The Republican Party Needs To Wake Up if it Doesn’t Want To Become The Whig Party of the 1800’s

Political Commentary

Right here in the Town of East Haven you can see the national trend that the Republican Party is in deep, deep trouble if it doesn’t get it’s proverbial head out of it's rear. A few years ago a quiet movement was put into motion to try to move the older East Haven Republican Party Bosses into retirement to allow the younger members of the party to control the platform. We all recognized the glory days of Joe Maturo were long gone and the party needed to evolve into the 21st Century if it doesn’t want to become like the non-existent Republican Party of New Haven or the Whig Party of the 18th Century.

I’m middle of the road as a Republican despite what many may believe. My value systems are built from my parents who were depression aged folk who believed in many traditional things such as marriage, God and the 1950’s America. As much as I don’t want to let that go it has become apparent that those values are becoming increasingly sparse. I’m Generation X and I have seen many things. The end of the Vietnam War, the Iran Hostage Crisis, The Reagan Era, The Fall of Communism, A New World Order, 9-11 and the immigration of people of the Americas into our country. Many of them are of Spanish origin from Central, South America and the Caribbean. Some people distain these people but have we forgot that Spanish influence has been in the Americas since 1492 when Christopher Columbus was paid to come to America by the Spanish Monarchy. The Caribbean, South and Central America, Western North America, The Gulf of Mexico and the State of Florida were all a part of the Spanish Empire in America.

Today’s states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North and South Dakota and Florida were all under Spanish control where the indigenous people spoke Spanish and had Spanish culture. Yet, we somehow have forgotten that as Republicans. How ironic that half of those territories are in the Republican red territory! The Republican Party, the party that freed the slaves has yet to embrace the largest growing population in the United States and we wonder why we’ve lost two consecutive national elections?

Culturally, in many ways the divide in Europe in the 19th and 20th century still exists here in America. When the Italians and Irish came to America it was their fellow Europeans who also immigrated to America that discriminated against them. They were Irish, Polish, German or whatever Northern European groups. Today those Northern European groups could care less about Irish, Italian, English or whatever yet we still have a problem with Spanish. My question is why? Those Spanish that some despise have a direct European link but are treated like they are 2nd class citizens. It’s almost like there is Europe and then there is the Spanish. To me it makes no difference and it is a terrible position the Republican Party has put itself in because I can bet that the majority of the Spanish population has the same core values of our party but because they speak Spanish, they come from Central America, Caribbean or South America they cannot be Americans.  In turn we have allowed the Democrats access to this group uncontested and what a missed opportunity.

As for East Haven, there is no better example of how not act than Joe Maturo. His ignorance and his spice to be the class clown has alienated the growing Spanish population of this Town. It’s people like Joe Maturo that give opportunists like Fr. Manship, Eric Holder and Barack Obama the mantle of their cause and frankly I’m sick of it. I know many Puerto Ricans, and by the way they are just as American as I am. I know their Roman Catholic culture. I know their core beliefs and I know at the end of the day they are like minded. I know many Cubans they too are like minded and are very much aware of the dangers of Socialism. I know some Mexicans and do you know what? They too are very similar to us. Did you know that their system of Government is almost identical to ours? They are the United States of Mexico with a Federal Government like ours. So how can people that are of European decent, of Christian values, some that fly an American flag and some that have a Representational government like ours not asked to be with us? Why isn’t the Republican Party leading the charge to get this group on our side of the issues? Why is it that people like Joe Maturo continue to be the face of what we don’t believe and represent? Our Republican party needs to move into the 21st Century and finally incorporate others like the Democrats have so successfully done. It burns me to see a neophyte like Gene Ruocco come on top and you know what? If you’re a Republican in East Haven it should burn you too! It burns me to see it on a National Level and we need to change.

There is no one more qualified in this Town that can make this statement than I. Back in 2004, I made a major issue of Gay Marriage and I was wrong. I hurt people, I embarrassed people and made many people uncomfortable with my approach. I made that a political weapon and I was incorrect in calculating that there were many, many like minds like me. Or was I thinking like my parents from the 1950’s? Sometimes your thoughts and your actions cloud your vision. Sometimes it’s best to let free people to decide on their own. Have I changed my personal beliefs on the subject? No, I still don’t believe in Gay Marriage but I’ve learned that I have no right to stop someone to have one either. That’s between them and God and I have made peace with that. Do I think the Republican Party should have anti gay marriage in their platform? No! I don’t anymore, why? Because it is not politically savvy in the 21st century and with early childhood indoctrination in the 1980’s and 1990’s it’s a losing cause. Once again the Republicans were asleep at the wheel and allowed that teaching in our schools and today it’s socially acceptable. That ship has sailed and that war is over.

There is nothing more intriguing that a smart, self-reliant woman who has an opinion. I live in household full of women. Even my dog is a female and I had no problem at all with “fixing her” reproductive rights so why do I care if the girl next door wants to have an abortion or has access to birth control? Am I socially responsible for her actions? Is she my child that I have to care for? As I see it, I have the responsibility to my three women in my home. I set my expectations along with my wife and we together set the expectations in my home. Do I believe in abortion? No, I don’t but then again, it is not up to me to make that decision that’s between that person and God. Again, indoctrination of children has happened, it’s socially acceptable and that ship too has sailed and that war is over.

