The Case for Disunity
In politics the battle cry for “UNITY” is often heard. It’s an accepted philosophy that to “win” we must be united – The truth is NOTHING could be farther from the truth.
After all, politics is nothing more than the arena of ideas. As with anything, competition is a requirement for healthy outcomes.
In partisan primaries the battle cry for UNITY is shouted from the mountain tops, but always, and only, by those most insecure about the scrutiny of their ideas and voting records. The poster child for such behavior is none other than Dallas’ own Jason Villalba, who campaigns as a conservative but whose actual record and behavior pattern is anything but. The last thing Villalba wants is for his constituents to realize how much of a middle of the road, establishment lapdog he is, so in order to squash those who would openly criticize him, he embraces the mantra of “UNITY”. Anyone who dares speak out is then labeled a divider, helping the democrats, and destroying the party. When your record and behavior doesn’t match the beliefs and values of your district you really do not want healthy debate, rather monolithic “unity.”
What politicians like Villaba worry about is the fact that there is a very real debate going on for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. We see this everywhere from the high profile Republican presidential primary, to the Ted Cruz vs. Dewhurst race and down to our local elected offices. These battles are healthy. These battles help define for voters what they want the term “Republican” to mean. In Texas, when that debate is had openly, voters consistently chose a definition of “Republican” which is more conservative. This is what healthy, open debate and disunity produces – better results.
We change the status quo by challenging it – not by walking lock step in unity.
The fact is, everyone campaigns as a conservative. Yet conservative reforms face uphill battles both at the local level as well as in Austin. The best way to fix this is open, harsh, pointed debate. A definition of the ideas and a separation of the worldviews is healthy and required if we are to have reform.
So keep it up – ask questions, challenge the status quo, make noise and get your ideas heard in the ultimate marketplace of ideas – politics. Let disunity rule the day.