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Does the Republican Party Have a Future?
Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Star Parker

Posted on 02/11/2013 4:20:00 AM PST by Kaslin

The United States, from day one, was a project about principles and ideals.

The super power that emerged and grew from the handful of colonists that began settling here was not the product of where those colonists happened to land, but the ideals and principles in their head and heart – applied in how they lived their lives.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to address one great blot on the nation’s founding legacy – the existence of slavery in a nation founded under the ideal of freedom under God.

Runaway slave and self-educated abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass said “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”

Douglass called Abraham Lincoln, America’s first Republican president, “emphatically the black man’s president.”

When some thirty years ago I told the welfare officer to not bother showing up again at my home – when I decided that my own future would be based on the values of scripture, work, and personal responsibility - there was no doubt in my mind what party would become my political home.

The party of “freedom and progress,” the party of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

But, as longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer once observed, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

It‘s no mystery why the Republican Party is having a hard time today. No matter how hard you squint and try to discern the values of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, or any values for that matter, in those now wielding the money and power at the top of the party, they’ve disappeared.

These establishment Republican leaders and operatives are not about ideals and values but business – their own business.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the latest estimate from the Congressional Budget Office is that unemployment will “remain above 7.5 percent through next year. That would make 2014 the sixth consecutive year with a jobless rate that high, the longest stretch of such elevated unemployment in 70 years.”

Yet the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 could not defeat the current occupant of the White House.

In the party that is supposed to be about freedom and personal responsibility, party operatives want to blame everyone else for their own failures.

Worse, they want to pin it on candidates who actually take seriously the traditional values of their party.

Karl Rove would like to weed out candidates like former Missouri congressman Todd Akin.

Akin, who was defeated by Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill in the Senate race in Missouri, was a six term Republican congressman with a flawless conservative record.

For most of 2012 he was ahead of McCaskill in the polls. Then, in August, he expressed himself poorly in an interview about abortion. Despite his apologies and efforts to clarify himself, his own party abandoned him.

McCaskill ran ads, over and over, showing the Republican’s own candidate Mitt Romney questioning Akin’s qualifications. This race could have been saved. But the party elite wasted not a second to dump Akin because they were not comfortable with his conservative values to begin with.

We’re living in a deeply troubled country today. Americans are looking for answers, not a political class feathering its own nest.

There are tens of millions of conservative American patriots who seek an opposition party to represent their conviction that America will not get back on the path to strength and prosperity without restoration of freedom, limited government, free markets, and traditional values.

Today’s big question is whether the Republican Party is going to be that opposition party.

If not, it is not conservative values and convictions that will be abandoned. It will be the Republican Party.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abortion; abrahamlincoln; frederickdouglass; gopcivilwar; republican; republicanparty; toddakin

1 posted on 02/11/2013 4:20:14 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Of course we do, but we need to seriously stop picking crappy candidates like Romney. Romney EASILY was the biggest loser candidate in the history of the Republican Party. Anyone with any sense warned a disaster picking this liberal Republican. Nobody believed the sane Conservatives though.


2 posted on 02/11/2013 4:29:28 AM PST by napscoordinator (/)
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bump


3 posted on 02/11/2013 4:30:34 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Kaslin

Not if Karl Rove is steering the ship.


4 posted on 02/11/2013 4:30:48 AM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: napscoordinator

What we need to do is unite. Fighting among us and bashing candidates does us no good. Any of our candidates was better that that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Look what is happening now. The other nations are building their military up and the idiots in DC are cutting ours


5 posted on 02/11/2013 4:45:15 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Rocky

1.Which Congressional or Senate candidate did Rove support last time that he should not have? Rubio? Cruz? Who?

2.http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/temporary-majority_700500.html


6 posted on 02/11/2013 4:49:57 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Kaslin
I don´t think we have a bright future....we can´t compete will illegals voting...with poll workers voting twice..there will be another 5 million on welfare by the end of Obamas second term...all will be voting for the party that will keep the freebies coming.....not the party that will make you work...I think Romney won...the polls were just way to positive in the end...I think this last election was stolen...look at the important states...all waited until the end and the most liberal counties filed their votes last...all Chicago Politics and planned...they cheated...we know they lied
7 posted on 02/11/2013 4:50:59 AM PST by Youngman542012
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To: Kaslin

NO


8 posted on 02/11/2013 4:54:59 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Kaslin

I dont see it.


9 posted on 02/11/2013 4:56:26 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: Kaslin

The “establishment” is too well established. Besides, a good percntage of them are leftist plants.


10 posted on 02/11/2013 4:57:33 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Youngman542012

This last election was stolen and until we stand up and fight, put the guilty in prison all the way up, we will have tainted elections. The Republic is doomed unless we get those conspiring against our interest out of power and into jail. All parties are guilty.


11 posted on 02/11/2013 4:59:49 AM PST by WilliamRobert (God Bless Texas)
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To: Youngman542012

This last election was stolen and until we stand up and fight, put the guilty in prison all the way up, we will have tainted elections. The Republic is doomed unless we get those conspiring against our interest out of power and into jail. All parties are guilty.


