Dear John

Dear John,

I want to congratulate you on what can only be described as a stunning victory on Super Tuesday. You won nine out of thirteen states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma) and have, according to my figures, almost certainly clinched the nomination of the Republican Party for the office of President. You have 598 delegates, and your closest opponent has 259. I think we can all say with some assurance that the campaign’s over. I also want to thank you for the service and sacrifice you made for your country. Few of us can claim that honor, and it is to your eternal credit that, as a young man, you felt so strongly about defending your country.

That said, however, I cannot support your nomination and I cannot vote for you in November. Allow me to explain why.

Since I was a young man I have loved politics. Growing up in a Cuban-American family propelled that avocation, staunchly anti-communist and pro-America. I was proud of who I was and where I was. My first political act, at the tender age of sixteen (in 1972), was to support Richard Nixon. He was a candidate, I thought, who could turn the country around and maybe achieve a real victory over the Communists in Vietnam. I was wrong. Richard Nixon turned out to be a polarizing figure, a flawed man who basically spoke like a conservative, but governed with all the doubt, angst and paranoia of a liberal. He was a walking inferiority complex running the country, and all we got for it was Watergate and a “just peace.” Instead of ending the Vietnam War with the unquestioned victory I had hoped for, he gave us the Paris Peace Talks. He gave us helicopters scrambling off the roof of our embassy in Saigon. He gave us wage and price controls. He took us off the gold standard. He gave us the Environmental Protection Agency.

In 1976, thoroughly disappointed by Nixon and Watergate, and already jaded with politics, I heard a man speak at the Republican Convention that changed my mind about whether politicians could really mean what they said. That man was Ronald Reagan. When he spoke, I saw a man of conviction and I saw a man of loyalty. Loyalty to the values of the Republican Party that, as Frederick Douglass once wrote, made it the “party of freedom and progress.” I became a US citizen in large part because I wanted to vote for this man. Seven years later, when I swore my oath of allegiance to this country, I registered as a Republican. And the next year I cast my ballot for Ronald Wilson Reagan. Reagan was not a perfect candidate and he disappointed me on some issues. But I trusted him. I knew that he was a man that, even when I disagreed with him, held lofty goals and high principles.
You sir, are no Ronald Reagan.

For many years now I have seen you take sides against core conservative principles. You voted against tax cuts; you favored (another) immigration amnesty program; you favored increasing taxes on gasoline consumption; you limited the right of Americans to freely exercise their political speech. Your opposition became a disease. At every turn you went against the best interest of the country to oppose the core values that I deeply believe in and that Ronald Reagan espoused. You voted out of political expediency and opportunism. You became buddies with Russ Feingold, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman.

You, sir, are not a conservative. You, sir, do not know the meaning of the word.

I’ve been criticized by some for “not seeing the big picture,” for ignoring the real threat of Hillary and/or Obama, real threats indeed for our nation. But I am unwilling to give in and compromise any further. I am unwilling to overlook behavior and words that smack of hypocrisy and opportunism. I am unwilling to hear any more talk about how big government can help us. I am unwilling to see the United States Government, thanks to you and your liberal allies, turn into a mommy, readily giving a teat to a country that is always hungrier for entitlements.

In truth, we have no one to blame for this predicament other than ourselves. We, the conservative core that made up Ronald Reagan’s constituency, dropped the ball and allowed the successes of 1994, 2000, and 2004 to spoil us and weaken us. We did not act when the word “compassionate” was added to “conservatism,” implying as it did that we were some kind of robber barons that wanted to plunder the people. We did not act when President Bush asked Ted Kennedy — Ted Kennedy! — to co-author an education bill. We did not act when you and your colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives spent money like a sailor on leave. We did not act when the Senate refused to convict a perjurer. We did not act when we saw limp policies in the Middle East and Latin America that endanger us. We did not act when you and thirteen Senators conspired to block the Republican leadership from ending the arcane Senate filibuster, allowing Bush’s nominees to the Federal bench to get a fair hearing. We did not act when you co-authored and helped pass an evil bill with Russ Feingold, a bill that was the first successful assault on freedom of speech since the country’s founding. When we did act, when we had had just about as much as we could stomach, we killed an ill-conceived, wholesale immigration amnesty plan that you co-authored with Ted Kennedy that would have legalized millions of illegal aliens, and slapped in the face those immigrants who had followed our laws to their pathway to citizenship. (Thank God for a small victory.)

With as liberal a voting record as that over the last few years, how can any conservative with principles even consider voting for you? Let’s face it, the alternative is… well, the alternative is only a different shade of pink.

