Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Is The Republican Party A Mirage?

Last Time I Checked, This Was Still America. But If I'm Being Honest, That Was A While Ago...The Onion

  • As I've stated on several occasions, I'm not a Democrat, I'm not a Republican. I'm an independent conservative. And while I lean more toward Republican core values, I'm often amazed how often they mollify those values by being feckless, spineless and ineffectual.  We've witnessed a Republican candidate lose to an incumbent who many believe (including moi) had a pitiful record in his first four years in office. We've watched  their tepid opposition to the nominations of Chuck Hagel and that back-stabbing fraud, John F. Kerry.  We've also witnessed it close up with the debate on illegal immigration (I happen to be a legal immigrant). Even more disturbing, there are a core group of Republicans who also happen to be progressives. If you recall, Sen. McCain and a company of other progressives who had dinner with Pres. Obama in March immediately exited that tax payer funded dinner and started blasting away at the Tea Party backed Republicans like Rand Paul (After all, McCain and company are the political elite don't you know).

  • So I'm left to ask the question: Is the Republican Party a mirage? It's certainly a mystery to me, as I'm sure it is to many other Republicans and conservatives, how a party is unable to gain traction against an administration that is so incompetent. We're seeing evidence of that in all the domestic issues the Obama administration can't get a handle on and now in foreign policy (remember, it's the Obama administration that put its full backing of the Muslim Brotherhood that today is imploding in Egypt). And no where is the incompetence more evident than in the sticker shocks we keep seeing emanating from ObamaCare and the poor handling of the economy in the last 4+ years. This is an administration that should be on the ropes, but the Republicans continuously fail to land the knockout punch. If there's one thing you can say about Democrats and their progressive enablers, they never give up---never.
  • Fortunately for the Republican Party and conservatism, there are some real conservatives ready to jump into the ring. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, A. West, Nikki Haley, Mitch Daniels, Michele Bachmann, Scott Walker, up and coming Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C)), and Bobby Jindal come immediately to mind. Yes, I know Christie and Rubio will be in the mix. But any conservative worth his/her salt has to question whether those two are true conservatives. We're also three years away from the election. Who knows who else will emerge during the next three years. And for those who keep trying to write the obit for the Tea Party, think again. They haven't gone anywhere. They will be a major force to be dealt with in 2016.