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On RINOs, prevaricators and moderate Republicans

In his diatribe in the Telegraph [Sept. 21], Jack Bernard, the self-described “Republican Health Care Executive,” insists on debating me and equivocates about his supposed (moderate) conservatism. Alas, he says his published conservative treatises have all been published in other newspapers. What a shame! We are left with those in the Telegraph, all of which have had a decidedly progressive bent, such as calling for socialized medicine and more social programs — and all of them demonizing Fox News and the GOP, allegedly his own party! Along the way, he also swerves off course and blames “our supposed friends the Saudis,” for the ideology of radical Islamic terrorism. I suppose he likes beating the straw men in the pasture, while forgetting it was Obama who bowed ceremoniously to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Jack Bernard. Photo courtesy: Georgia Healthcare News

Bernard’s arguments all come from Democrat talking points, such as that the GOP is getting so conservative that it is driving moderate Republicans, like him, out to the party. He has tunnel vision and does not see that it is the Democrats who have moved so far to the left that a self-described, avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders, was almost selected as the nominee. Sanders could have won, had the party not played underhanded shenanigans to have Crooked Hillary nominated in his stead.

Bernard makes the ridiculous statement that “Reagan would have been too nice and too moderate for Faria and todays’s GOP.” Alluding to himself as a RINO (“Republican in name only”), Bernard at least should have known that Reagan remains a venerated icon in the GOP and a hero of mine. (He should have done his homework before attributing to me incongruous politics.) And placing Reagan’s conservatism a la par with moderates like John Kasich and Jeb Bush is preposterous! Reagan never compromised principles, unlike moderate Republicans, who seeking compromise, always advance the cause of socialism. A prime example was the ultra moderate George H.W. Bush who pledged, “read my lips no new taxes,” and then he caved in and signed the biggest tax increase in American history up to that time!

And this is a gem: Bernard claims the Tea Party has much in common with the French Revolution! Obviously, his knowledge of history leaves a lot to be desired. The two are at opposite ideological poles: The Tea Party may be vociferous, but it is still peaceful and conservative; the French Revolution was sanguinary, vicious, and radical. He should read my history articles, which have been published in Realclearhistory and used as sources in liberal Wikipedia. His comparison is as bogus as is his Republican ideology and sentiments.

And here is Bernard’s parting shot, another incongruity: “I hope the Koch Brothers and the other oligarchs behind the GOP revolution are pleased with the mess they have created. Dr. Faria seems to be. The rest of us are not.” What Republican Revolution? The last one was before 9-11 in 1994! And for the last 8 years Obama has been president? If anything, we conservatives are disheartened that Congress has not been able to do more to stop Obama and the rapid American decline — which is the reason that Donald Trump, a maverick outsider, was overwhelmingly selected during the state primaries? As for “the rest of us,” let us say, that Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are mad, fed up with fence sitters and prevaricators, and want political outsiders, even a Donald Trump, to run this country and get it back on track.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Dr. Miguel A. Faria is an associate editor in chief and world affairs editor of Surgical Neurology International and the author of Cuba in Revolution: Escape from a Lost Paradise. His website is:

This article was submitted to (but not published) in the Macon Telegraph on October 3, 2016.

This article may be cited as: Faria MA. On RINOs, prevaricators and moderate Republicans., October 4, 2016. Available from:

Copyright © 2016 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD

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