By Linda Vega
A confident Republican is one who dares, to question the rhetoric, the laws, or disunity of what the Republican Party has become. A confident Republican is one who recognizes that oftentimes inflammatory rhetoric does not entice or develop strong leadership but rather a weak following. The Republican platform is about Conservative principles. These are the core values or convictions that evoke the ideals of individualism. Namely, the love of nation or patriotism, love for family, small but cohesive government, and free-market capitalism. These values are derived directly from the wisdom of the Founding Fathers; specifically Thomas Jefferson, who believed that individual citizens have an alienable right to speak up when authority, or a Party, has moved too far to one extreme. These conservative principles are what makes a Confident Republican and our party strong.
The Republican Party has gone from being the rock of our nation to a divided voice of uncertainty because we see too many flaws within our Party and haven’t the courage to speak up; and those who do dare, are seen as against the establishment–a hidden liberal, a RINO, a traitor. Yet, it is this ability to question authority that made the GOP the rock of this country because those in the party had the courage to speak up and point out those errors that were cautious to no one and protected the rights of everyone. It is because of these Confident Republicans that the establishment has managed to gracefully and respectfully gain the admiration of many, even the Democrats, who often quote our greatest leaders: Abraham Lincoln, George H. W. Bush, and our beloved Ronald Reagan.
President Ronald Reagan was a humble leader. It is known that he, often times, did not take credit for many of his accomplishments and allowed those in his circle to take the honor of his work. On his desk, was a sign that said,“There’s no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” President Reagan had enough self confidence to adhere to a plan, follow it through, compromise (if need be), to ensure that America would emerge as the triumphant leader. It is a love affair, with this type of leadership, that we as Americans still recall for these UNITED STATES OF AMERICA when feeling worn down by the failing economy and the wars brought on by terrorists. During the Iran-Contra revelations when his ratings had fallen, President Reagan gave a speech to the American public, stating simply that he had made a mistake in thinking to trade arms for hostages. His acknowledgement of his human error, made him more popular to the public. It was simple, honest, and wise. What made him effective was not so much that he had charisma, intelligence, and genuine heart, it was that he was brave and confident enough to go against the establishment when necessary to keep American safe and the GOP united.
More recently other Republican members are emerging with poise and confidence. But they too are often called names because they dissent on the extreme elements of the Party. One Houston attorney, Jacob Monty, has been criticized for his views against some harsh policies. He is sought out for his expertise in employment labor law, but also for his ability to raise funds for the GOP. It is rumored that he helped raise nearly $500,000 for the Republican Party of Texas during the re-election of Governor Perry. Moreover, Mr. Monty has mentioned to the party that integration of immigration and employment reform is necessary for the economic survival of the U.S. In fact, his expertise was called upon by President Bush in 2007 when the administration attempted immigration reform. What makes Mr. Monty unique is that he has dared to state that the rhetoric for reform should be humane, respectful, and inclusive of American, regardless of color, race, or any other attribute that might seem un-American. The Republican Party stands for freedoms, and that is a concept worth defending, according to Mr. Monty.
Other Confident Republicans to also dare question the application of respectful principles are Dr. Steve Hotze, who talks about the inclusion of “new citizens” namely Latinos into the party. Dr. Hotze sees the necessary inclusion of the wave of new constituents and understands the demise of the party’s unity when using hateful rhetoric without purpose. Others yet like Senator Cornyn have stated that it is the responsibility of the constituents to speak up and pronounce their discontent with confidence to elected officials. And yes, it is our duty as Citizens. Another prominent leader who has risen to be a Confident Republican is Texas State Representative John Garza who is also a magnet for conservative constituents. He is a strong supporter of family principles and education reform in Texas. These three leaders voice the dissent against the extreme of the Republican Party because of the strong confidence as Republicans and their unweaving conservative values.
Our own Governor Perry has been seen as not being a conservative because he has focused on job creation and a growing economy absent the hatred rhetoric of immigrants. He has been accused of being ill-prepared during the debates, that focus on screaming matches and rhetoric calling for the building of fences and deportations, not to mention the fuzzy math on balancing our budget. In the last debate, when faced with the pressure of performance, Governor Perry committed the ultimate human error of forgetting his thought. Like Reagan, he did what any Confident Republican would do, he took responsibility for his mistake. With skillful humor, he took it upon himself to be the humor of the party, without ever wavering on his policies for the economy, which include some unpopular policies for some stringent conservatives, but necessary for the economy. Like Reagan and many other confident leaders, Governor Perry has taken the road of mistakes and emerged as the leader of principle or a Confident Republican.
What unifies these individuals is their ability, absent fear, to speak up so as to protect the individual when the government or representatives usurp their power. Thomas Jefferson believed that when an individual questions the motives of the government towards citizens, that person is acting in a purest form of love for this nation—patriotism. As result, it is this conviction that made The Republican Party apply the Jeffersonian conservative values as its mantra. So, when members of the Republican party rise to the occasion regardless of group identity, class, religious creed, or age, and questions the direction of the Party, these members are not showing defiance, but a love for the Republican Party and the United States of America. These individuals are performing their duties and love of country just as the founding fathers envisioned.
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