The R word

By Steve Woodward

In American politics of a bygone era affiliation with the Republican Party put an “R” next your name, and it extended to other “R” attributes including reliable, respectable, and reputable.

As a candidate for governor of California in 1966, and a newly converted Republican, Ronald Reagan borrowed an edict from a state party leader of the era, a so-called 11th Commandment, that said, “though shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”

I am an unapologetic admirer of Reagan and hold him in high regard as one of the great American patriots of the 20th century. But the time has come, in fact it’s overdue, to declare the 11th Commandment obsolete.

It is a vast understatement to observe that the political universe has changed dramatically since 1966. So has our culture. It has eroded, and it’s not done. Civil discourse is dying. Journalism is dead. The media is a corrupt surrogate of the Democrat Party, which no longer is liberal but hard left and hurtling toward Marxism.

The Republican Party also is compromised, ruled by an elitist, establishment iron fisted cabal embodied by glassy-eyed Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY). It is indifferent toward conservatism and hostile toward America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. The latest mantra is that Republicans must “get over themselves” on their pro-life stances and “come around” on abortion.

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously observed that Americans were renowned for doing the right thing only before exhausting all other possibilities. Like Reagan’s 11th Commandment, Churchill’s sentiment no longer holds true.

The American statesmen Churchill knew in is his era were imperfect but principled. Today, we observe Republicans who would not know the right thing if it was placed before them adorned in neon and surrounded by fireworks. The right thing, the honorable thing is not expedient, it does not curry favor with donors, and it might get some of them run out of office. Can’t have that. What we see today are Republicans as rotten to the core as Democrats. Remember the late Sen. Harry Reid scoffing when reminded that he stood openly on the Senate floor and lied about Mitt Romney’s failure to pay taxes for a decade.

Here we are in 2023. Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (photo nearby) is demonstrating serious disregard for keeping his word, for upholding Republican values on spending as he pledged to do when he was desperate to be named Speaker. He seems to underestimate the zeal of the Trump MAGA movement, which one might align with a new 11th Commandment. “Though shalt not disregard or diminish the American people.” Never let us forget: January 6, 2021, was a civilized revolt hijacked by Democrats itching for a televised massacre.

We find McCarthy parroting the Left’s manufactured hysteria about a looming “government shutdown” unless a lame 30-day “continuing resolution” passes before September 30. The poorly conceived bridge agreement — likely to be stopped in its tracks by genuine fiscal conservatives including N.C. Rep. Dan Bishop — leaves 92% of runaway government spending intact as Americans stare down the barrel of a $33 trillion national debt. Unchecked spending must be slashed, not delicately pruned.

In Texas, a Republican attorney general has just survived impeachment — 16 counts were rejected — after 70 percent of Texas House Republicans voted in support of Ken Paxton’s impeachment last spring on baseless corruption charges. These Texas RINOs wanted Paxton gone because he posed too great a threat to their establishment priorities.

In North Carolina, Senate president and lifelong Republican Phil Berger is slaughtering his legacy in a most deliberate fashion. Berger’s doubling down on his lust to legalize casino gambling in counties he represents is trampling the will of a majority of Republicans across the state.

Berger is brutally defiant in a manner that would be shrugged off if he was a Democrat. He’s sure acting like one. But is it an act? The state’s budget bill was his first hostage in reckless pursuit of casinos. Now he is sharpening his talons again with a ploy to drag legalized casinos across the finish line on the coattails of Medicaid expansion. Genuine Republicans are against both, and they should be.

Republicans at last have narrow majorities in the North Carolina House and Senate, and, finally, the ability to drain Democrat Governor Roy Cooper’s veto pen. House Republicans are dead set against casino legislation passing, although never underestimate Speaker Tim Moore’s retractable spine. A few Senate Republicans have caved to Berger’s side. Cooper’s veto pen has been replaced by a giant Berger Sharpie, and it’s being used to draw a big middle finger out on Jones Street.

The scenario is so atrocious, and it’s so obvious that Berger (photo nearby) is on the take, that a Cooper tweet over the weekend was impossible to dismiss: “Something has a grip on Republican leaders and it’s not the people of NC.”

Something has a grip on elected Congressional Republicans, too. A singular figure who has stirred the passions of true Republicans, and even some Democrats and independents, Donald Trump, who pollsters say is surging in popularity ahead of the 2024 election, has been falsely indicted four times by rogue district attorneys. But the so-called leaders of the Republican Party, McCarthy and Senate leader/fossil McConnell, are mum on Trump’s plight and are holding onto hope that he will just go away.

Trump will not comply. (He has an army of ardent supporters, aka, the War Room “posse”. The host of this live streamed alt-media juggernaut, Steve Bannon, is coming to Moore County to rally Republicans on October 27 as headliner of the Moore GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner). Learn more.

Modern day Republican frauds do not deserve the “R” next to their names. But they’re not going away either, and their disingenuous instincts are re-defining the “R”. They are reprehensible.

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