Remember your Fight stops at the Primaries.
Anything after that becomes self-destructive.
However, don’t think for one second that Rove et al. fail to recognize this fact as the only Rational way forward and aren’t trying to game it intending to keep themselves and the McCain’s of the World in Power. (The Republican Establishment and “Republican’s In Name Only – RINO’s” rely on you listening to People like Rove. I have expressed my feeling regarding Rove in the Past. No need to run over that horse again, and again.)
The Establishment’s desire to remain in Power is certainly not lost on me.
So I understand why they would not support TEA Party types like Cruz, Lee and Paul.
But an attack came from an unexpected place today. And, I need to address it.
Dr. Sowell is being hailed by some in the Establishment for “attacking” Ted Cruz.
It is Rare indeed that I disagree with the Legendary Thomas Sowell…
But this is one of those times.
Apparently Dr. Sowell is upset with Ted Cruz for “forcing” a vote on the Debt ceiling that demanded Certain Republicans to “go on the record”. He is also upset with the overall approach Cruz has adopted to make Republicans state overtly through their actions what exactly they believe in.
In response to Dr. Sowell I would say “Tough!”. It has been the Republicans constant effort to run away from Ideological stances and instead embrace Bipartisanshitt and Compromise. I shouldn’t have to remind any of you that very behavior is what has landed the country where it is today.
While I agree that an Individual’s performance should be weighed in totality, being “on the record” is the only metric we can use when weighing said Individual. I believe Dr. Sowell would be better served demanding Politicians possess a firm Ideological Foundation, preferably one born of the Enlightenment, and not what they have now which are Cardboard Castles built on Sand.
That being said, Dr. Sowell has a point once we head into a General Election. Just enough Unity is required to get us to the next Primary.
So Break out the Clothespins.
You’re going to need them because you’ll be faced with voting for people who fail to measure up.
Just remember that another Primary is right around the corner. And that is where the work must be done.
This should not be misconstrued to mean Incumbent Politicians who have behaved badly yet appear to be slightly better than their Primary Opponent should be left in office. Quite the contrary. There is a tangible benefit to voting out a Republican who may be only slightly better than their challenger as judged by their actions. That benefit is the lesson of Measurement and Punishment. Keep in mind, the person just voted in, while possibly a lessor candidate, learns that lesson as well… as do other Incumbents across the Nation… and it will go a long, long way in regard to how they Represent us . This works because they become fully aware they could be next.
Primaries are an Extremely Important part of the Electoral Process.
Primary Elections have been intentionally diminished in the American Mind over many decades. The preferred paradigm that has been fostered by the Establishment offers a sense of Job Security for Incumbents with the assurance that their parties will not support, with votes, money or influence, Primary Challengers regardless of what that Politicians Constituency desires. This Destructive Promise must be removed from the process if we’re ever to return to the Nation our Founders intended us to be. Clearly those Republicans who have surrounded themselves with the trappings of Power and Influence as a result of holding an office for an extended period of time would not agree…
However, Stop There!
Because once the Primaries are over, we should never voluntarily Fall on Our Sword.
Even Dr. Sowell seems to agree…
and He remains one of my Hero’s.