Skip to comments.Are we ready to do what it takes to reclaim the Republican Party?
Posted on 05/30/2007 11:10:08 AM PDT by dangus
"Rebuilding" is a very trying experience for baseball fans. It's what owners do when they decide that the current team is overpayed, underperforming, and irreformable. They clear out the current regulars and make room for new talent. In the meanwhile, though, fans have to suffer through a few seasons of not even hoping to win.
When done well, it works. The New York Yankees found themselves paying the highest salaries year after year in the 1980s. Although they had the best winning percentage overall for that decade, they had no division titles, let alone World Series championships, to show for it. They rebuilt in the early 1990s, and ended up winning four World Series in five years, largely based on the performance of new, home-grown stars like Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte.
That the Yankees did undergo rebuilding was amazing, since George Steinbrenner always ran the team like there was no next year... and that's what the puppet-masters in Washington rely on the party faithful acting like each election.
It's time to say: no more. For five years, the Republican Party controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency, and we have nothing to show for it but a few trillion more dollars of debt.
One positive that has come out of this immigration deal is that the faces of the Republican Party have been revealed, and my God! are they hideous! The GOP establishment has made plain that they have nothing but contempt for middle Americans, regarding us "racist," "prejudiced," "nativist," and "ignorant." It's time they go.
We must rid the GOP of the likes of Sens. Lindsay Graham, Dick Lugar, and Chuck Hagel. They are from deep red states, and still rule over us like Marxist overlords. They voted to permit local governments to obstruct justice by harboring fugitive aliens, including terrorists. We must defeat them in primaries at all costs. We know who the enemies of America are.
The hatred of the GOP establishment for America is more widespread than those two, however. I believe we have to go after Senators from purple states, too, to declare, once and for all, that betraying America is not an acceptable strategy to hold on to control. As they come up for re-election over the next six years, we must reject the RINOS like Sens. Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter, and George Voinovich, but also the fake conservatives like Pete Domenici, and John Warner.
Don't fall for ratings like those from lobbyist clubs like the American Conservative Union. Too often, "85% conservative" means only that the senator's vote was needed for treachery only 15% of the time.
Yes, in the short run, there may be more Democrats elected. But we have to recognize that there is a difference between electing loyal Americans and electing Republicans; and there is no difference between having Arlen Specter rule and having Pat Leahy rule.
Time for a tea party.
You know what would really be a sure fire way to reclaim the republican party???
Is to stay home on election day to teach those republicans in Congress a lesson.
Oh! We did that in 2006 and now have no majority in the House to stop this insane immigration bill.
That was a great idea, let’s do it in 2008 so that President Hillary will really teach to GOP a lesson./sarc
Yes, I’d like to reclaim the Republican Party — but not in the way you have in mind. I’d like to have a broad-based party that can accomodate different views, not one held hostage by social conservatives.
Don’t get me wrong. I have no love for Chuck Hagel and the others you mention. Defeat them in the primaries, by all means. But recognize that it’s a big country, and it takes a big party to represent divergent viewpoints. If the GOP doesn’t want to do it, someone else will.
I don’t think dangus is suggesting we stay home on election day.
You guys will never get it. True conservatives are fed up with being dissed by elitist Republicans, who are happier in the minority anyway. All you care about is maintaining what little power you have left. Some of us have been dissed for the last time.
Why is July 4th significant?
That is a "short run" we cannot afford, as the "short run" in the short months since last November's election should amply prove.
People fear change the most. Republicans tend to be self sufficient, and responsible. Most Republicans are middle class or better. There is not enough pressure yet to cause real change. Sure, we’ll get fired up for a cycle or two, then it’s back to business as usual.
It will take more effort from the grassroots, because the big money is all for the status quo. For real change to happen, it will require concerted, constant effort.
I just hope that the drive for change comes before it’s too late.
We will have to endure another Clinton presidency starting in ‘09, and it won’t be pretty for any of us.
Is it going to take a repeat of history for conservatives to regain control once again? It's shaping up to head that way because of the current GOP's failure to represent it's conservative voter base. Time will tell.
If we had a Republican president instead of an elitist snob who thinks conservatives are racist, sexist, ignorant hicks, we wouldn’t have to worry about Nancy Pelosi... And in a few more years, she’d be gone.
But, you’re obviously the type who’d trade away the whole farm system for a few more David Wrights and Carl Pavanos.
I’m a classical liberal/hardcore libertarian. I would vote republican, but they look like there are becoming the NO- Nothing Party. What a bunch of dudes the Repos are becoming...
Don't know if the analogy holds. Only takes a season or two for a baseball owner whereas it can take several election cycles (many years) to straighten out a political party.
Our chance came with the '94 election - and defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory 12 years later.
I may not live long enough to see the next 'rebuild'...
>> Why is July 4th significant? <<
That’s the expected date of the announcement that the man many hope will be the Fredemption of the party is running.
The ‘94 revolution ended in ‘96, when anti-conservative Bob Dole won the nomination and that night directed the bombers apon his own infantry.
“Oh! We did that in 2006 and now have no majority in the House to stop this insane immigration bill.”
Oh, yeah, that Republican majority sure did some good things. They tightened the budget tighter than an frog’s a$$, didn’t they? They took up the cause for smashing some of the PC silliness and fixed our schools. Heck, even though we have a minority now, we have a Republican president who will veto insane immigration bills, right?
Hmmmm, maybe that didn’t happen, and it was a dream I had?
No I would not. Jefferson when he became President learned a lot. He learned that there was a big difference in being President than running for President.
