by Jessica Osman of Drawnlines Politics.
In November on Election Night on Drawnlines Politics we discussed Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican” and I’ve been mulling over this concept in the recent wake of a heated REC election in Broward County. For those close to it, you know the drama wasn’t even between the candidates themselves, but from the general REC members. One person got a hold of a list of everyone’s emails and it was blind copy and forward hell from there until after the election. Now an uncensored forum has been started where people continue to call each other RINOs, talk trash about the newly elected board members and say how doomed BREC is. (All with anonymous screen names, of course.) You know what? BREC is doomed. These loud few are a poison that seeks to get into the veins of as many members as possible and destroy an organization and until they are gone the rest of us are just trying to keep BREC afloat.
The political opposition is supposed to be liberals and Democrats. Instead, the target has become “fellow” Republicans; Republicans that step up to the leadership plate and want to enhance the party no less! I placed “fellow” in quotes because I believe these people aren’t really Republicans and that, in fact, they are the real RINOs. It is one thing to question leadership, their motives and the direction of the party. It is quite another to constantly bash individuals and spew venom and hate. Enough is enough.
With any and every election there are those that voted for the winners and those that voted for the losers. Since the beginning of democracy people have been able to put on their big kid pants, move on and try again in the next election cycle to back a winner. Why does it seem that this is a new concept? While in an election such as a primary or REC election I don’t think you should be forced to be happy with the winner, you should stay quiet or not get involved if you can’t get behind them. Why is this so difficult? Being a member of the REC is not a requirement of being an active Republican. Democrats don’t need any help getting dirt or finding weaknesses, why must we make it so easy for them?
REC members must sign a loyalty oath that says they will not actively campaign against any registered Republicans in partisan races. The oath also states that members “swear and affirm that [they] will not engage in activities or conduct that may be deemed…as likely to injure the name of the Republican Party or interfere with the activities of the Republican Party”. Hello, RINO? This is Violation, pleased to meet you.
What is possibly worse is that these are grown adults acting like squabbling children who can’t see the big picture. A county like Broward can change a statewide race and in a state like Florida it can change a national race. Certain members have claimed they are going to resign and I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I hope they actually do. The faster they get out of BREC, the faster the real Republicans can get to work turning our government red.