How do you determine who is a RINO?

When he displays by his actions that he has no firm core conservative beliefs.

Case in point.  In 2007, a treaty came before the Senate to ratify the UN’s Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).

“If you want a U.N. on steroids, you want the Law of the Sea Treaty,” Senator Trent Lott (Miss.) declared at the news conference. Lott is the Senate Republican Whip, his party’s number two leadership position. 

The Treaty needed 67 votes to pass…or in the opposite view, on 34 votes to defeat it. After a lot of accusations and cross-accusations, the Treaty was not ratified.

Now flash-forward five years. As I scan the news items this morning, what do I see?  A hypocrite!  A “republican” hypocrite! A person we label a RINO or a Republican In Name Only.

Former Senator Trent Lott Lobbies for U.N. Treaty He Vehemently Opposed

April 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Former Senator, Trent Lott
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is lobbying for the Senate to ratify a treaty that would undermine American sovereignty and damage the country economically – incidentally, characterizations that Lott himself has advanced.
During his time in the Senate, Lott vehemently opposed the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), saying it would create a “U.N. on steroids” that “would undermine U.S. military operations … and impair navigational rights” by subjecting maritime disputes to U.N. authority.

Lott denounced the measure in this 2007 press conference held by Sen. Jim DeMint.

If Trent Lott had any core values, he would not be supporting that Treaty now.  But then, he showed us his true colors in the campaign of 2008.

Insanity–Lindsey Graham, Trent Lott blast Tea Party, Palin

RINOS blast Tea Party 

November 4, 2010

In a stunning double-proned statement in the aftermath of the largest Republican gains in Congress since 1938, RINO Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and former Senator Trent Lott blame Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the failure to capture control of the Senate.
Perhaps the two RINOS have become certifiably insane…or have indicated the dire necessity for them to leave the GOP altogether–or both.
Let’s look at Palin’s record on Tuesday, shall we?
62 candidates endorsed by Palin won.  23 lost.  7 are yet to be decided.
No matter which method of calculation is used, that is an extraordinary record of success.
So what is the beef?
Graham and Lott are still miffed about Palin-endorsed candidates Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, both of whom lost their bid to pick up 2 Senate seats for the Republicans.  However, had these seats been won by the RINO candidates they preferred, the GOP still would not have enough seats for a majority.
Thus, another issue must be sticking in the craw of these sore losers.
The two also blasted Senator Jim DeMint, R-SC, for endorsing conservatives over establishment candidates.
Once again, what is the beef?  DeMint’s most celebrated endorsement was none other than Marco Rubio of Florida, who won in a historic landslide over Governor Charlie Crist and the Democratic candidate.
Thus, the crux of the issue is not the minimal losses but the success of conservatives.  RINOS view conservatives as beneath their dignity. RINOS are all about trying with all their might to be accepted by the political ruling class of the Left by cutting deals and compromising on key principles of liberty.
Oh, yeah.  And of whom do Graham and Lott remind me?  Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.
If I recall correctly, John Boehner has a primary opponent is year. I’m going to find who that is and send him a few bucks.
What we need in the House and Senate are not more roll-over RINOs.  We need principled conservatives who have core values and stay consistent to those values. 

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