Republican or Not?

“That the history of the nation during the last four years has fully established the propriety and necessity of the organization and perpetuation of the republican party, and that the causes which called it into existence are permanent in their nature, and now more than ever before demand its peaceful and constitutional triumph.”

That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Federal Constitution, ‘That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,’ is essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions; and that the Federal Constitution, the rights of the states, and the Union of the states, must and shall be preserved.” ~ 1860 Republican Platform (emphasis’ mine)

Remember the old adage…History repeats itself? This past Sunday, March 23, 2010, history once again repeated itself as a free nation, one born upon the wings of liberty, gave way to issuing a federally mandated health care system. Yes, America, land of the free, home of the brave…has been hijacked by a Marxist minded, anti-American group of leftist and many citizens are left sitting in the dust that was stirred up by the trampling of our Constitution.

What of the opening statement above? “…the nation during the last four years has fully established the propriety and necessity”. We could rewrite that for today and say, the nation during the “last” year.

Now, Americans are turning to the Republican party in hopes of reprieve.

Can the Republican party deliver?

Does the Republican party understand what the core values of its own platform are?

Before being able to answer these two questions, we must first understand that the Republican Party does not define We The People, but that We The People define the Republican Party.

To be Republican means to embrace a set of values and ideas that promote and support res publica which is a concrete thing of and/or pertaining to the state or the public, often summed up in the word: The Commonweatlh. In Rome, the word derives in some contexts into Constitution. Hence, to be Republican infers that we embrace values and ideas that support the Commonwealth or the Constitution. Therefore, to be Republican, one would be defined as supporting the Constitution and the Commonwealth. Anything less, is unRepublican.

Unfortunately there has been much talk and accusation of RINO’s infiltrating the Republican party, and the idea of RINO’s I do not deny. However, if being Republican means the ideas and values we hold in esteem, then the party itself has not changed, but rather the people placed in positions of authority within the party are what have changed.

Jane Ireland says of RINO’s, “Their speech, dress and mannerisms are yours. But something about them is false.” I agree with Ms. Ireland. The “false” that she speaks of is that they are not Republican at all, because Republican is not a letter beside your name, it is the core values and ideas that make up the platform of an individual’s conduct and speech. There is no such thing as a liberal or moderate Republican. You either are Republican or you are not.

“‘Moderate Republicans’ are favorites of the liberal press — until they stop being moderate for one reason or another.” ~ Pam Meister. The one reason or another which Ms. Meister notes are: they either realize, “Hey, I’m way off here and I need to get back to my core values of conservatism and Constitutionalism” or they surmise, “Hey, I’m in the wrong party. My core values align more with the _________(another party)” and they switch to where they rightfully belong, as was the case with Dede Scozzafava.

Understanding the original intent of the formation of the Republican party can help an individual determine which side of the fence they should become associated with. In 1860, just prior to the Republican National Convention, a platform was created which the party would either accept or reject at the Convention in Chicago, IL, May 17th of the same year. This platform, adopted unanimously, was the catalyst set forth that still propels the Republican Party today. The principles of understanding that these men had for running government as closely to the Constitutional framework as possible, is evident in the platform’s opening statement and contextual points printed above.

These men understood the importance of having a coalition to defend and promote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. There closing statement made it clear that they understood people varied in views on certain issues, but…“having thus set forth our distinctive principles and views, we invite the cooperation of all citizens”. Having set forth those ideas embraced by the Declaration and Constitution, citizens were welcome to join, but in doing so, one needed to agree with the Republican platform because they were not changing their stand. This being the reason for the entrance statement of, “the propriety and necessity of the organization and perpetuation of the republican party, and that the causes which called it into existence are permanent in their nature.”

The problem with the party today is that the individuals who are not Republican in their core values have sold the leadership to political correctness in an effort to embrace all facets of American opinion. This cannot be done because it causes the “Party” to become a blur instead of a shining star among the vast universe of ideology throughout the land.

The 1860 core value for the party would be to maintain the principles of liberty and freedom secured to citizens through the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and were set to be permanent, even for 2010. The Party must govern based on the core values of the platform it represents, unanimously, and not allow individuals to manipulate the platform based on their own personal agendas.

If we have RINO’s in positions of authority, it is because We The People have allowed them to be there. By being disengaged, not taking time to vet candidates, allowing money to persuade over principle, being caught in the snare of repetition, we have committed the same wrongs in our voting more than once. Now, unfortunately, we are reaping what we have sown. I say it is time to pull up the weeds, till the ground, and plant good seed so we can reap a good harvest this November.

Find a true Republican candidate and work your tail off for them. Your future, our children and grandchildren’s futures, and the future of this nation, depend on it.