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Tag: big tent
By JGillman, Section News
Truly a loss to the GOP if Betsy DeVos remains committed to her recent effort of removing Dave Agema from the position of Republican National Committeeman.
There was a reason he won the position in the first place; as someone who would hold TRUE to conservative Republican principles, and strengthen them in the national platform. While the establishment Republicans are decrying Democrats as "bad," Committeeman Agema was rebuilding the foundation so Republicans could say why. Real fiscal restraint, real solutions aimed at preserving families and traditions that have made this country great.
And the feeble sensibilities of an offended malcontent within the party continuously stirs up sympathy for the other side's (progressive Dems for those of you who remain unsure) point of view?
"Hey look at me! I am a Republican and I don't like your stand on what I like to do, so you better tolerate my perverse lifestyle or I will forever more divide the party until I get what I want! You can call it a big tent if you want."And like the 'Tasmanian Devil' of the cartoon world, shredding the bonds of good conservatives, and instilling doubt upon the conscience of a party that once at least as a promise, stood for decency and honor.
When moral restraint is removed in one way, it certainly follows that the caps are off in others too.
A sin is a sin is a sin, right?
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Cross-posted at http://perkypatriot.blogspot.com/
I am so tired of the divisiveness in the GOP right now. I'm not suggesting we check our principles at the door, all join hands and sing Kumbaya. I don't think we need to move closer to the center of the political spectrum. Nor do I think we need to move farther to the right. This isn't a line dance people - this is politics.
We don't need to all agree on the position of every single issue. I think our "platform" has gotten too big. We just need 2 or 3 main principles at the most that the majority of the party can agree with and rally behind an inventive, charismatic, strong candidate. For too long we have tried to please everyone in the big tent and it will NEVER happen. You cannot pander to factions within the party. If we try to stand for everything we will end up standing for nothing. We have to not only allow for diverse opinions, but relish in the idea of diverse ideals. Diversity allows for growth - which is what we desperately need.
The big tent party idea has worked in the past and can work again. Historically the big tent approach wins election. There is no need for everyone in the party to agree on all the issues. There shouldn't be a litmus test on single issues that determines whether or not someone can be truly considered a Republican. If we try to narrow our ideology and "get rid of the moderates" or force the far right to abandoned their principles we cannot win. Sure we might win a race or two with that approach but we cannot regain national power with that approach.
While we are at it, let's abandoned the term RINO. We are elephants - not rhinos. Let's just retire the term RINO. If you want to disagree with a position(s) someone takes, go ahead and disagree with the position(s) - but the name calling just has to stop. The name calling within our own party does not bring us closer to winning any elections nor does it help grow our depleted party numbers.
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