Local GOP stalwart Bob FitzSimmonds resigned his post as state party treasurer in light of controversial comments he made about Muslims and members of other faiths on Facebook, or has he? As of today, he is still on the job. Did he really resign or was he just kidding?
The Republican State Central Committee met over the weekend and took no action to replace him. Many party leaders have called for him to step down, including Prince William GOP chairman William Card. Mr. FitzSimmonds ‘antiquated ideas on the roles of people other than Christians in the United States hinder Republican efforts to increase the size of their tent or reach out beyond the current demographics of their party. Failure to succeed in that task could mean the demise of the Republican party, and of a viable two party system in the United States.
For their own good, Republicans should show Mr. FitzSimmonds the door and do so quickly, especially before the November election. The constituency of voters that finds satisfaction in admonishing and belittling others because of their faith is rapidly diminishing. The Founding Fathers would have kicked Mr. FitzSimmonds swiftly in the ass for substituting his own prejudices for inclusive good government that services the interests of everyone regardless of their religion.
Apparently, Mr. FitzSimmonds’ version of America is Christian only. While many people might be quite comfortable with this arrangement, that isn’t really how America looks. The Republican Party must become a party that includes people other than white males who are usually Christian. Extinction is a distinct possibility if the GOP fails to get a bigger tent. Harboring a hater at the top level is just no way to attract new customers.