I cannot vote for you, sir, and I cannot support you. I am saddened that, for the second (and last) time in my life, I am seriously considering resigning from my party, the Republican Party I supported because of Ronald Reagan and its bedrock conservative principles. I’m leaving for good this time, John. I mean it. There’s no coming back, John. There will be no reconciliations, no explanations, no justifications.

Scratch that. My party left me a long time ago.

Respectfully yours,
George Moneo

63 thoughts on “Dear John”

  1. It’s ironic that you would cite your problem with Nixon as leading us to ignominious defeat in a war … and then advocate handing over the executive to a Democrat who would quite possibly do that exact thing, wasting the 4,500 American lives, hundred thousand or so Iraqi lives, trillions of dollars and overall credibility of US foreign policy for a generation with a withdrawal before that country is stable.
    Talk about “not seeing the big picture.” To the extent that politics is an exercise in principle, perhaps those are the principles you should focus on. Focus by reading some military obits. Those guys who are fighting and who believe in their mission, even many who don’t like John McCain, probably aren’t going to withhold their vote. They’ve got too much invested and too much to personally lose. Think about it.

  2. Bill, with all due respect, I am tired of the BS from my party. It’s been one disappointment after another after another. Like Howard Beale, I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.

  3. Why do we keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting to get a different result? When are we going to learn? Have I missed something or is it that we don’t give a crap about electing a Republican who is no better in many respects than, to quote Bill Whittle, “the most liberal, socialist, power-hungry statist in my living memory.” Guys, we need perspective. This party needs an enema. We will NEVER defeat them by electing one who emulates them. WAKE UP.

  4. George,you said you are mad to your own party……
    please,let me know how “mad” you are gonna be when “Billary” or Osa..Obama make it to the White House thanks to voters like you….

  5. George,
    Are you quitting in the middle of the game, just because they didn’t let your favorite guy pitch? Your arguments make no sense if you focus on “the big picture.” If the Republican party “left you,” as it did me many years ago, its ok to go “unaffiliated.” But, you are still left with a choice in November. Are you going to support Hillary by omission?
    That would be unforgivable.

  6. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I too have arrived at the point where it’s obvious that choosing the lesser of two evils is no longer enough. The only difference between McCain and the Dems at this point is the degree to which they’ll betray our principles, not whether or not they will.
    I’d rather have a Democrat get elected. After two years of destruction, we’ll be able to get Republican majorities in Congress again, and we’ll have a chance of forcing the GOP to rediscover its core – and its backbone – for a real victory in 2012.
    At this point, I think a McCain victory will encourage the dissolution of conservative values in the GOP, and do more lasting harm than a single term of either Hilary or Obama.
    The only reason I hesitate in voting against McCain for a Dem at all is my concern over Iraq – I think all other harm a Dem can do in 4 years can be overcome.

  7. Every now and then our country needs a cleansing. An Obillary presidency maybe the medicine our country needs to get back on track in 2012. When they let the tax cuts expire in 2010 and when they surrender in Iraq and when they burden us with a socialized medicine scheme that won’t work, then the people will once again recognize the worth of conservatism and capitalism.

  8. Every now and then our country needs a cleansing. An Obillary presidency maybe the medicine our country needs to get back on track in 2012. When they let the tax cuts expire in 2010 and when they surrender in Iraq and when they burden us with a socialized medicine scheme that won’t work, then the people will once again recognize the worth of conservatism and capitalism.

  9. Some of you criticize me for not supporting McCain, but I’d like to know where all of you were when he was acting like a liberal abomination? That’s a pretty skewed perspective.

  10. Hmmmmmm.
    1. I’m a conservative. Whether I vote Republican or Democrat is irrelevant. My goal is always to promote conservatism and conservatives.
    2. If the GOP, and other Republicans, want my vote then they can put up conservative candidates. Don’t put up a conservative? You don’t get my vote.
    3. I am not obligated in any way, shape or form to vote Republican. My not voting for a Republican does not constitute a betrayal because, quite frankly, the GOP has betrayed conservatives like myself so often it’s become commonplace.
    4. You are a Republican and you don’t like my response?
    Get used to it.

  11. OK, here’s a hypothetical: I vote for someone (as a write-in) that I believe matches my principles. Is that acceptable? Or is McCain being shoved down my throat? I don’t think any of you can doubt my conservative bona fides; voting against Hillary to me would be nothing but an empty vote. That said, we still have nine months. If McCain decides he has to woo those of us who are, in essence, disenfranchised from the conservative wing of the Republican Party then I may reconsider. But today, that letter expresses how I feel. I would be dishonest saying else.

