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An Open Letter to the Grand Old Party
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Thursday, January 17, 2008

To: Republican Party officials and members

Perhaps this letter is presumptuous of me. After all, I’m not a Republican and never have been. But I am in a group of voters the GOP needs to win. I’m in that freedom-oriented, libertarian-leaning, small government, low taxes group that was part of the Reagan coalition. Granted I’m a bit more minimal government than most in that group; I'd like to see the government down to less than a quarter of its current size. Anyway, you guys are going to have a hard time winning without we small-government afficiandos. Very hard.

So let me say this plainly. If you nominate Mike Huckabee or John McCain, you’ve lost me. I won’t vote for your candidate. Period.

I don’t care who the running mate is, and how much “balance” such a person brings to the ticket. I don’t care who the Democratic candidate is, though I won’t be voting for him or her either.

I won’t vote for any of the Democratic candidates because they’re all leftists, no matter what they call themselves. They believe government is the solution to many, many problems that I think government is simply incapable of solving. They all believe in reducing our freedom any time they can get away with it – for the “common good” of course. Hillary, nominally the least far-left of the lot, made that quite clear in her “we’re going to take things from you on behalf of the common good” quote.

Why, then, would I not vote for a Republican, any Republican, to oppose them? Because I’ve learned something about the GOP. When we put you guys in charge with a leader who doesn't believe in small government in his gut, you sell out your principles.

Bush gets mixed grades in his war on Islamic fundamentalism; at least he has shown some aggressiveness in fighting it. However his domestic policies have been awful. Even with a Republican Congress during much of his administration, he used up his political capital on a massive expansion of the welfare state with the Medicare Rx program, a massive expansion of federal government involvement in education with the No Child Left Behind program, and a massive expansion of government power to suppress free speech with campaign finance reform.

And Congress did nothing to stop him. They rolled over. Heck, they did more than that. They got down in the pork and wallowed around in it. Now they stink as badly as the Democrats.

Despite numerous warnings, the Republican Congress did not take any significant measure to increase freedom or decrease government. Not one. Except for a minor tax cut, which is going to expire soon and which looks like it won’t get renewed, Congress didn’t do anything of consequence in addressing the desires of folks like me.

Contrast this with Bill Clinton’s administration. Republicans in Congress stood up to government run health care, forced welfare reform, and obtained expansion of free trade. The bottom line is that during Clinton’s administration, Republicans mostly held the line on government expansion or actually made a small bit of progress in limiting government. Under George Bush’s administration, Republicans in Congress have become free spending, corrupt beltway insiders who care far more about their own power than about their principles.

Therefore, I cannot and will not support you in putting another Republican in the White House who simply doesn’t care about the creeping totalitarianism of the federal government. That’s the path to things getting worse. I’d rather see Republicans holding the line than defecting to the other side in a misguided effort to be all things to all people.

Let’s look at these guys. First, McCain sponsored the worst rollback of free speech in this nation’s history. He thereby shows utter contempt for the rights and freedoms of his fellow citizens. He also demonstrated that he will do anything – anything – to bolster his own reputation with people across the political spectrum.

He looks to me as if he has a “great man” complex and is convinced that he’s a world-historical figure. Such men are dangerous. George W. Bush, as mediocre a president as he’s been, does not have those problems. Therefore, I must presume that a McCain presidency would be worse by far than the Bush presidency has been in the erosion of freedom and the continued expansion of the size and prerogatives of the federal government. For example, I’m convinced that McCain would “reach out” to create a form of universal healthcare, giving in to the largest expansion of the federal government since the New Deal.

McCain tried to flex his world-historical muscles last year, by giving us a disastrous immigration bill that would do absolutely nothing to solve the problem, but would (he thought) give him another line in the history books. Having realized the magnitude of his misjudgment, he now utters mealy-mouthed assurances that he’s “learned his lesson”. I suppose that’s true, if the lesson he’s learned is to do a better job of deceiving the citizenry next time he wants to jam something we don’t want down our throats in the pursuit of yet more mentions in the history texts. (Oh, I realize he personally doesn’t see himself that way. Too bad. That’s the way I see him, and I’ve never seen a single example of behavior that would make me doubt that assessment.)

Then there’s Huckabee. Seriously, fellows. Where did this clown come from? His politics are within shouting distance of John Edwards. He’s the worst of all worlds; an evangelical populist. Elmer Gantry meets Ross Perot.

If you nominate Fred, I’ll send him some more money. He’s far from perfect, but I’m prepared to hope that he gets it, and would put at least a minimal amount of spine in the Republican Party. If you nominate Mitt, I’ll grimace, and hope he’s not as bad a flip-flopping Northeastern liberal as I fear he is. If you nominate Rudy, I’ll shake my head and hope things don’t go too badly; I don’t think I’d vote for him, but if he wins I wouldn’t dread Inauguration Day.

