Why It Is Not Necessary For Dino Rossi To Defeat Patti Murray

In 1992, with the help of the Seattle Times, PI, Everett Herald, Newsweek and Time, the mainstream Republicans were successful in recruiting democrats for Precinct Committee Officers in Snohomish County, Washington for the express purpose of ousting a notorious Central Committee Chairman. His crime: pushing the Party to stand true to its principles and publicly chastising elected politicians who did not.

For years, the GOP had been the minority party – and it appeared the upper end of the party were satisfied to remain that way, as long as they kept their seat at the table. The one message the ousted chairman preached was if the Republicans ever became the majority party, they would not be in a position to lead.

In 1994, that theory was tested, as the Democratic Party was run out of DC on a rail. With the Contract For America, and the rising tide of conservative speech, it appeared that lowly chairman had been a misguided voice of doom. But it took less than a year to prove him right. The conservatives were soon beat down by the liberal media. Instead of remaining faithful champions of their cause – the reason the people elected them in the first place, they slowly migrated into the party of conservative big government.

While I do not believe George W Bush was as bad a president as the public mantra would attest, I fault him for this: his refusal to confront Congress allowed the reigning party to further evolve into supporters of bigger government and the party of big spenders – in the name of conservatism. Had he held the members of his party in check, we would have never seen the crazy-talk election of 2008 and the victory of a no-name to the head office of the free world.

It appears we are at a similar crossroads again as we faced in 1992. We have a minority party, harassed by the media that, with few exceptions, is unwilling to stand up and proclaim its core principles. The goal is still the same: to win elections. To this end, the Republican Party is now reaching out to all political, immoral and religious tides that appear to have momentum at the cost of principle – long held, grassroots principles.

Please explain to me how winning elections will promote the cause of freedom.

This lowly has-been maintains, as he has always maintained, the important thing is to stand true to principle – and declare it to the masses. Once the principles are understood, elections will take care of themselves. Our responsibility is to protect our God-given rights and our heritage of Biblical law. It is God’s responsibility to “win” the elections.

Now comes Dino Rossi into the race for the senate seat occupied by Patti Murray. He is a conservative – at least he claims to be. In his earlier years, he appeared more conservative than he does now. However, while serving as a Washington State Senator, Dino Rossi supported and voted for SB6537, which forces health care workers to prescribe or dispense an abortifacient to victims of rape and incest. In fact, Dino Rossi publicly supports abortion for victims of rape and incest – as if killing an unborn child resolves the crime. Who instructed this man on justice?

With every election cycle, Dino has evolved to the left – though, to his credit, he is still in the middle. This election cycle, he has avoided right-wing appearances, such as Tea Party rallies and has distanced himself from his conservative base while reaching out to the Rational, Reasonable Republicans – that is, the RINOs.

When his primary opponent dropped the gauntlet that Rossi support the principles of the Republican Party Platform, Rossi refused to pick it up. Of course, the media and talking heads accuse Didier of creating division. We need to remember, just as Christ said He did not come to bring peace but a sword, so standing for principle will appear to divide – but the division is created by those who refuse principle to promote themselves.

The GOP, for that matter, the conservative cause – the cause of freedom – is at the same crossroads as pre-1994. The nation is in turmoil and confused by the multitude of talking heads. This is the time for statesmen to rise up and champion the cause of freedom. We need statesmen who are willing to sacrifice their own election to get their message out. If we become sold on the strategy of winning elections and majorities, we will sacrifice the cause of freedom.

What if we get a majority GOP elected to Congress – what could possibly be bad about that? Remember Bill Clinton was such a left-wing, radical president that the people turned the Democratic Congress back over to the Republicans two years into his term. This Congress did not lead on principle though they did contend with him politically. Yet, Clinton was so artful in his handling of them that he appeared to be a compassionate liberal-conservative and easily won reelection. If we repeat this process, Obama will handily win reelection in 2012.

So, I posit the theory, this election is not the cycle to work for majorities. This is the time to work for principle – elect those who will stand up for freedom, majority or not. If there is no conservative contender, let the rest stay in place. This will set the tone for freedom’s cause in 2012.

If we elect those who, like Dino Rossi, are only interested in their careers, we will be promoting more big government at the expense of our cause and these members will be entrenched and immune from true conservative contenders in future elections. Therefore, it is better to allow Patti Murray another six years – let the people see the difference between her and the conservative message, rather than allow a weak, big government conservative to create confusion and turn the people against the cause of freedom.

As it stands right now, there is not a lot of public difference between what Patti Murray and Dino Rossi appear to be – they both frame themselves as centrist. Put your efforts into electing conservative statesmen that will not be ashamed to display their differences. This will eliminate all confusion for the election cycle of 2012 – which is the campaign we must win.

About the author: cominus

Cominus is the pen-name for Dean Isaacson. He was chairman of the Snohomish County Republican Central Committee (Washington) 1990 to 1992. He conducted legal research for the late Supreme Court Justice William C. Goodloe for several years and led Judicial Forum for many years. Now, he is a crazy kinda guy who spends most his time doing cold calls. He plays his harmonica in the truck because people don't want to listen to him practice - but his dog, Miles (black dachshund), loves to sing along. He is passionate about being passionate because everyone is really into passionate these days but tires easily and hides behind emails. His core belief is you will choose to serve God or you will serve the state - tyrants, as William Penn called it.

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  1. theoberg4
    Posted 11 Sep 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    In Arizona the primary election for the Republican Party Senate seat was between John McCain, JD Hayworth, who once sat as a Representative and was voted out, and an unknown, Jim Deakin, a Constitutional Conservative who freely admitted he was an Independent running on the Republican ticket.

    I was at a meeting where the contenders were being discussed. Everyone wanted to see McCain lose his seat, but they dared not vote for Deakin because this would weaken, in their opinion, the only hope of getting McCain out by dividing up the Hayworth vote.

    I only wish those same people had seen this posting ahead of our primary AND believed in what you had to say. You are so very ON target!!

    Keep up the good work.

  2. theoberg4
    Posted 11 Sep 2010 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    PS: I love your Solomon comment.

  3. Posted 11 Sep 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    The Solomon comment has been in the header for the past five years – unnoticed by most all. With the new design, it probably has a better chance of being read. Do you like the new site design? (There is a link to the old design in the menu – upper right).

    Also, would appreciate it if my sister would press the “like” button!

  4. Posted 20 Oct 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    I hungout last night at a small Rossi event a Irish pub near my house. Was able to spend a good 10 minutes directly talking with Dino. Thus, I am extremely confident in my vote for him!

  5. Posted 20 Oct 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Jeff – a couple of drinks would help me ease up on Dino, too!

    Most importantly: the point of the article is not whether Dino is competent to handle the job. The fact is Dino has demonstrated his disdain for conservatives this election cycle by distancing himself from conservative principles and even tea-parties. His public voice is and will continue to confuse the people regarding conservative principles. In 2010, we need candidates who are not afraid to articulate conservative principles – who do not water the principles down and do not hide, or cower, behind compassionate rhetoric – majority party or not! Any less, we lose in 2012 and in the long run.

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