  12. George –
    I understand the sentiment but please chill. First of all let us be honest it was a pretty extraordinary set of circumstances that allowed Reagan just to get to the White House – a battered nation, a weak economy, a menacing foreign threat and an inept president. Then there was the man himself, a once in a generation if not lifetime leader – we will never see another like him.
    Also let us put things in perspective. You got ticked at Nixon for the Paris Peace talks? I kind of remember Ronnie getting blasted for his talks with Gorby – many thought he tainted his legacy…until the Wall came down. Let’s not forget that Reagan also tried to trade arms for hostages, worked with the corrupt and leftist Rostentowski to raise taxes, raised payroll taxes and blessed (cursed) us with two moderate Supreme Court justices.
    I am also frustrated to the max with people on this blog ripping McCain without looking at who represents them in their home districts. We have three non-conservatives in the House. I’ve been waiting ages for a change and nothing happens… all you hear is how good they are to us and how the are right on Cuba. Now everyone has an epiphany and seeks ideological purity from the presidential nominee. If ideological purity is what you seek then the Socialist Workers, Communist, Libertarian or Constitution parties await your membership application.

  13. Following this perverse rationale, then we should have voted for Dukakis, for Gore and for Kerry and now for O’Hillary and O’Bama because the GOP choice wasn’t Reagan or a true “conservative”.
    In the last 100 years you had 3 Great GOP presidents:
    Teddy Roosevelt, Ike, and Reagan. That’s it.
    The others, got in by default because the alternative was worse and/or unacceptable.
    You guys are crying over spilled milk and would rather have O’Hillary and/or O’Bama appoint more ACLU folks to the federal judiciary? You want Leon Trotsky on the Supreme Court?
    A republican won’t do it. As much as y’all hate JM, realize that JM will only be able to get legislation through with help of the conservative wing of the party. Y’all cry about the gang of 14 and saying it was treason, please folks. That agreement got all the Bush nominees approved including Alito and Roberts.
    If Dem appoints 1-2 folks to the Supreme Court, you will be feeling the effects for 12-20 years not just 4 years.
    You know I would love to drive that 100K Mercedes but I have to settle for a Chrysler. It gets me there, albeit not how I would like it; but it’s a much better alternative to having to ride a Donkey to work.
    You guys honestly feel that we will be safer with a Dem in office? Did you hear Obama last night? Saying he will talk to Satan himself? Please folks.
    The people have voted. You may not agree, but please stop sounding like Dems. I can remember after the 2004 election when I wore my Bush/Cheney shirt to work and sore loser dems were scorning me and saying that myself and all of those who voted for Bush were “idiots.” Again, the mentality being that if the voters select someone I don’t agree with then they must be idiots. That’s typical liberal dribble.
    You folks say its over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
    And it ain’t over now. Cause when the goin’ gets tough… the tough get goin’!
    What the fuck happened to the folks I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer – Dead
    We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.
    We’re just the guys to do it.
    Butch up and fight the real enemy — the Dems not the GOP.

  14. Please, like Romney is a conservative. It’s on youtube: “I will be more pro-gay rights than Ted Kennedy”. There are a dozen or so comments like that from Romney when he ran for the Senate and Governor of Mass.
    Did you know his mandatory health insurance law has an abortion benefit for a $50 co-pay?
    I heard Fred Barnes comment this morning that the country is becoming more liberal. He’s correct. Politics is a pendulum. It’s moving in the other direction now.

  15. Great thought-provoking post George, and the counter comments have been equally as thought-provoking and precise. This is the stuff we take for granted living in a free country.
    I respect everyone’s opinions and sentiments here, but I have to go with the lesser of two evils, the one that is best situated to ensure victory over our enemies abroad. Our troops and America deserve nothing less.

  16. Cigar Mike,
    There’s a big difference between GHWB, GWB and McCain. While the Bushes may not have been as conservative as we like, they were proud Republicans. Just like Dole who loved his party. It can’t be understated, McCain was ready to abandon the GOP just six years ago and just four years ago was trying to find on his way on to Kerry’s ticket. It’s fine if a candidate isn’t super conservative, but don’t be anti-conservative. And that’s exactly what McCain has been in the last 5-8 years.

  17. Cigar Mike,
    There’s a big difference between GHWB, GWB and McCain. While the Bushes may not have been as conservative as we like, they were proud Republicans. Just like Dole who loved his party. It can’t be understated, McCain was ready to abandon the GOP just six years ago and just four years ago was trying to find on his way on to Kerry’s ticket. It’s fine if a candidate isn’t super conservative, but don’t be anti-conservative. And that’s exactly what McCain has been in the last 5-8 years.

