Glass Houses: An Editorial
by Ronald S. Gambardella ◊ Jun 17, 2011
Most have heard the expression, “Those who live is glass houses should not throw stones.” The implications are obvious. As a Republican, I was (and continue to be) opposed to the Democrats consistent, unending, unimpeded tax and spend policies. Year after year, the Democrats continue to heap upon the taxpaying public more and more spending and more and more debt. Unfortunately, the latest round of tax increases was supported by 80 percent of the Republican elected officials, making this the second tax increase overwhelmingly supported by Republicans. After the Republicans voted for a second consecutive increase, it was apparent to me that the GOP was living in a glass house.
Building an entire structure out of glass is unsuitable due to its fragile characteristics and tendency to shatter when placed under stress. Such is the state of the Republican Party in Hamden these days. All is not lost. It is my intention to help build a new house beginning with a concrete foundation of conservative principles. Rising from the foundation will be a framework of fiscal conservative policies. All are welcome in this house.
Before any construction can be completed, it may be necessary to clear away any obstructions that can delay the renovations. Come November, the Democrats will be the hammer that chastises the Republican Party, exposing its flanks to an all-out rout. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Conservative Republicans have sat quietly on the side lines long enough. Our voices have been ignored. There is no other recourse left but work toward the defeat of those Republicans who abdicated any semblance of conservative principles. The Democrats are all too willing to help achieve this objective.
The split in the Republican Party has been brewing ever since the first tax increase supported by 80 percent of the Republicans; when the Republicans came back for a double dip tax increase, it was enough to irrevocably split the party. A new low for the GOP came when the Town Chairman of the Democratic Party (a tax and spend advocate) came out in support of the tax and spend Republicans, thus reducing the GOP to an embarrassing footnote in the party’s proud history in Hamden.
Friends, let me be perfectly clear about this. It is never good for the opposing party to support the tax and spend actions of the Republicans. I would caution the Democrats from getting too comfortable with the complete disintegration of Hamden’s GOP. After this November, rebuilding will begin. The GOP is poised to come back more vibrant, more determined, and more responsible to the citizens of Hamden who have to shoulder irresponsible spending, unsustainable pensions, and poorly negotiated labor contacts. I do not stand alone in this quest.
Ronald S. Gambardella, EA, is a Registered Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation. He can be contacted at 203.281.5512, toll free at 800.685.5727, or visit him on the web at www.rongam.com. Securities and advisory services offered through Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation, Member SIPC.