Allen B. West

GOP needs to pull itself together

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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.

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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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