It’s Time for Moderate Republicans to Act…

Just as it has been extraordinary helpful in the court of public opinion for Islamic leaders to condemn the actions of Daesh as neither aligned with the tenets of their religion, nor in fact, Islamic in any real way, shape, or form, it is also important for moderate Republicans to distance themselves from the present state of their party.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that the Senate Republicans would take the unprecedented step of failing to even consider any Supreme Court Nominee proffered by President Obama. In other words, strictly in the name of partisan politics, the Republicans are picking up their ball and going home. They are acting childishly on an issue of great, indeed constitutional, importance. Last time I checked, the sitting president is president until he is not.

This “leadership caucus” is refusing to do their job. Out of spite. Plain and simple.

And yet…it’s seems that this egregious behavior is simply a symptom of a party in crisis. Witness the lack of cohesion in their ability to field a “real” candidate. What predictably filled the void is a carnival showman with no real allegiance to their party or core values, whatever those may be these days.

So they are left with impetuous men, so frightened by their ever loosening grip on power and influence, that all that is left is to make headlines; governance be damned.

In my estimation, the cracks first appeared in the Reagan administration, when, drunk with political power they began to dismantle some of the conventions of decorum that had existed for generations. When President Clinton was elected, they dropped any hint of propriety and Newt Gingrich became their rhetorical henchman. Finally, the Bush (not the good one) era brought us to fruition with the simply evil likes of Karl Rove.

And throughout this descent into madness, they were urged along by the burdening communications wing of this new Republican Party–Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and its mouthpiece, Fox News.

Think I’m exaggerating? Listen to this hot mic conversation of the Donald instructing the Fox “journalists” on how to best present his brand. I’m not so naive to believe that Democrats and other more liberal news organizations don’t also abdicate their fourth estate responsibilities, but in toto, I believe that even a man I truly despise, the Great Communicator, would take issue with the path they find themselves on.

They have forced a paradigm shift in the way our country is governed, and this Supreme Court power play has forced me to rethink who I will support in 2016. Do I stick to my ideals and vote my conscience, or am I forced to support the candidate that I know will go in the trenches, fight dirty, and hopefully humiliate these idiots. Not a choice I want to make, but one I may need to consider in this age of playground politics.

So I plead with you…the voices of moderation in the Republican Party: SPEAK UP…BE HEARD; don’t be afraid. There may just be some folks in the center and left that are willing to support your efforts at maturity and reconciliation.

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Divorced father of two amazing young adults. College student, plodding away at a liberal arts degree. Formerly a Fire Captain and Paramedic. Dabbler in fashion. Liberal. Believer in Karma. View all posts by Conversations With The Moon

5 responses to “It’s Time for Moderate Republicans to Act…

  • Doug

    In calling for moderate voices in the Republican Party to be not afraid and Speak Up, I’m not sure how all three of ’em, yelling in unison, could capture the attention of a bartender at happy hour.

    While I toast your effort in this well reasoned post, it will take an electoral ass-whipping, akin to Goldwater 64, for any to consider a paradigm shift. And even then a large number o true believers will push back with the proverbial, the candidate wasn’t conservative enough.

    Regards,
    Doug

  • Conversations With The Moon

    Thanks Doug…maybe if the three of them could get punched at a Trump rally…oh never mind 😉

  • Invisible Mikey

    All you moderate Republicans! There’s an action committee meeting in a VW Beetle outside my house…

  • kingmidget

    You analogy to moderate Muslims and the demand that they condemn Daesh is perfect but it will fall on deaf ears unfortunately. I’m not sure there are any moderate Republicans left in Congress … or if there are, their numbers are too small for their voices to matter.

    But, ultimately, I agree … there must still be a moderate, reasonable segment of the Republican Party that needs to stand up and say enough. There just has to be. Otherwise, we’re screwed.

    I also think you provide a great explanation of how this began with the Reagan Presidency. After eight years of him and four years of the elder Bush, I think Republicans came to believe the Presidency was their entitlement and when Clinton won they had the political equivalent of a stroke and they have been operating with a malfunctioning brain ever since.

    • Conversations With The Moon

      Thanks Mark. I’ve got to believe they are out there. Maybe they’ve been seduced by the allure of party dominance for so long that they’ve lost their moral compass, but I remain hopeful that there is a, albeit small, wing of that party that understands what it takes to govern rather than divide.

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