by Robert Arvay
The Republican Party is divided. There are actually now TWO Republican Parties, loosely united under one brand name, and loosely united by a common enemy, the Democrats.
But that supposed unity is fragile.
Newt Gingrich demonstrated that the other day in his denunciation of Paul Ryan’s alternative to Obama-Care. And even though Newt apologized, there is little doubt that a very great many old guard Republicans agree with him that we should “go easy” (my words, not Newt’s) in opposing Obama’s ruinous policies.
Newt’s rejection of Paul Ryan’s plan is a warning signal. In order to understand how deep the division is in the Republican Party, let’s go back a few months to the election in New York congressional district 23.
In that election, the Republican Bosses nominated Dede Scozzofava, a liberal Republican who was the favorite of the old guard Republicans, and also the favorite of Newt Gingrich, who publicly supported her.
Scozzofava was opposed not only by a Democrat, but also by a Conservative Party candidate who was vastly more popular among the voters than was Scozzofava. The stupidity of the Republican Party bosses, and of Gingrich, was revealed when Scozzofava threw her minority support to the DEMOCRAT, who then won the general election. Scozzofava defined what we mean by the pejorative term, RINO, Republican In Name Only.
After that fiasco, Newt Gingrich admitted his obvious mistake. But did he truly learn from it? It seems not. His opposition to the Ryan plan is almost a repeat of his thinking in the NY23 blunder. Once again, Gingrich is running away from taking a strong, principled conservative stand, in favor of what he THINKS is a smart strategy on technical political grounds.
Newt THINKS that strong conservative principles cannot win elections. Worse yet, he thinks that the republic can survive without embracing those strong conservative principles. It can’t. The Democrats have inflicted more damage on the nation than can be repaired by any RINO bandaid. We may not yet need radical surgery, but even so, we must— we absolutely must— go cold turkey on our national addiction to deficit spending and reckless borrowing. Half measures will no longer suffice.
But there are dangers to going cold turkey.
The danger is that it may result in a divided Republican party. The risk involved in that, is that it can split the national vote into a 30-30-40 victory for the Democrats. Even though the Republican vote would be 30+30 for a 60 point majority, the 40 percent vote for the Democrats would give them the electoral landslide, the Congress, and the White House.
That is a serious risk, but also, it is a risk that we MUST take. Because, if the Republican Party caves in on principle, if it supports the ruinous policies of the left, then not only does the ship of state sink, but it sinks in a way that is blamed on the Republicans, leaving no hope that in a future election, the nation will turn to conservatives for help. Why would they?
Republicans must repudiate Gingrich-ism. We must reject RINO-ism. Compromise on technique is sometimes necessary to accomplish a principled goal. But once we compromise on the goal itself, we are doomed to failure. There can be no retreat from principle, if we are to survive as a nation.
The republic has but one viable alternative, both to the ruinous policies of Obama, and to those who would seek to “make nice” with him. And that alternative is to stand strong, to move forward with resolve. Only two prominent Republicans at present seem adequate to fit that bill, and both of them are women.
If the Republican national convention does not nominate a Palin/Bachmann ticket for the White House, then the Republican Party might as well rename itself, the Almost Democrat Party.
Newt Gingrich, in a backhanded way, has done us a favor. He has drawn the line. Now it is up to us to decide on which side of it to stand.