Regardless how unpopular and expectation of consequences most genuine ideological and political conservatives are willing to face when publicly expressing their positions, at least we confront our beliefs candidly, openly and with heartfelt sincerity. Liberals can mock us, criticize us, defy us, crucify us, but they, even if silently, respect our moral strengths to speak what we believe to be truthful. Moderate Republicans are about as ideologically reliable as soft clay.
Unfortunately, to sustain expensive campaigns, many candidates become less stringent on the moral and ethical track record of their major campaign benefactors. Voters may protest against the volumes of funds determining which candidates survive to win. But without generous flow of campaign funds, most voters are too lethargic to personally engage in time consuming research without costly advertising on billboards, print ads, mailers, and on-air commercials to influence them. Most voters, reluctant to admit it, measure the caliber of a winnable candidate on the basis of the quantity, frequency and professionally slick quality of marketing resources. It is also a disheartening reality, like it or not, when even a few of our conservative incumbent political icons relax their own ethical standards to keep the funds flowing. Allowing any Republican candidate to fuse us into Democratic directions does not deserves to be viewed as a Republican leadership icon, nor a role model.
If the Republican Party is rumored to be eroding and sinking into chaos, the actual blame has to be attributed to the so-called moderate Republicans, which Democrats prefer should define the Republican Party, and we know them to be Republicans In Name Only (RINO's). I, a lifelong conservative Republican, concede that partisan and ideological extremism's, either far right or far left, display an anti-thesis to intellectual rationale, logic and denial of future vision. Nonetheless, any Republican claiming to be a "Moderate" is code for flaky, wimpy, spineless, fence-sitting, and ideological weather vanes whose main objective to be Republican is of more self-serving motives. Nearly every moderate Republican candidate, many of us encounter, take the path of least resistance by diluting Republican values and principles, instead of being uncompromising champions of loftier standards. I have witnessed hundreds of leadership ambitious so-called moderate Republicans who are shape shifters, instead of raising our partisan distinctions to set us apart from the Democrats. Too many of them, for their own self-serving aims, mistake compromise for capitulation. Anyone who capitulates should be deemed a traitor to whichever affiliation they use as their own personal springboard.
Even though a political conservative, I can cope with occasional compromise for equal mutual benefits for maximum law abiding, patriotic U.S. citizens, when all other persuasive options fail to produce favorable results. But there should never be tolerance within the Republican Party of betrayal to our basic conservative objectives, our moral and ethical ideals. Maybe it is time for state by state, region by region adhoc conferences for us conservative Republicans to renew and reinforce the Republican platform of human values, political ideologies and general objectives. We cannot allow the Republican Party to be contaminated by a locust plague of Moderates, which is synonymous with being Liberal within Republican context, or this nation will be shackled to a political party of one.
For those fellow conservatives who work in partnership with Libertarians under the Tea Party tent, those type are as useful as wrecking balls gone wild within the Republican Party, especially when they register Republican. I refuse to vote for any Republican candidate in my area of San Francisco Bay Area whom I know are just political scorpions whose integrity is extremely questionable. As authentic conservatives, we should practice what we preach even if that means resisting robotic support for candidates whose only partisan virtue is that they registered as Republicans and not much else. A demon disguised as anything else is still a demon. Unfortunately, we have plenty of those in our own political partisan backyard. We just have to persist in making the Republican Party inhospitable to any leadership ambitious entities preying on, instead of praying for raising Republican Party strengths.
Gail E. Neira, San Francisco, California