  18. You’re still missing the point; we’re back to the “quien es mas macho” scenario.
    Answer this:
    1) Who will appoint conservative jurists to the federal bench and the supreme court?
    2) Who will be stronger on defense and law and order?
    3) Who will be cozy up to the leftist leaders in latin america and Iran?
    if you truly think that that you’re getting the exact same result with Dems as with the GOP on those questions, you’re deluded — to quote Luke Skywalker — release your hate folks; the dark side is clouding your vision.
    With the Dems you will get Judges like Ruth Bader Ginsberg and even more liberal esp. with O’Bama
    with the GOP you will get judges like Roberts and Alito.

  19. Ditto on Roberto’s comment!
    This is why we have primaries … and even if our candidate of choice does not win, we should respect the system in place and don’t relinquish our right to vote.
    I live in South Carolina and although I knew it was a “long shot”, I still voted on principles for Fred Thompson. The results were in and he’s out, but just because the canditate chosen to represent our party is not whom I would choose, does not justify,(because of my conservative principles), that I would opt not to vote and by doing so, indirectly help someone like Hillary or Obama, or worst case scenario (both on the same ballot as President & VP) win!
    IMO, at this point, since it seems that McCain will be the Republican candidate, we need to focus on the next option, which is to “balance power”, i.e. making sure that the House and the Senate become more convervative!!
    I wish you well 🙂 Melek
    “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” ~ Stalin
    I wish you well 🙂 Melek

  20. “An Obillary presidency maybe the medicine our country needs to get back on track …”
    I agree – but that’s a horrendous price to pay. My observation is that the conservative base hasn’t done its job to properly bring up the next generation to embrace our principles — we let the wacky college profs, the media, and all else to persuade them and indoctrinate them. So we hve all this young support for (gasp!) Obami.
    The only motivation I would have to press the button for McCain is the issue of judges, despite the crap he pulled on Alito. We may have tiny, ever so narrow edge of chance that he would appoint someone to the right of center.
    The Republic has been through trying times before; let’s help it pull through this one.

  21. What I think some lose sight of is the fact that while there have been exceptions to the rule like Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln in our history, Presidential Elections are always a choice between a lesser of two evils.
    South Park writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker illustrated that perfectly in an episode back in ’04 prior to Election Day in which the children had to vote for a new school mascot and the only two choices were a giant douche and a turd sandwich. Nine times out of ten, it’s always going to come down to a douche and a turd.
    I’m not thrilled with John McCain’s stances on a lot of issues but overall, no candidate was everything to everybody and that’s what made this race so muddled. Everybody was one thing or another. There were a lot of shades of grey.
    I am a New Jersey Republican and nothing frustrates me more than when one side takes their ball and goes home when their man doesn’t win. It happened with Bret Schundler in ’01 and we ended up with Jim McGreevey who ended up being the worst Governor the state ever had since Jim Florio.
    The thought of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama running this country genuinely scares me. Say what you want about John McCain but these two are hardcore socialists and neither one of them even comes close to having the credentials neccesary to run this country, especially Obama who has only served half a term in the Senate.
    I realize that John McCain is no Reagan but at least he’s no Hillary or Obama either.

  22. Here’s the problem with supporting McCain. It sets a precedent that any GOP candidate cando whatever he wants without regard to what the base of his party wants just because there always be a worse choice in the Democrat candidate.
    Also, consider this. All of the pundits are talking about how McCain NOW needs to reach out to conservatives and make the peace and reassure them. There’s a lot of talk about how he might begin to do that at CPAC. But let me ask you this. Why would John McCain reach out to conservatives that he despises now that he has the nomination in the bag?
    Wasn’t the time to reach out to conservatives back in 2004 when he was instead reaching out to John Kerry about joining his ticket? McCain could have reached out to conservatives at the GOP debate at the Reagan library. It would have been appropriate. But he didn’t. Instead he continued with his class warfare, big government rhetoric.
    McCain didn’t need conservatives to get the nomination (in fact he used a masterful diversionary tactic to split conservatives) and thus he owes conservatives nothing.
    And if he does put out an olive branch to conservatives at CPAC after all of this and we accept it, what does it say about us? That we just want to make nice and forget the actual record and accept any promises he might make at face value though we know he doesn’t mean it? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

  23. Here’s the problem with supporting McCain. It sets a precedent that any GOP candidate cando whatever he wants without regard to what the base of his party wants just because there always be a worse choice in the Democrat candidate.
    Also, consider this. All of the pundits are talking about how McCain NOW needs to reach out to conservatives and make the peace and reassure them. There’s a lot of talk about how he might begin to do that at CPAC. But let me ask you this. Why would John McCain reach out to conservatives that he despises now that he has the nomination in the bag?
    Wasn’t the time to reach out to conservatives back in 2004 when he was instead reaching out to John Kerry about joining his ticket? McCain could have reached out to conservatives at the GOP debate at the Reagan library. It would have been appropriate. But he didn’t. Instead he continued with his class warfare, big government rhetoric.
    McCain didn’t need conservatives to get the nomination (in fact he used a masterful diversionary tactic to split conservatives) and thus he owes conservatives nothing.
    And if he does put out an olive branch to conservatives at CPAC after all of this and we accept it, what does it say about us? That we just want to make nice and forget the actual record and accept any promises he might make at face value though we know he doesn’t mean it? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

