GOP needs to pull itself together

As most of you know, no matter how out on a limb or unworkable an idea is, the Dems will stick together on it. Take for example the Obamacare argument. It was unworkable in its original, present and future form. Often what starts out to be a good idea ends up being an unworkable plan — sometimes due to unintended circumstances or consequences. The original number of “uninsured” has now increased monumentally into the demographic that supported O-Care to begin with.

Sometimes these plans depend upon assumptions that have no basis or grounding in reality. Such as the idea that young healthy people will have the generosity of spirit to forgo their own future and present to take care of their sick neighbors. I don’t think so. Unworkable as it might be, the chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, says they will “run on it and win.”

It just does not end there, no matter how bizarre the lie, no matter how strange the statement, no matter how reprehensible the person…. as long as the “D” is beside their name, the person is as good as gold.

For this reason, the Democrat party appears to be as diverse as America — even more so. From the reasonable such as Joe Manchin to the unreasonable such as –oh, too many to name — they have coalesced around a central theme: make the Democrat Party the ONLY party in America, and after that we will sort it out.

Let’s compare that to the GOP. The so-called establishment wing of the Republican Party seems to be content in alienating its base. The problem with this idea is that the base is actually the majority of the party.

So what could be the plan being hatched to win the upcoming elections when the majority leader called conservative opposition to the budget “ridiculous” and accused certain right-wing groups of using the American people? In addition, he set the stage for the Tea Party to assume some of the blame for — of all things –the upcoming inevitable failure of Obamacare.

So, a rift within the Republican Party has been declared and the rift is becoming more pronounced over time. One can blame the shutdown of the federal government — which would not have been as pronounced if not for the punitive measures of the President’s party — however, this will all become a distant memory as soon as the O-Care nightmare becomes a general reality.

Herein lies the problem of the divided Republican party. The establishment wing has already thrown the majority under the bus and stay tuned to the headlines by the Democrat Party blaming the failure of this unworkable health care law on the “Teapublicans” or whatever name they devise to call the conservative majority.

The last two presidential elections have handed the thrill of victory to the Democrats and the agony of defeat to the Republicans. The Republicans were told to hold their nose and vote against their better judgment because we had a supposedly electable candidate. The Democrats stood in line in the cold, snow, wind and rain to vote for their passion. The difference played out.

It’s time we got some passion. We tend to tolerate difference in the Republican party — as long as the different factions stay quiet, very quiet. Blacks, hispanics, women, conservatives, tea partiers, and the religious right are good, as long as they stay quiet and speak when spoken to, using the words given to them.

The RNC’s self-appointed black emissary sat at the predominantly black table at a Lincoln Day celebration I recently attended. He managed to turn off everyone at the table, as they appeared to fly out of the door when it was over. Even my guest re-registered as an Independent. We have to stop this. I must admit some of the views of the far Right perplex me but I’m always willing to hear them out. No one gets up in the morning wanting to be unreasonable, they just want to be heard. Or they will not support the cause.

On my last show for The Coffee Corner I spoke with three young Republican voters — new voters, in the main demographic we lost. The oldest at the table explained that although he supported McCain, it was a tough sell on campus. A real tough sell. The two ladies, one black and the other white spoke well for their groups. I must add that I invited a young lady from the RPOF who did not want to appear. I assumed she represented her demographic because she regularly shows up at functions wearing her badge, but as I said, we must be quiet. And to be fair to her, I want her to be able to keep her job.

We cannot afford this strategy. A house divided will fall.

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jpeters3270
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Excellent article Mrs. West!! But I would expect nothing less from a woman smart enough to marry the Colonel!!! Look forward to hearing alot from you.

DennisO
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Who was “The Black Emissary?”

