This is a rebuttal of the Op-Ed entitled ” Establishment Is Not A Four Letter Word” by Jay McConville which can be read HERE.
Jay McConville’s post about the word “establishment” completely misses the point of the word’s usage as it pertains to what Republican Conservatives call Establishment Republicans. Mr. McConville’s definition that “establishment” simply means any Republican that becomes involved in the Party’s activities at some level misses the mark.
In one sense he is right, a person involved with Party concerns is focused on making the Party successful in its endeavors. This usage connotes being part of the existing power structure and is willing to work within the policies and procedures of the Party. Indeed this usage is not a four-letter word.
However, in Conservative circles including the Tea Party, Libertarian, and Constitutionalists, the usage of “Establishment” really is a four-letter word. That word is RINO (Republican in Name Only). RINO is the word reserved for elected officials that snooker Republicans into voting for them as Conservatives but once elected are very comfortable cooperating with Progressive Socialist Democrats.
In that sense, RINOs are philosophically at ease with the expanding Federal debt and deficit, ever increasing government regulations, and the expanding growth of the Federal Leviathan. Their main differentiation and main reason for voting for them is that they can manage the Leviathan better than the Democrats and then, well, you know, deliver the goods to their crony capitalist friends. You know, the ones that pump the money into their campaigns to “buy their votes.”
Over time the voters in the Republican Party have been snookered into believing that we must do everything possible to ensure that our incumbent Republican officials are re-elected, no matter what their positions are on issues, just because they wear a Republican lapel pin.
The party has even deterred honest challenges to incumbents by putting rules in place to make it easy to re-elect our sitting office holders, regardless of their voting records. Such rules as slating, open primaries, winning elections by a plurality vote, Gerrymandered districts that would elect a Republican Ham Sandwich, House and Senate Caucuses devoted to fund raising for incumbents, and ballot signatures and fees to screen out new challengers making it difficult to be placed on the ballot.
Because they are an incumbent, we should not review their support for amnesty, Continuing Resolutions, School Choice, Common Core or Agenda 21. RINOs are very adept at treating Conservative issues as an “all you can eat buffet” where by selecting two or three conservative dishes (like gun rights and pro-life issues) insures their claim of being a conservative come Election Day while voting with the Democrats on everything else.
The Establishment Republicans Mr. McConville is referring to are simply RINOs that are not in elected office but are in full support of their RINO friends in government.
Maybe Jay’s article is beneficial for Conservatives in that he has misguidedly pointed out that we should use the word “establishment” as a person working within the confines of the Party’s Plan.
I prefer the word activist for such persons. Every Republican should become an activist if we ever want to win another major election.