  24. “these two are hardcore socialists” – you guys are so cute, living in the 20th century with your macho drooling, worship of power, and deep, unabashed love of clichés.
    Voters respond to McCain because he doesn’t show contempt for citizens like Giuliani in New York or renounce positions as nakedly and crassly as Romney did when he announced his candidacy. As a gay man, let me remark: men obsessed with big cojones and showing them usually don’t have a lot to be boastful about.

  25. Dear George,
    In many ways there can be NO disagreement about the tenor and substance of most of your points of view. The problem with your solution implies a DISASTROUS problem for America. Voting for Hillary, not voting for a President, or writing in a name is PERFECTLY consistant with how you and many of us feel. However, failure to show up at the polls at all will guarantee the slide of this country into socialism that we all detest. As conservatives, we MUST go to the polls and not only vote for conservatives, but support and elect conservatives in the House and Senate and at the State and local levels. The frustration we have and McCain deserves is NOT the fault of the rest of the slate of candidates for the “lesser” positions. Stay home at our country’s peril.
    Conservatives like myself, told the RNC years ago that we would not support the party until they built the wall, got government off our backs and quit spending and acting like liberals. We abandoned the party as a whole and in creating a vacuum, we allowed it to be filled with more liberal candidates and party members. We owe it to America to get back into the fray by re-taking the Republican party back to it’s core beliefs and away from the liberals that have had their way since 2004. We need to reaffirm our commitment to conservatism through the only party that can take our beliefs into the battle for the heart of America. Our families deserve nothing but the best of our efforts, NOT our failure to act upon our principles. We still are in the majority, it is just that we have allowed others to speak for us and yes, I am mad as hell and I’m going to make my voice heard, just like during the amnesty fiasco in 2006.
    Stand up and fight conservatives, don’t stay home.
    Bill sldhmr300

  26. [i]Hey Thin, fuck you and the pink Cadillac you rode in on.[/i]
    You and I both know that thanks to Reagan and Morning in America my pink cadillac looks so shiny that you want one too.

  27. The individual who can best serve the Christ (the Light) alone will be made president of the Nation!
    That’s the thought I’m holding. We, through resentment or holding negative thoughts and feelings towards persons, places, conditions or things, often bring upon ourselves the very thing we do not want–by fixing our attention on our “adversaries.” What we (as individuals or as a Nation) meditate upon, we become.
    Our six inch intellects don’t know enough about the future to be given all authority to govern it. As Ronald Reagan so eloquently stated: “Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience; without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”
    So lets be humble enough to put the coming elections in God’s Hands, and ask Him to bring a Miracle His of Perfection out of it. Then, do whatever seems necessary on the physical side to harmoniously cooperate with God’s Perfect Plan for America. With so very much at stake, I think that’s the safest and surest way to proceed….

  28. Honor Flame, OK. I’ll… take that… under advisement, I think.
    Thin, are you a student or a professor at FIU? Because your Mencken quote unfortunately does not apply to today’s political realities, all thanks to the New Deal and The Great Society (both Dems). Maybe you should bone up (no offense) on some history so you can see straight.

  29. For those who admonish true conservatives who don’t blindly follow John McCain to the promised land because of the Hillary threat, I say that you are morally bankrupt. Character and integrity do not have anything to do with gain. The Republican Party with its apologists and liberal shills could care less about true conservatism. McCain’s mother said that Republicans will have to “hold their noses” and nominate John McCain. I, for one, will not bend over and take one for McCain.

  30. “Butch up and fight the real enemy — the Dems not the GOP”
    And the difference between the two parties now days is? Obambi, Hillary, McCain, the three symbols on the same three dollar bill.

  31. Let’s face facts. After 4 years of Bush (who I agree with on a lot of things and disagree with on a lot of things) who has been vilified by the pundits and the libs our chances of maintaining the White House were very slim. We needed an inspiring candidate that could make a case for a new vision while sticking with the “old” party. McCain does not fit the bill. You all have to realize that every Republican could vote for McCain in November and we’ll still be crushed.

