Many conservatives used to assume that if we could get more Republicans elected, then the God-honoring, pro-constitution, pro-family, pro-life, fiscally responsible, conservative, pro-America values for which the Republican Party stands would then become the guidelines under which those Republican-elected officials would govern.

Initially, we were so happy to get a Republican elected, we did not pay close attention to their actions once in office; but it matters what they do, not what label they use when running.

Republicans have held super-majorities in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly since 2012, so why is it still “legal” to murder babies in our state? Why do we not protect the God-given right to life for the most innocent and vulnerable?

Why does Tennessee have a state constitutional amendment protecting the God-ordained sanctity of marriage, yet officially violates same as a matter of policy?

Why are our public schools and other institutions using taxpayer dollars to promote the destructive perversity agenda?

Why does Tennessee continue to officially infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, even after the passing of the recent “permitless carry” (it is not constitutional carry) which literally imposed additional restrictions?

Why are taxpayer dollars being used to fund and promote discrimination, racism, bigotry and perversity under the guise of “equity” and “diversity”?

The above are just several of the many issues upon which the current members of the General Assembly should be held to account.

Obviously, the Democrats are enthusiastically and officially on the wrong side of these issues, but shouldn’t Republicans be different? Being a Republican should mean something.

The answers to these and many other related questions hinge upon the documented fact that the majority of the Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly are really RINOs (Republicans-in-Name-Only).

RINOs, or Establishment Republicans, are often used in politics, but what do they really mean? More importantly, how do RINOs affect us all?

Political party platforms (see and are supposed to represent the values of those who run under the banner of that party.

In the case of the Democrats, that seems to be largely true, as their platform is all-in for socialism, abortion, sexual perversity, racism, bigotry, discrimination, illegal immigration, big government, election fraud and other anti-God, anti-life, anti-family, anti-freedom, anti-constitution and anti-America initiatives; and their officials either toe the party line or are cast out (e.g., pro-life former Tennessee state Sen. John DeBerry).

Unfortunately, far too many Republican-elected officials fail to support the defining Republican Party principles upon which they campaigned.

In fact, President Donald Trump is one of the few politicians who by and large did what he promised. In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing much the same.

Closer to home, State Rep. Bruce Griffey has done likewise and has suffered the attacks of both Democrats and RINOs as a result.

Of course, the attacks against officials like Trump, DeSantis and Griffey are not really about them. They are just in the way. The Democrats and RINOs are really after us.

They are all-in on protecting their legislative committee machinations, backroom deals, delegation of power to unelected bureaucrats, and other government-in-the-shadows practices obfuscating their deeds and undermining our nation.

Long before Trump declared war on the RINOs, they declared war on him and us.

While some of the so-called Republican names provoked no shock — including Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney (who has perpetually been at war with Trump and his administration ever since he first betrayed Trump) — there are many less-well-known RINOs who back-stabbed Trump and betrayed the Republican platform.

For their betrayal, many RINOs are promised well-paying appointments, positions as lobbyists or other deals.

They violate their oaths of office and sell their souls to do the will of the top 1% of the world’s population and not the will of the American people.

As an example, some believe the reason one state senator is so arrogant in ignoring the will of the constituents in his district is he is more concerned with receiving an appointed judicial position.

The RINOs often manipulate and betray good conservative Republicans. RINOs often vote either in line with Democrats and against the principles of the Republican platform, or they just don’t vote either way.

True Republicans have a true commitment to the principles set forth in Declaration of Independence: that all are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Republicans uphold the Constitution as our founding document; written not as a flexible or out-dated text, but as our enduring covenant.

As for the Republican platform, it is many things: a handbook for returning decision-making to the people; a guide to the God-given rights of every American; and a manual for the kind of liberty and sustained growth that will bring opportunity (not guarantees) to all those within our society.

It is clear that Resident Joe Biden, the Democratic Party and RINOs have abandoned their promise of being accountable to the American people. We should not accept their betrayal.

My advice to Republicans: Watch what the person does, not what they say. We are over the hump when it comes to electing Republicans.

Now we need to get over the hump to where we ensure the Republicans we elect support Republican values. Our families, our community, our state, our nation and our world will be the better for it.

Just as Trump continues to shamelessly fight for America, so, too, should those who love America come alongside in the fight.


TESS ROBBINS is chairman of the Henry County Republican Party.

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