Our own worst enemy
By Paul Moomjean 09/22/2011
Popular conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager has an expression that clearly defines the two-party political system in America: “There are two parties in America, the dangerous party and the stupid party. I happen to be a member of the stupid party.” Prager is a Republican, obviously, and his ability to clarify the difference between the DNC and the GOP is 100 percent correct. One party wants to tax those who prosper, redefine sexuality and gender norms, and create social programs that, ironically, perpetuate the poverty it claims to want to decrease. The other party wants to fight battles that are no longer an issue and fight each other as often as possible. With the 2012 election on the line, the Republican Party is once again fighting amongst its ranks and being its own worst enemy.
Most will agree that the 2012 GOP presidential primary candidates are not the best and brightest. Where is Chris Christie? Why won’t Paul Ryan run? And how come Sean Hannity is obsessed with Marco Rubio? Either way, regardless of what your opinion of the group is, the candidates are more or less in front of us, and conservatives must come together in an attempt to win back the White House. The fact that conservative pundits are still begging people to jump in makes this group look less attractive and therefore unelectable. While I understand it is still a while before 2012, if Rubio doesn’t want to jump in, then Hannity and his ilk need to back off and pick a horse now to rally the troops behind. The longer conservatives, Tea Party members, libertarians and Republicans keep waiting for a messiah to step forth, the harder it is going to be to throw support behind the eventual nominee.
Another factor hurting the GOP, in what should have been an easy win in 2012, is the in-house fighting among George W. Bush’s former staff member. Recently, Dick Cheney wrote a memoir called In My Time, in which he suggests Condoleezza Rice wasn’t always upfront with the president concerning North Korea.
“I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans,” Rice told Reuters in her first public comments on the matter. “You can talk about policy differences without suggesting that your colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don’t appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies.”
Rice would go on to add “that some of the things that he said about his colleagues are not in keeping with the high respect that I have always had for him. I think they do fall into the category of cheap shots.” America does not need to see the last Republican administration fighting right before we try to elect a new Republican administration.
If it wasn’t bad enough that the pundits were still praying for another horse in the race or watching the former vice president and secretary of state play “he said-she said,” the men and women on stage aren’t helping the cause either.
Watching the debates, one can’t help but wonder what is going through the minds of some of these GOP candidates.
Whether it is Herman Cain talking about Mitt Romney’s religion not being accepted in the South or Michele Bachman and Ron Paul trying to figure out who really holds true conservative positions, the primaries have become the best way for Obama & Co. to gather dirt on the eventual opponent.
Here is where the party’s candidates have gone wrong: Instead of trying to show how the other guy can’t win, why not just focus on how you can? If a candidate were to come out and simply lay out his or her plan, I would like to think that everyone from the Tea Party to the moderate conservatives would get excited to back the person with a plan.
With jobs still not being created, health-care costs rising, and wars still being fought, let’s hope someone will step up and say, “I’m ready to lead” instead of “They aren’t ready to lead.” Pointing fingers is not the best way to win over the hearts of the American people.