There are a lot of names that have been used to define the “establishment” politicians of the Republican party. Neocon, and RINO, seem to be the most used. The latter being an abbreviation for “Republican In Name Only”. Of course, these go under the assumption that “republican” and “conservative” are synonymous. To me, that’s simply not the case.
Let me go ahead and define my definition of “Conservative” and “Liberal” before I move on…
As I see it, the terms liberal and conservative refer to the creation and application of laws. Meaning, do you create and apply laws in generous amounts, or are you more discerning in the laws you create, keeping them to the bare minimum? Of course, this is based off my study of history and the early stages of our government.
It would seem as though this has been perverted and construed to mean personal values. In that, you have to believe a certain way to be associated with said party. Some more benign examples could be a “liberal” who likes guns or a “conservative” who is pro gay marriage. More caustic examples would be “blacks and women should only be liberals” and “the conservative party is for old white men”.
Of course, none of that is truly the case. I have many friends that go against those “traditional” roles. Again, I don’t believe they are traditional definitions, but more so modern perversions to fit a narrative.
This leads me to my point about being a “RINO”. I’m conservative, sure, but only within the confines of the definition mentioned previously. The problem is that the republican party continues to get further and further from those values, and while they suggest they have the more modern values of conservatism, they really do little to support those claims.
So, I am a “Republican in name only”. I hope that my vote can help bring the party back into line with my beliefs. I’d like them to represent me, but I don’t know if that will ever happen. It may be that I have to switch parties to one more in line with my beliefs, which I’d prefer to not have to do.
This is the problem with partisan politics and the 2 party system. There is nothing good that comes from it.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. -George Washington
Boy were our founding fathers ahead of their time…