It Is Time to Quit Being RINO Enablers

By Jerry McDaniel

Unless there is a change in direction, America is on a collision course with two ideologies, both dedicated to destroying the American way of life in any way they can. One is Islam; the other is socialism, operating under the American pseudonym “progressivism”. The final confrontation with Islam may not come before the Battle of Armageddon.  However, the confrontation with progressivism is here now. In just over seven weeks, we will be going to the polls to vote on the makeup of the 112th Congress. The outcome will determine the future of America for generations to come.

A vote for the Democrat candidate is an unequivocal vote for tyranny and despotism. A vote for the Republican candidate is not so clear-cut. The Democrat Party is made up almost entirely of progressives, while the Republican Party is a mixture of conservatives and progressives. The challenge for patriots in the upcoming election is to return control of Congress to Republicans and at the same time begin reforming the Republican Party. It has become painfully clear that the Republican Party cannot survive as the “big tent” party.  As we have pointed out in prior articles, big tents do not do well in major storms, and we are in the midst of a major political storm.

There are eight primaries coming up September 14. In virtually every case, the Republican Party is supporting the establishment candidate and going all out in its opposition to the conservative candidate. Whatever the outcome of these eight primaries, the decision for conservatives in November is whether they will vote as a principled patriot or as a RINO enabler. While the Republican Party has always been the home of conservatives, it is apparent they are not welcome in that home, except on Election Day.

Admittedly, there is a calculated risk in refusing to vote for a progressive Republican. At the same time that is the only way we are ever going to reform the Republican Party. As long as we keep “holding our nose” and voting for the “lesser of two evils” the Party establishment will continue to put up and support progressives, believing that most conservatives will put party above country and vote for the Republican candidate, no matter what. Until we make it clear that we will no longer abide by that theory, nothing will change.

The Republican Party is set to take over both houses of Congress in the November elections. Without the progressives, there may not be enough votes to override Presidential vetoes, but on the other hand, having progressive Republicans in Congress does not guarantee enough votes either. Republicans like Snowe and Collins can always be counted on to vote with the progressives. Those like Graham, McCain, Lugar and others of their ilk will vote progressive whenever they think they can get away with it, especially if they can “make a deal”.

If conservatives refuse to vote for progressive Republicans, the Republican Party will still likely take both houses, only with smaller majorities. More important, it will send a message to the Party that it cannot win without conservative support. That is the first step toward reform. If we do not reform the Party there is a likelihood that it will break apart on its own over the next few election cycles. If we are successful in reforming it, however, in 2010, 12, and 14 there is a chance of returning America to a Constitutional Republic.

It is not going to be easy being a conservative in districts and states where the only viable choices are between a progressive Democrat and a progressive Republican. That is a decision each of us has to make for ourselves. I am fortunate enough to have a fairly conservative candidate running for Congress in my district. However, Mark Kirk is the Republican candidate for Senate. I have struggled with this choice since the primary in February, and have decided that the Senate can do with one less progressive Republican undermining its efforts to get the country back on track. I have no idea at this point who I will vote for in November but it will not be for Mark Kirk or Alexi Giannoulias.

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2 responses to “It Is Time to Quit Being RINO Enablers

  1. Jerry, I always appreciate your insights. I have a good candidate in the Illinois 11th for congress, and face the same senate choice . But, how can contributing to the election of Giannoulias (which is what a vote for a third option candidate will do) possibly help move the congress to a more conservative position. Alexi is just an Obama rubber stamp. Further, if enough other voters in other states with a similar choice were to take this approach it could result in a precariously balanced, or unbalanced Congress. I’ve had some exposure to the Illinois Republican organization and I know it is not a vehicle for governmental reform, but a vote for Kirk at least allows us to have some kind of influence on his decision-making. With Giannoulias, we’ll have none.

    • Ken,
      I cannot fault your arguments, they are the same ones I have been making for years and I firmly believe they are valid. As I said in my post, it is a calculated risk not to vote for the Republican Party candidate in the November Election. On the other hand, in doing so, we are postponing, possibly forever, the time when “we the people” and not “they the party”, control government. Two things in this election cycle have persuaded me that now is the time for conservatives to take a stand. First, is the methods used by both parties to disqualify potential challengers to its incumbent candidates. Second, is the efforts put forth, by national and state Republican Parties, to demonize conservative candidates and the amount of support given to incumbents regardless of merit or the will of the people.

      As important as this election is, it is not as important as the one coming up in 2012. We have some leeway for error in this one, but none in the next. Only by making it clear to the Republican establishment that the groundswell of patriot opposition that has emerged over the past two years is here to stay and that it will no longer be dictated to by “Party Bosses” can we hope to get the reforms needed in party leadership. If we cannot demonstrate to the Republican establishment that they cannot stay in power without the backing of conservatives, then the obvious truth is that conservatives are of no consequence, and we will continue to get “moderate” candidates and will be forever choosing between the lesser of two evils.

      The Founders established a government with three equal branches. Today we have four; the fourth being the majority political party. That fourth, unconstitutional branch dominates and dictates to the three constitutional branches. We cannot survive as a free Republic if we allow this to continue. The only way we can change it is by refusing to allow the parties to dictate the choices we have on Election Day. Again, it is a calculated risk, and it is not my purpose to persuade anyone to take that risk.