In my previous post I pointed out how I was upset about what MNGOP CD4 Deputy Chair Nathan Hanson wrote about Col. Joe Repya, our military, and veterans. Now that I am home, have ranted, rested, proofed, revised, and reflected (see I am learning) let me get into this a little bit and explain why I think the Republican Party of Minnesota is going to continue to circle the drain.
Repya wrote an Op-Ed yesterday in the PiPress about why he is leaving the Republican Party of Minnesota. Now I can’t say i agree 100% with his points, but I think it is more right then wrong.
What chapped my hide and has me livid is that Nathan Hanson, the CD4 Republican’s Deputy Chair left a comment that is just more proof that this party is absolutely screwed.
I am Deputy Chair of the Fourth Congressional District and one of the newer anti-war Republican activists. It’s difficult for words to describe how happy I am that you are leaving our Party. The roots of your “neconservative” philosophy lie in Straussian Trotzkyite Communism. “Corporate money” influencing our Party? Nothing compared to the damage your military industrial complex (that Eisenhower warned us about) has wreaked on our Party and our Country.
I hope you will find a happy home among your fellow communists. Your days of endless illegal wars and military industrial complex domination of our party are over.
Obama is ramping up his War in Afghanistan and continues to illegally bomb Pakistan. Perhaps you can join him to satiate your bloodlust.
Again, this is the Deputy Chair of the CD4 Republicans who is attacking a veteran, our military, and anyone who believes in a strong national defense. Sure there is room for debate on specifics, but that is not what Dep. Chair Hanson decided to do. Nope, he went right for the jugular and crossed a line as far as I am concerned.
Now this is important to me because Hanson is one of the Ron Paul people who got in bed with Sutton and Brodkorb. He’s part of the group of people who slit their own wrists by backing the people who had at one time tried to keep them out of the party.
And now Hanson is praising people for leaving the party and insulting them on their way out. Now where have I heard such things before……?
Folks, this is why the party is absolutely screwed.
You see, I was an early skeptic of some of the Ron Paul people. Sure, I got to know some of them and was pleasantly proven wrong. But in the last 2 months, I saw others and well, I hate to say it but I think I was right. Some of them, Mr. Hanson makes it clear, are simply here to take the party over and insert their own doctrine over us or cheerlead our exit if we refuse to bend down and abandon what we believe the Republican party supports.
One of the major reasons I joined the Republican party was because of its support for the military and defense of the nation. You see, there is a party that hates the military and thinks what they do is illegal, immoral, and wrong… that would be the Democrats. So for someone who thinks the real heros go to work with the chance of not coming home each and every day, the Republican party was the only option. (And yes, limited government is part of it, but let’s stay focused on the point raised by Dep. Chair Hanson)
It can be simply pointed out that only one member of Congress voted against the Iranian people who are trying to crawl out from under the iron fist of the totalitarian theocratic thugs who oppress them. That would be Rep. Ron Paul, the lone vote against Democracy in Iran, and inspiration to some who think he is like a God/prophet/unquestionable leader.
And then I think back to the end of the State convention in Rochester and remember the woman who introduced a motion or statement about how Karl Rove should be tried for war crimes and all the good feelings of how maybe we could have bridged the gap since then and united the party are thrown out the window.
A high level officer in the Republican party cannot do what Mr. Hanson did. He is entitled to his opinion, but what he gave was an opinion that had to come with his official title, hence, he has to go.
This is Sutton & Brodkorb’s first big test. Someone they owe their victory to, crossed a line that requires their action. That action, in my opinion – oh yes I get one too – is his resignation from leadership.
I’m sorry folks, but if the Republican party is going to have senior officers who run around insulting veterans and throwing people out of the party for their support for our troops and a strong national defense, well the party is dead and not worth trying to save. And when they use their position and title to do so, well, the exodous begins with me.
No, you’re right, I hold absolutely no official role in the party anymore, but the behavior of people like Hanson during the leadership elections made me turn down chances to stay involved after I was ousted by similar Ron paul people. And if this is the kind of leadership that is going to be exerted, I may pull back even more.
