Jul 07 2008

GOP Need Not Fear Moderate And Independent Conservatives

Published by at 8:15 am under 2008 Elections,All General Discussions

For some reason there are those on the right still trying to enforce purity of thought on the conservative coalition, and are willing to throw John McCain under the bus to ensure the GOP is rid of what some folks love to disparagingly refer to as RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). Being an Independent Conservative this purity putsch has never applied to me directly, though I have felt its heat on occasion. Anyway, it seems the new line is McCain must lose so the party can be “revived”:

Steven Greenhut argues that it’s time for the Republican Party to suffer a major defeat this year. The GOP has turned into (as one conservative who’s voting for Obama said) a “dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of ‘Weekend at Bernie,’ handcuffed to a corpse.”

As Greenhut points out, Thomas Jefferson once wrote that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” According to Greenhut, one can also take this sentence less literally; the GOP has turned into a party of zombies, of hacks; an electoral bloodshed is necessary to ‘refresh’ the party.

Suicide has never really been a proven path to rebirth. What these people want is a GOP that toes their line, not one that represents the broader views and opinions of conservative policies, if ‘conservative’ is defined as the opposite of ‘liberal’. To oppose high government taxes and meddling in personal decisions, conservatives offer a variety of opinions on a better way. Some on the Libertarian end of the conservative spectrum would argue government should be out of all efforts at a safety net. Others, like me, find the Bush prescription drug benefit a great step forward to minimizing the cost of the safety net and removing wasteful spending on emergency room care. 

Whose right? Who knows. History does tell me that the public safety net grew from two major events. The first was the abhorrent corporate abuses of humanity that arose during the dawning of the industrial age.  At that time Workers’ Rights was a real necessity. The second event was World War II, where a grateful nation outpoured its heart and thanks to all those who fought and sacrificed. It is not hard to see the argument for assisting a widow and her children because the husband/father was buried on some plot of foreign soil.

It is not important what view is right on a specific issue. What is important is we honor our fellow Americans who came before and sacrificed much to give us the most impressive free democracy the world has ever experienced. What is important is we let the people speak, and we do so with respect. And when we lose the debate we lose with respect and dignity, to reflect upon the process.

This excludes the idea of purity to a cause. It also excludes the idea of ‘punishing’ others for not agreeing with us – in any sense of the word. The GOP does not need to lose this election to satisfy anyone on the right. The only ones that works for is the antithesis of Conservatism: Liberalism and Socialism. What the GOP needs is people willing to work together and sacrifice to win some battles and progress and refine the Conservative vision. 

It is interesting that McCain, a maverick who shakes up the conservative views with differing ones, is considered a danger to ‘reviving’ the GOP. One would think he is just what the doctored order, if the plan is to generate new ideas not typically held by the conservative leaders. Yes, we need new blood, new ideas and new common ground to fight together on. Because the one thing that Bush did was win all the big battles, and by extension removing the common ground of the broader conservative movement from the field of battle! When he was done, we had most of all that the conservative coalition could agree on done.

Now we need to adjust and move forward. Splintering and losing ground is not the answer – at least not a viable one.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “GOP Need Not Fear Moderate And Independent Conservatives”

  1. Toes192 says:

    So Obama will appoint all conservative judges
    after 4 years, he will not be re-elected
    will not run away in Iraq
    with huge Dem majorities in Congress is likely to pass irreversible societal laws….etc

    Or did I miss that part of the argument for making a stand for Republican purity?

  2. WWS says:

    I looked up some of Steven Greenhut’s columns, just to see what kind of “conservative” he is. Now I don’t necessarily look down on libertarians; I share a lot of ideas with people who choose that label. However, there’s also the kind like Stan Jones, who turned himself blue out of fear of Y2K. (fascinating and incredibly weird story about an incredibly weird man)


    Stan Jones found just enough fellow nutcases in Montana to end Conrad Burns Senate tenure and give the Montana race to the dems in 2006. And of course there’s the Paulbots who actually hate most conservative values while pretending to be conservative. (Bob Barr is similar, but he’s too personally ambitious to be a Paulbot, an odd character trait for someone as inept as Barr.) Greenhut, among other things, is a dedicated Paulbot who wants the country to suffer for not seeing the Wisdom of a Ron Paul presidency. He regularly posts articles over at LewRockwell.com.

    Here’s a column from a few months back where Greenhut called McCain a “straigh talking warmonger”. Nice.


    Greenhut favors instant surrender, everywhere. Here’s an article where Greenhut accuses American troops of routinely committing War Crimes.


    Some conservative, huh?

    Greenhut hates everyone, and in truth he hates this country just as much as Osama bin Laden does. He has this warped fantasy idea of what he and he alone thinks this country should be, and if we can’t live up to HIS ideals he want’s to see this country destroyed.

    In other words, a complete moron who should be deliberately ignored.

  3. Stix says:

    I am with you on this one AJ. I think that McCain is somewhat a thorn in the side of conservatives in general, but he is champion of many conservtive thoughts and policies. I would have wished we had a different candidate, I was a Fred Head. But after the primaries, it is time to join together and further the conservative cause. And even if I do not like McCain that much, he is a lot better than anything the Socialists that took over the Demcrat Party can put out there.

  4. Toes192 says:

    Forgot to tell you, AJ, but I am a Denver Bronco football fan….
    So, as they are not doing so well in the playoffs the last few years, shall I boycott the rest of the playoffs? Being a purist has its disadvantages… BUT I am warming up to Tony Romo so there is hope for me.