Do you see the pattern fellow Republicans? We are fighting the wrong fights and there are 55% who are always going to be against those stances. You cannot mathematically win. Is Dan McCann becoming a liberal? Not in the least, in fact maybe he’s become a realist and someone who has to evolve with the times so that the Republicans can win on the real issues that affect us all. Maybe all we really need is to do away with the Republican label and call us the “Realist” party that is open to everyone even if you speak Spanish, has an opinion on women’s issues and has a same sex spouse. It could be that simple!

The 2012 campaign should be a LOUD wake-up call for all Republicans that taking minority positions on social issues is a losing battle even though you might think you’re right. It’s time to figure out how to get more people on our side of the National economic issues, military issues, global issues instead of playing in the Democratic Sandbox of personal attacks and distractions that really don’t mean a whole lot. That also applies to the East Haven Republican Town Committee that needs a big wakeup call and needs to find someone other than Joe Maturo and Art DeSorbo to lead the Republicans of East Haven.  We need young, fresh blood to lead this party or there will be no party locally or nationally. It’s time to become real and realize that Republicans got beat on issues that are between the four walls of one’s ever changing home.

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Chill_Out November 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM
McCann, Congratulate the Democrats and go away for a few months. You are embarrassing your party and and making the Democrats feel sorry for you. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and chill out.
Dan McCann November 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
SDA...Republicans have always been staunch supporters of Israel? Wasn't Israel created under Truman's Administration? Republicans first to declare war? WWI (Wilson Democrat) WWII (Roosevelt- Democrat) Korea (Truman- Democrat) Vietnam (Kennedy/Johnson) Gulf War I (Bush- Republican) Bosnia (Clinton-Democrat) Iraq/Afghanistan Bush 43- Republican... Lets see that's Democrats 5 and Reps 2...Want to check your facts again?
Toshiba November 20, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I'm LOL! The Republicans are now the party of peace. ROTFLMAO!
Ann Della Camera November 20, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Doreen, I do hope if you have a job,and your boss gets as much production out of you as the blog does. It seems to me you spend the whole day here. I am not crying over the loss, I am praying for the unintelligent people that voted for Obama. Wake up Doreen , the worst is yet to come, he will force a socialist government on the people, he has already change the constitution to serve his needs. So, no I am not crying, just sitting back waiting for all the critics of the GOP on here to regret their votes
Ann Della Camera November 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Dan, I agree the RTC needs to get stronger, but the change you suggest scares me to death. Today's generation are 70% selfish, spoiled, and uneducated. You want them to lead this country. Some of us republicans may be seniors, but we have lived years of experiences, war, hunger, respect, we have seen and lived it all or at least most of it. Kids today, just want whats in it for them. So if you want change, remember what you learned from stories of the past your mom and dad told you.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler November 20, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Ann, don't judge others. It's unbecoming. Look me up, if you're curious. I'm a somewhat educated mother of four, who works part time. I'm blessed to have a husband who works hard, and enables me to be home for our kids. I'm socially active, and engaged in current affairs. I like gardening, and volunteering. What else would you like to know? (Did I ask if you're crying?) Don't worry about those of us who voted for President Obama. We're kinda okay with it.
Bane Capitalist November 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I didn't want that frat boy Ryan to be the VP nominee. His private sector job experience consists of being a part-time gym trainer, a hot dog car driver and finally, a pencil pushing desk job at daddy's firm. I'm not kidding you! How he got to where he is now just goes to show that in American politics, it's not what you know, it's who you know. Rubio should have been the VP nominee. We might have had a vastly different outcome.
ASmith November 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Mr Bane yall nailed that one. and Mr. Dan still avoids the real issues bout our Mayor Jo(k)e.
Patrick Madley November 20, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Bottom line is that if the Republicans ever want to win the White House either again or at least gather a lot of support, they must embrace our changing culture here in America. The Democrats do a much better job at that. Democrats have always been the party that embraces all people (for the most part) whereas Republicans have not embraced all people and have been on record saying so. You can actually look that up. For this reason alone, the Republicans will never win unless they change their game plan, so to speak. Excellent article, Mr. McCann. Although I do not agree with certain things you said, you state the truth that the Republicans must change.
Xmass In E-Staven November 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Bane Capitalist November 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Yes, Mr. Smith, I know my friend. Dan seems like a good guy for the most part but he has those rose colored glasses for the PD. Seems they can do no wrong, ever. Cop? Always innocent, even with video evidence of guilt and actual guilty pleas. Things aren't always as we want them to be. There's good and bad in all things. A balanced perspective includes admitting you're wrong from time to time. We've all been there. Dan's said his piece on Maturo over on his own Vine blog some time ago but I wonder if it's more sore grapes than actual political differences. In the long run, it doesn't really matter. Repubilicans are yesterday's news. Crusty old dinosaurs, just like the KMarts of the world, unable to adapt and change with the times; eventually eaten up by the competition... Nature's way, survival of the fittest. Mayor Jo(k)e is a completely different story altogether. You know, someone ought to put together a reality TV show just following Jo(k)e around, filming him putting his foot in his mouth over and over with his bizarre comments, his nutty facial expressions, crazy hand gestures, all while his underlings desperately cleaning up the messes here, there and everywhere. You know that with hundreds of TV channels now, there's some network out there that would pick this up. They could even sell the rights to Univision for a Spanish language version. Laughs galore.... Maturo would be able to collect a second paycheck he's still looking for. Win/win as far as I can tell.
