GOP, RINOS, and the Tea Party — by guest blogger W. H. Strom

First, this is what my background and has shaped my thinking, my starting point.  I am a hard line conservative.  I have been ever since gaining my maturity.  I am well educated, two master’s degrees, one in Strategic Intelligence.  I was born on the left coast, I am a practicing Christian, I live in Virginia, and was in the military (30 years) and a military contractor (10 years).  Now, why did I just bring all that up?  In my profession I have had to be an active listener.  First I flew fighter aircraft in combat and in opposition to the great USSR (Russia to the newbees) I had to know the world situation.  Later as an intelligence officer I changed my perspective somewhat, more toward learning what was going to happen in the near future.  I became very versed to situations and attitudes in the area of potential adversaries.

When you study potential adversaries motivations are as important, or more so, than capabilities.  The US military has sufficient wherewithal to destroy or damage most capability that our adversaries possess.  It’s the motivation that is the driving force.  As an intelligence officer and aircrew member, I was more than a little interested in the motivation of the people who were, occasionally, shooting at me.  After the wall fell, the intelligence game became much more difficult.  Instead of just one adversary, there was the potential of many.  Again, why do I bring this up?

I am “tuned in”, so to speak, to motivations and behavior.  I don’t much care about what people say as what they do.  What I have seen in the US Congress is that almost every time there is some great contentious bill come to vote, that vote is nearly always along party lines, regardless of “Blue Dogs” or “Moderate” Republicans. Witness the last Senate vote on health care, and several other like votes in 2009.  That was even more evident prior to the great upraising of the American public through such devices as the tea parties.

I just read the Wall Street Journal article on “Purity” tests.  I don’t like them.  Throughout my careers I have pretty much run my actions by “selective neglect”.  I do what I want of my superior’s wishes and ignore the rest.  I have been, on occasion, slapped down, but generally, I have had a relatively successful career.  There are others out there like me.  Locking someone up to a “test” to a list of values, of which some may vary in the next few years, does not seem like a good idea.  If there were to be a “Purity” test, it should be broad: defend the constitution; kill political correctness in all its varied guises; support a strong defense; really understand and expose the roots of  the Muslim religion; stand by our allies; and let freedom reign.

Third parties cannot win.  They are too small, take votes from a larger party and let someone in without a majority (Clinton’s first win).  It takes several elections to take over one of the top two.  In the mean-time, the left will smash this country.  What has started, and what we need to continue, is a redefinition of the Republican Party.  I am a George W. Bush admirer, but he let some stuff slip by in his last year in office, perhaps to salvage a “historical” view of his presidency.  Had I gone through the eight years he did, my sanity would also be questioned, but some attitudes and decisions must be reversed.  Goldwater did it for us in 1964, it’s time again.

I like Tea Parties.  It started out as a movement and needs to stay that way.  If it becomes a party it is very possible that much of its efforts will go toward maintaining its status.  That is a killer.  So, let’s all calmly look at the big picture.  Ultimately it comes down to how many Ds and Rs there are in Congress.  I vote for Rs.  I don’t much care if they are RINOS (as long as there are no good conservatives running).  I definitely do not vote for any Ds, regardless of how well they campaign, witness the last Presidential election and the Senatorial election here in Virginia a few years before that.  I only care about results, and Rs are much more likely to vote the way I want them than Ds.  Let’s not cut our own throats.  Nothing is done in a day or even in an election cycle.  Let’s get involved in the GOP and revolt from within if we don’t like what we see.  And for God’s Sake, let’s get out from under the elitist Northeasterners.

I am like the commenter I saw at this blog earlier:  I voted for Palin.  I like my politics sweet and simple, no secrets.  Whether Sarah can get an adequate staff together and overcome what the MSM has done to here, I don’t know, but now she is my template for a solid conservative people’s candidate.  If you don’t like my choice, that’s OK.  I will go along with the majority, unlike the members of the Democrat Party (I just can’t call them democratic).

Last comment: We must keep the pressure on.  Yes it was great to elect Senator Brown of Massachusetts, but remember, he is an eastern Republican.  He has stated that he could vote with the Democrats on some issues.  He is not Reagan, Palin, or even Gingrich.  We must continue to push the events of the past year, keep it in the news so the massive Democrat public relations campaign which has started doesn’t pervert the great uninterested public.

Summary: The GOP, along with all the RINOS who will play with us, needs to merge with the tea partiers and present a united front.  We need to keep the momentum going and not allow the 50 to 60 percent of the American public, who really don’t pay attention to politics, to forget the horrible fate that almost befell us.

W. H. Strom

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  • suek

    Not much to add to that.
    As I commented earlier, Glenn Beck’s show on Saturday (may have been a repeat, but I don’t know) highlighted “Progressives”, their goals and the fact that they inhabit both parties.  Tea Partiers are somewhat the same – they are drawn from both parties, but their ideals so far at least, are diametrically opposite from Progressives.  I agree that we aren’t likely to be able to get a viable third party, so we need to do what the Progressives have done – infiltrate and take over both parties.
    Can it be done?  If we can’t, we lose.

  • Charles Martel

    Mr. Strom’s commentary about purity tests reminds me of the joke about the devout Christian couple caught in a flood and stranded on the roof of their house. First they wave off rescue by a passing boat, and then, as the waters rise even higher, rescue by a helicopter. They are waiting for God Himself to save them.

    After they drown and reach Heaven, God asks them, “Why are you here?”

     They answer, “Yes, why are we? We waited for you to rescue us and you never came.”

    God says, “What?? First I sent the rescue boat, then I sent the helicopter. . .”

    I’m willing to be rescued by anything that can get us away from the terrible flood that’s afflicting us now. I’ll worry about the purity or holiness of the dirty-handed pilot once I’m ashore.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I am so totally with you on this, W.H. Strom. Well put! ‘Nuff said.

  • Mike Devx

    SueK #1:
    As I commented earlier, Glenn Beck’s show on Saturday (may have been a repeat, but I don’t know) highlighted “Progressives”, their goals and the fact that they inhabit both parties.

    I’m going off-topic a bit.  But I saw that show.  I’d never seen Beck because I’d cancelled satellite TV and almost completely turned off my TV for a year and a half.  But I dove back in for the Scott Brown election.  As a result, I caught Glenn Beck twice, and I really liked it.  His show a week ago on the roots of Progressivism, and then the one you mention, were very good.

    The reason I’m writing: Has anyone else noticed that incredible little chalkboard he uses?  I’m fascinated by it.  It functions like a totally low-tech TV screen WITHIN your TV screen, and it causes you to focus in.  Far more than just watching the usual computer graphics and the talking heads switching back and forth, of every other show.   It’s so unique and so unusual that no one can even mimic it – he OWNS that technique now.  And he uses it not only for additional focus and concentration, but also to easily let you follow the flowing narrative around which he’s building that day’s show.  I think it’s sneakily, incredibly effective.

    So I haven’t turned off my TV completely again.  I’m recording Beck, and the News Hour with Bret Baier for the last half hour round table.  I used to love O’Reilly before I turned my TV off, but I don’t miss him and I’m actually resistant, reluctant to begin taking up even more time to watch him again too, not entirely sure why…

  • Al

    Mr. Strom,
    Forcefully said. But then acti0ns do speak more accurately than words about one’s character and predictability. I tend to think more conservatively. RINOs are part of the reason we are in this  mess. And I have this odd thought that Gingrich is more liberal than Brown.
    My motivation is the protection of the freedom which is bestowed on us by God, and protected in the words and intent of the Constitution. I took that vow also. My viewpoint is that the leaders in the executive branch of our Federal Government, and many in the legislative branch, are intentionally trying to remove those freedoms by circumventing the Constitution. None of the programs enacted or under discussion advance individual freedom or the strength of the private citizen. All bequeath further power to the government at the expense of the citizen.
    Individual freedom of course means individual responsibility. And that is the real reason why the liberal agenda is so corrosive. It looks to remove the responsibility from the individual. The poor individual does not have the tools, the knowledge, the ability, (time, money, (desire?)) to do the right thing. The government will do it for you. For a price.
    If there has to be a litmus test, that should be it. Does the candidate change his own light bulbs, or does he expect someone else to do it.
    And yes, I am a Palin supporter.

  • Zoltan

    I believe Tea Partiers should focus on the Republican primaries.  We should encourage and support people with solid conservative values to run at all levels of government.  Rather than send our money to the RNC, NRSC, or NRCC, we should donate to individual conservative candidates, during both the primary and general elections.  If we are fortunate enough to live in a solidly conservative district, we should look for conservative candidates to support in other districts within our state or even in other states.  According to Jess Unruh, of California, money is the mother’s milk of politics; so we must learn to spend our political money more wisely so that conservatism will be healthy and grow quickly.