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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Kent Bush: GOP pep rallies do no good

  • That warm feeling you leave CPAC with won’t last when the ballots are counted.
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  • I just don’t get it.
    Why do conservatives feel compelled to have pep rallies? Every year at CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference) Republicans put the people at the fringe of their party on display in what can only be interpreted as an attempt to make sure no liberal or independent voter ever considers voting Republican again.
    Most people hide their crazy uncles. The GOP hangs banners to promote them.
    How does Ann Coulter berating Chris Christie help the party win the White House in 2016? How does Sarah Palin working her schtick and drinking out of a Big Gulp to mock New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg make the GOP more appealing?
    CPAC reminds me of those horrible skits we did at pep rallies before the big homecoming football game – you know where you hunted a tiger or shot down an eagle or something.
    They are poorly thought out, scripted and performed.
    How can you hold a Frederick Douglass Republicans meeting to discuss racism within the party and only find out that the racists in the party are far worse than you imagined?
    During the discussion entitled, “Are you tired of being called a racist when you know you are not one?” one man in the crowd had to answer that question with a resounding “no.”
    He complained that these anti-racist discussions were compromising the young white male southern voter by pandering to minorities.
    Not only did this man basically say that all young white southern males were racists and segregationists, he questioned why slaves were so unappreciative.
    When Frederick Douglass’ letter forgiving his slave owner was mentioned, the young man asked the moderator why the man needed to be forgiven.
    “For giving him shelter? And food?” the man asked.
    You know, because slave owners just sheltered and fed their slaves. It was like an all inclusive resort where the daily fun included picking all the tobacco and cotton you wanted to.
    I’m a Democrat. But I am a socially conservative Democrat – very conservative. I just don’t believe in the GOP financial plan. If you look at how Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush spent money when they were running the show, you discover most “conservatives” don’t believe in the GOP financial plan.
    But even though I have my differences with their party, I don’t think they all Republicans are racist. I don’t even think most of them are. I like to believe racists are few in number but loud and obnoxious enough that they get noticed.
    Page 2 of 2 - I find myself hoping this guy was a plant. I hope his logic was a false flag exercise of an enemy of the GOP trying to discredit CPAC.
    I just don’t understand the need for these pep rallies. They push away leaders like Gov. Christie who enjoy approval ratings across party lines that are well over 60 percent.
    But they put the spotlight on failed candidates like Palin and Paul Ryan. Did you not see the results when they were on the ticket? This is not the show most of America wants to see. If you keep putting it on stage, you’ll keep losing audience.
    The battle for control of the GOP is being waged. Conservative voters are the rope in a tug-of-war between ultra-conservative TEA Partiers and establishment Republicans.
    Being divided will not expand the party’s reach to include conservative Democrats or independent voters.
    These pep rallies do no good. Of course the cheerleaders like what they see. But the party needs to stop playing this game where they try to decide gray are issues with black and white logic.
    Americans understand the issues. They know that the problems are complicated and solutions aren’t simple.
    You can cannibalize popular party members and drink extra large sodas and sing songs about the Second Amendment all day long. But that warm feeling you leave CPAC with won’t last when the ballots are counted.
    CPAC needs to go away. They money and energy used to stage it should be used to develop and support candidates who can get elected.
    Pep rallies are for kids. We have adult problems and we need adults to come to the table with solutions – not jokes and Big Gulps.

     Kent Bush is the publisher of the Augusta Gazette, the El Dorado Times, and the Andover American newspapers.  He  can be contacted at: publisher@augustagazette.com
     
    Kent Bush is the publisher of the Augusta Gazette, the El Dorado Times, and the Andover American newspapers. He can be contacted at: publisher@augustagazette.com

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