Ann Della Camera November 21, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Doreen, you don't know me either, and I have seen a lot more of this world than you have. I have wonderful husband of 55 years, we enjoy good health, and each other. We had tough times but we overcame them, we never cried or begged to anyone. We just worked a little harder. I too enjoy my gardening and people, and also, I spent my llife working with and helping people. Your happy wiith Obama, that is fine, you pay the bill for his wife's vacations with all her friends. Since you are so fond of her, pleaseeeeeeee give her a lesson in fashion. She rates as the worst dressed First Lady of our time. I don't vote party lines, I listen and vote for one that I feel can run this country. This election sadly I had to choose the lessor of two evils, and I am not afraid to admit it. I want to see Christ back in Christmas, and God back in our Pledge of Allegiance. and todays children having faith in God, weather Catholic, Jewish, or other. So please don't tell me about the world we have right now.
Jacobo Arnez November 21, 2012 at 03:40 PM
It's really unfortunate for the staunch conservative Christians who put God before country. For them this move to Sodom and Gomorrah is not what they want. I find it really interesting that so my liberals will attend a parish every Sunday, many here in East Haven are Catholic. They will pray and they will donate time and money. Many will even invite their priest into their own homes. Then on Monday they will use contraception to avoid another abortion. Perhaps on Tuesday they will attend the gay marriage. This I think makes them hypocrites. This I think scares the heck out of those conservative Christians who, in their world believe God would Damn them to Hell for. However it also seems to me, they don't count anymore. Because the liberals have bastardized both religion and morality beyond repair.
Jealous November 21, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I'm an agnostic Arbenz. Your dark ages diatribe only makes me pity you. Using fire and brimstone will only fool the most uneducated and naive.
Civil_Rights November 21, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Why is it that your idea of "morality " which is really social control, essentialy condones the civil rights violations of your opponents?
Civil_Rights November 21, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The Republicans will continue to lose as long as they obsess about women's bodies and persist in blurring lines of separation between church and state.
Scarlett November 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Anna, you were lucky. Lucky not to have had the rug of productivity pulled out from underneath you. Praise the lord! But don't put yourself above those less fortunate than you have been. Your challenges were surmountable. Lucky you. Not everyone is so fortunate. The arrogance of people like yourself is astounding.
Bob Fawkes November 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Apparently you were fooled by this ARNEZ fool. Please don't confuse me with him.
Jacobo Arnez November 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Yeah Jealous enjoy your eternity in HELL........... BTW, I only pointed out that there are many people who still believe in God.
Scarlett November 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Who stole Mr. Arbenz's identity?
Bob Fawkes November 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Scarlett, This is a Maturo toady who, as I understand, has been posing as me for the past month and a half under the ARNEZ surname. I have been away in Central America for the past couple of months. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in East Haven, we are dealing fools of many different stripes. It is time for Julie to ban fake names altogether on the Patch so these roaches will, for the most part, crawl away into the darkness from whence they came. Happy Thanksgiving.
Scarlett November 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Jesus Christ was crucified for being a non-conformist. Perhaps in your love of all things Christian you can find the ability to truly appreciate the message of Christ, and not some hate-filled fundamentalist version of it.
Bob Fawkes November 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Scarlett November 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Perhaps banning identity theft would be the better way to go... Scarlett is not my real name. :-)
Luigi (the original) November 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I'm SURE Jacobo Arbenz would agree with you also......... oh wait, he's DEAD!
melinda tillie November 23, 2012 at 03:49 PM
This was a very good article. One thing the R's need to do is get into and believe in Science. As of now they dont want to know about it and are turning a deaf ear towards Climate Change...East Haven should really I mean really believe in this.
Ann Della Camera November 24, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Scarlett, I put myself above no one. As to lucky, working 6 days a week and sacrificing things we had to do without was truly not luck. It was being taught by your parents who went without for you, that help me be where I am today. I am not rich in money, but I am rich in family and love and friends. I met every challange before me, many tough, but I survived. NEVER CALL ME ARROGANT AGAIN!!. Your blog, just shows how ignorant you are, and I don't hide behind a fake name, at least I have the guts to say who I am, can you be that brave. I DOUBT IT FOOL!!
Ann Della Camera November 24, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Must have been you Scarlett, you've used 5 names already. Get some guts and blog under your real name
Ann Della Camera November 24, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Scarlett, looks who's talking, you critize many who dare to blog on here. Go back to church, because you did not pau attention all the other times you might have gone.
Ann Della Camera November 24, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Gene, how well I know!!!


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