Skip to comments.Commentary: GOP Should Ask Why U.S. is on the Wrong Track
Posted on 11/12/2008 7:27:24 AM PST by marshmallow
(CNN) -- The questions now being asked are: Where to go from here and who's to blame for the downfall of the Republican Party?
Too bad the concern for the future of the Republican Party had not been seriously addressed in the year 2000 when the Republicans gained control of the House, Senate, and the Presidency.
Now, in light of the election, many are asking: What is the future of the Republican Party?
But that is the wrong question. The proper question should be: Where is our country heading? There's no doubt that a large majority of Americans believe we're on the wrong track. That's why the candidate demanding "change" won the election. It mattered not that the change offered was no change at all, only a change in the engineer of a runaway train.
Once it's figured out what is fundamentally wrong with our political and economic system, solutions can be offered. If the Republican Party can grasp hold of the policy changes needed, then the party can be rebuilt.
In the rise and fall of the recent Republican reign of power these past decades, the goal of the party had grown to be only that of gaining and maintaining power -- with total sacrifice of the original Republican belief in shrinking the size of government.
Most Republicans endorsed this view in order to achieve victories at the polls. Limiting government power and size with less spending and a balanced budget as the goal used to be a "traditional" Republican value. This is what Goldwater and Reagan talked about. That is what the Contract with America stood for.
The opportunity finally came in 2000 to do something about the cancerous growth of government.
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“...attacks on civil liberties here at home, and an economic policy based on more spending, more debt, and more inflation “
Mr. Paul, you ain’t seen nothing yet...
How about CNN asking why media is on the wrong track being so partisan pimping a Marxist day and night for 2 years.
Ron Paul ping!
Someone really really needs to explain to me this “loss of civil liberties” we’re experiencing. I must have missed all those stories of law-abiding Americans being dragged away to jail. I assume they’re referring to the Patriot Act and the eavesdropping (not wiretapping, you lib fools) on cell calls to/from suspected terrorists outside the U.S.
Well, don’t worry, Libs - the Great Obigula will rescind those laws. However, I wouldn’t cross any major bridges or eat in an outdoor restaurant after he does, if I were you.
For Ron Paul, a government of the people, by the people, for the wild shrimp.
When GWB won we all thought having three branches of R government would complete the republican revolution of 1994-95. Instead it destroyed it. WJC was way more successful then GWB because he lost his liberal corrupt congress in two years and had a republican congress to fix everything,provide him cover, and to blame. By the time GWB lost congress, 2007, it was too late to recover, GWB was too damaged, Pelosi was a master of self control and cynical got-ya politics. Very painful years,
Lets hope the other side is as careless as our party has been, no lets pray.
I'm convinced that many Americans think the Republicans certainly aren't Conservative enough.
And I'm convinced that many Conservatives stayed home because John McCain was too Liberal.
And I'm convinced that the media doesn't want people to know these things.
CNN ... posting opinions from “conservatives” only when it suits their goal of making the Democratic party look good.
The media wants to force its assumption that Republicans caused the financial crisis when most of the blame goes to democrats.
The big problem is DEFLATION.
Oh yeah, a government led by a border line retard is just what we need now.
We barely won 2000, 2002, 2004 if you look at the margins then we became big government, deficits, bubble economy, corruption, war mismanagement. We deserve to have lost. Obama campaigned like a suburban moderate Republican but will find hard to govern as such given his rabid left wing base of support who will demand payback. Hopefully that conflict will give us the opportunity to find a voice, leaders who will be able to design policies based on conservative principle that will right what is wrong in US. Generalities about freedom, low taxes and personal responsibility are not going to cut it if we cannot come up with thorough, sensible policies that will yield results and improvement. There is a perception that Republicans want just radical free market anything goes existence that is just not working for a hell of a lot of people
Hence, we can NOT trust Republicans to promote and protect Conservatism in America.
One could make the argument to Rep. Paul that the U.S. is on the wrong track because of the shrimp industry.
It's way too soon for GOP navel gazing, or speculation on 2012 candidates, etc. We need to let the stupid people who naively let Hope and Change be their comfort find out what a fraud Zero is. They won't be able to figure that out for at least six months, probably a year. We shouldn't have too much trouble drawing up "Contract with America Part Two" by then.
Exactly how many people think of Bush.
You broke the code--congratulations.
We need our own political party, a prosperity party, which will communicate and promote conservative values to a new generation of Americans--principles we know that work, otherwise America is done.
The GOP is incapable of doing this, because the RINO DNA cannot be overcome. The infection is complete in the GOP.
They bear the responsibility for allowing a Marxist of unknown origin to be the next inhabit the White House,and all of the damage to America that he will inflict.
Start fresh, start new, with a fresh political brand, and disassociate from the GOP.
The GOP is stuck on stupid, And you can't fix stupid.
“Someone really really needs to explain to me this loss of civil liberties were experiencing”
You are absolutely right. There’s been NO LOSS (if I’m interpreting your writing correctly). I got into a ‘heated’ (understatement) debate with the manager of my office regarding the civil liberties BS. He’s pretty far left and was screaming at me about how civil liberties under Bush have been attacked and on and on and on. It was bad enough that it destroyed our friendship....Can’t get over the twisted logic/reasoning of these people. It has to be a ‘supernatural phenomenom’ .......
if volcker or rubin are in charge, we could see serious deflation like in the early 80’s. however it would be followed by serious inflation instead of the steady growth of the rest of the 80’s
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