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The Problem With Nice Republicans

When it comes to a political fight they fold. They are, frankly, just too nice.

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I like nice people. Nice people are, well, nice. It’s lovely to have a really nice neighbor who you can chat with and borrow a tool from every now and again. It’s great to have a group of really nice friends who care about you. Frankly, the world could use many more nice people. It certainly makes life more fun and enjoyable.

But there is a place where nice doesn’t always work. Yes, we should still be nice, but there’s also a place and a time in which we should not be nice. And this is my problem with nice Republicans.

I have some very dear friends, friends that I would consider lifelong friends. They are Republicans. Some of them are even conservatives although most of them are what we would call moderate Republicans. I love them to death. I would do almost anything for them if they needed my help.

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But they have a fatal flaw. They are too nice.

When it comes to a political fight, they fold. They are, frankly, just too nice. They want people to like them. They want to feel like we can all get along. They want to have unity, and usually the terms for the “unity” are determined by the Democrats. Don’t get me wrong, these nice Republicans are almost always on the Republican side of the debate. The problem is that the Democrats know that there are nice Republicans who are easily manipulated because of their kindness. They know that because of their kindness they will go along with almost anything if it means keeping the peace. When it comes to the old saying, “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness,” their kindness actually IS a weakness.

There’s an old Bible verse that I remember quite often. It says that we should “speak the truth in love.” Do you see the two aspects there? There is truth and there is love. One problem in much of America today is that there are those who focus almost entirely on truth with no love, and there are those who focus almost entirely on love and there is no room for truth. Therein lies the problem for our nice Republican friends. They are all for the truth until things start to not be nice. As soon as those on the left begin to scream and yell at them, put them down, demean them, condescend to them, and the like, our nice Republican friends forget the truth in order to keep the peace. They kick their “niceness” into overdrive.

Well, as important as nice is, truth is far more important. If I had to choose between truth and nice, I would pick truth. Truth is the foundation of everything that we do. One of the great problems in America today is that there is no absolute truth. You can say almost anything – even something completely ridiculous – and demand that others accept your ridiculousness. And sometimes not only accept that you have a very weird belief but demand that they approve of what you know to be an absolute lie and falsehood.

So this is for you, my nice Republican friends. I love that you are a nice person. We need more nice people in the world. But when push comes to shove and I need somebody to throw down with me, I need you to be on my side. I need you to be willing to fight for what is true.

I’ve asked a few of my nice Republican friends over the last nine months or so as I’ve seen them cave to one demand after another from the left, “Is there anything that makes you angry? Is there anything for which you would fight for?” Do you know what most of them say? “Not really.” Their primary goal is to be liked by being nice. Nice is their core value. The primary goal is to keep the peace. The problem is that the left knows that there are enough nice Republicans that if they scream loud enough and throw a big enough temper tantrum, that the nice Republicans, the ones who do not hold truth as the highest goal, will buckle and cave and go along with the Democrats.

So my challenge to you is this. Are you nice? That’s great. But are you willing to stand up for the truth in the face of confrontation from the left, those who seek to destroy our country? Or will you be so nice, so willing to go along, so willing to seek peace with the enemy, that they manipulate you to the point where you allow them to steal your country and destroy your children’s future?

Perhaps it is time to stop being so nice. At least when truth is on the line. We need you to fight and stop being so nice.

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Chris is one of the World's Top 50 Speakers, member of the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, and one of Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people, help them lead successful lives, become extraordinary leaders and, masterful salespeople. Chris has authored twenty books with three million copies in print in 13 languages and over 450 articles on success, leadership, sales and motivation.



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Townhall contributor Rachel Alexander and Newsmax contributor Ralph Benko discuss the red herring argument of criticizing someone because the KKK agrees with them, The Washington Post finally acknowledges the superiority of capitalism, and how the unions are divided over mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

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Patrick Henry Speaking About Freedom

The American history books use to teach of a patriot named Patrick Henry.  Patrick Henry was a founding father of American.  Yes the term founding father is a term that Google still finds worthy as they identifies Henry as one.  Patrick Henry was a man who stood up to the oppression of King George.  In the second Virginia Convention in 1775, he proclaimed “give me liberty or give me death.”  In days past, Patrick Henry was a symbol of the American spirit of freedom.  His passion and his ability to communicate his desire for freedom are powerful words that continue to motivate bold and courageous leaders for the last 200 years.

