Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Today's AZGOP Daily Update portrays a triggered and "horrified" AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines. Lines' rhetoric reeks of pretentious "virtue signaling"—the projection of an ethical and moral (and, here, political) superiority complex—exposing his sheer ignorance, arrogance, and habitual hypocrisy.
This article covers one of the most remarkable and bizarre passages in his "holier-than-thou" rant (see the underlined passage quoting AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines below):
"I’ve been horrified to see some of the fringe blogs and social media posts, written by individuals who claim to be speaking for Republicans or our party. Last week, members of a religious faith came under attack. Just yesterday, a leading Trump supporter in Arizona was targeted simply because of where she was born. These insidious attacks, against some of President Trump’s strongest supporters, are disgusting and must be condemned without hesitation. So that is what I’m doing.
"If you, like me, believe in a strong, vibrant, inclusive GOP, then welcome aboard! I hope you’ll come in to volunteer, become a PC if you aren’t already, and help our outstanding ticket of Republican candidates in November.
"But let me be clear: there is no place for bigotry or division within our party. Whether in an anonymous facebook post, or a daily blog that relies on anonymous quotes and fake news, we reject it. I know that the President rejects it. If you traffic in bigotry against a religion, a race, or a group of people based on where they are from, you are not going to have a place in this party, as long as I am here.
"And I’m not going anywhere.
Now how about that.
Where to start?
As Jonathan Lines sees it:
- In America, of all places, Americans, registered as Republicans, being so bold as to exercise their freedom of speech, posting their impressions of Republican politics in Arizona, "claim to be speaking for Republicans or our party?"
- And, about that "our party" bit... so, now, one "alt-version" of the Republican party (see RINOs below) gets to call the party "it's party" (as in, the RINOs get to call the party "their party)?" Therefore, so the story goes, if the rest of us are other-than-RINOs—if the rest of us are, actually, real Republicans, conforming to the Republican Platform—it's not our party (too... anymore)?
- A popular Republican political blog is now a "fringe" Republican platform, but a misguided AZGOP Daily Update is "the only official" Republican platform?
- After a Republican Precinct Committeewoman (PC) calls attention to and identifies herself as being foreign-born (in her own official promotion for her candidacy running for a position within the Republican party), if someone reports on it (repeating it, verbatim, as the matter of fact it is), then she "was targeted simply because of where she was born?"
- This Republican PC candidate may refer to herself as foreign-born, but if someone refers to her using her own words, it's "an insidious attack that's disgusting and must be condemned without hesitation?" For the record, she's the one who brought up the matter of where she's from in the first place. A reporter, in a subsequent report, only—imagine this—reported it.
- Following the above "logic" (for the record: it's a misguided form of logic, really), objective reporting is "fake news," driven by "bigotry and division?"
- There's more: "[Jonathan Lines] know[s] (says) that the President rejects [this form of objective reporting]?"
- One more thing, and you'd better get this straight, those of you out there who think you're Republicans—never mind your official Republican party voter registration as per Arizona state statute—as Jonathan Lines says, or "warns" you: if you fail to conform to the above AZGOP doublespeak groupthink, "you are not going to have a place in this party, as long as [Jonathan Lines is] here."
It's plain—and painful—to see Jonathan Lines for the embarrassment he represents to the AZGOP (we'll respectfully avoid referring to it as "our AZGOP"): Jonathan misunderstands, mischaracterizes, and misrepresents fellow Republicans ("bearing false witness?"). Using the AZGOP Daily Update as his platform to project his negativity among these same fellow Republicans makes him all the more an embarrassment to the party.
Let's ask this Republican PC directly, and see what she says for herself. Is she seeing herself as being "targeted simply because of where she was born," and is she seeing it as "an insidious attack that's disgusting and must be condemned without hesitation?"
Let's also ask if this is more a matter of AZGOP Chairman Jonathan Lines in his AZGOP Daily Update subjecting her to irresponsible political exploitation (a fancy phrase for "fake news").
