It’s an interesting complaint from the, so-called, “moderate” Republicans. It’s why I’m not a Republican, rather a Conservative. “Democrat” and “Republican” are parties. Liberal and Conservative are ways of life. I’m often faced with the notion that the GOP should be more accepting – more open – more middle-of-the-road. It’s perplexing to me really.
This quote from Ronald Reagan is direct and clear. Pick a side. Stand firm. Don’t waiver — but, do it with a smile and a welcoming nature. Here’s a classic example of what I mean.
I don’t generally do the topic of abortion on my shows unless the news of the day dictates it. I think it’s a cop-out topic utilized by lazy hosts. “Abortion, for or against? Call 1-800-Blah Blah.” What I learned is, for the most part, I’m never going to change your mind and you’re not gonna change mine. I am vehemently against abortion as a form of birth control. The only time I’m okay with the idea of aborting a child is when the mother’s life is truly at risk. I think if someone told me I had the choice between living or dying or my child living or dying — I would choose to let my child live. But, when there’s a risk of me dying — I should get to make the choice. Otherwise, no abortion. When this topic needs to be broached, I’ll always get a call from someone who says something to the effect of, “Pags, you and I agree on 99 percent of the issues, BUT — I am completely against abortion but FOR the woman having the right to choose.” Huh? Say what? That’s actually not possible.
Think about it, as a conservative guy, I’m firm in my beliefs. I’m completely against gay marriage, period. I’m completely for the death penalty, period. I’m completely for lower taxes, period. I’m completely against large, over-controlling-over-powering government — and I’m against abortion. Those are bold, solid, bright positions. There’s no “but, ifs” there. To say you’re against abortion but, for the right for a woman to choose — you’re saying you’re for abortion. That usually leads to an exclamation, “No way! Not true! Don’t put words in my mouth!” Think about it. What are the choices involved in the right to choose? You can choose to NOT abort or to ABORT. For you to say you think a woman should have that right, you’re saying you support those who choose to kill the baby. That’s a bold statement — but, at least you know where I stand. You cannot have it both ways.
Similarly, if you say, “I’m completely against higher taxes, unless it goes to pay for more food for the hungry.” Umm, what? That means you’re not completely against higher taxes. I am completely against higher taxes. As I write this, I’m actively railing against a nearly half-billion dollar bond issue in my local school district. I’m a firm believer that if there’s a need, a community will rise up and find a way to fulfill it. I don’t trust nor want government to administer to all of our needs. I think it takes our incentive away to go out and get it ourselves. If there’s a shortfall in how much food is available for the hungry, donate to the food bank. If there aren’t enough beds for the homeless, donate money or a bed to the local shelter. If there isn’t enough money at the local school to house the children, ask the parents to step up and foot the bill for a portable or two. This is how it used to be. Today, we sit back and watch the government siphon more and more of our money in the form of taxes and watch them build palaces to education and give every child a laptop or iPad. I’m against that. And, am not afraid to say it. Even in the face of the chants, “it’s for the children.”
Case and point: recently Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke for nearly 22 hours on the Senate floor to raise awareness of the problems with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It was a way for him to fulfill a promise he’d made to the voters of Texas should he win the election. He did, and followed through. He took a stand. Whether you agree with him or not – that’s what he did. He boldly stood there in the face of the majority in that house who called him “radical, extreme, extremist,” and more. But, he didn’t waiver. Some did, however.
It was expected that those from the opposing party and even the media would excoriate Cruz for this brash act. How dare he? He’s grandstanding! He’s doing it for attention. He let that all roll off of his back. But, what may have not been expected is how his colleagues — fellow Republicans would flock to the other side with the opposing view. Long-seated Arizona Senator John McCain even went as far as to call what Cruz did “insulting.” He took Cruz out of context and let him have it. What McCain and others did in not only NOT supporting Cruz but, coming out against him, is set the party — and the values we thought it held — back generations. We need a return to real beliefs, real backbone, and less compromise.
Before you walk away from this thinking I’m intolerant or insensitive, I’m not. I don’t want people to be persecuted nor prosecuted for having a different value system than I. I just don’t want them setting policy. The Conservative sensibility is the most like our value system. And, it’s incredibly welcoming, tolerant, accepting and firm. If you don’t get how all of that can coexist — then you need to reexamine why you’re so wishy washy on your own beliefs.