REPUBLICAN "MODERATES" ONLY ADVANCE LIBERALISM
By Christopher Adamo
The upcoming primary election in Pennsylvania stands as a sterling example of just what is wrong with the system, as well as the best (and perhaps the only) means of fixing it.
Socalled “Republican” Senator Arlen Specter, an incumbent U.S. Senator seeking reelection and an unabashed opponent of virtually every facet of Conservatism, now finds himself in a tight race against State Senator Pat Toomey, who has steadfastly championed Conservatism throughout his political life. Yet for all his devotion to principle, Toomey has been virtually abandoned by Conservative organizations, such as the College Republicans. President Bush is actively supporting Specter, along with Conservative “lightning rod” Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania’s junior U.S. Senator.
In many respects, this situation bears a dismal similarity to the 1997 New Jersey Governor’s race, in which ultra-Liberal “Republican” incumbent Christine Todd Whitman would certainly have lost but for the prominent social and moral Conservatives who rallied to her aid. In return Whitman, once reelected, continued to press forward with her Liberal agenda. And when Bret Schundler, a true Conservative, might likewise have benefited from a call to solidarity by Whitman during his own 2001 bid for Governor, she opted instead to deliver him a political “knife in the back,” helping to ensure his defeat. If Specter wins, does anyone really expect him to act differently?
Among Toomey’s contentions is that Specter has received support from radical Leftist financier George Soros. Feeling the heat, Specter found it necessary to call Rush Limbaugh’s radio program last week, in an attempt to vindicate himself. Sounding rather “Clintonian,” Specter disputed a few of the details, and generally feigned ignorance as to the nature and intent of the Soros donation. Conspicuously absent from Specter’s hollow disclaimer was any explanation of why a God-hating anti-American like George Soros would, under any circumstances, feel comfortable assisting in the election of someone like Specter. Clearly, Soros knows that, in Specter’s world, Liberal ideology trumps party affiliation.
Things are apparently no better in Washington State. Congressman George Nethercutt, another “moderate,” is being challenged in that state’s U.S. Senate primary by Conservative Reed Davis. But the state’s Republican Party is withholding assistance from Davis, on the grounds that he refuses to sign a pledge to abide by the socalled “Eleventh Commandment.” Originally the brainchild of Ronald Reagan, the “Eleventh Commandment” simply states that one Republican candidate should never “attack” another.
Davis fully realizes that the final arbiters of what constitutes an “attack” will be none other than the “moderate” insiders who run the Washington State Republican Party. Moreover, just as the “Dole Republicans” perverted Reagan’s “Big Tent” to lower party standards in hopes of making Liberals feel welcome, the new “Eleventh Commandment” has been thoroughly distorted with the intention of hamstringing Conservatives from confronting the Liberalism of their “moderate” opponents.
In contrast, “moderates” are increasingly brazen in their efforts to derail Conservative candidates who were not pre-selected by the party elite. This they regularly do with impunity. Furthermore, “moderates” have a vested interest in sabotaging Conservative candidacies. For, when such Conservatives fall victim to these underhanded tactics and are defeated, it is the “moderates” who most loudly trumpet the notion that Conservatism is a “losing strategy.”
In recent years, “moderate” Republican Party operatives have become extremely adept at convincing Conservatives to support Liberal candidates, “for the good of the party,” ostensibly on a one-time basis. Invariably, each successive situation is portrayed as a unique event, in which Conservatives must “rise above” their own interests and look to the greater good. And each time, they are rewarded with a candidate they helped elect, who then proceeds to do everything possible to marginalize them.
During the past four years, the Republican dominated federal government has implemented budget-busting Socialism, trampled the First Amendment, and virtually abolished the nation’s southern border. Meanwhile, the Federal Marriage Amendment is quietly being taken off life support, leaving a foundational institution of Western civilization vulnerable to eventual eradication. If Conservatives have any true intention of eventually restoring the values they cherish, they had better resolve to support individuals who are honestly committed to doing so.
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