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If You Won’t Follow the Playbook, Why Are You On the Team?

July 31, 2012   ·   By   ·   2 Comments

football fieldIt looks like South Dakota isn’t the only state having trouble with liberal infiltrators in the Republican Party.

Associated Press reports on efforts in Kansas by real Republicans to oust intransigent RINOs who are ruining the GOP brand. Note that, since in the mind of the “mainstream” media there are only conservatives and “moderates” with no liberals in existence, the Leftists in the media call these liberal Republicans “moderates.”

The article quotes Kansas State Rep. Greg Smith, who really cuts to the heart of the issue:

“If you don’t believe in that playbook, then why are you on the team?”

In South Dakota, the answer is obvious: in a conservative state like ours, if you don’t have an “R” after your name, odds are you aren’t going to get elected. Therefore, more than a few “D’s” switch their suffix to “R”…without switching their values, principles or philosophical loyalties.

I’m reasonably sure the Kansas GOP platform is as clear as the South Dakota GOP Platform and the national Republican Party Platform. It really isn’t a matter of “interpretation” or “different views” or any such drivel (though the “moderates” in the GOP would have you believe it is). Republican values and principles are really quite clear.

For example:

  • Allowing, fostering, making excuses for, or condoning illegal immigration is NOT a GOP value; that is a liberal value, one at home in the Democrat Party
  • Government health care systems are NOT a GOP value; that is a liberal value, one at home in the Democrat Party
  • Limited government and recognition of the dominant role of the free market in American life IS a GOP value; it is NOT at home in the Democrat Party, and opposition to limited government is NOT at home in the Republican Party
  • The legitimization and promotion of an immoral, unnatural and unhealthy sexual behavior is NOT a GOP value; it is a liberal one, at home in the Democrat Party but not the GOP.
  • Advocating the undermining and counterfeiting of marriage is NOT a GOP value, but a liberal one that it at home in the Democrat Party, not the GOP.
  • Open government-not hiding votes, deception, obfuscation, “reinterpretation,” and outright lies-is a GOP value, one that is anathema to the liberal Democrat Party that must lie and deceive to ever hope to gain the votes of regular Americans.
  • Protecting innocent human life is a GOP value, one not shared by the Democrat Party leadership and many rank-and-file members. Refusal to protect innocent human life from conception to natural death is a liberal value, more at home in the Democrat Party
  • Recognizing and acknowledge our nation’s rich Christian heritage, Christian foundation of our law and government, and religious freedom are a GOP value, one not shared by Democrat Party leaders and many rank-and-file Democrats. Referring to serious Christians as “kooks,” “Taliban,” “wingnuts,” “extremists,” “theocrats” and the like is a Leftist Democrat practice, not one appropriate for the GOP.
  • And as Kansas is struggling with tax-hungry “Republicans,” so we struggle with them in South Dakota, too. Yet the South Dakota GOP Platform makes it clear that the Republican position is to implement and continue only those taxes which are necessary to bring in the revenue required to fund essential and common-sense government functions. Viewing the taxpayers as a sugar-daddy with deep pockets is NOT a GOP value, nor is viewing citizens as a resource to tap for cash just because government can.

What did Kansas Rep. Smith say? “If you don’t believe in that playbook, then why are you on the team?”

Let’s put that a little more affirmatively: If you don’t believe in the Republican playbook, you don’t belong on the team.

Here in South Dakota, we’ve already shown the door to several “Republicans” who like playing for the other team even while they wear our team’s uniform, and it looks like others nationally will be doing the same in the near future.

Our nation (and our individual states along with it) is in dire circumstances, fiscally and morally. We don’t have time to be pussy-footing around and wasting time fighting liberals in our own party. Politically, GOP values are the only thing that will turn this floundering nation around, and morally, Christian values are the only thing that can restore our country to a firm footing-and liberals (regardless of the letter they have after their name) are opposed to both.

It’s time to get serious, or make way for those who are…and show the door to those who won’t do either on their own.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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