By Paul Hsieh
The November 3, 2010 PajamasMedia published my post-Election Day OpEd, "GOP: Dance With The One Who Brung You".
My theme is that I voted for the Republicans because I want them to pursue an agenda of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and defending individual rights -- not the "social conservative" agenda.
Here is the opening:
Republicans are rightfully celebrating their recent successes in the midterm elections, recapturing the House and making major gains in the Senate. But before House GOP leader John Boehner starts measuring the curtains for the speaker's office, he and his fellow Republicans would do well to remember the old proverb popularized by legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal: "Dance with the one who brung you."Those lessons include:
In this case, that means: Don't forget who put you in office and why -- namely, the independent-minded Tea Party voters.
Hence, the Republicans should take to heart three key lessons...
1) Americans don't want "ObamaLite".(Read the full text of "GOP: Dance With The One Who Brung You".)
2) Don't mistake this as a mandate to pursue a divisive "social conservative" agenda.
3) Respect the Constitution and the principle of individual rights.