Op-ed, entitled "Republicans have sold their souls to the TEA Party", written by Rodney A. Guessford (http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor---oct/article_a8b1f28a-2d39-11e3-aff7-001a4bcf6878.html#user-comment-area); and to an email that I received from a respected, elected local Republican. The first is just a hysterical Liberal and I will address his rant, and the second was a call for a concerted response from local Republicans against Senator Cardin's email where he blames the Republican Party for the government shutdown.
Mr. Guessford begins by confessing that he was a registered Republican until Ford pardoned Nixon. Well I guess we can thank him for the disaster named Jimmy Carter. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have been a registered Republican since Reagan's 2nd election. Yes, you can also thank me for Jimmy Carter. I was a kid; what did I know? I do appreciate his statement that the Republican Party is no longer Republican. I agree. I agree in the sense that the Republican platform used to mean something. It used to be that you could read down the list of Republican platform issues and by the time you got to the end you knew if you were a Republican or not. Not so anymore. The Republican platform is no longer solid ground to stand on. It is a shifting, weakened structure providing no security for those who wish to defend its ideals. Those who try to defend it are ostracized by many (not all) of the establishment Rs. They will turn on you, join the Ds against you, and try to demean you, marginalize you, and ruin you if they can.
Mr. Guessford, the TEA Party was a gift to the Republican Party. They would not have the majority in the House without them. The TEA Party are the true Republicans who stand firmly on the Conservative principles that define the Republican platform. You either do not understand the TEA Party or you are deliberately lying about them. The TP wants fair, clean elections where we know that those who are voting are who they say they are and that they legally have a right to vote. This means cleaning up the voter rolls and requiring a free easy-to-obtain photo ID. If that scares you sir I would suggest that you never try to cash a check because they will ask for your ID to make sure that you are who you say you are and that you are not trying to obtain money that does not belong to you. The TP has an "all of the above" approach to energy. The more that we depend on our own resources and not those of our enemies the more secure we will be. If that scares you sir take a trip down memory lane to the Oil Crisis in the 70s and those same enemies have become alot more sophisticated in their hatred toward us. The TP does not take a stand on abortion or any social issue, although as individuals many are against abortion at any time for any reason. However, no TP person wants to see starving children (hysteria or hyperbole). They also do not want to see generations of families dependent on government handouts. The TP wants to create jobs so that these individuals can support themselves and climb out of the safety net called Food Stamps and Welfare. Does that idea scare you? Why?
From what I have observed studying nationally and locally-grown Republicans, the reasons for stiff-arming the TEA Party are varied. Many fear losing control of the message. For some it's all about power. Some fear being personally attacked because the Liberals carry out ruthless attacks that no one but the very brave can withstand. I think that many Rs would rather defend their standing, their celebrity, their salaries, or perceived power rather than the Republican principles that they were elected to defend. Of course there are those that never had principles and only want to be politicians in the limelight. I think for the most part they have been infected with Progressivism, which is typically a part of the Democratic/Socialist political philosophy, but there are also Republicans who try to stand stand with one foot in Progressivism and the other on the Republican platform. It doesn't work. It becomes messy, and it's embarrassing to watch. If establishment Rs had embraced the TEA Party they would have regained control of the Senate and the presidency. They did not, so they only have the House, which the TEA Party gave to them on the proverbial silver platter.
Mr. Guessford, the TEA Party are the Reagan Republicans in principle (actually it also consists of registered Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents). They are the ones who bravely defend the Republican Platform and its Conservative principles. Locally, we are blessed with a Republican delegation that stands courageously against a one-party state government that is taxing and regulating us out of business, oppressing our rural counties, and infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights. Our county commissioners are all Republicans. A few stand firmly on Conservative principles. Some not so much.
As I said to the the local elected Republican concerned about Senator Cardin's email: For sure he is spouting the divisive rhetoric of this administration. They follow Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" religiously. This claim that Republicans change the rules, etc...is quite rich considering the questionable actions that were needed in order to pass this bad law against the will of the people. But the uninformed, including the Republicans, gobble this stuff up. It is like water off of a duck's back to me. He is a Progressive Liberal acting like a Progressive Liberal. No shocker here. What does bother me are the Republicans who do not stand up to them or support those that do. I have been a loyal Republican most of my adult life, but I feel completely alienated by my party. Cardin is being true to his Party. I understand that, but who will be true to ours and fight for our principles? Or does it even matter anymore?