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.
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