“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – Margaret Thatcher
No other quote quite sums up the Republican Party like the above Thatcher quote. If the world is a schoolyard, and Democrats are the cool kids, Republicans are the kid that sucks up to the teacher. Everybody hates that kid. Nobody likes someone whose entire drive in life is to be liked. That attribute is frightening, because if the need to be liked is at the forefront of someone’s definition of who they are, that attribute supersedes everything else, including principles. People whose only desire is to win at the game of life by being liked will shift their principles to suit whatever situation should come about. Those who are willing to bury their principles under shifting cultural sands don’t have many principles at all, it seems.
The Republican Party is at a turning point. Half of the Party has become the face of a revolution, while the other half has joined ranks with the insane. The Party is in the midst of a misidentified identity crisis. They have lost the last two presidential elections, and they seem to believe it’s because they were too mean, too harsh, and too conservative. So, to alleviate their burning consciences, they decided that they would join Democrats in pushing amnesty. According to Breitbart:
“Thursday at 4:30pm in Cambridge, Maryland, Speaker John Boehner will unveil an outline of the party’s immigration stance to rank-and-file members that includes ‘legal status’ for millions of illegal immigrants.”
It seems the Republicans actually believe that if they push for amnesty, they will suddenly become beloved, and they will win the Hispanic vote in 2016. They think that since the Democrats have won the last two elections, they must be doing something right. That could not be farther from the truth. There are many reasons the Democrats won in 2008 and in 2012, including the fact that neither of our candidates were in any way an accurate representation of conservative principles. Each of them had portions of their platform that were conservative, but neither were remotely the full package, and neither were able to properly articulate conservatism.
However, we did win big in the 2010 mid-terms by running on pure conservatism. But the Republicans seem to think that was a fluke of some kind. Moreover, by pushing amnesty, the Republicans are violating what they know to be the truth. They are living in a fantasy world of their own making. They know that amnesty will harm the economy, but they have prioritized being liked. They care so much about winning, that they are willing to turn their backs on their constituents. The funny part is, they are working against their goal.
Back to the school analogy. As much as I hate to compliment Democrats, here it goes. The Democrats are the cool kids that everybody likes because they stick to their ideology, and market themselves extremely well. While most of their ideology is sickening, and wildly wrong, I have to give them credit for sticking to their Marxist beliefs. And their branding is impeccable. The Republicans are the losers because they try so hard to be liked. They have no defining quality, and they are constantly shifting their political identity to suit some perceived target that will secure their beloved status. They stand on nothing, and they are too nice.
If Republicans would stick to their principles, and aggressively target their opponents’ lack thereof, we could actually win something, and save our country to boot. But Boehner, and his gang of schoolyard losers don’t get that. There is hope in several candidates, but it remains to be seen if they get squashed by the establishment, “please love me” Republicans.