  32. Let’s face facts. After 4 years of Bush (who I agree with on a lot of things and disagree with on a lot of things) who has been vilified by the pundits and the libs our chances of maintaining the White House were very slim. We needed an inspiring candidate that could make a case for a new vision while sticking with the “old” party. McCain does not fit the bill. You all have to realize that every Republican could vote for McCain in November and we’ll still be crushed.

  33. Azygos, Sadly I don’t see ANY difference between the GOP and the Dems. It is time to clean house and get rid of Graham, McCain, Martinez, etc. It is time to purge. After two years of Hillary, take back the House with true conservatives to fight her every step of the way. The Senate, however; is a lost cause.

  34. gmasquire your hatred has blinded you. Morally bankrupt my tuchas.
    As I’ve said before and I dare anyone to prove me wrong: Reagan was an idealist not an ideologue.
    You are so tied to your purist ideology that you would rather have the country go to hell; but hey, you’re ideologically pure. That’s why Judge Scalia finds little support from the left or right and why Judge Roberts and Judge Rehnquist were and are much better jurists.
    Even a better analogy, Ghandi was ideologically pure on his non violence and when he was asked about what the Jews should do re: the Nazis; he stated they should not resist and should be slaughtered; that’s ideological purity. Einstein a pacifist went against his ideology because of the greater evil on the horizon — the nazis. So would his decision to go against his belief make him morally bankrupt?
    What good is ideological purity when the dems appoint ACLU judges to the court which will set for the next 40 years; and what good is ideological purity when we cut and run and surrender; and what good is ideological purity when we taxed up the ying yang and have socialized medicine and other tripe shoved down out throats by the dems?
    so please don’t be so self righteous.
    As Moneo indicated a few weeks ago, and I’m with him, I’d rather vote for a chimp than for the current crop of dems. It’s not being morally bankrupt my friend, it’s being safer and more prosperous and having the court with conservative jurists rather than the ACLU types that keep flooding the courts with BS cases.
    you want to be pure? go hang out with Pat Buchanan and all the radio and TV hosts and that won’t buy you a shoe shine.
    If you honestly think you’ll be worse off with the GOP in office than the Dems, then all that says is you’re a masochist as well as an ideologue. This is not a philosophy class or a political science class. It’s the real world. It’s politics and sometimes we have to make strange bed fellows if it is for the better good.
    Here get used to this if you’d rather see the Dems in office because you must remain “pure” to your ideology:
    Excerpt of O’Bama Speech:
    “And if I am your nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq, because I didn’t, or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran, because I haven’t, or that I support the Bush-Cheney doctrine of not talking to leaders we don’t like, because I profoundly disagree with that approach.
    And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it’s OK for America to use torture, because it’s never OK.
    That is the choice in this election.
    The Republicans running for president have already tied themselves to the past. The speak of 100-year war in Iraq. They talk about billions more in tax breaks for the wealthiest few, who don’t need them and didn’t even ask them, tax breaks that mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt, at a time when there are families who can’t pay their medical bills and students who can’t pay their tuition.
    Those Republicans are running on the politics of yesterday and that is why our party must be the party of tomorrow, and that is the party that I intend to lead as president of the United States of America.
    I’ll be the president who ends the tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas and start putting them in the pockets of hardworking Americans who deserve them and struggling homeowners who deserve them and seniors who should retire with dignity and respect and deserve them.”
    That my friend are the words of a true liberal. If that’s what you want, then God Bless you and don’t come crying to me or anyone else from the screwing the dems will give the country.

  35. Am honored by the reply from Mr. Moneo. Enjoyed your “Dear John” letter. Agree with the sentiments too. But, and it’s a big but: as long as you fight a thing, it’ll fight you back. The virtue Reagan spoke about doesn’t depend of the thought of man, or his behavior (political or otherwise)–quite the contrary. It is up to us to conform our behavior to God’s will, and not the other way around, in order to have a virtuous outcome–in the elections or otherwise. Though, you come across as a man of great virtue, yourself–so I suspect you are aware of that. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  36. “As I’ve said before and I dare anyone to prove me wrong: Reagan was an idealist not an ideologue.”
    Absolutely 100% right. Your entire comment was spot on, Mike! Excellent. You should really make it into a thread.

  37. Cigar Mike is right about many things, however; at the end of the day I will not feel like a sheep being led to the slaughter by my own party. Good luck to you.

