Mark Cuban wants to be a Republican.
He really does, but he has one real problem with them:
"I would prefer to be a Republican," Cuban wrote in the post, which was flagged by The Dallas Morning News. "I want smaller government. I want smarter government. Just like most Republicans. Put aside that I disagree with Republicans on most social issues. The Republicans have a much bigger problem that will crush them in every presidential election until this changes."
Cuban lamented that those who disagree with the "consensus" were called fake Republicans.
Granted, consensus is essential, but so is pragmatism. Choosing which fights to fight, and which to let go, is really important.
Another point he made, however, needs more scrutiny:
Leaders don't conform to the consensus. They create consensus to their vision and goals.
Leaders don't change their positions mid debate. They welcome scorn from the masses because it creates the opportunity for dialogue.
Leaders don't look backwards to condemn what has already been done, they look forward to create a better future.
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The reason why Republican primary voters are so heavily scrutinizing their 2016 Presidential election prospects is precisely because so many prior GOP candidates have been weak and wimpy, or have caved and betrayed their conservative roots.
I do agree that a need for calm and connected consensus is important, but integrity to one's principles and faithfulness to promises matter, too.
Mark Cuban and conservatives need to understand that we have to continue holding our elected officials accountable, even after they get elected. Our champions need encouragement, and our weaker allies need discipline.
One other point he made should also guide future candidates:
I want smarter government. Just like most Republicans. Put aside that I disagree with Republicans on most social issues.
Notice that he would give on the "social issues". The party should not change its stance on life, family, and marriage, but rather stand strong and get more people to see the importance and necessity of these values for a free and thriving society.