The Gop Is Dead!Submitted by stm on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 12:54
Long live the Republican Party!
I was truly inspired by the Ron Paul delegates' news conference. As they repeated, "We are Republicans", I had this thought.
We know words have power. We also know that words have changed meaning over time and that the intent of words have been shifted over time.
As the events in Tampa prove, certain elements are determined to change the intent of Republicanism.
Romney and his entourage are not Republicans. Boehner, Ryan and McConnell are also not Republicans. Most of the so-called Republican Congress are not Republicans. Except for Stossel and the Judge, there are no Republicans on Fox News.
They are GOP.
We are Republicans.
Republicanism is about the 'public'; We, the People, and recognizes that the people, as sovereign individuals, are perfectly capable of running their lives and society without interference from an overlord - be it a politician, president, prime minister or monarch. In our early history, being a republican meant you disavowed the monarchy, so saying someone wasn’t a republican meant that person was still attached to the monarchy. Hamilton was not a republican.
In John Adams' "The Defense of the Constitutions of Governments of the United States of America", he wrote:
"... that when popular elections are given up, liberty and free government must be given up."
What Romney et al adopted in Tampa with those rules changes is the end of popular elections and it marked the (near?) end of our liberty and free government.
In that same dissertation, John Adams also wrote:
"The United States of America (Republican governments) have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature (Natural Law); and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition (monarchies), they will consider this event as an era in their history."
He’s saying that as a Republic, we have throw off the shackles of monarchism – or rule by an elite family.
What Romney et al created in Tampa with those rules changes is a ‘monarchy’ – successors will be chosen from within the ‘family’. New blood will only be accepted if he or she ‘marries’ into the ideology of the family.
In Tampa, the GOP has solidified its position as an elitist family and created a new form of monarchy. As such, they cannot be Republicans.
I think we need to make a clear distinction between what is meant by the term GOP and what it means to be a Republican. I therefore suggest that we use the term GOP when referring to them and we call ourselves Republicans - except for those who prefer to be Libertarians, naturally.
I think we have the ability for a teaching moment here.