YAKIMA, Wash., March 26, 2013 — You just gotta love political speak. It’s verbose ‒ a convoluted mass of verbiage that tries to justify two opposite and polarized beliefs for the sake of winning elections.
Here are a couple of examples brought to you by none other than Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman. First: “I know what our principles are, I know our party believes marriage is between one man and one woman,” Priebus shared recently with Luke Russert on MSNBC while adding, “but I also know our party’s going to be inclusive, and it’s going to listen to people and it’s going to allow for differences in our party.”
The Republicans Party is going to compromise a basic plank of the party for the sake of unity? No, it’s because they will do anything to win the 2016 elections, even if includes a situation like that which befell Senator Rob Portman, the Republican senator from Ohio.
A couple of years ago, one of Portman’s sons informed the Senator that he’s gay and is in a same-sex marriage. Portman, being the good father he is, changed his conservative view on same-sex marriage and now supports the idea. I applaud his change of heart, but as a curmudgeon I have to question his motive.
Senator Portman is a good Republican who wants a Republican President in the White House. Chairman Reince Priebus said the Party still supports the Senator. What happens if Portman changes his “no new taxes” belief? Will Grover Norquist come calling?
The second example of political speak, concerns immigration and the millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S. The Republicans are really in a quandary over this one. Many Republican-owned businesses depend on the cheap labor provided by our illegal population, yet, now they need more political support from the minorities.
President Obama received 71 percent of the Hispanic vote. The Republicans want to court this minority group for the next election. That makes sense. However, Reince Priebus still will not commit to comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship even though his Party is willing to spend $10 million on outreach to the minority communities.
Many Republicans genuinely believe their Party should not change its platform to endorse same-sex marriage or immigration reform, but believe they can attract minority voters. How?
Priebus declared recently to prospective minority voters, “We welcome you with open arms. There’s more that unites us than you know.” This is a gem of political speak.
Here’s the translation: Hey, we want you minorities in our party who will support our platform of no new taxes, no same-sex marriage, and no pathway to citizenship. No, we don’t believe in bondage or telling people how to live their lives, we just know the only way to live is the Republican Way.
The Republican Way Psalm
1) The Republican Way is to trickle-down funds to create low paying jobs and big Republican profits.
2) The Republican Way is only marrying a member of the opposite sex.
3) The Republican Way is some type of pathway to citizenship, but not until our southern border is secure.
4) The Republican Way is to make the aged and infirmed shop for their own health insurance.
5) The Republican Way is not to have the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.
6) The Republican Way is to have the tax payers bailout big banks too large to fail.
A Curmudgeon’s Post Script
The Republican Way is in dire need of reform, compassion, and a realistic look at minorities.
Larry Momo writes for both The Washington Times Communities Politics and the San Pedro News Pilot.
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