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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Actually, I think many Americans wish that Bill Clinton had stayed on for a couple of extra terms since he (and the Republican Congress under him)
They tried desperately, albeit through algore, to hang on by dragging our country through the court system for a recount. What a fiasco and the subsequent laws passed has infected our free election process.
But you are probably right......I think the point is that people are going to wish “for anybody other than this monster”
A. Drive By Media
Rep. Paul is right (again!) on all counts.
Same here. You ask a simple question - “please explain what civil liberties have been eroded under the Bush Administration and please give one illustration of how this has manifested itself.” They can’t. There’s the frustration.
Oh, and it’s not just twisted logic with them. It’s literally a psychological disorder - Dr. Charles Krauthammer had a name for it - “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”
Someone really really needs to explain to me this loss of civil liberties were experiencing
read the fourth amendment, then the seventh, and then hr1255, and bush’s directive (executive order) on seizing property of those who would disrupt our operations in Iraq.
.......... and then there is this little thing called the “patriot act.”
That is just for starters.
That comment was both hateful and stupid.
But the people who say that are all wingnuts, ya know. Excuse me but I have to go vandalize a keyword list. Someone is making RIDICULOUS claims that the constitution and principles of liberty actually should come BEFORE our party! Can you imagine the gall of such people? Don't they know Obama is a communist?
Engaging the issues requires cognitive abilities. Easier to publish insulting pictures, post lying insults, and vandalize keyword lists. That is what *I* always do when I have no idea how to refute someone.
who buddy up with terrorists! :)
read the fourth amendment, then the seventh, and then hr1255, and bushs directive (executive order) on seizing property of those who would disrupt our operations in Iraq.
.......... and then there is this little thing called the patriot act.
That is just for starters.
I have never felt my freedom/liberty slipping away under the Bush administration and I would bet you haven’t lost anything either. But you haven’t seen anything yet. Everyone bitched about Bush and their ‘Civil Liberties’ (I just want to gag when I hear that term now)being threatened and I’ve yet to hear of anyone, other than a criminal/terrorist being nailed. Unfortunately, the laws now on the books will be totally misused and directed at us ‘common folk’ (conservative America). So bitch about Bush all you want for now.....you are going to see just what losing your civil liberties means in about 6 months...if that long.
Truer words were never spoken (written)
You know what? I’m a newbie and after catching up on this post,and reading your replies, I can see you are probably from DUmmies. Go back where you belong.
Excellent editorial by Ron Paul.
Already pinged earlier :)
It’s not the fact that Bush did terrible things, it’s the precedent. I don’t think anyone here thinks Obama will be better, but Bush is no saint.
Its not the fact that Bush did terrible things, its the precedent. I dont think anyone here thinks Obama will be better, but Bush is no saint.
I’m not sure anyone ever stated that he was. But I don’t think it can be argued that the man did everything to protected us and this nation. Which is what the government is mandated to do. And I never felt any fear about my civil liberties........ever. But now those very tools to protect us are going to be used against us. The oppression is going to start in January.