The year was 1975. Former California Governor Ronald Reagan made the following oft-quoted statement to the annual CPAC national event:
"Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors, which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?"
Now, while Ronald Reagan was unable to unseat incumbent moderate Gerald Ford in 1976, he generated a tremendous amount of excitement. A grassroots passionate conservative movement began to take shape. A movement born in the fires of the painful Carter Administration which saw America lose strength, economic power, and pride in itself.
In 1980, Reagan rode the tide of conservatism created by the emphasis of those "bold colors" to a massive electoral landslide. The unelectable extremist governor ran the table on the left-wing big government policies of President Carter on election night. He won this massive victory by emphasizing his conservative philosophy and not as modern revisionists would suggest, by creating some sort of "big tent" that moderated the party.
Meanwhile, in 2008 we were told we needed to moderate our message in order to obtain victory in the election. We nominated a wishy-washy moderate media darling for president and watched him fail to engage the public. Defeat was certain. It was only when Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska (a conservative) was chosen as his running mate that his campaign showed any signs of life. In fact, on a recent stint on Sean Hannity's panel, Fox News Host Greta Van Susteren commented on the difference between the energy of Governor Palin and Senator McCain by saying that the crowds with McCain were so lacking in energy that she felt he "needed to play a song or something" to get the crowds involved. By contrast, she said that Palin energized the crowds like nothing she had ever seen.
Now, in 2009 the great GOP RINO purge has begun led by RINO Arlen Specter. The convictionless career politician from Pennsylvania demonstrated his own personal senility by stating the following as his reasoning for leaving the GOP:
"Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."
First of all, Senator, everyone knows that a vast majority of those folks who switched parties did so at the behest of El Rushbo as part of "Operation Chaos." That is why Pennsylvania voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary instead of the anointed one.
Secondly, saying that Ronald Reagan moved the party more to the left or somehow more open to left-wing wackos like Specter is laughable at best. Ronald Reagan expanded the party because he was inspiring, had a winning message that our nation embraced, and spoke to the better side of our nature as Americans. People joined him because he led. People joined him for his ideas. People joined him because he was a winner and people like to be associated with winners. They did not join him because they wanted to push a moderate or liberal agenda.
Thirdly, when weren't your political views more in line with the Democrats than the Republicans? The only thing the GOP could count on this disingenuous fraud for over his thousand years in the senate is a swift and violent knife to the back on virtually every issue of consequence.
The best thing Arlen Specter has done for the GOP is to leave. We can only hope that the gaggle of RINOs he usually cavorts in the media adoration with will follow his lead.
The loss of such proponents of socialism light will do nothing but strengthen the chances of the GOP in 2010 and 2012. The party needs to be unified and stand firmly wrapped in the bold colors of the conservative Reagan revolution. A party (or house!) divided against itself cannot stand. A GOP devoid of RINOS will allow the elephants to mop the floor with the jackasses in the general elections ahead.
America is again being led by left-wing radicals full of contempt for the very nation they claim to lead. Their negative limitations on the future of
America and knee-jerk reaction to having government solve every problem around is not a winning strategy. The President won largely on his media image and personality. When America has been punched in the face over and over again by this clown and his radical friends for 4 years, things will be different.
The GOP needs to embrace a strong, coherent and genuine conservative message. They need to elevate genuine, passionate conservative leaders to head the ticket. They need leaders who aren't ashamed to speak their mind. Leaders who don't poll test everything they say and who value leading and serving more than power itself. They need people who can relate to the people from which this government has been usurped by special interests, a propagandist media and liberal elites who loathe them.
The bold contrast in such a contest of ideas and leadership styles would highlight the best in America and the worst in America. There are many people who could carry this mantle, but for my money, I'm still looking to a certain Alaskan governor who has the ability to relate to every day people and passionately communicate conservatism in a genuine and heartfelt way.
If the RINOs insist on stampeding out of the GOP, let them go. They do nothing but try to fit an elephant peg into a donkey-sized hole. Without the baggage of the useless RINOS, the elephants can stampede the jackasses out of Washington and America will be better for it.