The recent primaries have produced victories for a few ďTea PartyĒ Republicans. I think this is great, and letís talk about why.
The press has relished talking about the Tea Party movement as a threat to the Republican party. Thatís because they hope it is, but I donít think it is. I see it as a productive movement within the party to emphasize individual accountability and fiscal responsibility, which is something Republicans have stood for historically.
The party is like a big family--there may be squabbles or even arguments about what is right, but everyone still loves each other. There is plenty of room for disagreement within the party. There is a saying, ďIf everyone has the same opinion, then only one of us is necessary.Ē The different opinions expressed within the party are always valuable to help shape the platform.
But there is also the question of Republican divisiveness potentially resulting in Democrats winning elections this fall. That could happen if Republicans donít get out and support the Tea Party Republicans who just won the primaries. Theyíre still Republican, and thatís what we should focus on and get them elected.
Sometimes itís best that the incumbent not be re-elected--even when a new candidate knocks off an incumbent Republican in the primary. Iím for the best candidate, and sometimes that means a change is in order. Just because someone wears the Republican nametag doesnít mean he or she deserves re-election. I want to see proof in action that they are doing a good job.
I think that the recent primaries point out that people are still unhappy with the way things are going, and that can work to the Republicansí advantage this November. The Republican candidates need to drive home the message of fiscal responsibility. The message that our children and grandchildren will be crushed by the debt is a powerful one. And letís also mention how our countryís debt is now owned by other countries--whatever happened to ďneither a borrower nor a lender beĒ?
What the Tea Party candidates are emphasizing is a key component of the Republican party platform. Historically, these movements within parties have led to great change in the country, such as womenís suffrage. Letís embrace this and take what is positive from it and become even stronger. As painful as change can be, it wonít go away by ignoring it.