Is there Any Reason for a Conservative to Keep Voting Republican?
Yes…but probably only one - because they’re not Democrat!
By Ric Wasley
August 14, 2017
After the recent flubbing and floundering by the hapless Republican-led Senate, demonstrating that they seem to only have a talent for one thing…getting themselves elected - I came away with two thoughts.
The first is that this was exactly why several years ago I changed my registration from Republican to Independent.
And, secondly - why would any conservative who wants to see the Obama social engineering laws rolled back and replaced with common sense measures aimed at making America stronger, ever bother to vote Republican again?
And of course the depressing but inescapable answer came rushing back immediately - only because they are not Democrats. The Democrats under the over-emotional Schumer and perpetually bewildered Pelosi have cobbled together some Frankensteinian jumble of contradictory platitudes masquerading as a new party platform but have failed to tactically comprehend, thank God, that the Republicans' lack of cohesiveness makes them a prime target to be picked off in the 2018 elections.
Fortunately for Conservatives everywhere, the Democrats' ideological rigidity prevents them from taking advantage of this weakness. But can you imagine what could happen if the DNC leadership that has led them into a steadily losing spiral down the drain over the past eight years were to be replaced by pragmatics? They might say, “Hey look, gang, if we ever want to start winning again in the Heartland we need to stop demonizing white middle-class voters who used to be our mainstay and refocus our platform on bread and butter issues rather than which gender you might decide to be today.”
Fortunately for America, at least for now, there is no one in the Democrat Party who has even the remotest chance of leading it with that message - let alone articulating it, before being charged with a hate crime and summarily barred from all Washington wine and cheese parties forever.
However, before we rejoice too much we are forced to consider what that leaves us to choose from at election time - The Republicans.
Those legislators that we had such high hopes for when Trump was elected and the Republicans finally controlled the House, the Senate, and the Presidency for the first time in a decade. Now, we naively thought, we can see all the legislation pass that the Republicans had promised to pass if only they were given control, and it could be sent to the President's desk.
Instead, what we got was a humiliating round robin of preening, posturing, back-stabbing, and grandstanding that seemed designed to get a pat on the head from the DNC and their lapdog media, rather than to implement what they promised the long-suffering voters who sent them there.
Yes, things could be worse. We could have Obama or Hillary in and the DNC back in power again - that is cold comfort indeed when you consider all the things that could and should be done to unleash the American pride and spirit once more.
So what is the answer? A new 'third party?'
We’ve tried it with the Libertarians but that never seems to work out because any third party that siphons off votes from the likely voters of one of the two main parties, only ensures that the other party will win. And, at least for now, the prospect of DNC/left-wing media control is more frightening than the stumbling, bumbling antics of the divided Republicans.
Perhaps we need a replacement for McConnell, like someone who has mastered the ability to herd cats. I can’t think of any name that springs to mind with that unique ability. It may even be that the sheer nature of the differences between Republicans and the rigidly ideological Democrats who willingly goose step to whatever their ‘leader’ commands, will always make it a difficult task to draw them any closer.
Difficult - but not impossible. Republicans have done it before - under Reagan.
So perhaps the Senate leadership should dust off those old playbooks from back in the Eighties and reconsider the ideals that put grandstanding and personal glory aside for working together to rekindle the American dream.
Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”
Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.