I’m trying not to be snarky here, but I once was (a few years ago before bush the lesser!) a conservative and today I feel betrayed, so my disappointment and (sometimes) anger might come out snarky.
I was reading the latest installment about the Young Republicans election of their new chairman written by John Avlon, “Bullying Behind GOP “Racist” Win, and he states, “The Young Republicans faced a stark choice at their convention in Indianapolis yesterday as they chose their next leader: a center-right twentysomething interested in greater outreach, or a self-described “true conservative” who is almost 40 and spent last week dealing with Daily Beast reports about her beliefs, which are, at best, often hateful, and at worst, downright racist. The delegates, in a vote of 470 – 415, chose the latter.”
Calling the newly elected chairman a “true conservative,” made me wonder anew what that title means. I suspect it has a different meaning for different people and that just might be one of the biggest challenges facing The Republican Party today!
Does a “true conservative” mean a person must want Roe v Wade overturned? Does it mean a person must want every citizen armed to the nth degree? Does it mean a person must believe love knows a gender and that nonsense about marriage only being between one man and one woman (at a time)? Does it also mean you can’t appreciate, enjoy, and welcome what our taxes do to make our country one of the great civilizations envied by many? Must we stop thinking and follow a strict dogma that says no taxes are good and no government is good in order to be part of this exclusive “true conservative” movement?
Does being a “true conservative” also give license to stoop to new lows in order to be elected? Read the referenced article and learn the tactics used (and evidently approved by the majority of voters) to get Audra Shay elected — sexual innuendos, voter intimidation, near-fisticuffs. Must a “true conservative” approve of this nastiness, and be for electing people so divisive?
Look at how many “true conservatives” back Sarah Palin who is divisive in her every word, every action.
Is this what the GOP has been reduced to? Or just the “true conservative” arm of the GOP?