“Republican-In-Name-Only,” or “RINO” is a term used to describe phony conservatives, usually big government, big spending types, who don’t follow the Republican Party platform, but simply park an “R” next to their name for political purposes.
Former Arkansas governor and FOX News host Mike Huckabee, who officially announced his 2016 presidential candidacy on Tuesday, said in January of 2014, that the term “RINO” should be outlawed:
“It’s the infighting, and the backbiting, and the wounds from those who ought to be friends of the GOP that hurt the party most. And one term that I’d like to see outlawed from the vernacular of the party is “RINO.” It stands for Republicans in Name Only, and it’s a pejorative term that questions the authenticity and orthodoxy of someone’s party purity. I’ve been called that myself, even though I fought in the trenches of Republican politics for over two decades. Even so, I would never pretend that I’m Lord over determining who the real Republicans are.”
It is a common misperception that the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution modern day American grassroots Tea Party movement was started to fight tyranny flowing from the Obama Regime and the Democrats, and while this certainly played a major role, it’s only partially true.
The Tea Party was also born out of outrage with establishment Republicans who refused to keep their campaign promises and wouldn’t stand on principle, siding with Democrats on issues like the massive crony bank (TARP) and auto bailouts of 2008, going against the free market principles they were supposed to uphold.
Many constitutional conservatives and libertarians were left trapped (and still are) believing that there are two political parties in America — Big Government Party #1, and Big Government Party #2, despite Republican rhetoric and talking points, as government has, with little exception, grown in a nearly straight line no matter which party was in the majority.
Those who called themselves Republican, but then voted like a Democrat (they used to be called Rockefeller Republicans), needed to be called out and appropriately labeled in order to identify the phonies and the frauds within the Republican Party, like those who say they want to stop Obama’s illegal amnesty or Obamacare, but vote for budgets which include both (ex: Boehner, McConnell, McCain, Graham, Collins, etc.).
Name-calling in politics is a time-honored American tradition that should continue, not be silenced by overly sensitive politicians trying to silence dissent.
For example, the term “carpetbagger” was used to describe an opportunistic Northerner who moved to the South after the Civil War. The term was accurately used to describe Hillary Clinton’s Senate run to represent people of New York state, even though she’d never lived there.
Far-left progressive Democrats are often referred to as “Commies,” and rightly so, because their allegiance seems to be more to Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto than to the U.S. Constitution.
The free-market group, The Club for Growth estimates that the Arkansas budget grew by 65% during Huckabee’s tenure as governor, using large tax increases to fund his massive growth in the size of government.
Sounds like a RINO to me! It sounds like a RINO to Mark Levin as well. Levin referred to Huckabee as RINO #1. No wonder Huckabee wants to eliminate the word from the political conversation.
Using political labels in America is all part of free speech and the First Amendment, and part of what makes America great and unique. The labeling, and I dare say the name-calling, should continue.
And if Mike Huckabee or others have a problem being called a RINO, then they should get busy convincing voters that they aren’t one, not acting like a leftist who wants to outlaw certain words.