It is apparent to any citizen who cares about the success of our republic that it is vital to have two strong, competitive national political parties. Having only one party leads to dictatorship and more than two requires coalitions which are temporary and can be counterproductive. Currently, the Republican Party is in need of repair, so to get an inside perspective on what is needed, an interview was conducted with Bob Inglis.
Bob was a Republican member of Congress from South Carolina until he was defeated in a primary in 2010 by an opponent supported by the Tea Party. Bob is intelligent, conservative and rational, and the latter characteristic was not seen as worthwhile by Republican voters in his district. Today, we have Republicans who are definitely smart and seem to be conservative, but there is a serious question about their rationality. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley have vocally supported false claims and communicated disinformation. How is the Republican Party to survive?
It should be mentioned that Bob Inglis is executive director of republicEn.org, a conservative organization concerned about climate change, seeking to gain solutions using private enterprise when possible. He also has been awarded the JFK Profiles in Courage award. What does he believe needs to be done?
He believes that some young, dynamic Republican must form a group similar to the Democratic Leadership Council started by Bill Clinton in 1985 which sought to move the Democratic Party closer to the center of the spectrum where most Americans can be found. Calmer heads are needed in the room to overcome the effects of Republicans “playing with fire,” allowing Donald Trump to hijack the party and be an “accelerant” energizing right wing extremists.
Bob admits that the rethinking of the party would be easier if there had been a blue wave in the recent election. He mentions that Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the African American Majority Whip in the House, has stated that there were three words spoken by many Democrats that drove moderates to vote for Republicans. Those three words were “defund the police.”
Bob was asked if he was considering running for Congress once again, since folks such as Bob Corker, Jeff Flake and himself were the type of conservatives needed to lead the party back to the majority. He indicated that he was not planning to run but hopes other concerned Republicans will make the effort that he sees as mandatory for all those who love this country.