Friday, August 14, 2015

Mark Cuban: "I Want to be a Republican, but Can't"

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Billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and star on television's "Shark Tank" says he would like to be a Republican, but he can't.

I assumed it would be because of the "social issues"---abortion and same-sex "marriage." I assume he opposes neither.

He says that's not the reason.

His reasoning speaks to the reason the GOP seems to consistently loose elections. And he says they will continue to until they let people think and leaders lead.

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The Dallas Morning News quotes Cuban saying, "Put aside that I disagree with Republicans on most social issues."

So if it isn't abortion and so-called same-sex marriage, what's the problem?

Cuban says the GOP tries to force every candidate into a box, and if you don't conform, you are considered "unelectable" and "become a source of scorn on Fox News."

"That's a problem," he says.

Cuban says the GOP stifles and kills innovation, rather than rewarding and nurturing it. And he says that's why Republicans are doomed to loose election after election.

These are his words:

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.
Leaders are not dogmatic. They are principled and know that change is never easy, but when it’s necessary, they must lead.
The Republican Party does everything possible to discourage leadership.
They want dogma.
They want conformity.
They want to conserve their romanticized past.
That’s a shame. I wish they wanted to conserve the best of what America is today and find a leader that can take us to new places that make our future better.
I realize that’s not the way politics work in this day and age. And that just proves the point.

Cuban thinks the GOP lacks true leadership. A lot of us would agree.

In conclusion he says, "And btw (by the way), I know a lot of the same can be said about the Democrats, but I don't want to be a Democrat."

"Until things change," he says, "I'll sit in the middle and think for myself. Unlike the Republicans."

Be Thoughtful. Be Informed. Be Prayerful.