  38. Every time a new and fundamentally different administration takes office the world is coming to an end. Every time the world does not come to an end another administration eventually comes along and things get a little better.
    Al Kapp once said no matter who is elected President they end of being a version of Dwight Eisenhower.
    I have not finalized my decision as to whether or not I will vote for McCain if he is nominated, but if I do not vote for him I do not owe anyone an explanation why I didn’t. That is my constitutional right. Something many seem to forget if judged by their ideological opposition to someone being an ideologue.
    There are those who will oppose McCain because of bitterness and revenge. This may or may not help ease the pain they are experiencing. But, on the other hand there are those who will vote for him even though they detest his moral bankruptcy, because they feel it is the noble thing to do.
    You both may be right, but who really gives a damn.
    Each and every one of us have had to endure gut wrenching experiences because of decisions made by various Presidents that have devastated us. It will be the same thing next year be it Hillary, Barack, Mitt, John, or whomever. I am not looking for perfection, and never have. But, that doesn’t mean I have to help perpetuate political deception and mediocrity by supporting a candidate that I feel in my very soul is not worthy of my vote let alone the Office of the President.
    Ronald Reagan was a wonderful leader and President, but the Gipper was not perfect by any means. Yet, he demonstrated enough character, moral fiber, and consistent patriotic courage to gain the dedicated loyalty of a vast number of Americans. John McCain doesn’t even come close to that standard

  39. Edward, as I wrote in my letter, I had disagreements with Reagan but I admired him and revered his leadership nevertheless. I recall that after the Hezbollah bombing of the USMC barracks in Beirut in 1983, I was so pissed off at him for pulling our troops out and not fighting alongside the Jews that I almost burst.
    But that was then. Time does give perspective. And we have that perspective with McCain as well. We have seen his actions and we have to judge him by those; not his words, mind you, his actions. He’s not the man I want to vote for. When push comes to shove in November will I change my mind due to the overwhelming desire in every cell of my body to prevent a Dem from gaining the White House? Maybe. But maybe not. We shall see…

  40. George, you know I am with you!
    If the Republican Party is now a party that believes in higher taxes, especially when in response to “global warming”, and rewarding illegal immigrants for breaking our laws then I am no longer a Republican.
    I will NOT vote for a candidate that does not share my principles.
    The only way I would consider holding my nose to vote for this RINO would be if he came out pushing The Fair Tax. Otherwise he and the party may respecfully kiss my fat Cuban ass.

  41. Because your Mencken quote unfortunately does not apply to today’s political realities, all thanks to the New Deal and The Great Society (both Dems). Maybe you should bone up (no offense) on some history so you can see straight
    No, my friend, if you worry about socialism in 2008, I suggest you get your priorities straight; and we’re not going to restart the Great-Society-New-Deal-as-diluted-socialism debate that Walter Lippmann, Irving Kristol, and George Will interred several decades ago.

  42. Sure Thin, we’re in no danger at all. Mira, dude, stick to what you know best and leave the thinking to the grown-ups.

  43. I worry more about Islamic terror than the threat of American socialism that anyone with a decent grasp of American history knows will never happen, not to mention American jurisprudence: most justices on the Supreme Court between 1878 and 1937 worried that any encroachment by the feds on business — safety regulations, child labor and minimum wage laws, — represented a socialist threat to the Republic. I repeat: we’re too practical a people to worry about socialism, which, as your boy Reagan correctly pointed out, ended on the “ash-heap of history.”
    So you go ahead and postulate your phantom menaces. The “grownups” who read history and don’t rely on machista cliches outworn since my parents left Cuba have lots more to worry about.

  44. I concur 100% to this letter by Mr. Moneo.
    John McCain is not my candidate, has never been my candidate, and if he is nominated by the GOP Convention, will not receive my vote on Election Day 2008. I will also say that the Democratic Nominee will also not receive my vote nor support. If John McCain is nominated, I cannot consiously nor conscience-ly push the button, pull the lever, fill in the mark by the name, dimple the chad, nor in any other way, shape, or form, support Senator John McCain for President of the United States of America. Even if Senator McCain does something dramatically drastic at this week’s CPAC Meeting — such as prostrate himself and beg forgiveness for every breach of conservative values he has regularly and continuously sold himself out on (not to mention for the comments against Concervative, Protestant, Evangelical Christianity [of which I am a part of] thathe made about Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell in 2000) — I still cannot vote for him, as he has proven himself untrustworthy. If he has shown himself to be untrustworthy of the values I hold dear in a smaller area of Responsibility as being the US Senator from a single state, why should I believe he will be more trustworthy if he is attempting to become the highest elected representative of the entirity of all 50 US States? When he does soemthing trustworthy in his current station, perhaps, then, I will consider him; in his current position, with his current past dating from 2000 (when he lost the GOP Nomination to President Bush, and was terribly bitter about it) for which he has shown no change, given no apology, and has shown no desire to veer away from, I cannot vote for John McCain.

