Skip to comments.Radtke: GOP: the party that stands for nothing
Posted on 12/30/2012 5:01:35 PM PST by Bratch
I ran for the United States Senate this past year in a Republican primary. As I knocked on doors, attended events and spoke to thousands of people, my opening statement was the same each time: I think both parties have made a real mess of things. We need new politicians who will stand on principle once again. Invariably the response was the same: I couldnt agree with you more!
You have to look no further than the recent tea party movement to see the extreme dissatisfaction individuals have with their Republican representation. The genesis of this grass-roots movement came under President George W. Bush. The 2008 election losses by Republicans were substantial, not because Democrats voted against Republicans, but because many independents and Republicans opposed Republicans. Similarly, the opposition to Republican leadership continued to reveal itself in the 2010 and 2012 Republican primary challenges. Why? Because the current Republican Party stands for nothing.
The challenge that the Republican Party faces is both moral and philosophical. Can a political party flourish by standing for nothing?
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14To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of Gods creation.
15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
16So, because you are lukewarmneither hot nor coldI am about to spit you out of my mouth.
He does have a point.
Happy New Year
The conservative movement in America is the Rodney Dangerfield of American politics. It has no friends, no clout and no mass appeal.
The losses from 2008 onwards only reveal how much the country has changed - and none for the better.
It’s time to abandon the republican party and
form a new party.
It needs to be inclusive to all race, gender, and ethnic background .
A third party wouldn’t work. What would work is moving now on primarying the RINO’s. Conservative candidates should start campaigning immediately. They should also go hard after the Democrat senate seats.
Wealthy conservatives need to pony up cash now. We stood behind the owners of Chik Fil A and Hobby Lobby. Time for them to get behind us.
What have they done to earn their vote?
Throw em out.
Stop compromising with those who’s only goal is to be elected.
I’m no longer accepting lesser of two evils.
Part of the problem that the Republicans have is that even ‘conservatives’ demand their goodies from government, like Social Security and Medicare - two programs that are now simply transfer payments, no different than welfare.
So it’s difficult for ANY elected Republican to make a moral case to deny one group (i.e., the poor) their welfare goodies, while protecting the goodies of the middle and upper classes.
...and if the Tea Party were to become a serious Third Party, they would have EXACTLY the same problem.
Some one would have to do some thing way beyond the scope of ordinary for me to elect them more than one term.
I no longer have any interest in any career politicians.
I hear and see this crap too often and wonder what planet some people live on. I may not be a strong republican but I am one, a conservative one and the past forty years I have been eligible to vote I have never seen anyone turned aside because of thier race, gender or ethnicity. In fact I have seen people verbally tortured because they were republican due to their race, gender, and ethnic background by those free and open minded demoncrats and others of the left who call themselves liberals, union members, journalists. Do we all have to be reminded of the out-right lies told by the Congressional Black Cacus about being call names at the Tea Party rally in DC which was repeated and has been repeated over and over again by the media and so-called journalistic entertainers.
That’s one part of the republican beliefs that should be kept
in a new party.
Re reading it, yes, it can come across
wrongly, not what was intended .
Thank you. Couldn’t have said it any better myself.
Quite frankly, those among those groups who haven’t figured it out really don’t want to be just another republican, they want to be special republicans. As far as I’m concerned, people like that should stay democrat.
The fact is that the tea party republicans are gaining power. Just recently here in Michigan, tea partiers took over several leadership positions on the Muskegon county GOP and many more were elected around the state. Even better is the fact that we put a tea party republican in an RNC committee chair last spring.
I don’t think we have the time to vote ourselves out of this.
Actually it goes back further to George H. W. Bush, who broke his 'no new taxes' pledge, sign the clean air act to give more power to the EPA, signed the affirmative race discrimination act, signed the lawyers full employment act Americans with Disability and did more to increase the size, scope and power of the federal government to make the people 'kinder and gentler'.
We had the Buchanan Brigades arise under Bush I, who accomplished the greatest political crash dive in history, from 90% approval to 37% vote.
Oh, Nixon did even more, created the EPA, wage and price controls, corruption and Watergate and gave us the most liberal congress ever in 1974 until recently.
GOP perfidity goes way, way back.
I hear and see this crap too often and wonder what planet some people live on.”
AMEN to you!! Also, those vile (yes vile) “coexist” darned bumper stickers. NO they do NOT want to coexist - the Muslims want to KILL us. End of story. Same principle.
Even when in power the Republican Party accomplishes almost nothing, they are largely useless.
They stand for losing.
A good place to start would be getting the polls to show that Obama is blamed much more than Rs, rather than vice-versus. O has no reason to give in given the polls. His simple mission is to get voters to blame Rs for everything that goes wrong.
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