A Plea to Moderate Republicans: Take Your Party Back

christieDear Moderate Republicans:

I beg of you, please take your party back.  I know not all Republicans are insane, hell I’m friends with quite a few.

But what the hell happened?  How did you go from the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower to the party of Sarah Palin, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell?

Democrats and Republicans haven’t always agreed on everything, but in the past they found enough within their debates to at least make some kind of compromise.  Hell, now even getting a debate going on the Senate floor makes news.  The use of the filibuster has replaced reasonable debate in Congress—setting records for its use.

But Democrats, liberals, progressives…whatever you want to call us, we can’t do anything to stop the insanity.  It’s up to you, the moderate Republicans, to take your party back.  It’s up to you, the ones these right-wing radicals call R.I.N.O’s (Republican In Name Only), to fight the insanity that’s taken over your party and bring it back to a place where compromise isn’t seen as weakness, it’s seen as responsible governing.

Because if you don’t, not only is your party doomed, so is the rest of this country.  This nation can not be governed for very long with over half its population fed such radical right-wing fear mongering that proven science has suddenly become debatable.  Where rape isn’t always rape.  Where the poor are vilified while the rich are supported.  Where indisputable facts become disputable because Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity need to drive ratings—and irrational fear is a great tool to build those ratings.

It’s a recipe for disaster that’s brewing every day—and one of these days it’s going to boil over.

I know there’s sanity within the Republican Party.  I know there are those of you who don’t believe Wall Street bankers are more important than teachers.  That equality means equality.  That rape is rape.  That women should receive equal pay for equal work.  That big oil shouldn’t be handed billions in free government money while earning record profits.  That people deserve a living wage.  That greed must have its limits.

I refuse to believe those Republicans are gone.  I do however believe they’ve been silent for too long and that’s why I’m writing this.  It’s my plea to those Republicans to reclaim their party.  Seize that which has for too long been taken over by fear mongering radicals who benefit most from fear and hate.

So I simply say this—take your damn party back.  If you do, I promise I, and other Democrats/liberals/progressives just like me, will gladly stand and work with you to return this country to greatness.  Because we all know we can’t do it on our own, we need you to work with us the same way Republicans need us to work with them—whether most of them believe that or not.

So please, stand up, make your voices heard.  Tell those who’ve hijacked your party that you’ll no longer stand for their ignorance and irrational hatred.  That no matter what we are, be it Democrat, Republican, black, white, man, woman, Christian, Muslim and Atheist alike—we are all Americans.

You do that, and I promise—I’ll be one of the first in line to stand with you.


Allen Clifton and every other Democrat/Liberal/Progressive that stands opposed to the radical take over of the Republican Party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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