I’m not going to pretend to be a Mark Cuban “expert,” but I do generally like the guy. While I don’t agree with everything he says, he’s still a very intelligent individual whose success is undeniable. He does tend to rub some people the wrong way, but most leaders with strong personalities tend to do that from time to time.
That being said, Cuban recently wrote an absolutely scathing summary of the Republican party and why it’s doomed.
“I would prefer to be a Republican. I want smaller government. I want smarter government. Just like most Republicans,” Cuban wrote.
Now, on this, I disagree with him. I’m pretty sure all Americans want a smarter government, not just Republicans. The typical political conflict between Democrats and Republicans isn’t whether or not we want an efficient and effective government, but what role the government is ultimately supposed to serve.
And if Republicans truly wanted a smarter government, they would be on board with Democrats who are trying to get money out of politics. However, most Republicans strongly oppose overturning the Citizens United ruling which basically equates boatloads of money to “free speech.”
But then Cuban really ripped into the GOP:
Put aside that I disagree with Republicans on most social issues. The Republicans have a much bigger problem that will crush them in every Presidential election until this changes.
The Republican Party requires that all their Presidential candidates Conform to Consensus.
If you don’t agree with every platform of the party not only are you called a RINO, a “Republican in Name Only. You are considered unelectable in primaries and become a source of scorn on Fox News
That’s a problem.
Leaders don’t conform to the consensus. They create consensus to their vision and goals.
Leaders don’t change their positions mid debate. They welcome scorn from the masses because it creates the opportunity for dialogue.
Leaders don’t look backwards to condemn what has already been done, they look forward to create a better future.
Leaders are not dogmatic. They are principled and know that change is never easy, but when it’s necessary, they must lead.
The Republican Party does everything possible to discourage leadership.
They want dogma.
They want conformity.
They want to conserve their romanticized past. (Source)
I did find it interesting how he went on to say that he “doesn’t want to be a Democrat,” yet his entire diatribe describes a Republican party he wished existed – that would ultimately act a lot like Democrats if it did. (To be fair, I’ll be the first to admit that there are indeed some on the left who are every bit as dogmatic, radical and close-minded as those they oppose on the right.)
However, I really liked how Cuban targeted the sheepish nature of Republicans. It’s like I’ve said before, if one Republican is spewing some sort of rhetoric, you can bet 99 percent will parrot the same nonsense. And if you dare step out of line, you’re quickly and aggressively attacked by many Republicans as “not being a real conservative.” Not only that, but conservatives constantly cling to the past. Heck, it’s 2015 and they’re still basically just recycling the same policies and ideas from Ronald Reagan who was first elected 35 years ago.
And while I loved what Cuban had to say about the GOP, I still couldn’t help but walk away thinking that he claims he “wants” to be a Republican – while essentially chastising practically every aspect of what it means to be a Republican.
The GOP is a party of conformity, dogma, backwards and outdated thinking on social issues and the inability to embrace change.
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