United we stand, united we win; we must fight together
By James H. Hyde, Editor-in-Chief
Was it an indication of things to come? I really do hope not, but Jack Kimball, chairman of the New Hampshire GOP and strongly backed by the Tea Party in that state, has resigned.
For some time now there have been some major disagreements that have held the GOP back, and Kimball’s fund-raising results have been abysmal. Wherever the is strife and division of purpose, clarity concedes to a fog that can and has brought ignominious ends to countless political campaigns.
What I think we, establishment Republicans and Tea Party members who affiliate with the GOP, all must recognize is that Republicans comprise more than just the Tea Party and we all have to get along because we absolutely MUST win the White House, the Senate and the House if we are to have any chance of taking the country back in 2012.
The problems? Some in the GOP view the Tea Party as bullies and/or “Intolerants” who insist that the party adhere to their agenda come what may. It’s an assertion with which I don’t agree. But there can be no question that the movement is adamant about certain issues that if placed above the need for the GOP to take it all in November of 2012 are best settled now or put aside until after the election.
We simply cannot afford to be Intolerants, for when we lose sight of the need for people who share essentially the same views, but some of whom are hardened into a concrete unwillingness to in any way make some concessions for the good of all, we will lose, and we can concede on some issues without compromising our principles. What happened in New Hampshire is a microcosm of the bigger national picture.
Humans are diverse in all things, and no two, however committed to the same viewpoint about the same issue, commonality of purpose or dedicated to the same outcome, think exactly alike 100% of the time. We absolutely must keep in perspective the need to back one of the two regrettably predominant political parties, and the wise approach is to endorse the party the platform of which most closely aligns with our views as Tea Party activists and affiliates. For us, that is the Republican Party.
Never in my experience—and I can actually remember the 1956 conventions, even now at age 60—have I seen more ideological agreement within the parties than I see now. There have always been splinter groups within, but that is no longer the case. The reason I believe this to be the case is that the stakes are the highest they have ever been. The establishment elements in the GOP in particular have put aside that which has caused division in the past and come together in a more coherent way. Yes, there are still some disagreements, but the 2012 election is THE most important election in U.S. history in my view. We are fighting for the soul of our country, Friends. If we are to restore that soul, we must not allow ourselves to be Intolerants who demand that certain inalienable objectives be pursued come what may, even if it means defeat. My apologies to JFK, but victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan. As conservatives we will be orphans if Obama retakes the White House.
The Democrats are hoping that a true schism will develop between the GOP establishment, and the Tea Party contingent, splitting us and our messages into contradictory warring factions. In fact, they are counting on it. In my view, everything is at stake in this election and it’s way too important for us to engage in political experiments in 2012 by such splinter groups as GOOOH, whose impossible and unrealistic goal is to replace every member in the House with “citizen representatives.” To anyone who thinks for a minute that Nancy Pelosi, Denny Hoyer, Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangle, Barnie Frank and dozens of others are going to be replaced, I’ll tell you right now that your idealism has overwhelmed your common sense.
Simply stated my Friends, we ALL need to come together to back the GOP. Yes, put Tea Party candidates into the many primaries. If they win, great, but if they don’t, we cannot afford to have the Tea Party pick up their marbles and go home and stay home on Election Day. We must fight together regardless of who the candidate is so we can achieve the necessary majorities. We can replace any who are not committed to our values in 2014, but we must take the White House, House and Senate in 2012.
United we stand and united we win. Divided we fall and divided over ideology we lose in myriad ways, and we lose more than just an election. We lose the country.
Be true to yourself and your principles, but be willing to bend when needed to win back the government. If we fail, we may never be able to get our country back, so I appeal to all to put aside differences, work and fight shoulder to shoulder and restore America to its greatness. This is one political battle we cannot afford to lose, so I appeal to you with every fiber of my being, become and stay united. Think not just of victory but of landslide victories across the board. We must win this or our futures and those of our children and grandchildren will be bleak indeed as the nation morphs into the Socialist American States.
With that said, I ask with the greatest respect and humility, let’s get to work right now, united and with resolve. I will develop a plan and we can work on tweaking it together, but we need to start with a united message and take it to the Democrats in a way that not even the main stream media can ignore it. Are you with me? I hope so. We cannot afford to lose, so we have to be willing to give. We can, we will win it all in 2012 if we unite now and stay united for many election cycles to come.