Thursday, April 27, 2006

Excellent advice

...from John Hawkins @ Right Wing News, 10 Pieces Of Advice For Republicans In Washington (emphasis mine):

Stop Getting Involved In Primary Elections: When President Bush and the National Republican Senatorial Committee back RINOS like Arlen Specter or Lincoln Chafee in Republican primaries, it sends the wrong message. The Senators are in effect, being told that they can thwart the will of the majority of Republicans without consequence while a large portion of the base is given the impression that Republicans in Washington are unsympathetic to their views. In my book, if a sitting Republican Senator can't even win a primary without a lot of help from the Party, he'll probably be more of a hindrance than an asset over the long-term anyway.

Yes, indeed. It is long past time for Republicans in Washington to stop selling out conservative principles to maintain their grip on power. It is just simply not worth continuing our support for Republicans in Congress if they're going to sell out its conservative base just to maintain their control of Congress. I know well that this is a critical time in our nation's history, and I still believe that as a whole, we would be much better off with the GOP at the levers of power in Washington, but at the same time, just having (R) beside your name as a candidate doesn't make you worthy of support. If it came down to a matchup between an Arlen Specter/Lincoln (or John) Chafee-type Republican and a Zell Miller-type Democrat, I honestly believe I would have no trouble at all voting for the latter. I don't know Lincoln Chafee's views on gun control, but does anyone remember this legendary quote from John Chafee?

I shortly will introduce legislation banning the sale, manufacture or possession of handguns (with exceptions for law enforcement and licensed target clubs)....It is time to act. We cannot go on like this. Ban them!

Something tells me that, as the old saying goes, the fruit does not fall far from the tree. And the younger Chafee's leftist views on other issues are well-known. Opposes Bush tax cuts, supports the evisceration of the First Amendment with the McCain-Feingold "campaign finance reform" act, supports ratification of the Kyoto treaty, pro-abortion, opposes drilling in ANWR...anyone wanna bet on him NOT supporting whatever infringements on our gun rights that comes down the pike? And the Republicans actually stand for this? I know well there is room for differences of opinion, but folks like Chafee (both father and son), Specter, etc. are, in my mind, some of the biggest reasons that people say there isn't a bit of difference between the two parties.