[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Drifting Away

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Drifting Away

Haven't posted a reaction on Arlen Specter's defection to the (D) side of the house, so here goes. It was a cynical move by a politician who found himself desperately behind in his re-election bid and decided to lash out at the party that has supported him in the past, but which hasn't felt too hot about him in recent times because of his less-than-conservative stance on key issues. How else to stick it to the jerks at the GOP than through switching sides to potentially become the 60th vote, right Sen. Specter?

While the GOP needs to be as inclusive as it can, it cannot be accepting or tolerant of those who don't stand up for conservatives values that the party is supposed to represent. We all know there are many in the GOP who have failed conservatives and conservatism, big time. The left makes a mistake by interpreting Specter's move as a result of the GOP drifting too far right. Wrong. The GOP is supposed to be in the dead center of the right. It's folks like Specter and other RINOs who have drifted left. To those folks I say...keep on drifting. Drift away and stay there.


Blogger La Ventanita said...

I don't know if we've moved to the right or he's moved to the left. The other day I read a quote that was attributed to Reagan that sounded sensata. If I remember correctly he listed three items where we couldn't give up: smaller goverment, smaller taxes and individual rights. On the other more moral issues we could agree to disagree - which I'm guessing meant abortion and other more religious topics, because if we got too specific we would be too small a group.

If he did indeed say that, and even if he didn't, I think it was 100% right. Those three principles are the core principles of the GOP. Gun rights for example fall under individual rights. Unfortunately for those of us against it, so would abortion.

The GOP needs to revive those three principles as its core; if they do then we can begin rebuilding the party.

As for Specter, even then he still doesn't fit the bill.

12:14 AM, May 04, 2009  
Blogger Robert said...


Those three look good to me. I would add a strong national defense. Abortion...I'm going to have to chew on that one a little, but my gut feeling is that if we're going to really stand up for individual rights, that should include the life of a fetus. That's just me talking.

If anything, the GOP has lurched both left and right in the past several years. The party has had no steady anchor, which ideally should be in the center of the right. It's also worth remembering that many Democrats in 2006 ran on a pretty conservative message of less spending, lower taxes, etc. We all know that was a big lie, but that right there should give people an indication of what Americans truly want. Bigger government and bigger taxes aren't among those things. The GOP needs to remember that and deliver a consistent message they can stick to.

7:27 AM, May 04, 2009  
Blogger Andy said...


5:21 PM, May 04, 2009  

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