Reading Greg Jayne’s column, Clark County Republicans may be picking wrong fight and the reader comments this morning, once again I am left pondering, why is it that only Republicans are expected to be “moderate?” Where is the call for Democrats to move away from the left towards the center?
Jayne opines about the recent Open Letter from the Clark County Republican Party to 3rd Congressional District Congresswoman, Jaime Herrera Beutler and her caving into vote to approve ending the partial government shutdown and approving what appears to be an open-ended raising of the county’s debt limit, essentially doing away with any limit and abdicating congressional authority over the debt to the office of the president.
Jayne correctly notes the abhorrent amount of our national debt and the very likely collapse should we not rein it in.
But he takes the party to task over the call also to defund Obamacare with, “But after Herrera Beutler opted for the only logical solution in the face of an unwinnable fight, I’m not sure how much sense it made for the local Republican Party to cannibalize one of its own.”
What is disturbing is that once again, we see someone down at the Lazy C complaining about Republicans calling upon their elected ones to support the party views. But as we saw in the past with former County Commissioner Marc Boldt and the disparity over the resignations of Republican Richard Curtis compared to the resignation of Democrat Jim Jacks, only Republicans seem to be held to any such standard.
Where was the media or public condemnation of Barack Obama over “I will not negotiate” or ‘Barrycading’ Veterans Memorials that have never been shut down before during the recent partial government shutdown?
Why complain about the Clark County Republican party publicly expressing their differences with Republican 3rd Congressional District Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler when this paper has said not one word over the Washington State Democrat Party calling for the ouster of Democrats Tim Sheldon and Rodney Tom as well as the heavy condemnation of former state senator Jim Kastama, for working in a bipartisan manner with Republicans?
Where is this papers condemnation of the WSDP over the party’s condemnation of former State Auditor Brian Sonntag, a Democrat, for joining a conservative think tank after he left office?
Where is their condemnation of Democrat 49th Legislative District Representative Jim ‘sue your constituents to invalidate their votes’ Moeller for throwing Jon Haugen, the only Democrat to run against Herrera Beutler in 20102, under the bus, labeling him not a real Democrat and denying him party resources until weeks before the election, because Haugen disagreed with Moeller over the Columbia River Crossing light rail project?
No one in the media is calling upon leftist Democrats to moderate their positions, only the conservative Republicans trying desperately to wage an uphill battle against an out of control government spending and borrowing as if there is no tomorrow, a problem that threatens to collapse our country.
Are they blind to “moderate” Republicans are just as much to blame for the excessive borrowing and over spending at a rapid pace as are the Liberal Democrats? Moderate Republicans are just as guilty as Democrats have been. But, that is what the media is calling for both parties’ to be?
Having two major parties in total agreement is nothing more than one-party rule under Liberal Democrats, with token Republican representation.
Make no mistake, we are a divided country, more so than we have ever been. There is no “ideological center” with the center shifted solidly onto the liberal Democrats side.
Calling for only the Republicans to move to the liberal side is pure folly.
If trying to save our country is “picking a fight,” then it is the right fight to pick and must be waged with full earnest against any who roll over to “just get along,” regardless of what party affiliation they may claim.