Fellow Movement Conservatives will immediately understand when I repeat an aphorism we have finally begun to take to heart in the decades since a herd of RINOs began trampling Ronald Reagan’s political grave: choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. How many times since Bush 41 have we compromised our integrity for the sake of electing a candidate to ensure that as many “Rs” as possible occupy legislative and executive seats on the federal, state and even local levels? And how many times afterward has the sweetness of victory been overtaken by the bitterness of “go-along-to-get-along” betrayal?
Though it sprang from the grassroots in 2009 largely in response to a federal government gone fiscally wild at the hands of a Democrat-controlled White House and Congress, the Tea Party movement also rose as a force for political leverage – one that would exert pressure on the GOP to stick to its guns and return to its roots in Reagan Conservatism. Individual Tea Parties in all 50 states were collectively responsible for the massive Republican sweep of the House of Representatives in 2010, after which their time was spent holding the newly-elected Representatives’ collective feet to the fire – a daunting task for any volunteers grassroots movement and one made even more challenging by push-back from a GOP Establishment determined to maintain control of the legislative agenda.
One state where that effort is keenly felt is New Jersey, where for decades the Republican Establishment has frequently shared a political bed with the Democrat Establishment. Here in the Garden State, the GOP has long resolved to accept second-class political citizenship in return for a piece (albeit a very small one) of the perqs and rewards pie that emerges from the “go-along-to-get-along” oven of bipartisanship.
It therefore came as no surprise to this writer that State Senator Joe Kyrillos was selected by the state GOP Establishment to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in this year’s November contest against incumbent Senator Robert Menendez. After all, Kyrillos has served in the state legislature for close to a quarter century, building alliances within his party’s ranks while reaching across the aisle in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation with the Democrats. He’s put in his time and paid his dues, so to speak, and now it’s his turn to take a shot at the grabbing the brass Senatorial ring.
Nevermind the fact that, during his tenure in office, New Jersey’s income and real estate taxes became the highest in the nation, that our school system has become one of the most bureaucratized and expensive in the nation and that automobile insurance and healthcare are among the costliest in the nation. Nevermind that he’s essentially a go-along-to-get-along RINO cog in the Establishment machinery.
What matters is that he’s put in his time and has that talismanic “R” after his name. We the Republican voters are therefore expected to file into the precincts on Primary Day like obedient sheep to the shearer and pull the lever or press the button for Joltin’ Joe. After all, what other choice do we have?
I suggest Bader Qarmout as the conservative alternative to more of the same old RINO retread. Why Bader Qarmout?
- He’s a stalwart, pro-life, limited government, constitutional conservative;
- He’s a political newcomer – which is an asset in these days of political insiders;
- He has a clearly defined vision for America and a clearly articulated platform for its implementation;
- In the course of this campaign – thanks largely to defamatory attacks made on Qarmout by a pro-Establishment political hack whose numerous poison pen articles have pretty much trashed the pages of a once-reputable conservative website – I rallied to Qarmout’s defense for the sake of the truth. In the course of the past three months I have come to know Bader Qarmout personally and can assure my readers that he is a good and decent conservative man who loves God, his family and his country.
And I am not alone: SarahNET Radio, an unofficial but tacitly Palin-approved radio website dedicated to promoting the Arctic Fox, recently interviewed Bader Qarmout and endorsed his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
I find it hard to believe that Sarah Palin would permit her name and likeness to be associated with a candidate who she does not believe is a stalwart conservative – just as I find it hard to believe that so many truly conservative organizations would endorse 7th District congressional candidate David Larsen if they did not believe he is a true Movement Conservative.
Tomorrow morning I will go the polls and vote for:
- Newt Gingrich – President
- Bader Qarmout – U.S. Senate
- David Larsen – U.S. House of Representatives
- Mark Herndon – County Committee
- Theresa H. Symonds – County Committee
Do thou likewise.