As it goes for Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) and Arizona Republican Party (AZGOP) politics and elections, both within the party and within county and state offices, we all realize where someone is from is besides the point. We remember Martin Luther King's saying about what really matters being "the content of your character." For Republicans, what matters most is that any and every Republican must stand for the Republican Platform, upholding and defending the U.S. Constitution first. (It should be what matters, anyway.)
We see what's really going on here:
The so-called "inclusiveness" Jonathan Lines promotes is actually more about being inclusive of—adding—all the more RINOs to the party; or, as he calls it, "[their] party."
Republican In Name Only (RINO):
Registered Republicans who fail to believe in and stand up for the Republican Platform
In the present AZGOP and MCRC administrations, although they sometimes get some things right, it's plain to see that for the most part they're being run by an establishment comprised of RINOs. Again, it's a numbers game, and they've got the numbers. For now.
What matters most to the AZGOP and MCRC establishment is if someone is a RINO or not. As the RINOs—essentially, fake Republicans—see it, but will never openly admit, RINO "inclusiveness" excludes real Republicans: those Republicans ourselves and among us who may be so bold as to actually believe in, commit to, and stand up for the Republican Platform. After all, as any real Republican sees it, it's just a matter of being a responsible Republican. If a Republican is even bolder, say a real patriotic American for America 1st and the Rule of Law—a constitutional conservative upholding and defending the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights—RINOs see this as "fringe... extreme... [these people] (real Republicans) having no place in the [Republican] party (aka the RINOs' party)."
If you're reading this and you're a REAL REPUBLICAN
(a U.S. Citizen, no matter where you're born, no matter where you're from):
Good for you, keep up the good work, and we look forward to working with you.
If you're a RINO (FAKE REPUBLICAN):
The RINO Swamps (both in D.C. and in Arizona) are getting drained as you read this (for the record: it began on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016).
If you're more of a MODERATE REPUBLICAN:
Maintain as objective a perspective as possible, keeping an open mind to seeing real Republicans for the good and patriotic Americans they really are, and for real Republicans being strong believers in "MAGA," through and through: both what it means and what it takes to "Make America Great Again." Remember: President Donald J. Trump showed Republicans and Americans (and the world) how to run as a Republican and win as a Republican.
Likewise, moderate Republicans, be careful going too far in taking any RINO too seriously or taking any RINO at their word. They're "the (not-so) great pretenders." Although it may be a matter of stating the obvious, it's important to point out: it's just too hard for RINOs to be real Republicans. Rather than joining Democrats (to be fair, RINOs get props for that), they keep trying to take over—and, in a way, take down—the Republican party. Remember: it's a numbers game. The RINOs keep trying to transform the Republican party into being something made in their own RINO image: the RINO party.
I call this the McCain Playbook. They know it's easier to win as republicans so the liberals register as republicans in order to win. Voters don't know much of anything except what party they are registered, if that, so they will vote for any bozo carrying the R label. Bingo, we have a demrino in office. Someone on a post recently called a lady on the MCRC slate a conservative proving the word is totally worthless to describe true Republicans of yesteryear.
They are probably the ones that carry 4 or more proxies . Most likely the resolution to limit proxy use will be voted down or not heard at all. Lines' arrogrant statement that he is not leaving may be telling us that he is about to put the last nail in the Conservative coffin.
That is a scary statement is it not? Does he plan on being there forever? Is he in essence, taking over the entire Az GOP? Who does he think he is. The body has to change that attitude
Yes, I can see the Democrats using this as a strategy to destroy the GOP.
Great job Marianne! You have it right. We the people have been losing our 'GOP' and it's getting closer and closer to being Socialist which turns into Communism. One head, total head of something with the test of us having no say so or voice. We are constantly being told what is allowed and what is not. If we try to bring something up that will be a good change to get the GOP back on track, we're shut down. Not good.
