Skip to comments.GOP MUST STAY THE COURSE
Posted on 11/26/2012 5:35:52 AM PST by shortstop
It has been interesting, since the election, to see Republicans scramble and equivocate.
Folks who seemed to be standing shoulder to shoulder before the election have turned their fire on one another and it seems almost to be a competition to disavow what until recently seemed to be bedrock Republican principles.
First the Republicans lost the election, then they lost their nerve.
No sooner had the votes been counted than the fingers started pointing. Republicans turned on one another and on the campaign they had waged, calling people extremists and policies outdated.
According to any number of Republican Monday-morning quarterbacks, the party needed to embrace amnesty, drop its opposition to abortion, distance itself from white people, forgive student loans, have some children out of wedlock, grow some entitlements and perform a few gay marriages. The party, these Republicans decided, has gotten too white, too old, too conservative, too rural, too Christian and too family values.
It seemed, based on what the Republicans said when savaging their own party, that the Democrats had been right all along.
They went on TV and explained that the GOP had to change its message. It had to get with the times.
Mitt Romney was no good, the brand was all wrong, the party is dead.
The unusually motivated even shared the playlist on their iPod, to demonstrate hipness and diversity.
They all, however, have been wrong.
There is nothing wrong with the Republican Party. Its principles are correct. Its basic platform is what America needs.
And anyone who would sell that out for political gain is a partisan, not a patriot.
When you are right, you dont change because others fail to recognize that you are right, you work harder to convince them of your correctness.
The disavowers fundamentally misunderstand who Republicans are. They are not salesmen, they are missionaries.
A salesman, when his product is rejected, gets another product. A missionary, when his message is rejected, finds a better way to present his message.
If youre selling brushes door to door and nobodys buying, but the salesman across the street is selling knives and everybody is buying, you chuck your brushes and you start selling knives.
If youre a missionary and youre preaching Christianity and nobodys accepting it, you dont chuck it and start preaching Buddhism, you find a more effective way to preach Christianity.
The partys leaders may be salesmen, but the partys members are missionaries. More significantly, the core of patriotic Americans who are concerned about the countrys direction are not interested in sales pitches, they are interested in truth and wisdom.
Theyre not looking to be conned, theyre looking to be converted.
Were not selling talking points, were selling truth. And you dont abandon the truth. You stick with it through thick and thin. Right makes might, Lincoln said, and that is as true now as it was then.
This doesnt mean that a partys policies and initiatives dont adapt to changing times and needs. Principles can be unchanging, but their application to changing circumstance can vary. Further, some positions can be based on something less significant than principle, and can be changed to meet different needs without compromising values.
But there must be a North Star. There must be an unchanging guide. There must be an iron rod of truth which is clung to and never turned loose.
In the Republican Party, the iron rod of truth is the Constitution and the principles of the Declaration and the Founding Fathers. Republicans believe that we are a nation under God and that family values are unfailingly good and necessary. We believe in self-reliance and civic virtue, and that the government should stay off our back and out of our pocket.
We believe in rule of law, American defense, primacy and exceptionalism, and in individual equality before law. We reject any discrimination that faults or favors any person based on his demographic group.
And we reject socialism as an abrogation of economic freedom. We believe taxation is legitimate to fund the lawful functions of government, not to redistribute wealth, or to incentivize, reward or punish individual choice.
Thats what it means to be a Republican.
Those principles cant be compromised.
Those colors dont run.
And if those principles are rejected in an election, as they were in the presidential contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we do not abandon them, we rally to them. Patriots do not surrender; people of conscience do not capitulate.
We regroup. We retool. We recharge.
And we fight on.
Because America is worth it. Freedom is worth it. Our message is true, our presentation must improve.
But our principles must not waver.
No matter what color you are, or how old you are, or how many rappers you have on your iPod.
How much do they pay you to post this stuff?
I agree with the ‘sales pitch’ part however Republicans (party) couldnt sell a winning lottery ticket.
They only know how to preach to the choir, which I think Rush tells them they only need, and that McCain and Romney would win.
We reject it, but 51% of the country embraces it. They said so in very clear terms on Nov 6.
Which message would that be... that Republicans were against tax hikes before they were for them? That Obamacare is the law of the land, yet it "must go?"
This is not a Republican credo, no matter how much or how often they use the term “Republican”.
The establishment Republicans have long since abandoned any standards of morally upright behavior and sound fiscal management. They have been a reliable ally of those loose cannons called “liberal” Democratz, and have chosen, each time a choice is offered, to suppress any phenomenon like the T.E.A. party. These are dangerous, and frightening, ideas, and who knows what pursuit of these ideas may lead to. Clearly, they have no intention of finding out.
It is just that, as a umbrella organization, the national Republican party has (grudgingly) made more room for the T.E.A. party people than can be found in the national Democratz party.
Conservative thought, when well articulated, wins every time. Unfortunately, the conservative point of view is often served up in a garbled and unrecognizable mishmash that proves unpalatable to just a little more than a majority of US voters. And the Republican establishment does their bit to spoil the broth, throwing in half-truths and venomous untruths on the sly.
What’s your problem, and why do you read it if you don’t approve of it?
Obama is a leftist raging communist.
Mitt Romney is a slightly less leftist raging communist.
When you offer that to the voting public, you lose the core base of your party and you give the election to the hard core leftist raging communist. Which is exactly what happened.
The Republican Party offered a candidate that stood for many things that the conservative base of the Republican Party finds offensive. Gun control, socialist healthcare, liberalism in general... Mitt Romney is not now nor ever has been conservative.
THAT is why Obama won. That is why I am no longer a member of the Republican Party.
“We reject it, but 51% of the country embraces it. They said so in very clear terms on Nov 6.”
Let’s include the de facto Hussein Head “freepers” who said, “I’d rather see Obama re-elected than vote for Romney.”
R stands for retard.
Time for T!
For that very reason, I am contemplating changing parties, and VOTE FOR EVERY DAMNED Democrat that will vote in more and more taxes, more social programs, anything to make THOSE very people as MISERABLE AS possible for the rest of their lives. (half way sarcastic, still in thet hinking process of this.)
Detestable people all who will say.........I will not vote Romney or whoever because............fill in the blank.
Why should I give a damn about them any more, they don't give a damn about our Country or my family.
Since a number of ‘Republican leaders’ already are signaling their willingness to cave to the Dems, I will”
I will change my voter registration—after 52 years of being a registered Republican.
I will donate as much as I can to opponents of these turncoats when they are up for re-election.
I understand. I have not yet fully figured out how to deal with the “post-American world” like so many of our domestic enemies and their leaders have.
And while we're at it I'll toss in the libertarians and whatever other KOOK party is out there.
I want them all to BE AS MISERABLE AS THEY HAVE MADE ME AND MY FAMILY, and many like me who cared, from here on. I want all of them to pay as many taxes as I can get them via politicians, tax them overboard if necessary, put every company out of business,etc. In the words of Rhett Butler, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn".
Let's just give up the idea of ever bringing AMERICA back, it will NEVER happen. Trust me. "The I will not vote for crowd because..........." have won. But, now they have NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN........none, ain't that a hoot?
I don’t get that either.
I completely agree that the gop should continue on its current course: the road to perdition.
The sooner the gop implodes, the better. Whatever party replaces it will be an improvement.
What a CROCK of Sh!t. TROLL.
What’s your problem, dipwad? I just post the articles, I don’t write them. If you want to be the editor of what gets posted on FR, apply for the admin moderator job. Read my tagline.
51% of THOSE WHO VOTED embraced it. quite a few people, from what I’ve heard, basically sat this out.