The beauty of America (while it lasts) is that if you don’t agree with the views of a particular candidate or party – you don’t have to vote for them.
Don’t tell that to the Republican establishment, though, which wants everybody who isn’t a Democrat to fall in line behind its virtually indistinguishable platform of big bureaucracy, crony capitalism, welfare statism, global interventionism, domestic spying and … well, everything Democrats support except socialized medicine (which come to think of it, GOP leaders have previously embraced).
Seriously … the only real difference between Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. is that Democrats are generally more honest about their lust for pissing away your money.
Anyway … the GOP establishment is furious there are non-Democrats out there who refuse to support the presidential candidacy of Chris Christie (a.k.a. a fatter version of Mitt Romney, younger version of John McCain and straighter version of Lindsey Graham).
In fact one of the most vocal voices of this establishment – consultant Bernie Goldberg – offered his thoughts on these “puritanical ideologues” during a recent appearance on Fox News.
“Too many people on the hard right, Tea Party people and others, because of their ideological rigidity, say that if Christie is the latest incarnation of John McCain or Mitt Romney then they’re going to sit home and not vote for him because they’ve done that in the past,” Goldberg said. “If they do that they will wind up, again, because of this need for ideological purity, helping elect another liberal Democrat — her name is Hillary Clinton — as President in 2016.”
Goldberg was just getting warmed up …
“RINO is an insult,” he added. “It means, as far the Tea Party and others are concerned, anybody to the left of Ted Cruz is a RINO. The Real RINO’s are the people in the Tea Party and on the hard right because they have made it clear over and over again that their allegiance is not to the Republican Party, but to their particular brand of conservatism – so they’re the RINO’s.”
Forgive us for taking the notions of “less government,” “lower taxes” and “more personal freedom” literally. And for seeing $17 trillion in debt as something to address … not ignore.
In 2012, this website endorsed the GOP presidential candidacy of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. When he dropped out, we supported the candidacy of Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson, former GOP governor of New Mexico.
Why did we do that? Because the GOP made it abundantly clear that our views on limited government were not welcome in the Republican tent.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. If the GOP expects fiscal conservatives to “fall back in line,” it needs to start nominating (and stop demonizing) fiscally conservative candidates.
Otherwise it should probably get used to losing more elections …