“Politicians are not supposed to join in on the heckling. They’re supposed to be on the team.” – Greg Gutfeld

Recently on The Five, Greg Gutfeld discussed the issue of conflict in the Republican Party between “hard right conservatives and the squishier establishment.” He talked about how pundits like him (and political commentators like me) are supposed to “call each other names and question our motives.” Politicians, however, are supposed to do their job and be on the team.

My earliest memory of being on a real team was in high school. I was an athlete. My team won Nationals two years in a row. We sweated and cried and hurt ourselves and laughed for hundreds and hundreds of hours. Okay, okay – I was a cheerleader. But, a hardcore one! I know some people don’t consider cheerleading a sport, but the way we did it, it was. Okay?? It was!

So, my Senior year, me and my friend, Charity, were co-captains. It was a tough year, and not everyone agreed with the direction we wanted to go. There were a lot of new girls who didn’t have as much experience and they wanted to cheer more casually and recreationally, whereas we wanted to continue being champtionship-ring-wearing, slightly cocky, hardcore athletes.

So, there was this tension the cheer squad. But, at the end of the day, we all had to compromise and come together- otherwise, the team would have ceased to exist. Me and Char had to let up a little, and the other girls needed to show us some respect. There was a time, that year, where Charity and I thought the team would dissolve because we all wanted different things. But, ultimately, we came together. We compromised, they compromised. I mean, we were a team, for goodness’ sake!

So, why does it seem so much more difficult for a group of fully-developed, intelligent men to get on the same page than some ditzy high-school cheerleaders? Maybe the old suits have just had more years to cultivate their pride and nurture their stubbornness. I don’t know. But, that doesn’t matter. The point is, division in the Republican Party is futile and setting us back.

Not to be melodramatic, but a person’s enemy is not a person on their team… or at least, it shouldn’t be that way. A person’s “enemies” should be found on the opposing team. Enemies is a strong word. Liberal, Conservative – we’re all Americans, so let’s just refer to liberals as our “opposition.” Our opposition consists of people who fight against limited government and personal freedoms. Rather, they are fighting for socialism – socialized healthcare, etc. So, if we want any chance at making a difference, we’ve got to work with our team and stand up to our opposition – together.

Our team is not our opposition, and that’s a really important thing to remember.

I attended CPAC back in March, and I was so pleasantly surprised to see so many conservatives of all ages and all degrees rubbing elbows and high-fiving (well, shaking hands). There were twenty-year-olds and seventy-year-olds -Republicans and Libertarians – all in harmony – all in agreement over one thing – limited government.

Unfortunately, this feels like one of those times where the children have to teach the parents. We need to set the example for Washington politicians. Sure, it should be the other way around, but it’s not. So, we need to rise up and be responsible. We need to work together with other conservatives, rather than spending our time and energy blasting people who are on our team.