I am a RiNO
By Neil Stevens Posted in Archived | primaries | Republicans | RINOs — Comments (155) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Hello, my name is Neil, and I am a Republican in Name Only.
No, it's true. Really. I fit the classic definition. My views are outside the party mainstream, so much so that I cannot in good conscience vote for the Republican every election, every time, regardless of who gets nominated1.
I'm not alone, either. Between people like me being RiNOs, and the great mass of voters who don't even register for a party, non-Republicans and RiNOs just might carry more right-leaning electoral weight than 'real' Republicans.
This has consequences for the party, and especially for Republicans voting in the primary with an eye on winning in the general election.
On issue after issue, my views take me out of step with the middle of the Republican party:
- I want Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and S-CHIP ended, not mended.
- I want taxes cut in half to compensate after we end those programs.
- I want several executive departments agencies gone including Education, Transportation, Energy, and Labor. I would also close well-known agencies like EPA, SEC, DEA, BATFE, and FDA.
- I don't think it makes sense to ban most forms of abortion on demand, but then allow it in cases of rape and incest.
- I would prohibit any mention, use, or categorization of people by 'race' in any government setting, including the Census Bureau and the courts.
- I favor radical judicial reform, up to and including stripping jurisdiction over Constitutional challenges of state abortion laws (and anywhere else the Supreme Court is grossly wrong and defies the other branches) from the federal court system.
- I would have favored hitting Iran's bomb program with nuclear bunker busters two years ago.
I could probably go on all day, but I will spare us all. Suffice it to say that I'm a far right winger and most of the time I vote, even when it's for a Republican, I'm making major compromises.
But sometimes I just break down. When I stands all I can stands, and I can't stands no more, I won't vote for the nominated Republican in a given race. When the candidate is too far away from me, that he's even to the left of the party mainstream, that becomes too much of a compromise for me to stomach. So I won't hestiate to vote for another party's candidate.
We've now established that I'm outside the mainstream and while I'm a regular Republican voter, I'm not 100% reliable. By the standards of many, that makes me a RiNO. So the question is: should I just quit the party, giving up on counterweighting the liberals at all, or is my occasional defection worth it?
That's up to the party men; the people who vote Republican every single time, without fail, and who get active and write party rules, are the ones who have to answer that.
1: I discount here freaks like David Duke. Not voting for him is a mainstream Republican thing to do.