Saving RI: It Will Feel Like War

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

Last year, a Commentary column of mine on these pages began with this sentence: “Rhode Island’s problems begin with unions and Democrats.” Three weeks ago, I released a short election-year book for Rhode Islanders that expounds upon that sentiment, and begins with this: “The only thing that can save the state of Rhode Island is RIGOP — the R.I. Republican Party.”

In a book that espouses conservative principles and condemns the entire Rhode Island Democratic Party, I call for the Rhode Island Tea Party and other traditional-minded people to “face political reality, not by embracing the RIGOP but by claiming it as their own.”

The Republican brand, albeit tarnished, is one of patriotism and conservatism. Tea Partiers should sharpen and build upon that reputation. Make the Rhode Island Republican Party live up to its creed by taking it over. Stop pointing to past failures, and start affecting the future. This has been my mantra.

Over the past year and a half, many people have responded favorably to this message. Still, many others defiantly ask, “Well, why not just take over both parties?” They also insist, “Both parties are the same!”

To these people I flash a copy of my new book, “The RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.” It is a short (41 pages), straightforward and informative book that will horrify most of Rhode Island’s old-school Democratic voters, as it unveils the radical actors who have taken control of the party in power.

The Rhode Island Democratic Party has been turned into a despicable organization made up of liberals, progressive activists, radical socialists, union and community organizers, race hustlers and anti-Americans.

Oh, yeah. And a handful of ineffectual conservatives.

While exposing all of these characters, “The RI Republican” reveals the wirings of the state Democratic Party, proving that it is funded and controlled by the worst members of the Rhode Island left — an unethical band of progressives who will not let common-sense conservatism gain a footing within the party again.

The Democratic Party must be defeated, not bargained with.

Ocean State taxpayers must understand the nature of the political forces they are up against. Through the implementation of an expansive welfare state, the steady establishment of public-sector unions, and the shameless manipulation of the minority community, Democrats have been incrementally socializing the Ocean State for decades.

Rhode Island now suffers from an extension of what ails Europe and most inner cities: socialism justified by an entitlement mentality.

Absent a two-party system, all Rhode Islanders have been force-fed the same vile indoctrination that Democrats deliver to the minority population: You’re a victim, and Democrats will take care of you. The perpetrator changes when Democrats speak to middle-class whites. Minorities are victimized by Republican racists, but whites are oppressed by CEOs and corporate elites — the capitalist system itself.

In other words, minorities need Democrats to raise taxes in order to redistribute wealth into Providence neighborhoods. And whites need Democrats to raise taxes in order to protect them from rich people. Race politics. Union class-warfare politics. Both are highly effective. Both are Democratic lies.

Not just Providence but all Rhode Island is now suffering the devastation that results from progressive government. A state well-known for its atrocious economy is now known for its inability to rectify the situation. Democrats will not lower your taxes. They will not slash government spending. And they will not balance the state budget. They are a party of cowards and nincompoops, strictly beholden to radical progressives and unrelenting special interests.

Rhode Islanders are currently enduring the lessons of tyranny and radicalism. We didn’t listen to the Founders’ wisdom and warnings. We let our state be taken over by a political ruling class called the Democratic Party, foolishly under the impression that democracy could save us if things ever got too bad.

But what are the chances that a team of serious conservative reformers will be elected to initiate what must be done?

If Rhode Island is salvageable, however, it will take the election of a team of conservative Republicans who are unafraid to propose and enact the necessary reforms — people who don’t care if they are disinvited to the Democrats’ dinner parties.

And it will feel like war, as the entrenched ruling class watches its kingdom come under siege.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States, where men were free.”
Ronald Reagan

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
James Madison

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