By Kurt Feigel
I’ve been following Bearing Drift and their political commentary for some time. It used to be a fairly good conservative site. Lately it would seem it’s transitioned from Conservatism to Republicanism.
Bearing Drift says about it’s name:
Most navigation rules state that the best decision with constant bearing and decreasing range is to alter course to starboard – the right! If the ship of state is going to crash, move right, you can’t go wrong!
I can’t disagree with this. We are crashing and need to alter course. The problem is; that conservatism is the needed course not republicanism.
If you look at the contributors to Bearing Drift you’ll notice what proud republicans they are. Some of them even run political consulting firms and I’d assume don’t work for Democrats. If you do some searches over at VPAP you’d see they combined have donated more than 10k to Republican candidates.
Look at these excerpts from the BD contributors page:
He has served on the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Chesapeake and the Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.
Shaun Kenney is the Vice-Chairman of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, the former Communications Director for the Republican Party of Virginia…
D.J. believes in the sanctity of the Republican Party and its values and creed…aims to bring basic common sense principles and voice to and for the Republican Party.
Chris Obenshain has been involved in Republican politics literally since the womb…Chairman of the Roanoke Area Young Republicans chapter.
…political photography as it exists on the right, she decided to start making better images, to document Virginia Republicans and to inspire them to make more of an effort to put a fine face on their fine ideas.
De Civitate Hominis (“concerning the city of man”):
…has been active at various levels of Republican politics since 1994…
…providing online fundraising for Republican candidates in Virginia, and co-founder of K6 Consulting…
Brian W. Schoeneman:
…veteran political professional and Republican activist, with almost a decade of lobbying, speechwriting and public policy experience…
There is nothing nefarious that I can see going on over at BD. So they are Loyal Republicans. So they support the Establishment. So they donate fat cash to the candidates. Good for them. It’s not as if they are pretending they are anything but Republicans. The problem I have is that people can get confused. Republican has become synonymous with Conservative but it is vastly different.
There is also nothing wrong with being a Republican. I’ve worked on campaigns for Republican candidates. I myself am a dues paying member of the Campbell County Republican party. But I see the party as a means to advancing conservatism. Where as many Republicans see conservatism as a means to advancing the party. While hard “R” voters would vote for Lucifer if he was running as a Republican, guys like me and many other Tea Party voters would not. We demand that the party that claims to venerate the principles of our nations founding stand for them.
We are a “Republic” and it is time the the Republican party remembered this.
We are told we must “support the Republican candidate” but, when WE THE PEOPLE choose a candidate the party doesn’t like, the establishment stabs them in the back…and the people in the process.
I have often taken the RPV to task on this very thing at my 5th district blog and usually when I do my local unit chairman gets 10 to 20 phone calls from “good loyal republicans” pleading with him to have me “tone down the rhetoric”. This being code for “Toe The line!” As if I in any way work for the party.
Bearing Drift is adrift in a sea of psudo-conservatism. Anything short of a 180 degree turn will only result in out nation sinking and the ship of state being smashed against the rocks. Sadly some of us wonder if that isn’t their intent.
Their support for George Allen isn’t the 180 degree turn we need. and their hatred of Jamie Radtke isn’t helping things either.
Red State Virginia will provide the conservative voice that has been lacking here in Virginia. Let the gnashing of teeth begin.
Powered by Facebook Comments
May 7, 2013 //
New video by the RNC about how Terry McAuliffe (McAwful) treats his wife. What a wonderful example o...
April 30, 2013 //
The sore losers are on the emotional politics rampage. There was nothing "rigged" about the process....
April 26, 2013 //
Recently in Lynchburg we had a "lockdown" situation that involved 2 "suspicious" men. No guns. No ro...
February 28, 2013 //
Make no mistake, an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program carries with it a price tag, a very la...