There is no question that when you are alone, you have a private moment. Beyond that, there is considerable debate.
Luke Esser and Lori Sotelo announced that masterfully in 2008 and were able thereby to prevent the State Convention and the King County Party, respectively, from interfering with what Luke and Lori wanted to do… uh… privately.
In Roe vs Wade the Supreme Court determined that a woman’s right to kill her children was based on a general “right of privacy” they had masterfully invented, limited, and retroactively placed in the Constitution despite the unfortunate lack of any language to that effect in the original document, but exercising the private right they wielded by their exalted position: above the law.
There are many “rights,” associated with “privacy.” The acts of consenting adults, for instance, are instructive.
“Libertarians” for example, as everyone knows, believe that it is morally wrong for government to prohibit any “private behavior” and that means between the aforementioned, and famous, consenting adults. But everyone also knows they just do that so they can enjoy heroin and sodomy.
Are there no limits to what “consenting adults” may be permitted?
But what about those who kill each other? Weren’t the laws that emerged against dueling unjust? Duels were the voluntary acts of brave consenting adults. Or, consider: if I want to die and get you to help me by a little friendly killing, why should you be penalized for a helping hand along life’s road… or… closing life’s road, as it were?
Michael Schiavo asserted his legal right to kill his wife Terri, on this principle. She had wanted it that way, he said, long before she became severely mentally retarded. Perhaps she also had expressed a preference for being tortuously killed by thirst over a 13-day period as well. We’ll never know. All we have is Michael’s recollection of her wishes, years later, after the “accident” giving her that concussion that only he witnessed and after he had moved in with another woman. Right thinking Midstream Republicans like my good friend Dave Reichert were politically correct to protect Michael’s right to a private killing motivated by love.
When the police find bodies at your house shouldn’t it be enough that you explain they were your friends and wanted to be killed?
Shouldn’t Medical Doctors, the men charged with killing so many people by accident, be allowed an exemption for doing someone in purposely and painlessly for a change, as they are purported to be able? It’s covered by Doctor/Patient confidentiality. If we can’t trust Doctors with our lives who can we trust?
There is probably no group whose privacy is more sacrosanct than the “family.” Husbands and wives cannot testify against each other and the children must simply be quiet or go to their rooms.
It is because we are truly a family, in fact, that the privacy of the Republican party is so important. Leaders like Kirby Wilbur and Lori Sotelo and Olga Farnum and Luanne VanWerven and Fredi Simpson and Brett and Nan Malin and Tony Benegas and Lisa Thwing and Rob McKenna and Anthony Welcher and Grant Peterson and Michael Young and John White and Ross Marzolf and Dan Brady and Dianne Tebelius and yours truly, Doris Grupa, chair of Midstream, are the parents. The rest of you are the children. We love you, but when the parents want to be alone to discuss important business, the children are not invited. And parents don’t discuss what we do in private with the children. We’re family. And as Dan Brady pointed out at the Wilbur coronation last Saturday, as once did John White and Dick Derham before him, private organizations don’t need to obey RCWs.
Over the years Lori and Diane and Luke and Rob and I have been accused of being “fascist” for insisting on the privacy and absolute control that we wield as the “parents” of the Party. We have had to bear that condemnation bravely, as an unfair criticism, but I’m convinced everyone should take a second look. Is fascism really all that bad? Of course it has a bad name because of Hitler and his buddies, but that’s just because they rounded up and exterminated Jews… And I suppose they moved a bit too fast on the rest of Europe. But if you look at it objectively, they did some really great things for Germany, revitalizing their great corporations, funding medical research, and dramatically improving their military – some of the exact same things we did during the Bush administration with the tax cuts, involuntary human cell research, and the War on the Terrible Middle East.
And there are elements of fascism that are absolutely indispensable for success in the GOP. Internal loyalty, for instance. When leadership has determined who the candidates should be, the rank and file must line up behind us for Unity. We can’t allow contested primaries. They may work out well for Democrats, but they don’t have anti-government extremists to deal with. If we allowed the Republican grass-roots to determine our candidates, they would rarely choose good Midstream people. We learned that in the 1988 Governor’s race. It would be chaos! And once Midstream candidates are past the primary, we simply cannot allow the base to keep their little ballots secret. Every Republican must always vote for every Republican candidate regardless of their personal preference or “principles.” And we must insist that they disclose who they voted for when asked. I’m sick of being accused of “Fascism” for doing what we need to do to control our voters. Sometimes fascism is exactly what we need. State Law on voter confidentiality doesn’t apply to Republicans. We’re a PRIVATE organization.
Another area where the benefits of fascism far outweigh its drawbacks is in the whole misunderstood issue of “speech.” “Free speech” does NOT mean you can print or publish anything you want, particularly in the arena of politics. If you are in the Republican Party, it means you need to get PERMISSION. Chris Vance and Dick Derham stood up for this principle with the “Washington State Republican Pre-Primary Agreement” all candidates were required to sign. Even though he called it the “Candidate Censorship Agreement,” Doug Parris proved the importance of this power to control our candidates when he pointed out how it would have prevented that detestable Ronald Reagan’s attacks on poor Gerald Ford. We simply cannot allow the grass-roots to print or publish whatever they want.
I must salute Lori Sotelo for securing a harassment protection order on Mr. Parris for printing criticism and photographs of her without her PERMISSION (even though he sometimes allows me to publish these articles on his blog). I also must praise King County Judge Michael Finkle and Federal Judge Marsha Peckman for rejecting the idea that the Constitution protects this kind of disgraceful behavior. We have to have control of what Republicans can say. Just because we control your speech doesn’t mean it isn’t “Free.” Sometimes the fascists have it right.
So please, next time somebody calls you a “Fascist” for holding leadership meetings in secret, restricting speech, or just killing a friend or family member, stand up straight, look them proudly in the eye and say, “Yes, I am!” The future successful Midstream Republican candidates will thank you; many of them will be at the Roanoke conference this weekend. Please attend. And don’t go near that horrible RLC Kickoff in Yakima. It’s for children.
Finally, let me point out we do not hate Jews. If that were true, Michael Medved would not be our premier national spokesman. And we absolutely promise, even when we get the Presidency back, not to round up and exterminate Jewish people.
Libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, homophobes, and anti-choicers, though, might be another matter….