But if it’s McCain or Huckabee, you’ll get no vote or any form of support from me. I’ll probably hope for a Democratic victory with a subsequent inept administration that causes the pendulum to swing towards somebody I can support in four years. Because, based on the Clinton vs. Bush comparison, I don’t think a Democratic president would be any worse than either McCain or Huckabee, and at least there’s an outside chance that the party and the base voters might rediscover their attraction to less government.


 
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So let me say this plainly. If you nominate Mike Huckabee or John McCain, you’ve lost me. I won’t vote for your candidate. Period
Co-signed. Not even if the opposition is running Hillary.
 
Written By: shark
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OUTSTANDING! I would rather vote for Clinton than Huckacarter....At least she DOES understand power. And that way, when the country turns socialist, I can still blame the appropriate party.
 
Written By: Cargosquid
URL: http://unitedconservatives.blogspot.com/
Despite numerous warnings, the Republican Congress did not take any significant measure to increase freedom or decrease government. Not one. Except for a minor tax cut, which is going to expire soon and which looks like it won’t get renewed, Congress didn’t do anything of consequence in addressing the desires of folks like me.
Well, you ain’t gonna get much from a slim majority. Doesn’t matter if you are a "D" wishing for socialized medicine and gun control or an "R" wishing for small government and free markets.

The primary failure of the "R" is that, with a slim majority and lots of RINOs or moderates, not muc is going to happen. Although I will note that the AWB expired, and there was an attempt to prevent lawsuits aimed at gun companies.
 
Written By: Don
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Well, you ain’t gonna get much from a slim majority.
A slim majority plus the presidency ought to be worth something. I’ve heard Republicans for years go on about how "when we get the White House and both houses of Congress, then you’ll see some changes, yessir."

Things didn’t turn out that way. The presidency plus a slim majority turned in worse results than the Republican Congress of 1995+ working with Clinton.

That’s my main point. It doesn’t matter what Congress looks like, if there’s no president with the philosophical core to get some things done, in the face of what is sure to be massive opposition from the mainstream media.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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The bottom line is that during Clinton’s administration, Republicans mostly held the line on government expansion or actually made a small bit of progress in limiting government.
Are you not going to give Clinton any credit? I think Clinton, moderate Democrats and the Republicans managed to cooperate well — though to be sure, they benefited from the stock bubble and cheap oil.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
I agree.
It might be better with Hillary in office and we could hope for gridlock
 
Written By: Rick
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The only way I would ever ever vote for McCain and Huckabee would be by voting the ABB (anyone but Billary) line.

That being said, I live in Texas so I may just not vote in the presidential race and vote for local congress and senators. I damn sure wont send a thin dime to anyone associated with McCain and Huckabee.
 
Written By: retired military
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I agree with your assessment of McCain as someone who thinks of himself as an historical figure. I cringe at the thought of his expansion of the Federal government. Socialized health care is one of the worst things that could happen to this country. McCain is no Churchill, though he might think of himself that way.

And I love the line about Huckabee: "Then there’s Huckabee. Seriously, fellows. Where did this clown come from? His politics are within shouting distance of John Edwards. He’s the worst of all worlds; an evangelical populist. Elmer Gantry meets Ross Perot."

That is the worst of all possible worlds—evangelical populists have made attempts at the White House before, but this time it looks like he actually might...gulp...stand a chance! Thompson, Romney, Giuliani—the Party better line up behind one of them soon!
 
Written By: Erik
URL: http://dailyelephant.org
If you nominate Fred, I’ll send him some more money.
And he’ll be lucky if it buys him anything as valuable as what up you’ve just given him — and his party — for free with this heads up. The last thing the GOP can afford to do is underestimate the number of "freedom-oriented, libertarian-leaning, small government, low taxes" traditional Republican voters who would give you a big Amen on this.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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I would like permission to use what you wrote, with some changes, to personalize it to send to the republican party. I agree with nearly everything you said except the part about not voting for a dim. If the nominee is Mc Amnesty or Gomer Hell, I will be voting for whomever is the dim nom. Thanks for listening anyway.
 
Written By: Paden Cash
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I’d sign this letter, and I am, in fact, a registered Republican (cant vote in my state’s primary otherwise).

Huck and the Maverick™ represent a new branch of the GOP. Assault your allies and acquiesce to the opposition.
McCain tried to flex his world-historical muscles last year, by giving us a disastrous immigration bill…
Remember, the original bill was worked out behind closed doors without any input from Congress. Just like Hillary, Maverick™ knows what is best, arrogantly irrespective of anyone else’s opinion.

