The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party
Has Begun in California! Hey! They’re trying to steal our PARTY!
By: Terrence Wild 10/20/19
Republicans across the country are finally waking up to the fact that there are burglars in the house trying to steal the Grand Old Party. Nowhere is this happening more than in California. This is a lot like waking up from a nap on the couch and seeing people loading all of your belongings on a truck. You’d be saying, “Hey, this isn’t your house, give me back my stuff!”
That is the exact sentiment being expressed by many Republicans who are finally waking up to the fact that their cherished treasure, their very identity, is being taken from them. They are waking up screaming to these identity thieves – get out of our house!
The tension in the Republican Party has now reached the breaking point between the – what shall we call them – Conservatives vs. Liberals? In the past the distinction was Conservatives, the right, populist, moral majority – and the Liberals and Progressives. For a long time it was Republican vs. RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). Now there seems to be a search by both sides to find a name that defines them.
When the Republican Party began to lose its strength and influence in the ’90s, the leadership began to take the party toward a Big Tent approach – everyone was welcome who called themselves a Republican. The sleeping Conservatives didn’t put up much resistance and failed to do the hard work of recruiting people based on their core values. This movement in the party was happening at the same time the national social drift was taking place toward Communist/Socialist relativism.
These political and social changes also affected the Church as more and more leaders refused to stand up for Judeo/Christian values, especially regarding abortion and gay marriage. These core values are part of the Biblical mandate to represent Christ on the earth in the social and political arena. Pastors instead conveniently hid behind the “Love of Jesus,” in order to avoid adverse consequences. Sadly, this group is most responsible for the margin of loss in every election and at every level of government in America. They are also the most responsible for the Communist/Socialist takeover of our educational system because they shut the door on addressing politics in the pulpit.
So, the Conservatives in the Republican Party did nothing, the vast majority of Christian leaders did nothing, and now we find ourselves in the mess we are in today.
But all is not lost, there is a wind blowing in the land, a wind of change and a wind of freedom. Only this time it is not toward the dishonest promise for social justice that has led to people living, defecating and suffering on the street. This is a wind of truth and freedom – the freedom promised under the Constitution of the United States of America.
A great African-American leader began to fan this truth even though he had spent the first decades of his life as a slave. As the times and the people who stood for freedom gave birth to the Republican Party in the United States, Fredrick Douglass embraced the movement as the best hope of implementing the words of the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Douglass wrote in a letter to contemporary James Dalzell, “In politics I am dependent upon one or the other political party, and I am foolish enough to think that the Republican Party may as safely be trusted with the destiny of the Republic and the rights of the colored people as the Democratic party, and in this I know I am right. For the life of me, I cannot see how any honest colored man who has brains enough to put two ideas together can allow himself under the notion of independence to give aid and comfort to the Democratic Party in Ohio or elsewhere … My advice to colored men everywhere is to stick to the Republican party. Tell your wants, hold the party up to its profession, but do your utmost to keep it in power in State and Nation.”
He also said, “I am a Republican, a black, dyed-in-the-wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”
Whatever name either side comes up with for themselves as the battle rages for the identity of today’s Republican Party, one thing is for sure, Frederick Douglass would not just sit around and watch the evil that is taking place in this country and do nothing, and neither should we. The Republican Party has a rich and honored history that needs to be restored, improved and proclaimed throughout the land. This is a time to define who we are and make the Republican Party better than it has ever been before.