We all know there's a somewhat perjorative acronym that's been floating around called "RINO" for "Republican in name only."
But more and more it seems we need another one -- CINO -- for "conservative in name only."
Those are the so-called conservatives who eschew government regulation except when it benefits them. Those are the ones who have allowed the religious right to attempt to hijack our party in derogation of traditional separation of church and state. And they're the ones who think being a conservative means saying "no" to every new idea regardless of whether it is or isn't consistent with traditional conservative values.
Sometimes being a good conservative requires sucking it up. Ronald Reagan knew that.
Once President Reagan was being lobbied to place more restrictions in imported cars but he railed back that a free market economy wouldn't tolerate that. Guess what? That forced Detroit to be more competitive and improve product quality. As a result he probably saved the American auto industry.
So those who want to banter about the conservative mantra should be well grounded in conservative principles or risk being labeled what they are -- a CINO.