Even Reagan learned that as well. Remember Reagan wanted to eliminate the Dept of Energy and Education and make Puerto Rico a state?
The beauty of the American political system is that absolute power shifts is almost impossible. However, I don’t want Hillary President or we are going to be a one party dictatorship.
Do we have candidates waiting in the wings? Financing? PR firms? Media? Organizations in each State?
Have these Candidates been vetted? Are they media savvy? Name recognition?
Will they be supported utterly and completely by FreeRepublic?
Finally, is this a 2 year plan? Five year plan? Ten or Twelve year plan?
Said like a liberal!
We DID all that rebuilding and Reclaiming. We got the people elected and won a majority, including the White House. It was TIME for all of our goals to begin their way towards fruition. Instead?
No Child Left Behind
MediCare Prescription Drug Benefits
Wide open borders, DESPITE 9-11
Growth of the FedGov And the associated increase in spending
And NOW, to TOP IT ALL OFF, amnesty for illegal felons here.
I fear we that we are collectively directing our urine streams into the proverbial fan.
How is electing a RINO different?
there is no difference!
VIVA LES RINOS!!!
BRAVO CHARLIE CRIST!!
Not to mention the bad hairpieces...
Sounds good to me...
>> We DID all that rebuilding and Reclaiming. We got the people elected and won a majority, including the White House. It was TIME for all of our goals to begin their way towards fruition. Instead? <<
No, we were so hungry for a majority, we took whatever Republicans we could get. Now, we have to choose the RIGHT Republicans.
You might have stayed home but conservatives did not, they voted. Unfortunately for Republicans, Independents turned against them in droves.
It is tiresome to keep reading this BS that conservatives did not vote for conservative candidates. Not once has anyone showed that this happened nationally.
It is true that many conservatives will no longer vote for liberals, even if they're Republican, but this is not to teach anyone a lesson, it is merely being true to ones principles, something the Republican party might think about doing.
>> Finally, is this a 2 year plan? Five year plan? Ten or Twelve year plan? <<
It’s a six-year plan. That’s how long it’d take to return a GOP candidate to a seat lost to a Democrat.
>> Do we have candidates waiting in the wings? Financing? PR firms? Media? Organizations in each State? <<
PR Firms, dreams of finding friendly media, and party-insider organizations are the problem. Financing will follow if we support the right candidates, but the sellouts to the Chambers of Commerce will always be wealthier.
>> So whats your plan to go after Luger, Voinovich, Snowe, Specter, Warner, Graham, Hagel, ect? <<
Yup. Those are pretty much the Satanic Seven.
>> Have these Candidates been vetted? Are they media savvy? Name recognition? <<
Market follows demand. As for name recognition, primary opponents never have name recognition except what they build themselves.
>> Will they be supported utterly and completely by FreeRepublic? <<
Give all the lemmings who supported Arnold over McClintock, probably not, although that’s not a perfectly parallel case.
Of the 39 house Republicans who were booted, only 15 sponsored English as our official language. That’s 38%. On the other hand, 68% of all House Republicans sponsored it. And Republican congressmen from blue and purple districts were just as likely to sponsor it as those from very red districts.
There were a few patriots lost in 2006, like Hostetler (IN) and Hayworth (AZ), but very few.
Ah got it. Since I thought it was guys like Fred Thompson that were being dismissed in the original post (Fred has an ACU rating of 86, which means 14% of the time he’s not a conservative), I assumed a new face was coming like Tom Coburn or someone like that.
If we had a Republican president instead of an elitist snob who thinks conservatives are racist, sexist, ignorant hicks, we wouldnt have to worry ???
Does the name FRED ring a bell?
Saint Fred will announce his candidacy. Gettin’ a little tired of it already.
Then it won't matter how many RINOs or Rat Socialists get sent to Congress from the blue states.
The republican party of 2007 is the similar to the Whig party of 1856. Disagreement amongst party members over slavery in the Territories was the hot argument of the day and it tore the party in half.
Illegal immigration is the hot issue that is tearing the republican party apart today.
It needs to die. There’s too large a discrepancy between the country clubbers and their demand for cheap illegal labor and the common man who has to compete against illegals for jobs and wages.
Absolutely. First to go in the harbor would be Dick Lugar.
VOTE CONSERVATIVE ALL THE TIME, EVERYTIME!
What to improve the party? Then more conservatives ought to run for the local seats (Village Council, School Board, and County Commissioners). This way, conservative can develop a farm team for higher offices. Also on a local level, conservatives have the opportunity to show uninformed voters that conservativism is good for them. Remember, today’s school board member could be tomorrow’s Senator.
You are so correct. Some here have let their anger, no matter how justified, turn them into members of a circular firing squad. If you “show” the Republicans, you enable the RATS. I’m not so sure some of these folks aren’t left over Perotistas and left wing plants.
When we did have the majority, we didn’t get anything of value out of Congress, anyway.
WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! TILL YOU RUN OUT OF INK IN YOUR PEN!
Bombard the Democrats as well, especially the ones that ran on an anti illegal immigration plank and the ones in marginal districts who could be vulnerable. keep pounding on them.
No, that means that 14% of the time the ACU disagreed with his vote. While ACU ratings are meaningful, they are not gospel.
We didn’t get an immigration bill.
So what would such a party stand for? What would it mean to be a Republican-low taxes,anti-abortion etc? What you have in mind is a party which stands for nothing and will fall for anthing-pretty much exactly what we have today.
I was just going with the author’s theory about ACU ratings...Coburn is rated 100%...Fred, Bill Frist, Bob Dole, John McCain all have similar ACU ratings that the author was dismissing in his post.
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