I do pray you are wrong about there being changes made that will add to the destruction of the GOP. The only good thing that could possibly come of this is that this means By-Laws will be brought up for discussion. This could be a good thing so the rest of us can voice our opinions and getting to vote on changes even good changes. Otherwise, why do we bother going to this 'mandatory' meeting.
My opinion would be if there is any type of discussion and vote on anything that is not legal, not for the betterment of the whole body then we should all just stand up and walk out! That would be a HUGE statement of our voices being heard. Maybe then, they'd get a clue that we are extremely dissatisfied!
Don't know who the writer of this article is but it is superb! From the many many Conservative Constitutionalists who are also registered Republicans that I've spoken to and voiced their concern over the status of the Arizona GOP, the writer of this article is right on the money. The day of the 'vote' at the last State Committee meeting where Lines won by what I believe was a mere 33 votes, was an extremely confusing day with much disarray. Specific District State Committeemen were disenfranchised, their votes not being counted, a lot of disgruntled voters, republican conservatives, - it was a mess. It was not one of the cleanest elections I've attended. Infighting galore.
As Republicans we follow the Law of the Land - our Constitution. We still have Free speech, a right to choose whom we want to run for a position, choose whom we want to vote for, even stupidly hand in tons of 'proxies' which quite a lot of us don't like. It's a great way to get the candidate you specifically want, to win. In my opinion, the only person who should be allowed to have a proxy in a voting situation is an individual in the hospital, a death in the family and/or very ill keeping them from attending an extremely important meeting. There are PCs walk into these meetings with 20-40 proxies. Totally wrong in my book. This does not make for a fair and honest election. It makes for a twisted, very unfair, and one sided election.
Note that the Legislative District in question being disenfranchised just happens to be the District the other Candidate is in. Coincidence? You judge.
Find it funny as well that it was suggested by someone supporting Lines that I go and speak with him to find out who he is, what he stands for, etc. I did just that. Spent about 10-15 minutes talking to him. While he appeared to be a very nice young man, he also came across like a snake oil salesman. Said whatever it was I needed to hear to get me to vote for him. He told me he didn't back John McCain in any way. That was and still is a lie. He is a solid McCain backer. We were wanting to Drain the Swamp and getting the Az GOP back on track, to get rid of the junk. We still have an approximate 60+ page of a Republican platform with the original 1-2 page platform hidden in it somewhere. It says a lot of nothing.
One fact is that his LD is filled with mostly his family. Of course they're going to vote for Jonathan Lines. Very one sided and making every attempt to keep the Legislative District the competitor was in to not be allowed to vote for absolute insane reasons that made no sense. The individual who promoted Lines to me later after the meeting apologized to me stating he was wrong to back Lines. Lines was not who he thought he was.
Lines is the 'current' Chair of our Az GOP. To make the statements he has about Republican State Committeemen, good honest voters speaking their piece is blasphemy of our original GOP Platform. A slap in the face if you will. I for one, am offended by what Mr. Lines was saying and insuating about us Republicans; taking away our Freedom of Speech and Choice in an election. Having to vote and think like the 'Chair' of the 'Party' is Communism, pure and simple. Think Mr. Lines should rethink what he said and apologize to all us Republicans and State Committeeman.
Thank you Az Team 4 for your bringing this all out.
I am a Registered Republican, a Real Republican, a Conservative and Constitutionalist!
Francine: You said that " Having to vote and think like the 'Chair' of the 'Party' is Communism, pure and simple." I suggest Chairman Lines is simply supporting reality. As Americans, we now live in accordance with the ten planks of the Communist Manifest. We can thank the two party tyranny for this. Though our "talking heads" would have us believe there is a lot of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties it isn't so on the most important issues History clearly shows that while voters have given both parties total control from time to time there has been no real change in the nation's direction. Both parties of the two party tyranny want things the way they are or it wouldn't be this way. Only if and when enough true REPUBLICANS face reality will we see a move to restore our Republic,