Re-pub-li-crat noun, pluralRepublicrats: Segment of the American ruling class pretending to be conservatives by paying lip service to conservative principles, and camouflaging themselves in patriotic imagery. Often confused with RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), but Republicrats are far more dangerous because they’ve learned how to campaign on conservative talking points. Unlike the RINO who campaigns and governs from the middle-left, the Republicrat campaigns as a conservative and then governs middle-left. Once in office the record of the Republicrat is virtually indistinguishable from the Democrats regardless of the rhetoric, either because of cowardice, deception, or a combination of both.
Cicero, one of ancient Rome’s most famous orators and philosophers, might as well have been talking about Republicrats when he said:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation (or movement), he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
Conservatives have spent decades fighting to purge RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) from the Republican Party, but it turns out the Arlen Specters of the world were little more than a diversion. To a lesser extent the same could be said of the Left. While it is true they would love nothing more than to shred whatever is left of our beloved Constitution and transform our republic into a Western European-style socialist mobocracy, they cannot do it alone. Culprits always need collaborators. Especially when they hold minority views in a majority rules country:
I could continue citing public opinion data that is similarly favorable to conservatives on a wide swath of issues, but by now you get the picture. Yet despite widespread public approval for many basic conservative principles, the statists still maintain widespread control of the government schools, the ruling class routinely caves to the moral depravity lobby, the government continues to grow regardless of who’s in power, and the child killers at Planned Parenthood continue to pick the taxpayers’ pocket.
To understand why this is the case, you must first understand how a Republicrat operates.
Republicrats like Karl Rove, and the generation of bratty technocrats he’s currently spawning within the GOP, believe you win to lead. Those of us in the grassroots believe you lead to win, and there is a difference.
If you begin with the premise you win to lead, then you base your campaign on the technique or craftsmanship of the messaging (i.e. fundraising, polls, focus groups, talking points, etc.) rather than the merits of the message. This brings us to my definition of a technocrat: someone who is only or primarily concerned with the political process itself and not the principles at stake.
To paraphrase former NBA all-star Allen Iverson, “We talking about process, man. Not the principles…not the principles, but the process.” All Rove and his technocrats talk and care about is the process.
It’s not that the techniques and the craftsmanship (process) aren’t important, but these aren’t student body elections we’re talking about here. This is the real world, and we’re electing politicians who make life-or-death, prosperity-or-poverty decisions daily. Without a solid moral basis for these decisions, we end up on shifting sands at best or a ditch at worst.
Patriots believe you lead to win, otherwise what’s the point of winning if it’s not actually to do something once we get there? The overwhelming victory of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his 2012 recall election is an excellent example of this. Walker stood firm on principle in a traditionally blue state and got more votes in his recall election than he got when he originally won the office. Standing for conservative principles unites conservatives. People like me all over the country that detest the Republican Party establishment, and their milquetoast presidential candidates, were strongly united behind Walker. Why? Because he gave us something to vote for and not just against. With his base united, Walker was free to play offense and try to pick off soft Democrat voters, and according to Fox News’ exit polling he got 18% of the Obama voters in his recall.
A RINO runs Left and governs that way. A Republicrat runs as a conservative, and may even do some conservative things when it’s easy. But when push comes to shove a Republicrat puts his own comfort ahead of his country.
RINOs are almost always native to traditional blue states, so they’re easily identifiable. Republicrats are more versatile, which makes them more dangerous and more prevalent. Since they offer no real threat to the liberal power structure they can win in blue states, and since they know what conservatives want to hear they can win in red states.
Republicrats are a cancer that is metastasizing and eating away at the conservative movement, and taking the country down with them. They act as human shields between us and the statists, because when we take a stand it reveals their own cowardice and duplicity.
Don’t waste time wondering what the motivation for their treachery is, because whether it’s gutlessness or corruption the end game is the same.
We should never listen to these Republicrats. Whether it’s Bob Dole or John “little ball of hate” McCain, several past GOP (Republicrat) nominees have come out of the woodwork recently to provide their unsolicited, un-sage advice on why the GOP has lost the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections.
And what do these guys all have in common?
They’re all losers. So here’s a simple question: if the “advice” these guys are giving is so good then why didn’t they win?For the rest of the story click here.
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