Cruising by the AP feed this evening, I noticed this article on an attempt by several Republican National Committee members to put forward a resolution demanding a test of ideological purity for candidates. Dubbed “The Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates,” this appears to be yet another try at dragging the poor dead carcass of the GOP into the lair of the ultraconservatives. But hey, I’m no scholar of conservative principles; maybe I’ve got the wrong end of the stick.
The ten principles (perhaps paraphrased by the article’s author are:
Regarding number ten: Whee, RPG’s for all, apparently.
Supposedly only candidates who pledge that they agree with at least eight out of the ten would receive RNC support. OK, knock yourselves out if that’s the case, but I find it rather difficult to avoid jeering at most of this. The general thrust seems, first of all, to be grade-A paranoia: are there really that many closet socialists that need to be weeded out in what remains of the Republican Party? Next, it seems rather too focused by half on Obama, rather than progressives in general. I guess the mooks who came up with this really do think he is the Antichrist and only rose to office only by hypnotizing the foolish masses. Then there’s number eight, which, unsurprisingly, appears to codify denial of rights to a specific class of people as a bedrock principle of the party.
I do find rather amusing the repeated theme of supporting something solely by opposing something else. Yo, if you’re going to oppose a whole bunch of stuff, maybe you might want to consider actually proposing something of your own. Or am I to understand that on all of these issues, everything is just as good as it could possibly be, currently?
OK, so, my opinion: if adopted, another nail in the coffin of the GOP. I’ll step back now and listen to yours.