If moderate Republicans don't like the direction of the GOP, they should try and change it instead of complaining to liberals
Dan Savage receives a lot of feedback when he posts a blog article or video or gives a speech. As with anyone who is outspoken and sarcastic, he gets a lot of hate “mail,” but what he also gets are a lot of messages from liberal Christians. Dan Savage calls us “NALTs” or “Not All Like Them Christians”.
Liberal Christians often gently remind Dan that we’re not hateful, that we support marriage equality, we don’t think the LGBT community causes hurricanes or terrorist attacks and we do not believe allowing men to marry men and women to marry women will lead to our spouses suddenly falling madly in love with a poodle or the lawn tractor.
I received a lot of feedback from my letter to the conservative man and my letter to the conservative woman. I knew I would, and I knew exactly what kind of feedback that would be. Conservatives accused me of stereotyping, of lumping them all together and of attributing to all of them beliefs that some of them do not have. And much like NALT’s sending messages to Dan Savage is sort of counter productive, so too is commenting on my pieces that all conservatives do not ascribe to the tenets promoted by the pundits and politicians on the right.
If you read either or both of those letters and you said to yourself “Hey! I’m not like them!” why are you telling me? If your party no longer represents you, tell your party. Yelling at me won’t do anything.
It won’t stop me from pointing out (correctly) that the new GOP/Tea Party/far right allows people like Ted Nugent, Jodie Laubenberg, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann and Sean Hannity to speak for the entire conservative party. It won’t stop me, or any other writer worth their salt from musing on the basic hypocrisy of stating you are “pro-life” and believing cutting food stamps for children is a grand idea.
When you attack me or any other writer who uses links and quotes from Republicans to prove their point, you’re not helping yourself at all. What you need to do is go after the people who, if you’ll pardon the word, make you look stupid. Didn’t Bobby Jindal say, out loud, that the GOP needs to stop being the stupid party? What the hell happened?
Let’s take Jodie Laubenberg. She is a Republican from Texas, she was the author of the new anti choice bill that will close all but 3-5 clinics in the entire state… and she believes a rape kit is the same thing as an abortion. Come on. I don’t recall one conservative screaming out at the top of their lungs “OH MY GOD IT’S NOT THE SAME THING, HOW DID YOU GET INTO OFFICE?!?” because the only people who picked up on Ms. Laubenberg’s insanity and published it were liberals.
You’ve got Steve Stockman with his “give a fetus a gun” bumper sticker and of course, Darrell “Of Course That’s My Car, Officer, What Fire?” Issa and his make believe scandals. And yes, I am making fun of Darrell Issa because he reminds me a lot of Ken Starr, just with better hair.
One of the most conservative judges in America told NPR that the Republican party is now “goofy.” I’ve seen Republicans at rallies holding signs that read “I’m ashamed of my party.” There’s an online group called Republicans for Obama.
You are not the party of Eisenhower any more, nor the party of Lincoln. Hell, you’re barely the party of Reagan. Nixon wouldn’t even be allowed in the back door at the next CPAC convention. And only you conservatives can fix that. Do you wince every single time Ann Coulter opens her mouth? Did you throw up a bit when you learned Ted Nugent gave a speech on military heroism at the NRA convention?
Speaking of the NRA, do you understand that they represent gun manufacturers, not the average, responsible American gun owner? When Newt Gingrich said he was unfaithful to TWO seriously ill wives because he loves America so much, did you have to go outside and scream for a few minutes? Then guess what? This isn’t your party anymore!
Take it back. Start your own blog or Facebook page, call it I Remember Eisenhower, or Moderate Republicans Unite. Something that shows you do remember when the GOP was truly Grand, not Goofy. Find like-minded people who are also embarrassed to admit they’re Republican and meet in cafes, diners, basements. Write letters to local and national papers. Stand up and be counted, because if you remain silent and ignore what’s going on in the GOP, you will forever be tainted, you will be guilty by association.
There is nothing wrong with being an actual Republican. But if you’ve hitched your ride to the clown car the GOP has become, you can’t yell at me. I’m just pointing out the facts, the rhetoric and the horror that is the new and vastly unimproved GOP. Yell at the yahoos who did this.