Many so-called experts have weighed in on this subject in the last few days and weeks. Some political pundits are looking at it from a national view others from a state view but all seem to be looking at it from the outside. They give the impression that they are somehow smarter than the actual players in the Tea Party or the Republican Party. The million dollar question of course is did the latest attempt by Tea Party backed lawmakers in Washington hurt the Republican Party’s chances to gain ground in the future? First of all I want to be clear I do not know the answers and I do not believe anyone else does either. I do know that the Democratic Party would like nothing better than to drive a wedge between the two factions and get them to spend time and energy fighting over who was right and who was wrong and who was to blame for this or that. If that is somehow accomplished you can bet your house that the G.O.P would lose ground in the 2014 election.
Here in Solano County I saw the government shutdown play out like this. Both the Tea Party members and the Republican Pundits (many are in both camps) were against the roll out of Obamacare and very much backed the Tea Party lawmaker’s agenda. They all agreed that the bloated government had to be trimmed and the spending spree of the Democrats and Obama has to be stopped. The disagreement came here in our Solano County as it did everywhere in our country “How can we do this”? From the onset many in the Republican Party thought that shutting down the government was a losing tactic and they could not see a scenario where this would result in success in any way for the Republican Party. Many Tea Partyers, many of whom are not registered Republicans, and do not hold Republican values pushed with all their might to not only shut down the government but to keep it shut down until in their mind Obama came around to their way of thinking, (we all knew that was not going to happen). Most of Solano county’s registered Republicans do not fit into either one of these category’s, they in general supported the intent of the house Republicans but they gave little thought on how to accomplish their goals.
Now let me give you my opinion on how this has affected our Republican Party here in Solano County. It’s my opinion and we all know everyone has one, so I’m challenging you all who read this and disagree or agree to write a comment and share your thoughts. First and foremost the Democrats are using this failed shutdown as a big stick to beat the G.O.P members of Congress. They want to turn the general voting public and the mainstream Republicans against the Tea Party. Many members of the Tea Party are doing all they can to help the Democrats by joining in on the blame game calling Republicans who voted to open the government Sell Outs, Rinos and Liberals who should now be removed like a Cancer. These Tea Party types are the ones who would rather sit out an election than vote for a Republican who fails the litmus test. It does no good to point out that even Reagan would fail this test in 2013. After all he raised our state taxes twice while he was governor, and even signed the most liberal abortion bill in America. The majority or at least a great number of the Tea Party are center right Republicans who want their party to grow a spine and stand on our principles and uphold Republican values, however like many other originations it’s the most radicle who yell the loudest.
2014 will be an election year like no other; it will determine the direction of our great country now and for many years in the future. We Republicans must take charge of our destiny and we can only do that by coming together. All Republicans from Tea Party to Log Cabin must unite volunteer to work on and with local and state executive committees, help select and vet new candidates, get behind the right ones work hard to get these true public servants in office and stay involved with those you help elect. This is how I see our party gaining ground in 2014; this is my formula for stopping the Obama administration that has been violating the people’s rights as declared by the Constitution. Life in the United States is becoming more like life in the old Soviet Union and we must find a way to come together to stop this trend. The Democrats have Globalists, Marxists, Socialists, Islamists and others to somehow appease and work with .We must find a way to include all our forces in the battles ahead I think we can and will do just that. Again this is my opinion and I challenge you to voice yours.