Ken
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I believe you are right about the Republican heirs to the throne system. Now if you look at the Demographics you will see most people say they are independents which is a reflection of America today. The reason why anyone claims a party is the money. It is not the strength but the power to outbuy or destroy the other candidate. Political parties as we have been complaining about don’t have members who reflect their platforms, which was the reason for having political parties. I don’t think the answer is trying to find acceptance in a political party. I think… Read more »
Jonathan A Pace
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Please keep hammering this home. We are too divided over issues that can never unite to win. Study the work of the consummate political organizer Martin Van Buren and the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. They both knew the value of organization and get out the vote efforts. But they also worked hard behind the lines to lessen if not suppress divisive side issues. They knew that to implement effective change in the end that “You must WIN”.

Aspiring Conservative
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Aspiring Conservative
Best politically-charged article I’ve read in a long time. Mrs. West is spot on in her interpretation of the problems that the Republican Party faces. The Dems, though lacking any ounce of sanity, are united in their insanity. The Republicans on the other hand are not. Tea Partiers attack moderate Republicans and vice versa. It was recently reported that “whatever” was the Most Annoying Word of the Year. Not for me. “RINO” is the most annoying word for me, as it should be for Republicans as a whole. Chris Christie is, at the moment, arguably the best contender to fight… Read more »
Aspiring Conservative
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Aspiring Conservative

Mellany, head on over to Real Clear Politics and look at the latest poll numbers. Enough said on that matter.

I never said he was like Ronald Reagan — NOBODY can match Reagan!

Christie isn’t selling himself out. And it IS about compromise. In politics, you must give and take to make progress. I wrote an article about this on my blog. That article referenced Henry Clay. If you don’t know who he is, Google him. Did Henry Clay sell himself out? No. He was the Great Compromiser. Christie is more similar to Clay than to Reagan.

Mellany Lamb
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Aspiring Conservative, I agreed with everything you said until you got to the part about Chris Christie. He’s not about compromise, but selling himself out to win elections. Reagan never did that and held firm to his conservative convictions and won two elections while turning our Country around in 8 years and re-establishing the honor of the USA as a superpower. I am done with politicians who will say anything, do anything to try to get along or worse, get votes. We need a leader with integrity, not a waffler.

Public Patriot
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Amen Mellany Lamb!

Aspiring Conservative
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Aspiring Conservative

I’m sorry, the correct address for the blog is: http://www.aspiringconservative.wordpress.com

Richard Good
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Unless the GOP gets it act together, they will continue to infight and lose to the Democrats. VIRGINIA

David Casillas
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Mrs. Graham-West, you hit it on spot! Thanks for this article. Everything you have written so far, I agree 110%. Republicans should be as diverse as Democrats, but should also remain quiet on differences. This is America, after all. Republican should not rely on old tactics, but rather new ones, as long as they keep being conservatives. Keeping the old tradition with new strategy/new tactics. We will pray to God, for His will for Republicans to win. God bless America. Hey, America Bless GOD!

madgrandma
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The Party will pull together IF we’re given a great candidate… and we position ourselves on Conservative Principles… SOLUTIONS and TRUTH will always will over lies and ineptitude!

kfmcgahey
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Good argument in pointing out the divisiveness on the right. But to take this further, to win the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016 will require the following: a) An Unassailable Candidate: From the way he lives his life Mitt Romney is an exceptional personal example, but was a political liability in being pummeled by the left as a “rich guy”. Herman Cain was interesting, but the media only excuses marital infidelity on the left. We need a candidate who isn’t easily caricatured, and hence marginalized. Col. West would be hard to typecast, just as Obama was.… Read more »
Tired of the stupidity
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Tired of the stupidity

Maybe the reason there is so much dissonance lies in the fact that we have abandoned our primary goals. The goal in 2008 appeared to be to lose the election. The goal in 2012 appeared to canibalize our own candidate. Maybe we are already in a one party government and the prevention of a third party has become the central purpose of the GOP. I’ve been voting Republican for 52 years but not terribly sure that I will even continue to vote since neither lever is different from the other.

Public Patriot
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I as you had long supported the Republican party since returning from Nam. Now that it is synonymous with the Dems, RINO leadership, I can and will only vote for a constitutional conservative, even if it is a write in, and ostensibly a wasted vote. I will continue to support only those candidates that truly support We the People. Never give up!

