Posted by: Christine Johnson | June 28, 2011

Eleventh Commandment: Has It Outlived Its Usefulness?

Nobody's Perfect

“Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

Ronald Reagan

There’s been a lot of talk about various failings of GOP presidential hopefuls.  One of the instances that stands out to me is when Tim Pawlenty coined “Obamneycare” before the last GOP debate, but then backed off during the debate when it came time to press Romney on the issue.  Other Republicans dance around criticizing other GOP candidates, as well.

Reagan did not wish to attack other Republicans, and it seems that the current crop of GOP nominees are following suit.  And maybe that’s a good thing.  But after the disastrous nomination in 2008 of someone so moderate that  it took the VP nominee to generate any excitement within the party, perhaps it would be a good thing for the Republicans to point out the flaws of their opponents.

Honestly, if you can’t stand up to someone in your own party – someone who is going to get behind you if you win the nomination – how can we expect you to stand up to Democrats in DC who don’t give a rat’s ass about playing nicey-nicey?

I, for one, want to see respectful criticism of policies that the Republican candidates have supported and passed in their time as politicians.  I want to see it from within the party.  I don’t need to see blood, people.  But I want an actual debate, not a bunch of pussy-footing around topics that are deemed too hurtful to bring up.

"It's good to be the King!"

If those candidates for the Republican nomination for president care a whit for our country, they’re going to bring everything to light, and they’re going to offer constructive and respectful criticism of the policies the other candidates.

Because we can’t afford to find out later that we’ve got a nominee who is Obama Lite, and we certainly can’t afford another term with Obama Full Strength!

 

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