The time has come to be honest and sincere with sharing your beliefs with the party leadership and getting a seat at the table. The dysfunction that we witness, sometimes laced in vitriol is a dream come true for Democrats. Or is it their nightmare?
Unlike the Democratic Party of today that is nothing more than a collective mentality focused on the entitlement state, the Republican Party stands out with a hodgepodge of political firebrands and statists to Constitutionalists and anarcho-capitalists. The Republicans have Status Quo Conservatives, Traditionalist Conservatives, Paleo-Conservatives, Free Market Conservatives, the Religious Right, little “L” Conservatives as well as big “L” Conservatives, and then some all mixed in-between making up today’s Republican Party.
A growing number of Republicans have fled the party for various reasons which reinforce the dysfunctional appearance amongst the Right. Are the rats leaving the sinking ship? The party does not belong to the Moral Majority or the Reagan Conservatives anymore; thus the heightened fear of chaos and looming 3rd party status.
What’s missing? Quality leadership. A leader who can grasp the situation, react and pull the dysfunctional party sects together like a short order cook filling orders.
Why do Republicans fight each other? They always have and always will. Most Conservatives and all Libertarian leaning Republicans respect individual rights and want their voices heard. With that said, we will never act or look like a cohesive well maintained political machine. Thank God.
The first Conservative, Edmund Burke thought of a political party as "a body of men united for promoting by their joint endeavors the national interest upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed." If this is true for today’s Republicans, then what is the joint endeavor of national interest and principle of which those in the party can agree upon? There is plenty that divides the party, including hot button issues such as abortion, immigration, financial bail-outs, entitlements and defense. We know these issues all too well.
So, what is it that we can rally behind and agree upon? That’s the elephant in the room that the Republicans choose to ignore. That’s the answer to the dysfunctional chaos we have enjoyed for nearly a generation.
The haunting dysfunction in the party is far from evil. The shifting of the political sphere of influence is changing and the party must change with it to survive. If the party heeds Burke’s advice the party will live on and be happy even with all its dysfunction. If the party chooses to silence the unique voices of individuals seeking liberties and freedom for a theme of replicating past Republican victories, then the Republicans deserve exactly what they fear most.