Today it would be wise for patriot Americans who value freedom to again pick up this sentiment.  The call that freedom is the most essential component of existence which brings life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Vaccine Manipulation:

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President Joe Biden now declares that Americans who do not take the Covid19 vaccine are “not as smart as he thought they were” and that they (American citizens) are “a real problem.”

Many Americans believe in the vaccine, but they believe more in freedom.  Donald Trump, the leader of the Republic Party has also encouraged people to get the vaccine.  The vaccine is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but how the vaccine is administered very much speaks to how the political leaders look at freedom.

Free Americans should believe that the Government should not be able to dictate the health decisions that an individual should make.  They believe that they should have the ability to review facts and data and not be forced to make a decision about their health based on strawman arguments like you “if you care for your pet, you should get vaccinated.”

Maybe instead of shaming people or trying to bribe people into getting the vaccine, lawmakers should convince people on the merit of the issue and allow them to exercise their freedom to make the best choice for themselves and their country, after all that is what freedom is about.  Maybe President Biden could try to solve the real problem in the vaccine issue.  He could do that by answering the questions that many Americans are still looking for as they analyze their decision about their own health.  Answering any or all of the following questions would be a start:

Vaccine Questions About Covid19:

  1.  What are the top 3 risks that a person might experience with the Covid19 vaccine?  Instead of answering this simple question, those that are in charge get offended when people seek good answers to health.  It has been the history in America to outline the potential health hazards to the choices that people make such as a warning on a pack of cigarettes.  But this concept seems foreign to those that would like to manipulate the public to make a decision without a choice – that just seems wrong.
  2. Why does everyone need the vaccine, including those that already have had Covid19?  This is an honest question and one that Senator Rand Paul has asked.  There may be a case to be made for those who have had Covid19 to receive the vaccine, but it seems like no logical or rational person is making one.
  3. Is there anyone who should not get the Covid19 vaccines?  Health issues are very personal issues and often are different for people with different issues and demographics.  There has been very little talk in main stream media about exceptions to the vaccine and more and more talk about how even babies should be getting the vaccine.  John Hopkins recently misled their readers with statement on their website about children getting the vaccine – “Yes. Experts, including those at Johns Hopkins, believe that the benefits of being vaccinated for COVID-19 outweigh the risks. Although COVID-19 in children is usually milder than in adults, some kids can get very sick and have complications or long-lasting symptoms that affect their health and well-being. The virus can cause death in children although this is rarer than for adults.”  Further the CDC is now recommending the pregngnant women and new mothers who are breastfeeding should receive the vaccine.  They state on the website “Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.”  These kind of one sided statements, should be carefully read to consider the political biases of the organization.  One has to wonder if they are really concerned about the health of the individual or the health of the whole.  I would be very hesitate to recommend a trial vaccine to a pregnant woman when there has not been studies to show that no impact will be made on the mother of the child.
  4. Where did Covid19 orginate?  An essential question in the vaccine conversation, should be consideration as to where Covid orginated.  If Covid19 orginated in a lab as a way to kill off a part of the communist elderly in China, then that would dedicate who needs the vaccine.  The idea a communist country was developing a method to kill off part of their population for population control should be considered and explored.  Americans politicians on the left seem to forget that just a few years ago communist China limited the number of babies that their people could have and would kill a child if it was born and was above the number that the government dictated as acceptable.  It is fair for the American population to wait to understand where Covid19 began before making health choices about their own health.

These questions and many more still deserve an answer.  It is the responsibility of the leaders and press in a free country to answer the fair and honest questions of free people.  Until those questions, millions of Americans will still cry out “give me liberty, or give me the vaccine.”  These Americans still choose freedom first.

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