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.