I am a Republican, but before that, I am a human being who cares for the welfare of others.

— Randy Riley, Mayor of Wilmington.

Earlier this month, we published a post where we said some nice things about a Kasich cabinet member.  We praised Commerce Director David Goodman for refusing to turn over state liquor sale proceeds to JobsOhio because he had concerns about the constitutionality of Kasich’s signature proposal.

At the time, we kinda thought this would be a one-off thing.  After all, Republicans are known for loyalty and, to be honest, it isn’t that often we agree with these folks on policy issues.

Which brings us to Randy Riley, the Republican Mayor of Wilmington.  Riley is a supporter of Mitt Romney, having endorsed him in the primary while he was County Commissioner.

We were intrigued when a link to a small town newspaper article appeared on Facebook.  (H/T to Plunderbund “Liker” Chuck Watts).

Riley recently wrote a piece for the Wilmington News Journal about health care reform.  He starts out by saying, “I am a Republican.”

He certainly puts himself on the outs with the rest of the GOP by not calling for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Then he takes the big plunge:

There are some rumblings out there because I have stated that I feel that healthcare is a right. That is correct. I do. . .

Somewhere in America today, in a hospital, hospice or nursing home, a husband is afraid that he will run out of money before his wife passes on. Somewhere in America today, a child will be born who requires extensive, life-saving medical care. The young parents of this child, while fearing for the survival of their child, will also fear bankruptcy due to medical bills.

The Republican platform calls the Affordable Care Act the “high-water mark of an outdated liberalism, the latest attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy to manage all aspects of our lives.”  Riley would seem to disagree. 

At a time when Republicans lie about health care (for example, saying that Obama is going to impose death panels and gut Medicare), Riley should be praised for his courage in speaking the truth about health care in this country.  Perhaps he can explain to John Kasich and Mary Taylor why expanding Medicaid is the right thing to do (aside from the fact that the expansion will also save the State money).

Here’s the best part:  Riley is speaking the truth about today’s Republican Party.  He wrote (as quoted above):  “I am a Republican, but before that, I am a human being who cares for the welfare of others.”  What this means is that Riley believes that Republicans don’t care for the welfare of others.  It doesn’t get more basic than this!

Will Mitt Romney remove Riley from the endorsements page for his heresy?  We wonder if the Tea Party folks will soon drive Riley out of the Republican Party.  If so, he won’t be the first.  Former Florida Governor Crist will be speaking next week the Democratic Convention for this reason.  Is it too late to get Riley an invitation, too?

  • Gordon Shuler

    I had never heard of Plunderbund, but I am an avid follower of politics. First, I am a conservative, but that does not mean that I cannot read and analyze what a liberal or progressive has to say. I rather like the Plunderbund presentation, even if I disagree with many of the positions as stated. This piece quotes Mayor Riley:”I am a Republican, but before that, I am a human being who cares for the welfare of others.” Followed by the writer’s statement: “What this means is that Riley believes that Republicans don’t care for the welfare of others.” The conclusion reached by the writer based on the statement is without logic, whether one agrees with the Mayor’s statement or not. The writer may have chosen this interpretation, but the conclusion of the writer does not logically follow from the statement. i could go into a longwinded explantation, but just read the two sentences. No one would conclude in a debate or any other fairly judged discourse that the two sentences have the same meaning. Whether I, or anyone else agrees with the Mayor or even the writer, better logic would be more persuasive. This type of “persuasion” persuades only those who already agree with the writer, but, perhaps, that is the intended audience. In order to spread the word and convince others of the correctness of your stated positions, a little logic would go a long way. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this and othe pieces, and I will revisit this site. Real name below.

  • Leonidas

    Thanks for the thoughful comment. It is much appreciated.

    First, we were half tongue in cheek. Perhaps we should have focused on his phrase, ”
    I am a Republican, but before that, I am a human being. . . ” We were tempted to write a long piece titled, “Republican Mayor suggests Republicans are Aliens!”

    Second, to respond substantively, after reading the comment, we stand by the original analysis. The key is the use of the phrase “but before that.” This suggests that what follows is negated. Riley could have said, “I am a Republican AND I am a human being who cares about the welfare of others.”

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