Hello, World…Is This GOP Mic On?
E. Nigma. Anoymous, yes. But without merit? No way.
When I started to think about asking my friends to guest blog I made a firm decision to let them write what they know best. Sure, I may have made a suggestion, but I knew that I wouldn’t edit their thoughts in any way. Even if I disagreed. Or maybe it is especially if I didn’t agree.
What I am learning is that my friends are even more diverse than I realized and that is okay. Take, for example, Mr. Nigma. He’s sharp. Funny. Well-read and well-traveled. And yet, he’s Republican-friendly. Kidding! I kid. No, really. Here’s someone I agree with on most everything, but we split on this one issue and it’s totally cool. We’re still friends. I wish more people could see the danger in ‘u’s vs. ‘them’ because you never know what enigmatic person you might actually like if you listened to their reasoning. Well, when they are being reasonable.
Who knows, this guy may just agree to be the “He” in the “He said, She said: Politics 2012″ series coming up. There’s no pay involved but oh, the discourse. The Discourse!
And now…E. Nigma. Just in time for the South Carolina Primaries.
January 21, 2012
It’s heart-wrenching to watch your good friend slip further and further into maniacal delusion. The friend you used to be able to count on. The one who always inspired you and always acted with the discerning judgment you came to expect. To watch this friend become a raving maniac makes you feel like the ground you walk on isn’t reliable anymore. You find yourself questioning why you became friends in the first place.
This is where I am with the Republican party. I used to count on the Republican party to be the sober one at the party – questioning the effectiveness of federal programs, holding governmental agencies accountable to demonstrable results, making the tough calls on allocating the federal budget across myriad programs to address public needs. The Republican party was the older brother who loved you, but always told you straight when you needed to shape up. Where have you gone?
Now you’re the madman on the corner shouting about global warming conspiracies, secret plans to turn us all into homosexuals, theories that our current President is simultaneously Marxist and Fascist, with an agenda to undermine the democratic underpinnings of our great Republic. I don’t know who you are anymore. Sadly, I can no longer call you my friend.
Look at yourself, you snub your nose at Jon Huntsman, the one candidate who embodies true conservative ideals. Your ranting scares away reality-based Republicans like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels. You’re alienating the people who used to be your biggest fans. I want to help you, but, you won’t listen to reason anymore.
It is a strange time for the Republican party. Since the 60s, it has been a tenuous coalition of disparate ideas – social conservatism, Austrian school economics, war hawkism, crony capitalism, strict constitutionalism, and so on. Until the 80s, these groups unified and rallied around a central idea – the Democrats were rudderless, spending federal dollars like a drunken sailor, and compounding our nation’s problems, not solving them.
Times were good until the 90s. Then, Democrats got the message about fiscal responsibility. Once this unifying theme was taken away, it exposed just how tenuous this coalition called the Republican party is. Since that time, the party has moved to the extremes in each of these ideas. If you don’t believe that the US is a Christian nation, that taxes are evil, that the Federal government (save the DoD) should be abolished, and that corporations are not only people, but divine, you are a Socialist. If you would even consider diplomatic solutions with a Middle East country, you aren’t proud to be an American. Today, even Reagan would be dismissed as a RINO.
I think it’s time to break up the tenuous coalition. We need someone who can emerge with great ideas to move this party forward, someone who can marginalize the extreme views. I thought Jon Huntsman could be that person. But, now I am left waiting until at least 2016, which leaves me feeling abandoned and betrayed – feeling like I have truly lost a good friend.
**Photo Caption: Comedian Stephen Colbert holds a rally with former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain at the College of Charleston on Jan. 20, 2012 in Charleston, S.C. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)