If there’s anything I love about Mark Cuban, it’s his willingness to speak publicly about serious issues with brutal honesty. He’s touched on the student loan ticking time bomb, the fact that everyone is a bigot (to some degree), and that bigotry shouldn’t be pinned on one group. Now he’s pointing out the real flaws of the Republican Party, and he is dead on.
He stated his exact thoughts via Cyberdust:
I am so ready for the Mavs season to start. Until then the sport of the day is politics. Today’s game is trashing the Republican Party
I would prefer to be a Republican. I want smaller government. I want smarter government. Just like most Republicans
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.
That’s a shame. I wish they wanted to conserve the best of what America is today and find a leader that can take us to new places that make our future better.
I realize that’s not the way politics work in this day and age. And that just proves the point.
And btw, I know a lot of the same can be said about the democrats, but I don’t want to be a democrat.
Until things change, I’ll sit in the middle and think for myself. Unlike the Republicans.
Many Republicans wondered how on earth Mitt Romney, with his fantastic resume and action-not-words attitude, could have lost to Obama, whose presidency they viewed as being tainted by scandals and failure. The general consensus was that voter turnout, especially in swing states, was embarrassingly low because Romney wasn’t “conservative enough.” This supports Mark Cuban’s point that unless a candidate completely conforms to the traditional Republican platform, including social policies, he or she is considered unelectable and is ridiculed by other Republicans on Fox News and other popular conservative-leaning outlets.
Cuban’s point is echoed by many who watched the GOP debate and saw Trump being heavily attacked by candidates and moderators alike. Now, don’t get your collective panties in a bunch, I’m not going to defend Trump commenting on Megyn Kelly’s alleged visit from Aunt Flo as a response to her essentially calling him a misogynist during the debate. He is clearly, and shamelessly, an asshat of a person. However, Trump still leads in the polls. Voters are starting to rebel against the Republican consensus. They want someone who is going to shake up things and push the McConnells and Boehners of the world to come up with real solutions to real problems, not trivial social issues that are insignificant in comparison to the economy, national security, and our position in the world.
Cuban says he’d rather be a Republican than a Democrat because he believes in small, smart government, but the GOP needs to start being open to new ideas and vote in better leaders or they will never again win a presidential election. He’s right. Our economy is anemic. Iran has already given us the middle finger on this nuclear “deal” (but they’ll take our money). We’re over $17 trillion and growing in debt. Our entitlements are broken. Our social safety net is growing its user base faster than Snapchat. Our workforce participation rate is the lowest in decades. International options are as viable as ever for tax inversions and keeping money overseas. Saying companies will never leave America shows how ignorant we are to the fact that we are no longer in the top 10 economically free countries and technology has made remote working a more viable option. Employees have gotten more expensive so there is a rush for automation technology.
We need real, practical, smart, constitutional solutions, and unless the GOP and its voters are willing to support a good leader with his or her priorities on point, rather than wait for a “perfect candidate” (AKA a GOP rubber stamp), the GOP is going to fade from any sort of political relevancy. Republicans, would you rather have an imperfect Republican president or continue down the path on which we are currently heading? .
[via Dallas News]
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