Accountability and the Republican Identity Crisis

It’s easy to point fingers at the other side. Democrats are crazy, look at all this awful stuff they’re doing! Much harder to be honest about the condition of our side. The truth is we’re losing – one could argue that we will only win at this point by the grace of God – because we are not on the same page, and we are not holding ourselves accountable.

We can’t even agree anymore what it means to be a Republican. This is a top-down problem, with countless Republicans in DC last January betraying their constituents by voting to impeach Trump for the same reason they only reluctantly supported him for four years: they’re more concerned about success within the established system than they are with doing what is right to save our country. But, repeat, this is a top-down problem. Have a look around your own city and county and ask yourself, Are my local legislators serving us, or their own ambition?

The odds are high that if you are involved in your local GOP, you know someone who has helped corrupt our system. Election integrity requires folks to look the other way at all levels. There are plenty of bridge deals and corporate contracts to go around in every town and county.

Many Republicans are reluctant to recognize that people they’ve known for years, and who profess to be on our side, are as much a part of the problem as the liberals. It’s heartbreaking to do so, but until we do, we’ll be stuck in these muddy trenches with soldiers falling on all sides.

As one example, we have leadership in my own county’s GOP who insisted on defending to me the government’s right to require us to wear masks. In my mind, as a walkaway Democrat, the Republican party should be the party of small, Constitutional government. I quoted Loren Culp over and over again: A politician’s job in a time of crisis is to inform the people how they can protect themselves, and assume the self-preservation instinct will motivate them to do so without further enforcement… provided the crisis is observably real.

The activists I stand with agree. We fight for legislators who will legislate less, not more. We fight for an America where each citizen has a vote and each legislator is accountable to his voters. We fight for an America where each person is free to take chances, lose or fail based on talent and God’s grace… not to live governed by algorithms, global think tanks, and corporations.

But plenty of establishment Republicans want to run on virtue signals like abortion and gay marriage instead of doing the hard work of wrestling with the global totalitarianism we currently face. This is big, scary stuff, and it’s much more pleasant to talk about the sanctity of life than admit your vote doesn’t count and a whore for China occupies the White House.

It won’t matter what you think about abortion if you can’t leave your house without permission. Trump won in 2016, and made it possible for Walkaway Democrats like myself to join him, by remaining quiet on the divisive religious-moral arguments of the 90s and instead committing to work on real, structural issues like our economy.

The establishment Republican party resisted him to the end and seem to think they can pretend those four years never happened, fiddling while DC burns. We’re left with a nonfunctional party full of bickering and backstabbing at every level that holds back strong candidates and wastes the precious resources of citizen donors and volunteers.

We’re destroying ourselves from the inside out.

Meanwhile, liberals are in happy agreement, and it shows. They’re winning, at every level, because they’re all on the same page. A car goes faster when all four wheels are pointed the same direction, remember?

The left bought into a Gene Roddenberry vision of the future years ago, embracing a tunic-wearing, ungendered, technologically-governed NWO with every movie, comic, music video and class discussion that turned to thoughts of the future. These are the nerds, people who were voluntarily inserting microchips into their body (I helped a guy out with his blog on the subject about ten years ago). These are the outcasts and rebels who felt rejected by conservative America and embraced by New Age and feminist metro culture (moi). These were the folks who went to college and along with their masters degree received a free indoctrination in Socialism and relativism.

Simply put, while the right was screaming about the dissolving family unit, the left became the Devil’s party: the one that tolerates everything. Whatever you are, whatever you want, wherever you’re going, we’ll embrace you, take care of you, and love you.

Jesus preached tolerance but, accurately or no, the party of Christians became perceived as the party of judgment.

In the media and mainstream culture, it looks like this: Democrats are nice. Republicans are mean. Democrats are logical, science-based, tolerant, progressive (aka embracing what is going to be better in the future). Republicans are irrational, faith (stupid)-based, nationalist = racist, traditional (aka clinging to what was bad about the past). Democrats are a beautiful family of five egalitarian poets with amazing hair and smart taste in cars, while Republicans are an overweight, Walmart-shopping, redneck clan of bad-beer-swilling sexists.

And leaving behind how we’re portrayed, the reality is that divorce rates and pornography addiction and drug consumption are just as much a factor on the right as on the left. American is a mess, but the left has convinced itself that the Matrix will solve its problems, while we argue over everything from masks to vaccines, CRT to church.

Democrats are jabbing up happily to be part of the iFuture, while we’re sitting around arguing over whether or not we can even accept the present.

If our current situation bothers you, I would just suggest you spend less time watching videos about Kamala and Soros and more time talking to other Republicans about what we can agree on. Even one thing might be enough to unite us. But let’s be urgent about it. The ammo is running out.