Fellow Republicans, let’s face facts. It is not easy belonging to this sad group which is often (deservedly so) called “The Stupid Party.” I would love to be proud of my party as I once was, but present circumstances make it so hard. Just when I think we have a chance, stupidity rears its ugly head and once more, the party with the best ideas finds a way to bring defeat and despair to the most optimistic of us. We are coming off 8 years of the worst example of a president in not only modern history, but probably the entire history of the republic. Our enemies do not fear us; our allies do not respect us; and our friends do not trust us. One would think that after almost eight years of Barack Obama that all we would have to do is hold a free election, and we would win by default. Such is not the case. Let me give you 10 reasons why this is so.
1. We have the mainstream media against us. Save for certain people on Fox News, and Talk Radio, the bulk of the media is for the other party. Admittedly, this did not stop Reagan. We let “Reagan be Reagan” and he usually turned the tide of discussion our way. Those were the good old days! Reagan was Reagan without the benefit of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Talk Radio and the internet. Even though the viewership of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN is near an all time low and ratings for Fox News is at an all time high, we still get defeated by the mainstream media.
2. We tend to nominate idiots! We go for the person who is the most handsome, tallest, or has the best hair. Can anyone say Mitt Romney? Believe me, John (Why the long face?) Kerry, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton did not get to their respected places in life because they were pretty. If looks, height, and hair does not work, we go to the person whose turn is next such as McCain, Dole, for Ford. How’s that working? Mitt Romney had the perfect opportunity to defeat Obama in the second debate on the subject of Benghazi, and he gave him a pass because the liberal moderator said so.
3. Our own candidates stab us in the back – and we usually re-elect them. Like a battered spouse who receives a promise that it will not happen again and a dog returning to his own vomit, we keep electing the same Republicans who have made a career out of stabbing the base in the back. We elected people who promised us that they would take it to Obama and force him to veto legislation on a daily basis. Instead, they acted like puppies who wanted their tummies scratched. Mitch McConnel, Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham come to mind. The most recent budget deal is a great example. We say we are for defunding Planned Parenthood, but given the chance to do so, Ryan and McConnel allowed full funding to be in the budget because they were afraid that Obama would veto it. Huh????
4. Our candidates truly are party of the “big tent.” When you compare the ideological spectrum between our candidates vs. the Democrats, we are much more ideologically diverse. Sometimes, the ideological diversity comes in the form of the same candidate (Trump – pick an issue, and Rubio – immigration). When was the last time you saw a pro life Democrat? When it comes to diversity, we own it.
5. Unlike Democrats, we only allow a person to vote once!
6. Unlike Democrats, we insist that our voters have a pulse!
7. Unlike Democrats, we do not parade absentee ballots in front of the cognitively impaired in local memory care units!
8. Unlike Democrats, we accept defeat. You hardly ever see a Democrat back down from losing an election by 1-2 percentage points. He / she insists on a recount until they find enough votes to turn the election. Can anyone say “Al Franken?” They just keep counting until they win.
9. Unlike Democrats, we give up too easily when we lose an election. Democrats keep pushing their agenda until it fundamentally changes the political landscape. Ten years ago 95% of the USA was against homosexual marriage. Now, it is the law of the land. Democrats press forward with their agenda even when they lose an election.
10. We wish we could “Frankenstein” a candidate by taking what we like from one or more candidates and sewing it to the carcass of another. We like Trump’s non PC attitude and wish we could attach it to the level headed wisdom of Cruz and the charisma of Rubio. Democrats have no such issue because there is hardly any difference between their competing ideologies. Remember, even Hillary could not explain the difference between herself and a socialist.
It is a tough time to be a Republican. We are so desperate to win that our evangelical wing is abandoning principles to elect Donald Trump. Our base wants someone who will work with Democrats to “get things done” even if it means the death of practically everything for which we stand. It is a sad time to be a Republican.