Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bad Politics

Today, Romney and the RNC disenfranchised Conservative and Libertarian voters across the country in their heavy-handed power grab at the Republican National Convention.  The result is that the states are weaker and the national party is stronger.  This seems to be a continuation of what we have seen under George Bush. 

Apparently, many in the party, including Reince Priebus, have not learned the lessons of the 2010 election that the party wants a limited Constitutional party and government.  Limited government Conservatives and Libertarians were angered and felt betrayed. 

The reaction by the Neocons and the Middle-Left of our party was self destructive, to say the least.  Many tried to claim that it was simply Ron Paul and his supporters who were upset.  Apparently, unaware that Mark Levin, Freedom Works, and a host of Tea Party groups were every bit as outraged. 

The thing that really grated on my nerves was how many said that anyone upset should just leave the party or admit that they have supported Obama all along.  Talk about self inflicted wounds.  The party has bent over backwards to make limited government Conservatives feel unwelcomed.  The outright hatred for Libertarians is over the top. 

We are routinely told that we need to just back Romney for the good of the country while, apparently, Romney and the RNC don't have to do anything to reach out to us.  Oh sure, they have said a few key phrases now and then, like auditing the fed, but all of their actions have shown they still have a big government approach to operating. 

I have come to the conclusion that I will vote for Romney/Ryan because it is a step in the right direction.  Just the jobs created from opening our energy resources would have a huge impact on our struggling economy, but I am not naive, this is just a step in the right direction.  Like any journey it will require many more steps to reach our destination. 

It will be our job to criticize and fight against Romney and the Republican party every time they stray from our founding fathers' vision.  At the same time, we have to defend them and stand with them when they are on our side. 

To the Republican establishment I hope you realize you have, through your bad politics of authoritarianism at the convention, harmed yourself.  Many Libertarians and limited government Conservatives will not be able to look past the insults and blatant breaking of the rules perpetrated by you.  Many will, no doubt, support the libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who appears to be a great man who  would have caused you a lot more pain if he would have been able to self finance. 

I hope the moderate, mushy center of our party learns to fight and trash Democrats with half the passion they have shown going after limited government Conservatives and Libertarians.

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