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My two cents: The problem(s) with the Republican Party

Shield-Two-Cents-ReverseNever before has a political party been so primed to gain so much during the mid-term election cycle and has the politically determined to squander it away. In this important mid-term election, the statistics indicate that the Republican Party can increase its hold on the House of Representatives and gain control of the Senate. In fact, the same polls indicate that the Republican Party could even continue the political sweep and increase its governorships, state legislative margins, and even the presidency in the 2014-2016 election cycle. History indicates there are several reasons why this could easily happen, beginning with the publicly displayed dissatisfaction that the American public has towards the Obama administration. This dissatisfaction comes from apparent failures in both domestic and foreign policy.

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The election cycle the GOP died

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Over the past six years I have questioned the Republican Party’s national leadership.  It began with the nomination of Senator John McCain as the party’s nominee for President of the United States. Yes, Senator McCain is a national hero and served his nation during a time of war when that particular war was extremely unpopular.  Yes, Senator McCain is a former prisoner of war and is someone to be honored.  Yes, he has served in the Senate for a number of years and no doubt possesses an understanding of the legislative processes of our national government. Yet with all those “qualifications” heralded by the Republican National Committee establishment he was unable to defeat the most inexperienced president the United States has had in modern times.

In the mid-term elections of 2011 something exciting happened within the halls of Congress – conservative candidates selected by a growing grassroots movement were sworn into their respective positions in the House and Senate. These candidates were not hand selected by the establishment within the Republican and in some cases, did not have the financial backing of the vast financial resources of the Republican Party.  Listening to the political commentary originating from the party establishment, it was obvious that they did not believe true conservatism had a chance at winning elections.  The establishment pointed to “grassroots” candidates such as Christine O’Donnell and others as being politically too weak to win elections and even gloated  when she lost, highlighting that the Republican National Committee alone knew how to pick candidates that would be able to beat Democrats.  They ignored grass-roots selected and elected members of Congress such as Representatives Ted Cruz, Sandy Adams, Dianne Black, Bill Cassidy, Jeff Duncan and thirteen others that brought with them a mandate directly from the people and not from the Republican establishment.

Karl Rove, Reince Priebus, and other career politicians that are the core leadership of the GOP establishment have moved the Republican Party away from its traditional political base and with no debate, have shifted to a platform that appears to be a Democratic Party Lite version.  Gone from the national GOP platform are the demands for smaller national government, less taxes, development of domestic energy sources, pro-life (both from an abortion and euthanasia stand) and determination to bring industry back to the nation.  In its place is a new agenda that is more progressive with the only real difference between it and the Democratic Party platform is who would be in charge of implementing the numerous progressive ideas.  The party establishment appears to support the concept of a larger, more intrusive national government (among these supporters was President George W. Bush), the acceptance of higher personal and corporate taxes, a commitment to maintaining a bloated national government, an unwillingness to address welfare reform, and immigration reform that appears to offer everything as a means to gain votes.  The Republican Party, under the leadership and influence of Karl Rove, appears to be interested in being in control of a progressive agenda instead of being opposed to it.

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The upcoming midterm election should be a sure-win for the Republican Party; however, the party bosses have declared war on the Tea Party – the part of the Republican Party that allowed the ascension of Congressman John Boehner to Speaker of the House.  The establishment, however, has already indicated that grassroots Tea Party candidates could cost the Republican Party the control of the House and more than likely assure that the Senate remains in the hands of the Democrats.  Instead of having an honest dialogue to address the concerns of the Tea Party movement, the GOP establishment sees them as a political threat. In a recent article on Breitbart, it was noted that political contributions to the GOP establishment Super PACs amounted to nearly $7 million with contributions to Super PACs lead by Karl Rove bringing in another $6.1 million. The top three major conservative PACs were able to raise a combined total of nearly $20 million; a smaller conservative Tea-Party PAC, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, was able to raise roughly $6.4 million, eclipsing the financial contributions of the three Rove-oriented Super PACs.