  45. With all due respect, you have so much hatred for people that disagree with your line of thinking it is good that you want to leave the Republican party.
    How can I as a Republican agree to support my party when they’ve been such fuckups over the past 8 years. Seriously.
    Here’s a sampling of why I won’t be voting Republican for a long time and neither should any of you if you are principled at all:
    1. Scooter Libby & Cheney OUTED a CIA Agent – That’s not exactly a conservative principle
    2. Hurricane Katrina – Definitely no compassionate conservatism there
    3. Nation Building in Iraq – Bush ran in 2000 on no nation building
    4. Conditions at Walter Reed – Again, no compassionate conservatism and supporting the troops there
    5. Dubai Ports World – Giving Arabs control over our ports is not that secure wouldn’t you say?
    6. Abu Grhaib & Waterboarding – Do you think Reagan ever advocated torture? I think not.
    7. Body Armor Deficiencies – Way to support the troops on that one.
    8. Signing Statements on every bill – Contempt of Congress shouldn’t be a Republican party platform.
    9. Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Jeff Gannon all happened under our watch – Not so pro family if you ask me.
    I could go on and on but simply stated. Anyone who called themselves a conservative and who voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 should be ASHAMED of themselves. The way I see it, it’ll take a Democrat to clean up the mess Bush’s Republicans have created. Now whether I vote for one is another story but it’ll be even harder to vote for McCain (which just so happens to rhyme with “more of the same”)!

  46. DJ Frustration, Who was I expected to vote for in 2000 and 2004? Gore? Kerry? You’re about as Republican as John McCain is and that’s not much. And your list is so full of inaccuracies and Dem talking points that they I won’t dignify them with an answer. If any of our readers want to waste time with this Dem dolt, have at it.

  47. Ah, Romney has bowed out of the race. That clinches it.
    All that’s left is to push – really, really push – for true conservatives in government to hold these liberals in check. Look at your state and federal representatives and senators. Let’s get the right people in all the right places to hold whichever liberal wins the presidency in check!

  48. It’ll be Romney in ’12 (unless Gingrch decides ot run), and I-could-care-less this year (unless Huckabee pulls a stunning upset in the final months). And DJ Frustration, it wasn’t Cheney that outed Valerie Plame — it was a reporter who owned up to it later; President Bush sent federal aid for Hurrican Katrina Relief to New Orleans, but somewherei n between, the former DEM Governor of La, and the DEM Mayer suqandered it away; in 2000, Iraq and Al-Qaida hadn’t dusted the World Trade Center; the Dubai Ports thing was a PRIVATE investment, not a government-controlled one; Do you think that the Abu-Ghraib Inmates would have been kinder toUS Troops had the situation been reversed (see Daniel Perl, David Berg)?; Congress — Hillary’s, Obama’s, and McCain’s cohorts and area of action — have been the ones holding up any kind of upgrade for body armour; What statements have been signed? And didn’t the Democrats prior to 2007 FILIBUSTER just about every Conservative Reoublican move in the Senate? What has Pelosi and Reid done to “clean up” Washington like they said they’d do? Nothing, and, inf cat, have made it much, much worse. Your points are meaningless….

  49. George, I thought you’d have that kind of reaction and assume that I was a democrat, but alas, that proves how out of step you are with the majority of Republicans. When I go out to dinner or chat during work with other Republican friends, its quite clear that rational thinking Republicans are pretty ashamed at what George Bush has done to our party.
    Its easy to dismiss my list as Democratic talking points but Jason_L’s responses are just plain wrong.
    1. Libby & Cheney DID LEAK a CIA agent…how dare they!
    2. Katrina federal aid arrived on day 5, day 6, day 7?? But Brownie was doing a heck of a job so everything was A, OK. Embarrassing for us Repubs.
    3. Afghanistan was on the right track. Iraq was nothing but nation building…there’s no denying it buddy.
    4. Silencio on Walter Reed, huh? Exactly.
    5. Get your facts straight. The Dubai Ports World deal went south after BOTH parties contended that the GWB administration hadn’t considered all the security problems with the deal…sorry buddy.
    6. Torture – when our troops are “detained” by our enemies next time, how do you think they’ll be treated, dumbass? I’m a retired Marine. Both Jason_L and George Moneo really have no clue what goes on out there.
    7. “You go to war with the army you have” – Donald Rumsfeld. I rest my case.
    8. Signing Statements – So if someone passes a bill saying that you can’t do X, its well within the right of the President to say that he CAN do X? I don’t think so. Even though Reagan picked up the pace of signing statements they’re still wrong if you alter the fundamental wish of a bill.
    9. Republican leaders are so drunk with power that they don’t care that they have pedophiles and criminals in their own party. That’s just disgusting and embarrassing.
    McCain at least has a brain and isn’t on auto-pilot with the zealots in our party.

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