John Tsitrian spotlighted former Republican legislator Jerry Apa’s critique of the South Dakota GOP last week. Apa’s declaration that the SDGOP’s arrogant leaders are out of touch with Republican principles and the people of South Dakota sounds like the farewell letter Michael S. Murphy writes to the Republican Party of Wisconsin:
I can no longer champion elected “representatives” who speak like Republicans, but then vote in their respective committees and legislatures completely opposite to their promised campaign rhetoric. I can no longer abide by and support individuals who I feel are sub-standard conservatives, simply for the “good of the Party”. I shall not contain my opinions when I witness damaging and hypocritical votes or stances that our elected officials make that go directly counter to the Republican Party’s Platform and Resolutions which are implemented by my fellow delegates. It has been my opinion for quite sometime now, that the Republican Party has morphed into a conservative wing of the Democrat Party. This I can no longer accept.
Since having served on executive boards of every State Party level during my time with the RPW (Branch, County, District, and State Exec. Committee), it has been a harsh reality for me to observe, and now affirm, that this State Party is controlled by only a few select plutocratic or politically powerful individuals. What was once thought of as a Party, I have found is actually an oligarchy. I can no longer stomach the top-down direction and orchestration conducted by those few select individuals, many times without the knowledge of the general Party delegation, and a few times, unbeknownst to even Members of the RPW’s Executive Committee [Michael S. Murphy, “Why I Am Leaving the Republican Party of Wisconsin,” Liberty Wisconsin, 2015.03.24].
Scott Walker’s party may be better off without a John Bircher who advocates secession and nullification. But I always enjoy hearing right-wingers use the word “plutocratic” and recognize that our common enemy is Big Money.