In a regular zoo no one I know has ever said they have seen it, but observers of “the political zoo” might see just about anything – even a RINO committing suicide.
In the political zoo a RINO is a person who may seem to some to be a Republican but in reality they are a Republican In Name Only. And we have seen them infect our elections nationally and we have begun to see them infect them right here in Liberty County.
Famous people that have been called RINO’s on the national scene in the last include everything from sitting Republican incumbent Senators to the Republican nominees for President. For example in the last Presidential election John McCain was a consensus candidate that was acceptable to moderate Republicans and independents, but he has never been a consistent conservative vote that could be counted on. In Alaska Lisa Murkowski was the alternative to a dynamic outspoken conservative who actually won the Republican primary. Or for years in Pennsylvania (Arlan Spector) and in Maine (Olympia Snow), we have had Republican Senators who have consistently voted against conservative legislation. Some of these people have kept us from either having real conservative leadership, or they have kept voters from seeing Democrats win election and fail as elected officials.
In contrast to many of the national RINO’s who have survived and continued to hold office despite their lack of loyalty to the most important of Republican values, local RINO’s here in Liberty County will effectively be committing suicide if the voters are informed about the difference in their behavior and their rhetoric.
In Liberty County, as new as we are to electing Republicans to serve in local offices, we already have some failing to act like Republicans. Any Republican that has been elected here in Liberty County should be warned they if the public becomes aware that they are behaving like RINO’s, real Republicans will be found to run for the office they hold and they will be defeated in the Republican primary. Primary voters are less tolerant of people portraying themselves as like them when in actuality they are much different in the way they serve the public. Continuing to take either of the following two stances in their capacity as an elected Republican will effectively be committing political suicide:
1)A public official that takes a “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitude toward wrongdoing going on in and around the courthouse. Many of the Republican primary voters in Liberty County are voting for a change from the good ole boy type of corrupt candidate who cuts corners to a businesslike candidate who wants to roll up their sleeves and work hard to find solutions and improve this county in every way possible. People who just want a job and when they are elected they just want to stay out of trouble should be rejected by Republicans – we want energetic problem solving public servants who have a vision for how to make this community more successful.
2)Any public official elected by Republicans should be aware that most Republican primary voters are more serious about small limited government and the idea that public officials should be wise and conservative when spending taxpayer money. RINO’s may want to play games with semantics and raise taxes, but primary voters are more aware of the game playing that has gone in with the effective rate and appraisals and bonds and fees – they know local Democrats have been spending money like drunken sailors and falsely claiming they have not made the burden taxpayers any heavier.
So let’s be real clear. Many of us Republican primary voters may like you. We may like your family. We may wish you well. But IF local Republicans with any thoughts of holding local office think they can just give lip service to those things Republican primary voters are looking for, THEY ARE WRONG. We are not putting a target on their back, they are. Anyone behaving like described or helping people that have a track record of behaving this way will be committing political suicide.
NOTE: Some RINO’s love to join Democrats and point out that Republicans are spending money on this or that. For example, we are sure some will continue to come forward and point to the fact that a Republican added a court reporter to the expense of one of our courts. This kind of ignorance will help us identify people who do not understand what true conservatism is. In order to run that court properly we should have had a court reporter years ago. This is an example of spending taxpayer money wisely. We will not be used to beat down our own people. People that try to identify true Republicans as enemies to the taxpayers will really be identifying who it is that plays harmful political games in order to try and gain some kind of personal advantage.