Rumors are flying around about the real intentions of some of the Ron Paul people. It is not reforming the party and getting it back on track, nope they are going to take out anyone who, as Hanson points out, believes in supporting out troops and military or doesn’t believe in their rigid ideology, or come to the revolution with them. Some are even hearing about plans that they can do better the Congresswoman Bachmann, further proof some of the people are playing Texas Holdem with an Uno deck. We have some new BPOU and CD leaders who haven’t got a clue on how the party works or winning elections, yet they are wasting their time running around and insulting swaths of the base while ignoring what their District needs to do to win.
So you see, the problem is people like me just don’t give a damn about the party anymore. We poured a lot of blood sweat and tears into the party over our years trying to do everything to win elections in the sprint and then turning our focus to reforms. But here come a bunch of disrespectful know nothings who cast blame with broad brushes and have purged the party of many good workers, and all because they didn’t appear on the RP list.
I’m not seeing much to make me think that the party is any better today than it was before the recent BPOU, CD, and statewide leadership elections. Sure there are some upgrades, but they are isolated and far between, and the downgrades may outnumber them. I think of the party as a generational group. Every two years there is a chance to change the tides, sometimes you have a few cycles where no progress is made, but in others you see major sweeping turnover.
Well we had a lot of turnover in the party this last cycle, but I am fearing it is only going to end up in worse shape then before.
Hence, my reference to the current crop of MNGOP leaders as the Lost Generation. I want to be wrong that things will be worse, but I haven’t seen any evidence to make me …. well, I did see evidence, but then people like Hanson decided to play for keeps.
Wasted time at Committee meetings – which seem to be thought of as debate club rather then political campaign meetings – is the new norm. Strategy? Nope, instead we have people who feel they are the only ones who know anything and are throwing out everything and everyone for the sake of what and who they want. Even if what they want is a failed plan or out of the bounds of the party structure or scope.
The Republican party is about electing Republicans and by doing so about passing good center right legislation. You can’t have one with out the other, and you can’t do either when some people are trying to change the fundamentals of the party. A party many of them never even cared about until they saw the weakness. Some seem to be exploiting it in order to mold the party into what they wanted it to be, despite the objections of those who came before them.
So again, it is up to Sutton and Brodkorb to fix this mess. They engaged people like Hanson in order to win. They empowered them in order to win. They let the rabid people out of the bag in order to win, and now look at what they have created. One of their biggest supporters is running around insulting veterans and conservative activists.
The true test of Sutton and Brodkorb’s leadership skills will be can they put the cat back in the bag?
I will still help the Republican candidates that I believe in. I’ll be driving my truck for Rep. Sanders and Congresswoman Bachmann this Saturday in Blaine. But beyond that I am simply on a case by case basis. I will need to see that the party really will represent my values and that the leaders, at all levels, share my beliefs. Right now I am not holding my breath. I do hope I am wrong, as it would be a shame for the Republican party to be taken over by a bunch of anti-veteran anti-military punks. Oh yeah, punks. I have no respect for people who treat our troops that way, no matter what party they claim to be part of.
So here the party is in arguably in serious electoral trouble with skeleton minorities in the state legislature, an open Governor seat to defend, statewide offices held by Democrats who abuse their power, and we have a feud going on in our own ranks where some people are more concerned about grudges and cleansing the party of anyone who didn’t embrace Ron Paul.
Some people say that Ron Paul was going to save the GOP, but right now I think he may destroy it. Revolutions usually don’t end up being one step reforms. Usually their is a turnover of power, but someone else has to step in and come up with a plan for the future that really works. I’m volunteering myself in the latter camp. I’m not going to find a different party, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy my life. I’ll watch and help where i feel comfortable, when i feel comfortable, but I just don’t feel the desire to do much more then that right now with people like Nathan Hanson in leadership saying such disgusting things about people like Repya and our military in general.
I’m not taking my ball and going home, the ball is in other people’s courts right now. Will they hit it back to me or commit an unforced error? Will the MNGOP of 2009-2010 be the Lost Generation?