Personally I have little problem with Guiliani, Romney, or Thompson. I prefer Mitt’s business experience over the other two, but only marginally so. I would vote for McCain, but only if Edwards were his opponent. And I would vote for either Clinton or Obama if the GOP choses Huckabee.


 
Written By: bains
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Paden, you can do anything you like with it, and so can anyone else. These words are meant to be read, not hoarded.

An attribution to the source would be appropriate, I think, but I won’t even require that.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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These words are meant to be read, not hoarded.
I took the liberty of submitting the post to RealClearPolitics ReaderArticles. Note that you can go there and vote for it to be bumped onto the site’s front page.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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In my youth, I swore a profane oath that I would never knowingly vote for a Gd’d liar. I have never violated that oath, and I never will. Three times I have written in Jesus Chist: when Nixon, Bush & Shrub ran for re-election. If Huckabee, Giuliani, McCain or Romney is nominated, I will do another write in. I’d settle for a Tompson/Keyes ticket.

I’m afraid its time to ditch the GOP and start a new party, its outlived its utility and no longer serves its purpose.
 
Written By: Ben
URL: http://totheulama.wordpress.com
Good thing we don’t need your vote. You have an inflated opinion of your importance.

Huckabee’s the best candidate by far. Anti-illegal immigration, pro-marriage, pro-military, anti-abortion (all the things the GOP used to stand for before Democrats like McCain and Romney slipped in).

Thompson is sour and dour and accomplished nothing during his 8 years of Senate bench-warming. He runs fourth place in every state—even South Carolina!
 
Written By: steve
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I don’t understand how you can say like Romney and not Huckabee since Huckabee’s fiscle record as governer is far more conservative then Romney. Romney rased taxes and spending more then Huckabee did.
 
Written By: Damian
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Nice piece. I think your views should be considered seriously because what you say is true...the Republicans cannot get elected without support of your voting bloc. As a Thompson supporter, I am worried that there are too many people who are wedded to bigger government for him to get elected even if he got the nomination. Which gets me to my point. Eevryone is talking change but what type of change? The truth is that the American people get the government they deserve. The real change will have to come from the voters themselves. Meaning, are we ready to elect a leader who will actually tell the truth and not pander for votes? Because if we just want a "leader" to promise us more feel good programs then we are done. There are a few candidates in the race that run on some tough truth. Ron Paul is too far on the fringe to be elected. John McCain has too many liberal tendencies for his solutions, and that leaves Thompson "who will from time to time speak over the heads of congress and speak directly to the American people." If we truly want change we first must elect a leader that will tell us the truth and gain our support for some tough decisions ahead. Thompson understands this and has proven by his campaign that he will not sacrifice his ideals to get elected. Is the country ready for change? Maybe so...but we need the truth first. When you vote, consider that in order to first fix a problem you have to confront it first. Remember its "We the people...." Don’t look for magical solutions from any politician.
 
Written By: Doug
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Well, steve, you not only won’t have my vote if Huckster or McVain get it, I’ll vote for the Democrat. I want them in charge when their policies (both foreign and domestic) ruin this country. No RINO to hide behind. And that’s EXACTLY what Huckster and McVain are.

Huckster in particular is just Clinton with a tinsel halo.
Whether the State can loose and bind
In Heaven as well as on Earth:
If it be wiser to kill mankind
Before or after the birth—
These are matters of high concern
Where State-kept schoolmen are;
But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
Endeth in Holy War.

Whether The People be led by The Lord,
Or lured by the loudest throat:
If it be quicker to die by the sword
Or cheaper to die by vote—
These are things we have dealt with once,
(And they will not rise from their grave)
For Holy People, however it runs,
Endeth in wholly Slave.
McDonough’s Song, by Rudyard Kipling
 
Written By: SDN
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Schlafly: Huckabee ’destroyed conservative movement in Arkansas, left Republican Party a shambles’...

McCain is openly quoting Chairman Mao on the campaign trail...

I heard him on CSPAN dead serious when he was replying to a reporter.

The next moring on one of the big alphabet’s morning shows the anchor asked him the exact same question and he repeated the quote....with a chuckle this time...

This is great...Stalinist Hildabeast and Maoist McCain....

Huckleberry needs to go back to the hills eating his squirrel, his reckless "bizarre" (India Times) foreign policy rambles are going to get people killed.

The only vote Romney is getting from me is one of "no confidence".

The SC social conservatives have rejected Fred 2 to 1....in protest I’m voting Rudy in Florida....in drag. lol
 
Written By: Khepri
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