What is a Republican? Is it a person from the country club? Is it a person that drives the latest and greatest automobile? Is it someone that dresses in the latest fashion? Is it someone that gets up every morning and puts on a uniform and heads off to work? Is it the mailman, delivery person, the soldier, the CEO, the gas station worker? Is being a Republican held to a specific gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, or skin color? If this is what you think, hold on to your britches, it is all of these and none of these.
Republicans go by many names, Republicans, Moderates, RINOs TEA Party Patriots, Trumpanzees, conservatives and many expletives that democrats like to hurl our way. In fairness, many of our ranks hurl them right back. Maybe it is time to put these labels away. Maybe it is time to put party differences aside and remember who we all are. Before any other labels can be pinned on us, we need to remember that we’re all Americans. This comes before our gender, our skin color, our respective state. It is time to remember that above all else.
As an American, what makes us a Republican? Is it our family? No. Is it our profession? No, Is it where we live? No. Then, what is it? It is a set of shared principles that allow us to come together to share in a brother and sisterhood. It is the belief that, We the People are no better or worse than one another. It is the belief that, We the People can arise to the highest heights or live the lowest lows based on our personal aspirations. It is the belief that We the People are responsible to ourselves, our families, and our communities. It is We the People who believe that charity starts at home and motivates us to give and serve. It is We the People.
What do Republicans believe in? Is it a group thought? Do we all share an Orwellian belief system without room for difference of opinion? No. What we share is the belief that we are all stronger because of the diversity of our opinions and beliefs. We don’t ostracize one another because we don’t believe the exact same way. Normally, we seek understanding because it makes us all stronger. There are times where this doesn’t happen, and we must stand up to the slings and arrows of our fellow Republicans. This is normal in any group, team, and family. The key to our survival is the ability to seek consensus. What makes us stronger is the ability to work together for the benefit of our nation
Strengths and weaknesses can be measured in a multitude of ways. What are some of our weaknesses? The first one that comes to mind is those of us who came from other parties and do not embrace the ideals that make the Republican party what it is. While it is good to have variations of opinion, it is not healthy to subvert the very core of who we are as a party. While we are open to all, we ask that you be baptized in the party principles, leave behind the former beliefs and embrace those that drew you in. The democrat principles of division have no place in our party. Each of us brings knowledge, wisdom, experience, and strength and it can only be ruined by divisiveness.
What gives us strength? The ability to think for ourselves is the greatest asset we have. This is what separates us from the animal kingdom. This is what enables us to grow and succeed. Is there something we can do to make us better, stronger, more alive? YES! This is something the democrats have been able to do and we’re late to the party. That’s ok, when we show up, we know where the fun is. What is it you ask? It is our younger generations.
What makes younger generations more appealing? We were all there once! We remember what it was like to be carefree and have that idealistic vision of the future. Remember when you were younger? You were going to take over the world! You were going to be a millionaire, billionaire, pilot, astronaut, firefighter, police officer, teacher… What happened? Life happened, and we grew up! Did that stop us from our embracing our beliefs? Did we allow that to prevent us from believing in our founding documents? Did that stop us from embracing our faith? NO! Some of us, just the opposite!
What separates us from our democrat counterparts is the undying belief in our nation and the exceptionalism we strive to portray daily. Our nation is built on the foundation that we are one. E Pluribus Unum, Latin for Out of Many, One. We all need to take a break from hostility, remember who we are as a nation, and extend the olive branch. We must agree we have different beliefs but that doesn’t weaken us, it makes us stronger.
Over my 20 plus years in the military, the various assignments, deployments, and temporary duties, I had the opportunities to work side by side with people that I disagreed with. I had the opportunity to work with people that differed in politics, religion, skin color, and gender yet didn’t allow it to prevent me from being friends with or considering them family. We focused on one goal, one mission.
Let’s all take some time, read our national platform, figure out how it fits into our neighborhood, our city, our state, and make it work for us. We are the champions of true reform, we are the champions of civil rights movements, We Are the Champions. Let’s not forget it.