Monday, March 29, 2010
Ignoring Reagan while waiting on him
Some of the same ones say that the GOP needs to clean house, replacing liberals and moderates with more conservative candidates.
I don't disagree with either. And they are not mutually exclusive. But many are going about it the wrong way. And I've been guilty, too.
The conservative movement needs someone like a Ronald Reagan. Perhaps he ... or she ... is already there, just not yet fully realized. But, I have faith that it'll work out.
The other piece of the puzzle is getting conservatives in office. In Florida, for instance, everything is pointing to Marco Rubio winning the Republican nomination for Senate over that state's governor, Charlie Crist. And that's a good thing, since Rubio is the true conservative in that race.
But we need to be careful. We don't need to be criticizing Republicans already in office that aren't conservatives. You know. RINOs. Like GOP chairman Michael Steele. Or John McCain. Or Lindsey Graham. Or...
Now, I might be ruffling some feathers when I say don't criticize them. Because those Republicans are often criticized by other Republicans or conservatives.
I say again: we shouldn't be publicly criticizing the RINOs.
We should be following Ronald Reagan's example: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."
This isn't to say that RINOs get a pass. Rather, we need to be smart about how we replace them with conservatives. But we do need to replace them with conservatives.
But it would be just plain wrong to violate the teachings of Ronald Reagan while we seek out the next Ronald Reagan.
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