The fear mongering being used for the sole purpose of building the party establishment war chest shows how out of touch the national party leadership is with its base.  Over the past few election cycles, the base of the Republican Party has asked for a national discussion on conservative real world solutions to problems faced by the nation.  The conservative base has wanted the Obama administration to answer the tough questions on Fast and Furious, the Benghazi attack, the IRS scandal, the apparent racial double standards of the Department of Justice, the icy diplomatic relations with Great Britain and Israel, behind closed-door agreements with China, Russia, and the apparent decline in prominence in America’s role in the United Nations.  Instead of holding an honest dialogue, the conservative base has been painted as out of touch with mainstream society and has been accused of being radical by both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party establishment.  By demonizing the conservative base, the establishment hoped to win the support of moderates under the premise that Republicans need the moderates to win elections.

The 2011 midterm elections was the beginning of a war within the Republican Party to see who will control the defining elements of the party.  If the establishment is successful in expelling the Tea Party faction from its base, a third-party will form with conservatism at its center.  It will become the new opposition party to the Liberal leaning Democratic Party machine and will overtake the Republican Party as espousing the ideals that made this nation great.  If the establishment loses and the Tea Party does manage to take control of the Republican Party, the two-party system will remain with the Republican Party again being an opposition party to the Liberal agenda (I doubt this will happen as the leadership seems bent on destroying the party rather than to allow conservatives to win control).  Either way, the current party establishment will lose because the base has demonstrated since the 2011 election that if the party leadership will not listen to its conservative base, the base will take its money, its efforts, and its political support somewhere else that will.  The Republican Party needs its conservative base more than that base – the Tea Party – needs the establishment.

What the Virginia governor’s race means to conservatives

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Last night, I like a number of other conservatives, watched the poll results for the Virginia governor’s race with great anticipation. The election was much larger than the two candidates, Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R), for several reasons.  For the mainstream media, it had been billed as a referendum on the Affordable Care Act and as a showdown within the Republican Party between the extreme right and the more moderate Republican Party leadership.  Within the Republican Party, it was a wake-up call for grass roots conservatives  – the party leadership sent a message that it would rather lose elections than to support a conservative “Tea Party” leaning Republican than an establishment selected Republican candidate.

The election results were pretty close considering that Ken Cuccinelli had very little support from the national Republican Party.  After the final count last night, there were only three percentage points separating the two candidates – a far cry from the landslide that had been predicted for a McAuliffe easy victory (McAuliffe 48%; Cuccinelli 45%); McAuliffe, an Obama and Clinton campaign bundler, had access to a huge war chest of funds and the support of the Obama administration, but still should have been easily defeated had the Republican Party leadership provided the campaign support needed to assure a Cuccinelli victory.  Make no mistake about it, had the GOP leadership gone after Terry McAuliffe with a determination to defeat him, Cucinelli would have easily won; McAuliffe’s personal and political record speaks for itself.  Several websites chronicle the shady character of the now Governor-Elect of Virginia:

  • Terry McAuliffe Caught in Another Scandal – this article lists three separate scandals – one stretching back to the Clinton administration involving McAuliffe.

  • Do you really want this corrupt scam artist as governor? – not only does it provide additional documentation to the scandals reported in the above article, it links to three other articles citing McAuliffe’s numerous failed businesses and how he literally walked away with millions of dollars of investor funds and federal dollars in those business dealings.
  • Pro-Life Ken Cuccinelli Trails Pro-Abortion Terry McAuliffe by 7 in Virginia – although not exclusively focused on the scandals, it ties McAuliffe to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton as her leading choice for vice president.
  • Scandal Watch: Another Choppy Week for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia – This article states that in August 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began an investigation into one of McAuliffe’s failed business ventures, GreenTech.  The company was to begin production of low cost alternative fuel vehicles and had actually rented industrial space along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to construct the cars. After taking millions in Chinese investments and a generous grant from the Obama Administration, the company ceased “production” and became insolvent.  Involved with the plan was Hillary Clinton’s brother and to some extent, the State Department under then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

There are literally hundreds of sites  that include a combination of “traditional” media sites and blog sites that have fully explored the background of Terry McAuliffe.  If organizations like Reutuers, MSNBC, and even Fox News can report on his questionable ethics, ties to corruption, and SEC investigations, then this should have been an easy victory for the Republican candidate and the Grand Old Party.  As I watched the poll results last night, I immediately started asking myself why the party walked away from this election and left another Republican candidate to lose an election to an opponent that not only lacks the experience necessary to be a governor, but has serious moral and ethical questions about his conduct.

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