The RINO is behind all those awful bills with the word comprehensive in their titles. The RINO is the grease that oils the wheels of lawmaking that result in “reform” acts that don’t reform, “tax cuts” that raise taxes, “oversight” that overlooks and “reductions” that increase. How could it be otherwise? Washington is designed that way. When the devil comes, he bears rib eye from Palm.
When you connect the dots that way, there really is only one solution: a purge. “I’m just trying to get something done” is the call of the typical RINO. “We were sent here to pass laws.” That’s a pretty accurate definition, of course, of the opposite of conservatism.
It’s a popular request on conservative websites, where there are voters and activists who are more serious about this demand than Long. The discussions on whether to have a large tent, or consistent views for every Republican candidate, got me thinking about the origins of the Party. Stephen Douglas, Lincoln’s Democratic opponent in the 1858 Senate election and the 1860 Presidential election, recounted the development of the party in the speech which which began the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Prior to 1854 this country was divided into two great political parties, known as the Whig and Democratic parties. Both were national and patriotic, advocating principles that were universal in their application. An old-line Whig could proclaim his principles in Louisiana and Massachusetts alike. Whig principles had no boundary sectional line; they were not limited by the Ohio River, nor by the Potomac, nor by the line of the Free and Slave States, but applied and were proclaimed wherever the Constitution ruled or the American flag waved over the American soil. So it was, and so it is with the great Democratic party, which, from the days of Jefferson until this period, has proven itself to be the historic party of this nation. While the Whig and Democratic parties differed in regard to a bank, the tariff, distribution, the specie circular and the subtreasury, they agreed on the great slavery question which now agitates the Union. I say that the Whig party and the Democratic party agreed on this slavery question, while they differed on those matters of expediency to which I have referred.
As a side note, it’s worth considering if there’s anything capable of changing the political landscape now in the same way. I’m unaware of any issue on that level today.
However, since the Republicans began primarily as an anti-slavery party, it does mean that the only real RINO would be one who actually supports slavery.