It's early Saturday morning and my coffee is doing it's job. I'm fairly awake, .... but am I really? I'm listening to Dan Bongino's podcast. He's filling in for Mark Levin. Bongino contends that; "It wouldn't matter if we had 70 Republicans in the US Senate.... they still would not have repealed ObamaCare. The RNC does not want to defeat the liberal programs."
Republican politicians want the conservative issues. They want to raise money and get re-elected on the promises that they never intend to keep. Political consultants coach their clients to verbally support conservative ideas, but they'll never actually fix the problem once they're elected. Abortion is a classic example. Bush41 claimed to be a convert to the pro-life cause, but he enacted policies & appointed justices to keep the baby killing industry alive.
I wonder when this charade will end? The Republican label has become rather meaningless. I will not fall in line anymore. I have watched the Republican US Senators break faith with the party. Sure, 43 did vote for repealing Obamacare. But there are very few solid conservatives in the senate. And the House is not much better.
We conservatives will get nowhere until we start demanding more from the OKGOP. The title of "Republican Nominee" needs to cost a candidate something. It needs to require a loyalty to values and a commitment to infusing those values into every bill that is written, every vote that is cast, and every dollar that is appropriated.
If we can't get our County Republican Party chairmen to hold endorsement conventions next spring, then we shouldn't fund the party organization at all. The Oklahoma Conservatives have begun focusing their efforts into conservative organizations rather than the political party label. There are good reasons for this. The clubs are focused on issues and willing to call out the hypocrites.
OKGOP chair, Pam Pollard, was on Tulsa talk radio, this week. She stated that she fully intends to allow Rep. Carol Bush to remain on the OKGOP State Committee (the presiding party committee) even while Carol Bush actively campaigns for a Democrat trying to unseat a Republican. Bush is a liberal and openly expresses hostility to republican values. The state party rules specifically state that such actions will result in being stripped from any party leadership role, but Pollard refuses to act. Last year, Pollard gave significant party funds to all party nominees. As long as that continues without a contract for party platform adherence, then a conservative would be a fool to give any funding to that party structure.
Then there's that matter of the Oklahoma house & senate passing the largest tax packages, at the governor's behest. They even went so far as to 'thumb their noses at the state constitutional mandates of a 75% threshold of passage. It was our own republican party that fought to get those protections in the constitution, 25 years ago.
The conservatives of Oklahoma have some great ideas and fantastic organizations. But the OKGOP is not one of them. There are some great issue groups and policy advocates. I'll just name a few. If you want to nominate some others, I'd be glad to get some more.