have easily gotten the nod from some Conservative GOP leaders, but she’s not even close.
A final thought… There is a paradigm shift happening in the political landscape of America and it seems to be scaring the crap out of the Country Club Republicans. Because we are losing this country so fast, we have no choice but to take a stand. And every day that goes by see’s more and more people wanting to preserve the values and the respect this great nation deserves. These people are waking up and willing to take a stand to help save this country. The people are wanting to save and protect Conservative values and principles, so if the politicians in the Republican Party can’t get behind the movement, then please… move to the end of the line, we will take it from here!
Star Tribune Online
Pawlenty endorses Conservative Party candidate in NY election
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty waded into the politics of a New York special election for the U.S. House Monday by endorsing a Conservative Party candidate over the Republican candidate.
In a statement endorsing Conservatives’ Doug Hoffman over GOP Assemblywoman DeDe Scozzafava, Pawlenty said, “We cannot send more politicians to Washington who wear the Republican jersey on the campaign trail, but then vote like Democrats in Congress.”
The New York race has caused schisms within the party, with high profile Republican forces aligning on both sides.
Pawlenty’s involvement in the election far from Minnesota’s borders comes as the governor, who is not running for a third term, has been traveling the country and appearing to lay the groundwork for a 2012 presidential bid.
RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER