Well my article titled ” The War Of Their Choosing” stirred up quite a hornet’s nest of faux outrage from both the liberals and the so-called fiscal conservatives within the GOP.
In that piece I outlined my view of the current fracture within the Delaware GOP in general and the Sussex County GOP in particular. I used metaphors that called on imagery of battles and war. Many of the most radical liberals accused me of wanting to actually kill someone.
Many within the GOP suggested that my view of the current state of affairs was too divisive. They seem to think that all we be well within the GOP, if only we could build a coalition of the different factions within the GOP. They seem to believe that we can all just give each other big GOP hugs and forget all that has gone on in the past.
My personal view is that there are only two factions battling (yes I dare to say battling, you intellectually vacant liberals) for control of the GOP.
On the one side, you have those who define themselves as fiscal conservatives. They are of a mind-set that the GOP can win elections, if only we would focus on fiscal issues and nothing else. Any talk of issues that affect our society, sends them into fits of liberal like fustian.
These fiscal only types currently hold many of the leadership positions within the Delaware GOP. They continue to tell the rank and file, that to win elections, we must stick to fiscal issues only. That to even speak of social issues is the death knell for any GOP candidate. They have been telling us this now for decades, and for decades we have slowly been slipping into the minority within the state.
On the other side of this internal battle for control of the Delaware GOP we have people who believe in conservatism. They believe that the best way to solve the issues facing the state and the nation and yes even the world, is to apply conservative principles. I happen to be one of those who feels this way.
I also happen to be someone who feels that we cannot turn a blind eye towards issues that affect our society. I see social issues as being equal in importance with fiscal issues. As do many people.
When I look at this I see the problem as being due to the fact that some people believe that it is about issues. They think that if we just break it down into issues, such as fiscal issues, then we can convince people the GOP is the best choice to solve individual issues . Then you have people like myself who believe that it is about ideology. We feel that if we apply the conservative ideology and educate people about what that means, then we can bring more people into the GOP.
So how do we build a coalition out of these two factions? For my part, I believe in conservative solutions to fiscal problems. So I already agree with those whom I describe as fiscal only conservatives within the GOP. Common ground? I would say so.
Now here comes the sticking point. How do we convince the fiscal only faction to apply conservative principles to solve social issues? And even before that, how do we get them to even consider social issues important enough to talk about in a public forum?
For decades they have told the more conservative among the GOP rank and file to vote for the GOP candidate, even if the candidate didn’t exactly fit the bill on every issue. We were expected to just put aside our concerns about issues affecting society. We were told that for the good of the party we should vote for people who we had serious differences with on some very important issues for us. We were told that these candidates were fiscally conservative(in many cases this was a lie) and so they were better than the Democrat.
Well for many years we did this. And in so doing we compromised our principles. And too often we didn’t even get fiscal conservatism from these candidates.
Now as for my self, I have had enough. I will no longer give in. If there is any movement needed to build a coalition, it is from the fiscal faction. To build a coalition they will need to move to the right on social issues. We are not asking them to give in on fiscal issues, we share their concerns. We are asking them to help us move the state and the nation in a more traditional direction on social issues. Help us to fight against the genocidal policies on abortion. Help us protect traditional marriage. Help us fight against teen pregnancies. Help us fight for religious freedoms. Help us fight the growing crime rate. Help us fight against the animals that prey on the most innocent among us.
We ask you to help us to elect candidates that will not only speak quietly at GOP meetings about these issues, but who will speak openly about them.
If there is a fracture within the GOP, it is due to the leadership ignoring the growing concern of the rank and file voters about these issues. For far too long we have helped those fiscal only types, elect fiscal only type candidates. To build the coalition needed to win elections, the fiscals will have to stand with us on social issues,as we stood with them on fiscal issues. Or risk the GOP falling completely apart.