JOEL714
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As a white Jewish guy 78 years old, it seems weird for me to be an INDEPENDENT registered voter.I switched from Republican in the middle of G W Bush’s 2nd term. The Republican party is similar to the one that Harry Truman called Democrat. My parents and grandparents were all immigrant democrats, but I just can’t stomach the lies/giveaways and weakness of the current Republican gang….WHERE IS THE AMERICA THAT I GREW UP LOVING AND WILLING TO DIE FOR?

daddyksinger
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My wife and I as many of our friends, have to be registered Republican to vote in the primaries even though we’re all Independents. We’re in Kentucky but I know other states have some of these same stupid rules.

Reiki-ology Master Healing
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Reiki-ology Master Healing

I voted Independant as soon as I saw the line up in 2008 and have stuck to it. I am TIRED of this country being brainwashed to believe we only have TWO choices (Rep or Dem) when that is plainly not true. We HAVE TO break that mold to move forward.

daddyksinger
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You’re absolutely right. Problem is getting the sheople to open their eyes. I have some well educated friends who believe we can only have two parties and anything else like a Libertarian or Independent would only hurt the Republicans chances of winning giving the election(s) to the Dems.

Lewis Hughes
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Allen we need a Leader for the Tea party not the Corrupt GOP!!! Everyone must know how bad the Tea Party is: I’ll tell you now.They expect the government to make a budget and live within the budget not spending one dime more. Period. They have the adacity to expect today’s American’s to adhere to the United States Constitution. Period. They feel all the elected legislatures work for the common people-wow, can you believe that! They the Tea Party want a much smaller size government and the States should have more rights as our forefathers set up when the country… Read more »
Vickie
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Thank you, Lewis, that was well said. We need everyone to get fired up! Keep it simple but firm and clear. Here’s hoping a leader will pop up soon!

MotherBatherick
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Mrs. Graham-West, you hit the nail on the head! Thank you for being a Patriot and saying what needs to be said. Many of us agree and it’s about time we let our voices be heard. Really heard. We need to be better organized, more “passionate” and less worried about what others may think. It’s not only time that our leaders grow a spine but that we, ourselves, stand up straight with shoulders squared and be loud and fierce, not resting til we git-r-done!

daddyksinger
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Anyone remember that crazy old guy that tried telling everyone about all this crap for the past 10-15 years? The lobbyists, the billions going overseas, the digging into all of our personal lives, the debt, the zero oversight of the federal reserve and the list goes on and on. Remember that “craaaazy old guy”. We missed a great opportunity America.

Nyla Potter
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We would have been better off with Perot instead of Bush 1.

Gee321
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Wasserman Schultz may know of what she speaks! Democrats have proven; they know how to win elections without the consent of a majority of American voters! We can ignore this possibility and be prepared to once again, tuck our tails in defeat! Perhaps, this time, for the final time, as a free people! I wrote to Colonel and Mrs. West’s Public Relations person relative to the urgency of this possibility for the next election and was not blessed with the opportunity to correspond with either Colonel or Mrs. West! Of course, I understand, I am probably just ‘one’ of a… Read more »
Nyla Potter
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Time to present a dynamic platform of truths and production ideas, to get the smallest of personnel economies moving upwards, instead of hoping there will be a meger hand out to survive. Use the democrat method of buying votes,not with hand outs, but with hand ups. Good paying jobs, incentives to save, reigning in corruption in FDA,IRS,Medicare,Pharmaceutical companies and VA. Cutting waste in all Government departments. Zero base annual budgets- all departments must annualy present a budget of projected needs, not start with last year’s budget and add an percentage. Pass term limits on Senate and House,no more Career politicians.… Read more »
Judy Lynn Jones
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I believe I have found my candidate for President in 2016. Mrs West I look forward to calling you The First Lady. I have been following your husbands Facebook post for several months, and I have been pleasantly surprised. I ask you from my heart to encourage your husband to make the sacrifices needed to save our country. I have praying for answers to the insanity that is “Our current administration” both Republican and Democrat. God Bless You, and God Bless America.