“Losers,” “Winners,” and the Rhode Island GOP
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Point of fact, they have existed for a long time. When the Spanish explorers roamed colonial North America, they found a whole bunch of "one-horned" creatures, otherwise known as "unicorns." Today, we would call them "buffalo" or "bison", a creature that was hunted into near extinction, but is now on the rebound.
Unicorns do exist, and they are growing again. Much of the time, the issue is not so much "myth", but misstatement. It's not about “reality”, but “perspective”.
There is plenty of GOP leadership in the state. Believe it first, then you will see it.
[T]he Republican party in Rhode Island should get some leadership. Secondly, cultivate a farm team that is electable. People in districts vote for people who are electable. (Democratic code for I could have a beer and watch a ball game with that guy). If the Republican party insists on cranking out the island of misfit charlie-in-a-boxes they are not going to get any donations. There is an old saying, "no one likes a loser". I would like to see that article written. --- Petr Petrovich (GoLocalProv.com)
Let's talk about "losers."
This "loser" was the first Republican US President, Abraham Lincoln, now considered one of (if not "the") most popular politician in this country (whether anyone agreed or disagreed with his policies). Abraham Lincoln "belongs to the ages", according to Edwin Stanton, the chief of the "Chief of Rivals", a lawyer who had openly ridiculed and demoted Lincoln when they were associates in an Illinois law firm. There are more books written about Abraham Lincoln than any other historical figure, except for Jesus Christ.
Abraham Lincoln: a "loser" whom everybody loves, who ended up quite a winner. It's not about "myth" but "misstatement"; it's not about "reality", but "perception".
Here's another "loser". This guy grew up in a political family. His father was a governor, then a senator. The father planned to retire from the Senate, but died before his term ended. The son took his place, adopting a label which did not suit him. He won reelection the next year, running "in name only". He lost reelection six years later, running against his own party, railing against his own party's leader. He later lost his party label to become and independent. He won election to the governorship, the same position that his father had. He soon ended up assuming responsibility for the poor choices of his father, including the state income tax and collective bargaining for public sector employees.
This "loser" is another "Lincoln": Lincoln Chafee, who left the Republican Party's voice, values, and vote, with not much to show for it. Unless he demonstrates his former party’s Republican leadership, which Rhode Islanders claim is sorely lacking in their state, he will be the leader for the state which loses the most people to out-of-state emigration, along with the state with the highest taxes and highest unemployment: another losing streak.
These "losers" are the Democratic hypermajority in Providence, the worst type of "losers" because they turn everyone else around them into "losers". It's not about "myth" but "misstatement"; it's not about "reality", but "perception".
To identify the real "losers", look not at the "losing" Republican Party, but the “winning Democratic hypermajority, which makes everyone else lose. Wins from the “loser” GOP will transform Rhode Island from a losing state run by losers to a winning state where everyone wins, making a wave of difference in New England and across the United States.
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