Tis’ the season…the silly season…otherwise known as a Republican primary. It’s the time every few years where Republicans who generally get along with each other suddenly lose their minds. Friends who have always been congenial face off through social media and the ugly comes out. Everyone seems to pick their candidate early and rally around them. Certainly not a bad thing…well, until someone else publicly praises THEIR own candidate…and the battle of who’s the REAL RINO begins through facebook feeds all over cyberspace.
I’ve tossed around the idea of writing this for awhile. I know I might get some flack for it from people who generally agree with me on other issues. But, since I’ve never been one to shy away from controversy- I figured, why start now? Here are my thoughts on how to behave badly during a Republican Primary and as a result prepare yourself for another presidential loss in the general election.
1. Beat up every candidate so badly (while protecting your own choice of course) so that when the primary is over our named Republican candidate is sent limping into the general election bruised, battered, and bleeding instead of poised and prepared to fight the real enemy- the Democrat nominee.
Ever notice that Democrats don’t do much of this? Republicans are better than anyone when it comes to beating up our own team members. Let me be clear, there are a couple of candidates out there who I really dislike. And dislike is too mild of a word to appropriately describe my disgust for some of their political stances. However, I’m not naïve enough to think that there’s no chance that this person I dislike might be our nominee. And I’m certainly not dumb enough to think that even one of these more distasteful candidates wouldn’t be better than the current POTUS we have in office. That being said, I will do my darndest to make sure the candidate that I think would make the best president wins the primary-and I won’t shy away from being honest about my true feelings about all of the candidates. But, I will do so while staying measured and I will not set out to destroy even the candidate that I dislike the most, because that’s what I may be left with at the end of this game.
2. Along that line, go ahead and buy into the ridiculous notion that who you consider to be the more distasteful candidate is “no different” than President Obama. If you honestly believe that, you aren’t paying nearly enough attention. President Obama is ideologically opposed to every principle that has made this country the shining beacon upon a hill that the rest of the world looks upon with awe. He has done everything within his power to dismantle the very fabric of this great nation. It has been systematic and purposeful and there won’t been a tiny corner that he hasn’t destroyed or attempted to destroy during his 8 years in office.
And if you think a Hillary presidency would look much different? You are probably right. It would be worse. Why? Because she shares the same ideology, but she’s smarter and far more wicked.
So, no… as much as there are presidential candidates on the Republican aisle that I can’t stand, I am not nearly gullible enough to believe that it couldn’t be FAR worse for us if a Democrat wins again.
3. Work the primary season frothing at the mouth in support of your candidate only to watch them drop out halfway through and, as a result, throw yourself on the ground in a political tantrum. Obviously, for those who must sub-consciously like to watch Democrats win, this means your next step must be to immediately and loudly (through every social media status available to you) withdraw your partnership and support of the Republican party. It’s the equivalent of taking your marbles and going home because you got knocked out before the game was over.
This show of an adult political temper tantrum doesn’t make you look strong and defiant while standing on your principles- outside of the few mulish people who absurdly do it with you. To the rest of us it makes you look ludicrous, short-sighted, and foolish.
4. Don’t work together with different factors of the Republican Party because they don’t agree with you on every issue. This ties right back into the infighting. Compromise isn’t always a bad thing-depending on the long term goal. Great leaders realize when to give and when to take. This election is going to require Republicans working together like they haven’t in recent history. That means whether you are strongly entrenched with the Tea Party or whether you identify with the more mainstream Republican party, we are all going to have to shake hands and agree to set aside personal differences – most especially once this primary is over and we have a nominee to rally behind.
This will be a race that cannot be won without both sides colluding and temporarily putting aside their differences to win. Imagine if we came together, with the strength of one force, what we could accomplish! Instead of one side or the other, flailing on the ground because they fail to get their way or their candidate. If we want to win this next election we are going to have define and articulate our message WITH UNITY!
5. When making your decision on the candidate you support– do so only with emotion and use zero logic. Oh, and make sure you are a one issue voter! Don’t make a dumb and emotional decision! Pick a candidate that is well rounded and hits a majority of your conservative positions- but remember, you are never going to get someone you agree with 100%.
Is this person heavily qualified? Do they have a chance of even winning? Are they serial candidates- who run over and over and over again in an attempt to stay relevant and in the spotlight? Have they been vetted and tested within political arenas with clear answers as to how they would react under political pressure? Do they have a lengthy political resume that proves where they will stand on every issue? Are they only ideologues or do they have real ability to build consensus among their peers? Even though they might “sound” great in a speech, how much executive level experience do they really have? We’ve seen what good talking points -but lack of tough-decision making credentials -gets us. Choose wisely and genuinely ask yourself these tough questions, and if you are left in doubt…re-evaluate.
So yes– go work hard for your candidate. Pour your passion, your sweat, and your time into turning them into a win. Influence your friends and your warm market by extolling the virtues of why you believe said person would be the best for this job. Run that ball with a frenzy all the way down the line…until it stops. And when/if it does…you stop for a moment. Re-evaluate the long term goal with maturity and regards to a long term vision, realizing that most likely none of us will end up with the perfect candidate. But ANY (and yes, I mean ANY) candidate that we throw against the other side, will be far superior to the Democrat option!