What Time Is It?
By JGillman, Section News
Perhaps the role of the Michigan Republican party should be examined.
What is the purpose of a political party? Asking nearly anyone in politics, the most common answer is that it is to raise money and elect candidates. A simple enough reason to exist, utilizing varying methods of fundraising and activities to realize the desired result. Goals are made, (elect the candidate) and presumably the shortest route is plotted to achieve those goals. Most folks might even think this accomplishes what is necessary to be properly represented; "we got our guy in", and "now there is nothing to worry about".
That particular perspective is lazy, presumptuous, and frankly pretty dangerous when one considers the power (and trust) we vest in our elected officials.
The Republican party ought not be so relaxed in its commonly accepted role of managing the benevolence of donors, keeping a place in line for electoral hopefuls, and delivering the occasional platitude release berating the opposing party however. Opposition because some are on the other side often follows, but that it provides red-meat for the membership is nearly too simple and unimaginative. And it is incomplete as other responsibilities become more clear alongside the breakdown of the social fabric and dissolution of individual liberties we face in multiple affronts daily.
The purpose for the existence of the Michigan Republican party could be driven so much more clearly, and the basis for action already exists within the organization.
We DO have a platform, do we not?
Why would it be out of line to hold our own elected officials to the standards we espouse? Why would we not, as a party, condemn the acts of our elected leadership when they break ranks with the platform that stands as a beacon to those who declare themselves loyal to a belief that our rights come from God; our maker? And in doing so, would we not send a message to voters or future aspirants to elected office, that we truly stand for something? If the Michigan Republican party, which shares these reasons to be a Republican,
cannot bring itself to caution a rogue Republican governor to heed the foundational beliefs of the party, then what is the purpose of electing in the first place?
Certainly, the Republican party can not control an elected official in his daily duties directly, but what of political pressure and advice? When the banner of the party is carried by those who do not heed its principles, its clearly damaging and costly to those who do. It then falls upon the leadership of the party to remind the candidate that we stand for something. Perhaps not in the way one might scold a child or puppy, (though it might at times seem tempting) but in rankings, ongoing scoring and an appeal to their sense of continuance within the party.
Simply by providing knowledge, exposure, openness of what the characters might be doing, rather than falling in line behind them when they are behaving badly, and validating that behavior.
A perfect example of said bad behavior could be demonstrated by the incredible opposition to an unnecessary DRIC development good legislators had during the Granholm occupation; a bad idea for numerous reasons explained on this site and elsewhere at other times. Many were in opposition due to the above accepted Republican 'beliefs'. Tragically now, there are many in the legislature including the Lt Governor, who flipped quicker than a master pancake handler at the all you can eat breakfast. What changed? They are still in the same party, yet a corrosive non Republican element masquerading as one has entered, and the courage to resist, or a desire for "a place at the table" has turned them.
One thing can be said without any bias; they were wrong then, or they are wrong now.
The question is whether the Michigan Republican party is willing to assert it's existing [published] standards to illustrate at which point in history the correct decisions were made.
Then there is a proposed increase in road taxes and fees. Where is the MiGOP on this issue? Why would they not argue the standard they fly on the website that carries their name? What about keeping more of what we earn? Or practicing "fiscal responsibility"? Are all alternate avenues to an increase exhausted before these taxes will be imposed? Are ALL of the existing taxes being used to pay for roads? How hard would it be to actually stand up for something in some meaningful way, when it is ALREADY posted as a party principle?!
And what of the expansions in social welfare with Medicaid as the governor is currently proposing? A short term gain with a fat check from DC, so that the state can balance the books a little easier for a couple years? Is this not more of the progressive "Great Society" which has left a once thriving Detroit as a burned out husk? Is there no objection to removing the incentive to better one's lot in life for yet another generation? What of the way in which this medicaid expansion enables big government taking over the aspects of our life where it has no place? Where is the alarm sounded by our publishers of principle when personal responsibility is being relieved, and in the end we will all pay more from our silence?
When Rick Snyder has raised taxes again will the Michigan Republican executives fall in low and behind with puckered lips for the Governor, or will they lead by calling out what would be completely unacceptable to them if it were the Democrats doing it?
Principle requires a non shifting set of values.
Hanging out with those who would corrupt does no favors for the Michigan Republicans. Hanging on to the hope that a well placed list of platitudes in an "about us" page will satiate the conservative bedrock of the party is a mistake. Some may believe for a time that 'pragmatic' decisions that foster no inter party angst might serve the party best. That discussion must be in quiet, unpublished, and positions secretly negotiated. Yet when the next elections begin, and fewer participate as members of a party that merely pays lip service to the principles it espouses it will become clear that the neo-Whigs may have plotted their demise in stone.
Complacency and acceptance of poor public policy and progressive ideals will not advance party membership goals. Nor will it reveal the standard under which many have made a decision to join the party. It simply reveals a desire for power, for the sake of power; something we have seen enough of to last a few more generations. If we last that long.
The clock is ticking away our opportunity to clearly represent the message that is affirmed in the party platform that is being ignored by our elected leadership, and tacitly approved by the silence of our ideological representatives.
For the sake of the Michigan Republican party, its time for a change.
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