From the Wall Street Journal this weekend: concerning the uprising of the grass roots conservatives forcing the GOP to tack right.
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott:
“I had to deal with some rambunctious members on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the Capitol, but I never had to deal with a group like this ‘Hell No’ caucus that demands purity,” Mr. Lott said.
And I say ‘Hell Yes!’ to demanding purity, because showing that you are willing to fight even the uncomfortable political battles, willing to make sure your belief on a policy or law is vocalized and heard, even if you know that a veto awaits you at the end of the fight; going into battle over such policies and laws is what proves to the American people that you are actually an elected official, representing the people who elected you. If you don’t fight for the beliefs of those who elected you then you are just another career politician playing the game to collect a check and have a title.
I’ve grown up in the GOP, conventions and meetings at the city and state level, knowing the local players and understanding politics is hard fought, hard won, and harder to hold on to the ground you gain. But the GOP of old is dying and soon dead. I called that about a year ago, the entity that will replace the GOP will most likely still be called the GOP, the Republicans, but the men and woman you make it up will have changed, there new vision for the party and strategy for success will be different and no longer rely on the old guard.
This new entity will demand purity and punish disloyalty, and this will not be a loyalty to party or to man, it is the old loyalty to Country and principles.
A great many people do not want to see that come about, because living by objective principles is hard, it forces you to make hard decisions and live with the consequences. And living by principle forces a personal identity, and thus identifies those who share those principles, and those who do not.
People talk about the “rage” within the conservative base, and to a certain extent its true that there is a rage and deep dissatisfaction in the heart of the people. But its not just the Right-wing that feels it. People from all walks of life feel it, and it has manifested itself in new organizations, new special interests, new conversations, new demands, and even riots in the streets. The question is who sees the root of the issue, and what is their strategy to change and correct the problem.
Many people sense that there is something wrong, something is amiss, but for various reasons most are not able to see the root issue. We are losing the purity of American Principles. Oh, even us naive Americans are realistic enough to know we hardly, if ever in our history, acted on pure principle, we often didn’t. But the great difference was that we knew the principles and we knew ourselves and our own moral compass. And we tried to follow that compass as best we knew how. Now a great majority don’t even know what a compass is, or that it should be used to guide us.
The small minority has watched, shocked, as the compass slipped away. Even more so they were shocked that the rest of the people were ignorant of the loss.
So now that small minority is going to shock the nation, in the hopes that the sleepy eyed citizens will wake up and listen to those who still remember what America was and is meant to be, meant to embody, and meant to strive for.
They will stand and demand purity because that is the only path to correcting the problems that besiege our nation. They will demand purity because this is not a fight for power, or control, or even fame. It is a fight for the very future of the nation, it is a fight for the soul of America itself.
You’re damn right these folks are going to fight for purity, for them its a fight for the principles that make and guide America.