Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Liberal Progressives pretending to be disaffected disenchanted Reagan Republicans

Article in Memorandum.com

Why I Gave Up On Being a Republican
By Michael Stafford - Memorandum.com - The Cagle Post
Jun 12 2012


"I'm a life-long Republican. My political affiliation has been woven intrinsically into the very fabric of my being.

When I was young, Ronald Reagan bestrode the world like a colossus. I grew up watching the Cold War end-game play out as Reagan faced down the Soviet Union- which really was evil- and helped break the long night of communist repression in Eastern Europe. He was my hero.

Indeed, my first political act was passionately lobbying my fourth-grade classmates to vote for Reagan over Walter Mondale in a mock election in 1984. As an adult, I continued to be a rock-solid Republican-
I helped run my law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society and its Republican club. And after the election of President Obama in 2008, I served as an officer in my state Republican Party. For the next two years, I devoted substantial amounts of my time, my talent, and my treasure to supporting local candidates running for office and to building the Party organization.

Today, however, I am a registered Republican no longer.

I came to the decision to leave the GOP not with a heavy heart, but with a broken one.

I reached this point through a long series of awakenings and realizations- a path marked by literally years of wrestling with, and finally accepting, the political implications of a number of difficult truths. It involved ever-increasing levels of cognitive dissonance, as I tried to square my experiences, concerns, and knowledge, with my continued loyalty to the GOP.

As a local GOP official after President Obama’s election, I had a front-row seat as it became infected by a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies.

In the grip of this contagion, the Republican Party has come unhinged. Its fevered hallucinations involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists who, seemingly, lurk around every corner. Climate change- a reality recognized by every single significant scientific body and academy in the world- is a liberal conspiracy conjured up by Al Gore and other leftists who want to destroy America. Large numbers of Republicans- the notorious birthers- believe that the President was not born in the United States. Even worse, few figures in the GOP have the courage to confront them.

Republican economic policies are also indefensible. The GOP constantly claims that its opponents are engaged in “class warfare,” but in this exercise in projection in Republican proposals, the wealthy win, and the rest of us lose- one only has to look at Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget to see that.

As Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein have written, “the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.” Its reckless behavior helps drive the political dysfunction crippling our nation.

In the end, it offers a dystopian vision of our future- a harsher, crueler and more merciless America starkly divided between the riders, and the ridden.
From the moment the Tea Party emerged on the scene, I had a premonition that I would eventually have to leave the GOP. But my mind conjured innumerable reasons for delay- for putting off the day of reckoning in the desperate hope that some game-changing miracle would occur, such as a victory by Governor Jon Huntsman in the Republican presidential primary.

But no miracle happened. Among all the difficult truths I’ve had to face, perhaps none has been harder than the realization that I, and those dissidents like me, are unrepresentative outliers far removed from, and largely unable to influence, the main currents of opinion within the GOP.

Ultimately, leaving the GOP was necessary in order to maintain my own integrity. Leaving is also a public act of personal protest. I am under no illusions about its broader significance- it will have no impact on the trajectory of the political narrative in this nation. But that does not make it futile. On the contrary, as the shadows lengthen, such minor individual acts of defiance and dissent are more critical now than ever before.

Perhaps, one day, a reformed and responsible Republican Party will reemerge.

But until then, the GOP and I have reached a parting of the ways. In the poignant words of “Kathleen Mavourneen,” an old Irish ballad: “It may be for years, and it may be forever”


My Response to Michael Stafford's article, thus to Mr Michael Stafford himself-

Michael Stafford, the whole premise and essence of your article is a snide intentional insinuating attempt to smear the Reagan Constitutional Conservative Tea Party folks, by playing the disaffected and disenchanted Republican, by trying to blame the cause of your disaffection and displeasure of every problem in the GOP Republican Party on the Tea Party constitutional conservative people, aka extremists, and not the anything the progressive GOP establishment does and says in their so called compromising by appeasing the liberals at every turn, expanding govt and spending as much as the democrats under Obama does.

You are no different from those liberal Democrats who use those very same tactics to distort and twist the truth for their own means and agenda.

This is typical of liberal progressive RINO's, because they, the powers that be in the GOP establishment Party, are fearful of losing their grip and hold onto power and money within that Party apparatus machinery, to the Tea Party, aka "the People".

This laughable attempt to insinuate and smear snidely and cleverly the Tea Party in this article is of course resulting from Jeb Bush's attacks upon the Tea Party and Ronald Reagan Conservatism, as well as against Reagan himself, by pitting constitutional conservative President Ronald Reagan of yesterday, against the Tea Party People of today.

This is an old political ploy to compound the effect by of a certain criticism, by accumulated articles by trying to give the appearance of credibility to the lie.

Michael Stafford you are not fooling anyone, but the already progressive GOP establishment Republicans, as I can read and comprehend english Mr Stafford.

The Tea Party uses President Reagan as a template for what we want and need in a conservative leader of America. Reagan was not prefect, but no one is, but that does not mean you should not strive for perfection in applying conservative values and principles, not the abandonment of those values and principles under the guise of collusional appeasement and their so called compromise BS.

In 1976, then Gov Reagan was told in a letter by prominent GOP politicians at the time, to back down from challenging then President Ford. Reagan told them all to go to hell. Reagan stood firm for what he believed in, and mauled President Ford in advocating conservative values and principles over progressive GOP establishment policies at the RNC Convention in 1976.

And do you think those very same GOP progressive establishment RINO's like the Bush's, would have ever have implemented Reaganomics, that saved not only the US Economy from Carter's stagflationary economic recession disaster, but the GOP Party as well. And do you think they would have defeated the USSR.  No.. The Bush's would have appeased and compromised every piece of American Sovereignty. And they would have continued the same old stalemate stand off diplomacy of detente', instead of setting an aggressive policy to defeat the Soviet Communists.

Ronald Reagan did not sit around waiting for something to happen and play 100 rounds of golf, he set a U.S. National Policy of assertiveness in dealing with everything from Domestic Policy to Foreign policy, and was not reacting to any situation that came up, unless  an incident or situation suddenly came upon the Nation like 911. And it is that difference that Reagan asserted and separated himself from all the other establishment Republican RINO Presidents. Ronald Reagan did not accept the Status Quo, he rejected it.

So you Mr Michael Stafford can take your phony revisionism, smears, and attacks on Ronald Reagan and Reagan Tea Party Conservatives, and stick it where the sun don't shine.