Dear GOP: The Youth Puts Principle Ahead Of Politics

Principle Ahead Of Politics

By Craig Arps

Here’s my message to the Republican Party establishment. I don’t owe you anything. Not my time, my money, or my vote. I don’t care how bad things get, or how awful the policies of the Democrats are, and trust me, I fully understand how awful they are. I’m not required to support any of your politicians just because they have an “R” next to their name, or shut my mouth about the things I believe strongly about, just to ensure your victory on election day.

You have to earn it. That’s an important point that I think you’ve missed. In fact I know you’ve missed it. You demonstrate it constantly with your actions. So much of what you do is just another slap in the face to people like me. We’re the ones who are supposed to be your support base. We’re the people who actually believe in something more than our own pocketbooks.

You say, “we have to put aside our differences and focus on the things we agree on” or “we need to stop talking about these divisive social issues”.

Oh, Really? Well I’m not obligated to do anything of the sort. I’m an individual with God-given rights. I formulate my own opinions, and make my own choices about the issues that matter to me. Sure, if we were arguing about what to have for dinner, or trying to choose a color scheme for our next event, then fine, let’s put aside our differences because those things don’t really matter, right? But the reasons I’m involved in politics do matter. A lot. Whether babies get murdered, whether we remain free in our economic choices, whether our children will be forced to learn secular humanism and atheism, whether we will taste the fruits of our own labor, whether we may worship God as our conscience dictates, whether we remain safe from our enemies. All these things are a pretty big deal to us little people.

While we’re at it, here’s another one:

“Once the primary is over, we have to unite behind the nominee”

Again, no. For similar reasons as above. You aren’t entitled to my vote for “awful candidate A” simply because “awful candidate B” is even more awful. I’m not obligated to be complicit in what I believe are terrible choices for my future and the future of those I love just on the merit that a worse future may await if I don’t. If we unite, we unite around common principles, not personalities or politics. To be clear, I believe the Republican Party to be the best team on the field, so to speak, but if the people you put forward as nominees are scoring points for the other side or standing by while they do, why should I play alongside them? What would entice me to support that? At the very least I don’t want to be personally responsible for the damage that gets done by voting for it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve voted for plenty of candidates I didn’t like. I’ve even held my tongue and took one for the team from time to time, as hard as that may be to believe. But you, as a Party, have no right to expect that sacrifice from me. You have no right to take it for granted. But you do, and you have. What you don’t seem to understand is that so many are sick of the status-quo and that includes you. Most just feel they have no choice, and most of the time they’re right.

But the lesser of two evils isn’t inspiring anybody, and fear of what will happen if we don’t vote for you wears pretty thin as a reason to vote for you in time. You don’t have to take my word for it. Ask the voters who are constantly bleeding from the political system. What will they tell you? “I don’t see any difference between the two parties and none of them listen to me anyway, So why bother?” I know, because I just went door to door in my neighborhood and they told me so. Even many of the loyal Republicans are fed up with you.

Here’s a radical idea, how about you put up some folks who actually stand for something? Why not nominate and support some statesmen? People who don’t accept the New Deal, the Great Society, and all the other unconstitutional changes the progressives have made to our system? How about we run some people who, instead of putting their finger in the wind to find out what’s popular, argue for truth and liberty in a way that makes sense to the public? Rather than abandoning principles, present those principles with conviction, and give the voters a clear choice between two visions of government.

Every election cycle brings a new opportunity to present this vision, and every cycle you double down on the same multi-million dollar, crony-capitalist, progressive policies and politicians. As if we needed more evidence of this, you’ve once again demonstrated your arrogance for all to see in the Mississippi Senate Primary and proven there is no depth you will not stoop to in order to hang on to power, even if it means race-baiting smears and lies against your own base to turn out liberal Democrats. These despicable actions you greeted silence and even praise in some cases. How are we supposed to trust that you’ll do anything to fix the situation when you embrace it in this way? You have no standards, no principles, and no shame. You’ll get no respect from me.

Well, we’ve tried it your way, we’ve tried moving to the left for years now, and we’ve tried surrender. Maybe just for kicks and giggles, let’s try standing on principle sometime. Maybe, just maybe, all those voters you lost because they saw no point in voting for your candidates will find a reason to show up, and if not, at least we can all go to sleep at night knowing we did what we could to turn this country around and make things right.

Who knows? You may be shocked to find that being part of the problem is not actually the best solution to it. Or, you can go ahead and keep blaming us for all your failures and all your losses even though you didn’t listen to us in the first place. I’m sure that’s going to keep working out really well for you.


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  • Grayzel

    Craig, thank you for giving me hope. You have put to words things I have been thinking since my youth. I have been voting for 46 years and seen the individual diminished in both parties. The parties or tribes think in the collective and have turned our countries politics into a quasi team sport. Many, many people put party over country, compromise over principals and winning over ethics. Thank you again.

    • Midnight Ride

      Thank you. I have many friends who, like you, have been at this for a long time and have very little to show for it other then a pile of undelivered promises. Every election we get the same thing recycled over and over again. I wrote this to serve notice that their time is almost up for many of us. Unfortunately I think they underestimate how many of us do feel this way, and may not understand until they learn the hard way. Even then they don’t seem to get it. e.g. Romney in 2012.