No more big tent

I read the other day something that I’ve noted but never quite put into words. The Democratic party which has been accused of political correctness for the past couple decades by Republicans never agrees on anything. In other words, when it comes to their agenda they fight like heck with other Democrats.

On the other hand the Republicans who like to accuse Democrats of political correctness, which means I guess that they all move in a herd, and will not brook dissent. This happens to be a very ironic situation but fortunately most Republicans are unable to distinguish irony.

Rush Limbaugh who claims only to be a conservative and not a Republican regularly gets Republicans who dare deviate from GOP scripture to apologize to him and beg his forgiveness. The party regularly complies and works hard to unseat Republican apostates like Cong. Jim Leach, Dede Scozzafava, Senators Arlen Specter, Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, John McCain and now Scott Brown, Governors William Weld, and Charlie Christ among others. Now GOP purists are even purging Republicans of the past who have been discovered to fail the purity tests:

The Texas School Board does not want too much teaching about Democrat-Republican President Thomas Jefferson – damned deists.

And Glenn Beck hates Teddy Roosevelt – damn socialists. And if you are a Republican who likes Roosevelt you’ve got big trouble.

In an apparent reference to John McCain, Beck condemned a “guy in the Republican Party who says his favorite president is Theodore Roosevelt.” He then read disapprovingly the Roosevelt quote that “we grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used . . . so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community.”

“Is this what the Republican Party stands for?” Beck demanded. He was answered with boos and cries of “no!” “It’s big government, it’s a socialist utopia and we need to address it as if it is a cancer.”

And who is a good Republican? Maybe that ex democrat the late Senator Jesse Helms:

Appearing on “Larry King Live” in 1995, Jesse Helms, then the senior senator from North Carolina, fielded a call from an unusual admirer. Helms deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, the caller gushed, ‘for everything you’ve done to help keep down the niggers.” Given the rank ugliness of the sentiment” the guest host, Robert Novak, called it, with considerable understatement, “politically incorrect” Helms could only pause before responding. But the hesitation couldn’t suppress his gut instincts. “Whoops, well, thank you, I think,” he said. With prodding from Novak, he added that he’d been spanked as a child for using the N-word and noted (with a delicious hint of uncertainty), “I don’t think I’ve used it since.” As for the caller’s main point “the virtue of keeping down blacks” it passed without comment.

Here’s an infamous ad from one of Jesse’s campaigns.

Poor old GOP couldn’t get away with an add like Jesse’s in 2008. But they showed their new open mindedness by selecting Michael Steele as their new GOP Chairman. Oh, but he’s one of the Republicans who had to apologize to that entertainer Limbaugh.

Here’s a little sylogism:
All Christians are as sheep before God.
All Republicans are sheep.
Republicans who are not Sheep are Republicans in Name only and should be cast out of the Party.

This sylogism has a couple corolary’s. Here’s my favorite:
Pundits on Fox News who are NOT Republicans can finger RINO’s for removal from the party.

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