Factions of the Party

Today there are many different Factions of the Republican Party

There are people who call themselves “moderates”. Moderate is generally considered as average. Moderates are an average between Democrats and Republicans. You will find moderates in both parties. The Democratic Moderates tend to lean right. The Republican Moderates tend to lean left. They do not consider themselves as “extreme”, but often attribute this description to those who have differing opinions within their respective parties.

Another group prefers to be called “conservatives”. Conservatives generally oppose things like excessive taxing and regulation. They support things like a strong military. They often consider moderates to be RINOs. Moderates often consider conservatives to be extreme.

Neoconservatives are a group who came over from the Democratic Party. They are generally fiscally conservative, but they support an interventionist foreign policy. Paleoconservatives support a strong military for defense, but oppose preemptive wars.

And then there’s the libertarian wing of the party (small “l”). They favor a Constitutional Republic with minimal government interference, minimal taxes, and minimal regulations. You leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone. The libertarians are huge supporters of the free market, rather than socialism or crony capitalism.

These different factions of the party were more united while Ronald Reagan was president, but have since splintered so much that it seems like several parties within one party.

In Utah The Great Divide in the GOP has become even worse since the state legislature passed SB54 in 2014 which gutted the caucus/convention vetting system.  Now Democrats are flocking to the Republican Party to either run as Republicans, or to support their liberal candidates who are running as pretend Republicans.  They don’t have to support the party platform, let alone the party bylaws or constitution.  They just have to buy enough signatures to get on the ballot.  Even Bernie Sanders could run as a Republican in Utah now, thanks to this election law.  This will create even more RINOs in a One-Party State.

Lynda Pipkin

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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke. I think our Federal Government has grown out of control and I cannot keep my head buried in the sand and do nothing. This is why I do what I can to educate myself and share what I learn with others. This is why I seek out good candidates and do what I can to help them get elected.

“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” - Claude Frédéric Bastiat. I agree with Bastiat that if it is not legal for me to steal something from one neighbor and give it to another neighbor, then it is not legal for any public servant (elected to represent me) to steal from one and give it to another. Yet this legal plunder is quite common today.

“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” - Claude Frédéric Bastiat. Government was created to protect our life, liberty, and property. Yet, what I see the Federal Government doing is pretending to protect “us” from all kinds of things, but by doing so they are destroying our life and liberty, and taking our property.

“If government makes everything illegal, then everyone is a criminal.” - Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. There are so many laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, acts, statutes, and whatever else you want to call them, that it is impossible to know them all. How many “criminals” do you know? Are you a “criminal”?

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