This morning, I read a piece on Bearing Drift where Brian, the author, calls for party unity in the Republican Party. Specifically, he points to the 29th House of Delegates district in Virginia where some supporters of Delegate Mark Berg have openly declared that they will be writing in Berg’s name as opposed to voting for the Republican who defeated him in the June primary. The writer is upset that Delegate Berg has not publicly denounced this grassroots plan. Chris Collins, the Republican candidate in the 29th is running unopposed in the general election.
Unfortunately, this sort of thinking is all too common in the Republican Party these days. Support the party no matter what! It doesn’t matter what the candidate stands for, at the end of the day all Republicans must support him!
I think back to my expulsion from the local GOP over a year and a half ago. And it’s true, although I was member of the Republican Party (and a former employee of the state party), I began to openly oppose Republicans who I felt didn’t represent my values. When I was removed, I got into a discussion with one of the local leaders about the situation. I said that we needed to support strong conservatives and libertarians who stood up for the Creed of the Virginia Republican Party. She disagreed declaring that “a good Republican” was one “that supports all of the Republican candidates”. What an unfortunate state of affairs. Think about what is being said. Where a candidate stands, what his or her principles and ethics are doesn’t really matter. All Republicans are expected to support the Republican nominee…no matter what.
Yes, I supported Delegate Berg in the 2015 primary even though I didn’t live in the district and I took off part of the day to campaign for him at the polls. In response, my state senator’s former legislative assistant, an entrenched establishment Republican, began attacking me on Facebook saying that it wasn’t right for me to help a candidate I believe in because I wasn’t a member of the party any longer. That’s funny. I thought we lived in a nation where we still enjoyed freedom of speech and freedom of association. Do you think he would have complained if I had aided Berg’s establishment backed opponent?
What I’ve noticed is that the establishment calls for party unity when they want to get their hack of a candidate elected, but have no problem leaving principled people high and dry. The driving motivation of some people is to elect members of their party and, unfortunately, it really doesn’t matter what these people stand for. In fact, it is better if they are ruled by their ambitions rather than ideology for these people will be more likely to avoid controversy because they will do whatever the party leadership in Richmond or Washington tells them to do. They feel that they must keep the conservatives and libertarians quiet and under a tight leash or the leaders could be exposed as the frauds they are. Party unity in the GOP is a joke. A sad, pathetic joke.
Although I certainly have policy disagreements with Dr. Ben Carson, I think he hits the nail on the head with his quote, “the problem with Washington is that we’ve all become Democrats and Republicans instead of Americans. Everything is aimed at enhancing a political position instead of strengthening America.”
Make whatever jokes about the Libertarian Party you like, but recently the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida resigned instead of supporting a potentially fascist Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate. Are there many Republican Party leaders who would do likewise if placed in a similar situation?
At this point frankly, I don’t care if the Republicans or the Democrats control Congress. Speaker John Boehner made it abundantly clear that he would sell-out the grassroots and punish principled legislators who tried to hold him to account. Will his replacement be any better? In addition, I don’t care which of the two parties wins control of the Virginia Senate in the 2015 elections. What I do care about is electing men and women who will boldly and unreservedly stand up for my principles and who are more worried about advancing liberty and limiting the size and scope of government at all levels instead of pleasing the party bosses and maintaining their power base for as long as possible.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If I lived in the 29th House of Delegates district, I would write in Delegate Mark Berg on November 3rd. Then again, maybe I have the freedom to say such things because I’m a liberated former Republican.
One reason why this country is so screwed up is that politicos have forgotten that principles should guide political parties and not the other way around. Want to know why outsiders are currently leading in the Republican presidential primaries? It’s because honest, hard-working Americans are sick of this “party first” crap. Given their current disdain for him, will the establishment remember this call for unity next year and rally behind Donald Trump if he becomes the party’s nominee? I’m glad I have liberty to make that decision for myself.