At the same time, I believe one should stick to his or her principles, and continue to be the person he or she said they were when they campaigned for that seat.
Where is the happy medium? I'm not sure, but I am sure both can coexist somewhere.
The reason I am asking this is because on Fox News Sunday, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, a definite Republican, seemed to indicate to host Chris Wallace that the Tea Party wing of the House Republicans should just give up on the very cause that put them in office, and fall in line with the rest of the Republicans In Name Only (RINOs).
I have a problem with that.
You see, regardless of your feeling on the Tea Party, the fact is they were elected by their constituents in the hopes they could affect real change. They are supposed to be the voice of those of us who don't want to see Washington continue to fall into its same bad habits of digging a deeper financial hole for the country and giving in on things they don't believe in, just to save face for the party.
To me, that is where the problem lies.
If Tea Party members of Congress, or any other legislator who vowed to go in and change Washington for the better, gives in to peer pressure, can real change ever happen? I don't know what's wrong with the people in the districts, represented by House and Senate leaders, who keep sending them back for more of the same nonsense. Their voices are heard, but are the voices of the rest of the country? If you silence the Tea Party, or others who show resistance, and force them to roll over, play dead and support bad policy, then this is no longer the representative republic it is supposed to be.