Guest Report by Tim Bos: Conservative Activist and Grassroots Leader
I ask this question in all seriousness, and with hope that my conclusions are right – but only temporarily: “What is grand about the Grand Old Party?”
When you consider that, you naturally start thinking about what they stand for, as well as what they don’t stand for.
I’m trying real hard to come up with something, anything, and so far, the best I’ve got is that they stand for not being Democrats, so I guess that means that they stand for themselves, or maybe more accurately – it stands for itself.
But honestly, I can’t say – with any certainty or conviction, anything of substance that the Grand Old Party stands for.
When I think back 35 or 40 years to when I was a natural-born Conservative, all the while apolitical while observant and aware in my pursuit of happiness as a young American, I thought I knew what the Democrats stood for and still stand for. They were liberal then, and they’re liberal now. No trying to hide it, if ya don’t like it, don’t bother with them or vote for them and theirs – and I never did.
But when I think about all the things I thought the Grand Old Party stood for, represented, supported or promoted, I can’t say the party is known for any of them now.
Some of it’s members and supporters still represent those old fashioned ideas like limited government, having the freedom, ability and fearlessness to do it your way – right or wrong, responsible and respectful use of low and reasonable tax demands, as well as the position that our American bedrock of traditional values are worthy and irreplaceable because they have remained the best after the test, of brutally-honest time.
But that was then, and now is…………disappointing, to say the least. The generic, now all -inclusive word “conservative” springs to mind when thinking about that party, but when I think about what it is they seem to be conserving, I once again come up with NOTHING. In regards to a conservative standing on social issues, they’re still pretty well represented there, but even those defenders are taking very unfriendly fire from the party regularly – and more openly.
Yet, when I think about our Constitution, our Founding Principles, and that whole Grand collective “why?” for America’s version of government, today’s Grand Old Party is nowhere, NOWHERE, to be found.
I think about the only thing the Grand Old Party is really trying to conserve is its place in a 2 party system. And sadly, their approach to that mission is, if you don’t like the Democrats so much, you should be a Republican – because they’re not Democrats (read: progressive), at least, not near as much. For me, that’s about as appealing as the Prevent Defense in football – think: November 2012. Perhaps that explains their growing ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
From where I’m standing, I don’t see a whole lot of Grand going on.
If the party was a man, I’d be telling him to give his Man Card back. But the Grand Old Party isn’t a man, and it’s not so Grand anymore either.
I think it’s time to drop the facade of being Grand, quit trying to cash in on the reputation that precedes it, and just be upfront about what it really is, by design – the Old Party.