Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Republicans are "traitors" says former Republican

One of the things that Rush Limbaugh and Michael Steele have been fighting about--in fact probably the only important thing they've been fighting about--is how best to rebuild the Republican Party. Limbaugh believes that the only way forward for the Republican Party is to return to a very strict version of Goldwater/Reagan conservatism and to refuse to compromise on this ideology. Steele believes that it is okay to compromise on ideology so as to win new supporters from the middle. What neither of these two men have addressed is how to win back disaffected Republicans, people like Frank Schaeffer, who recently had this to say about the GOP:
You Republicans are the arsonists who burned down our national home. You combined the failed ideologies of the Religious Right, so-called free market deregulation and the Neoconservative love of war to light a fire that has consumed America. Now you have the nerve to criticize the "architect" America just hired -- President Obama -- to rebuild from the ashes. You do nothing constructive, just try to hinder the one person willing and able to fix the mess you created.

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How can anyone who loves our country support the Republicans now? Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan defined the modern conservatism that used to be what the Republican Party I belonged to was about. Today no actual conservative can be a Republican. Reagan would despise today's wholly negative Republican Party. And can you picture the gentlemanly and always polite Ronald Reagan, endorsing a radio hate-jock slob who crudely mocked a man with Parkinson's and who now says he wants an American president to fail?!

With people like Limbaugh as the loudmouth image of the Republican Party -- you need no enemies. But something far more serious has happened than an image problem: the Republican Party has become the party of obstruction at just the time when all Americans should be pulling together for the good of our country. Instead, Republicans are today's fifth column sabotaging American renewal.
Ouch. And what is more, it's all true. Ouch.

Read Frank Schaeffer's "Open Letter to the Republican Traitors (From a Former Republican)" here.


Andrew Clem said...

The correct link is:

The Richmond Democrat said...

Thanks Andrew,

Blogger went kablooie on me last night.