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A Lonely Pamphleteer Review Expression of Constructive Criticism for the Chairperson of the Republican National Committee

August 19, 2021 --

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel (upon information and belief , niece of Mitt Romney) appeared, August 8, on the WABC radio program "Cats Roundtable," hosted by the immensely successful John Catsimatidis.  Media notice of her appearance focused on her view that Donald Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party.

The following McDaniel quotes from the  "Cats" program are copied and pasted from the exbulletin website:

"Our country is at stake, ”she told WABC host John Catsimatidis.“It’s not just Democrat versus Republican; its Republicans against Communism, ”McDaniel said.“[Democrats] want to deprive yourself of your freedom of expression. Your freedom of religion. Our police. They denigrate our country. They want to stack the Supreme Court, get rid of the filibuster. We won’t recognize America if we don’t win this next election."

LPR has some difficulty with Ms. McDaniel's appearance on WABC -- both for what she said and for what she did not say.  LPR agrees that the issue is not simply a case of Democrats against Republicans, but LPR questions the wisdom of dredging up the commie label for the Democrats. McDaniel is correct to point out that the Democrats are  enemies of free speech, but there is no need to refer to them as Communists.   Isn't it enough to call them totalitarians, without straining to tie them to the teachings of Karl Marx? Isn't it enough to call them rabid, radical leftists without giving them the excuse to compare present-day Republicans to Joe McCarthy?  In short, why give them grist for the propaganda mill?  In truth, they are rabid, radical leftists, who are obsessed with gaining power for the purpose of lording it over the people of America.   Why can't the head of the Republican National Committee state the problem in terms like the foregoing.

Also, McDaniel might have pointed out that in speaking in terms, now, of Democrat versus Republican, one must recognize that for the rabid radical left, "versus" f indicates more than mere opposition; it denotes the aim of  thoroughly destroying the Republican Party.  McDaniel should be familiar with the June 2016 tweet from David Plouffe, Obama functionary, to that effect.  Plouffe put the proposition in terms of Trump and his supporters; once Donald Trump won the GOP presidential nomination, Plouffe's anti-democratic aim targeted the Republican Party, as well.

Where was the RNC during the Trump presidency?  Where was the RNC when the rabid, radical left sought to oust President Trump with the lies of the Steele Dossier, the lies that Trump was Putin's puppet, the lie of the Mueller probe (because it was based on the lie of the Russia hoax -- and where is John Durham's report on that malicious lie?)

The policy of the RNC under Romney's niece seems to have been --  "President Trump: don't ever expect us to have your back. The RNC treated Donald Trump, the years of his presidency when the rabid, radical leftists never ceased their campaign to overturn the 2016 election, the way the townspeople of Hadleyville, in New Mexico Territory treated the retiring Marshal Will Kane in "High Noon" in confronting  four desperadoes:  this is not our fight.

That McDaniel now recognizes Donald Trump as leader of the GOP is kind of like the Hadleyville townspeople coming out to congratulate Marshal Kane after he, with the help of his bride, killed the desperadoes.

There is another reason to be concerned about McDaniel as RNC chair. LPR cannot recall her reminding Republicans about Ronald W, Reagan's Eleventh Commandment: Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican.  LPR does not believe McDaniel cited this sage counsel to Liz Cheney. Indeed, LPR has no recollection that McDaniel ever had the saychel to advise Republicans in House and Senate that it is not helpful to the country when Republicans stand in a circle and open fire on each other.  LPR doesn't recall the RNC ever coming to the aid of Marjorie Taylor-Greene, targeted by the evil Pelosi. (Has he RNC head every denounced Pelosi?) And certainly, LPR has no recollection that McDaniel ever issued this declaration: "A Republican who stabs another Republican in the back ceases to be a Republican as soon as the blade is drawn"

It is one thing for the head of the RNC to build a big tent, encouraging diversity, but diversity must end where policy begins.  What good is a political party, if the focus is on internal strife and bickering and demagoguery,  and citing points from the rabid, radical left to beat true, patriotic Republicans to a political pulp? Diversity should refer to individual backgrounds, along the lines of our country's motto: E Pluribus Unum.  Of what good the pluribus, if the  "big tent"is the venue of internecine warfare.  One would hope that McDaniel's passivity in promoting Republican solidarity and, yes, passivity in  support for a besieged Donald Trump, does not reflect unwillingness to confront her uncle, who is clearly more comfortable attacking Donald Trump than he is fighting off the rabid, radical leftists.

McDaniel might well be good at fund-raising. LPR doubts that she is good at political warfare. In this, LPR wonders that she will take the suggestions from consultants who get big bucks from the RNC, but dismisses exhortations from the rank and file as worthless because they come pro bono.  

This is not to call for McDaniel's removal as RNC chair.  Maybe, however -- and this is an idea LPR recalls seeing not long ago, the RNC ought relocate to a venue in a deep red flyover state -- so as to be in touch with us Republican common folk, and not the fancies who, based within the Beltway, disclose, daily, their distance from the people who make America great.  This is not the first time LPR has cited the wisdom of Madison's call, in Federalist No. 57, that politicians stay close to the people or "government degenerates into tyranny." But in view of the clear  and present threat to the spirt of liberty in America from the rabid, radical left, the RNC needs a chairperson who will work every day to keep congressional Republicans close to the American people, and not spending their energy in deriding  their Republican colleagues, including the 45th president of the U.S,A.  May God grant the return of the MAGA spirit to the White House, so as, indeed, to continue to bless America.