Colorado Republican Party vice-chairman Mark Baisley was elected to his post last September, as part of an insurrection against "establishment" Republicans by the Tea Party/Rocky Mountain Gun Owners grassroots wing. You may recall that Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call's attempts to distance the party from certain gaffe-prone legislators like Sen. Vicki Marble and Rep. Lori Saine set off a round of fierce infighting that had lots of Republicans declaring themselves "ABCs"–Anybody But Call. In the aftermath of that schism, Baisley was elected vice-chairman.
Since the beginning of this year, Baisley has been writing an opinion column for national conservative website Townhall.com. We try to keep track of where major Republican officials voice their opinions, but we confess we hadn't paid any attention to Baisley's column.
Until this week's opinion piece titled "Suicide by Democrat" was brought to our attention. As published yesterday:
I have become awestruck at the predictably sad pattern of citizens robotically voting against their own interests; not just educators, but across several demographics. And it seems that the Democratic Party merely has to repeat their proven messaging and truth becomes unimportant to the adherents. Their conditioned response is to vote against the “cruel Republicans” who want them to eat vegetables and exercise…
American women are similarly wooed into submitting to institutional government oppression by ironically responding to the Democratic Party’s appeal to their natural rebellion against subjection. The ads assert that Republicans are engaged in a war on women, denying them personal choices with their pro-life doctrine. But the argument may as well be delivered by Marlin Brando in a sleeveless wife-beater. Democrats ensure women’s right to choose to have an abortion – and deny them the right to choose where to send their children to school, how they will acquire health care, whether they can protect themselves with a weapon, and whether their 15 year old daughter receives prescription contraceptives or abortion surgery without their knowledge.
In the 1950s, the nation was almost paranoid about losing its culture of liberty. Most Americans held a healthy fear of socialism creeping into acceptability. We worried aloud about communism infiltrating into society and elected leadership. Even the Democratic Party stood firmly against communism well into the 1960s. But that sentiment died with President Kennedy in Dallas. Today, the Democratic Party subjugates women through “choice,” enslaves blacks through entitlements, ransoms Hispanics through their children, intimidates teachers through unions, encourages violence through gun control, saddles millennials with debt to buy their votes, and assuages Jewish concerns while betraying Israel.
Liberals no longer recoil at being described as socialists. And the revulsion of communism has not been passed on to America’s under-forty set. With its polished propaganda machine, the Democratic Party has demonstrated its propensity to smile in the face of the American people – while swindling them all out of their inheritance. Like a cocaine dealer, they promise paradise in exchange for trust; suicide by Democrat…
Having wound us up to a McCarthyite fever pitch, Baisley delivers the payoff:
We can stop warning Americans about losing the country to “soft tyranny.” The Democratic Party has hit their socialist stride and are now racing toward their ultimate conquest over liberty, Sharia. Let that sink in for a moment and Benghazi, Extortion 17, capitulating to ISIS, the Secretary of State wearing the hijab, and the President of the United States bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia begin to make sense. [Pols emphasis]
What's the difference between Mark Baisley and any number of delusional paranoid crackpots waiting in some talk radio queue right now, you may be asking yourself after reading this column?
Only one we can think of: he is vice-chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.