“I’m Not Leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party is Leaving Me”

Ann-Marie Murrell
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Posted: Oct 19, 2013 12:01 AM
“I’m Not Leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party is Leaving Me”

After witnessing the recent “anti-Tea Party” publicity circus, led by Super-Quadruplets McCain/Graham/McConnell/King, I’m certainly having trouble keeping both feet in the door. These men have continuously appeared on national TV, not to denigrate the (much deserved) Obama administration, but to instead maliciously stick it to the Tea Party and Sen. Ted Cruz. Personally, I had never heard much about Rep. Peter King (R-NY) until the past few weeks when he became the darling of the mainstream media, aka the Democrat Party. Recently he was interviewed on CNN—enemy territory—calling Sen. Cruz “a fraud” and proclaiming “those I’ve spoken to think he’s crazy”. Of course this type of Tea Party bullying is old hat to folks like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. John “Wacko Bird” McCain (R-AZ), who consistently appear all over TV Land cutting down our own Party leaders instead of calling out the progressive monsters we’re supposed to be fighting against…

Sigh.

This makes me especially sad because, from the beginning of my writing career, I have been very open about the fact that I was once a Democrat. My big “transformation” occurred on 9/11/01 when, like a domino effect, most of my philosophies about government, war and politics came crashing down: “If I was wrong about this, then I was wrong about that…and that…and that…” Of course it’s never easy having to admit you’ve been wrong about so many areas of life—especially when married to a man who has always been on the Right side of that fence (and who loves to use the “I told you so” mantra as often as possible).

Since then, I’ve been speaking to and interviewing various GOP and Tea Party groups all over California and throughout the United States. My message is very strong. Although not always complimentary of the Republican Party, the gist of my message is that if the GOP and the Tea Party could learn to work together, we would become unstoppable in elections. I also encourage groups to step outside of their comfort zones and find new ways to reach people, using strategies taken directly from the Democrat handbook (because we’ve got to admit, they are geniuses when it comes to conveying their message). I always get positive feedback and many California groups have written to me saying they are now implementing some of my ideas into their programs.

However, the past few weeks have once again opened my eyes to the truth. After witnessing these Establishment Republicans repeatedly attacking people on their own side, I will no longer stand up for any of them. The Republican Party, which I fled to, has become more like the Democrat Party from which I escaped.

Because of this, I am vowing to do whatever is in my power to get these people out of office. If I have to personally fly all over America and campaign for every true Conservative who runs against a Democrat-lite Republican, that’s what I’ll do. Unfortunately, the Old Guard has already begun announcing who they deem to become our next 2016 presidential nominee. In 2008, very early on they told us it would be John McCain; they were correct. In 2012, they said early on it would be Mitt Romney; again, correct. Now, these same folks are forcing Gov. Chris “I Love Obama” Christie as our next nominee—and I just can’t go there.

So John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Peter King and others of your ilk—our eyes are on YOU. Even if all of you are not up for reelection, you are the types of Establishment Republicans that true Conservatives can no longer tolerate. You have officially become the role models for those who we will never support again. Instead we will seek out patriots like Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Trey Gowdy and others to lead the way.

President Reagan once said, “I never left the Democrat Party; the Democrat Party left me”. With a very heavy heart, I believe that if President Reagan had witnessed the past few weeks (months…years?) of failure and infighting and missteps and missed opportunities, he would be saying the same thing about the Republican Party. This is not the Republican Party I signed up for and this is not the Party I will blindly defend. Bottom line, I’m not leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party is leaving me.