Media mogul and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is an unquestioned genius when it comes to finances and marketing. When it comes to politics? Again, Mark Cuban is an unquestioned genius when it comes to finance and marketing.
Writing on his Cyber Dust social-media app, Cuban wrote a piece flagged by Yahoo! where he said that he would rather join the GOP but had an issue with the party's apparent need for conformity.
“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.
“The Republican Party requires that all their presidential candidates conform to consensus,” he said. “If you don't agree with every platform of the party, not only are you called a RINO, a ‘Republican in Name Only.’ You are considered unelectable in primaries and become a source of scorn on Fox News. That’s a problem.”
Cuban’s real problem seems to be with conservatives within the GOP, not the party itself – certainly not the party establishment that gave us Mitt Romney and John McCain. Neither candidate was ideologically pure. Neither got elected.
Cuban went on in the post to discuss what he believes a leader is made of:
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.
Question for Cuban: Forget that two of the top three candidates in the Iowa CNN/ORC poll are non-politicians running on anti-establishment platforms. When was the last time a pro-life or pro 2nd Amendment candidate won the Democratic nomination? Do you expect the Democrats to ever again run a candidate who is against same-sex marriage? For free market health care reform? After all, there’s a reason why we only ever talk about RINOs, and no one has ever heard of a DINO.