12 posted on 02/11/2013 5:00:16 AM PST by WilliamRobert (God Bless Texas)
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To: ryan71

BTTT


13 posted on 02/11/2013 5:24:53 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP has a future in more localized and statewide races. They’re well-represented in gubernatorial and state legislatures, and of course the U.S. House. They may have a slight chance of retaking the Senate if enough truly pissed-off voters stream to the polls in 2014.

But as for winning the White House? We’ll never again see it. The populace in this country has swung too far to the political left. It’s out of reach.


14 posted on 02/11/2013 5:33:15 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: napscoordinator
What is this “We”?

I have voted for a more conservative candidate than the Republicans put up in three of the last four elections, persuading more and more Christian conservatives to join me each time.
Collapse and civil war is better than what the Republican Party is offering - even if I and my children die in it.
We are to that point.

Bohner is the best your party can do.
The very best.

No thanks.

15 posted on 02/11/2013 5:35:51 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Youngman542012

Plus the fact the country has drifted significantly leftward. In the last election the party breakdown of voters was D+6. By 2016, with millions of brainwashed young progressives out there, look for it to go to D+8.


16 posted on 02/11/2013 5:36:06 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: sickoflibs

As long as we are divided, I don’t see it either. I have never seen that much division, which BTW played right into the rats playbook, as in the last election. We had better candidates that would have made better presidents then that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave


17 posted on 02/11/2013 5:41:39 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
For most of 2012 he was ahead of McCaskill in the polls. Then, in August, he expressed himself poorly in an interview about abortion.

Wow, did he ever. But he was SOOOO convinced in his analytical engineer mind, the odds favored him because he only erred that one time. Akin never could reconcile himself with the truth that adage, "One aw-sh*t moment will wipe out a thousand 'attaboys.'" The selfish POS should've immediately swallowed his pride and stepped out of the race, making room for a more viable candidate.

And for Richard Mourdock to deep-six his candidacy a couple months later by blurting out a similar gaffe -- inexcusable.

18 posted on 02/11/2013 5:47:08 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: ScottinVA

The Pretorian Media will take one ‘gaffe’ and harp on it over and over and over, drowing out any other positive messages our side has.

McKaskill and her staff must have been orgasmic when they heard Akin’s interview.

the only solution is to STOP TALKING TO LIBTARD MEDIA!


19 posted on 02/11/2013 5:50:12 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mr. K
the only solution is to STOP TALKING TO LIBTARD MEDIA!

You can talk to them, but they MUST remember three things:

1. Message control

2. Message control

3. Message control

I did some media training when I was in the Air Force, and the key tactic for senior leaders (applies to candidates) is to control your themes and messages. The correct response for ANY question about rape is: "Sexual assault is a horrific and heinous crime, and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." Period.

20 posted on 02/11/2013 5:55:48 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Kaslin

Buy American.


21 posted on 02/11/2013 6:02:00 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Kaslin

Realistically, I think the real question is: “Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?”


22 posted on 02/11/2013 6:03:28 AM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: MrEdd

I shouldn’t say “we”...bad habit. I agree with you. Collapse will definitely happen in our future (depending on everyone’s age). I think then maybe people will wake up. The Republican party is a disgrace lately. I still cannot believe that we put up a candidate that NOBODY particularly liked. How dumb is that? I practically had to be drunk to vote for loser Romney. It was worse than holding my nose in 2008. I shutter to think of who will be our candidate in 2016.


23 posted on 02/11/2013 6:09:48 AM PST by napscoordinator (/)
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To: Kaslin
RE :”As long as we are divided, I don’t see it either. I have never seen that much division, which BTW played right into the rats playbook, as in the last election. We had better candidates that would have made better presidents then that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave”

The tax fight was stupid, the GOP had zero chance of what they foolishly defined as winning, extending them all.
I recommended giving up on that impossible goal early on.
Many here just wanted the GOP to blow up the economy out of spite having all those taxes go up, claiming it was 'principle', a great way to get voters to despise you..

Alternatively if the GOP really rushes to grant the vote to illegals as much of their rhetoric now says (this could just be posturing) they deserve to never be in the majority again. They are just too stupid to win elections.

24 posted on 02/11/2013 7:47:27 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: MrEdd
Collapse and civil war is better than what the Republican Party is offering - even if I and my children die in it. We are to that point.

Agree. Secession can be peaceful or end up in a Civil War more desperate than the first one. I am good either way.

25 posted on 02/11/2013 7:57:35 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: chainsaw

Does America have a future?


26 posted on 02/11/2013 7:59:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

Democrat code words

1. Runaway slave = Tax payer hides money
2. Self-educated = Won’t except lies
3. Enemy = American patriots


27 posted on 02/11/2013 8:35:23 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: napscoordinator

“Of course we do, but we need to seriously stop picking crappy candidates like Romney. Romney EASILY was the biggest loser candidate in the history of the Republican Party. Anyone with any sense warned a disaster picking this liberal Republican.”

They’re going to do EXACTLY THE SAME THING in 2016.
Wait and see.

Star Parker asks:
“Does the Republican party have a future?”

Obviously, the answer is yes, but what _kind_ of a future, at this point, is unclear.

I do NOT foresee the Republicans as ever becoming the party of the Hispanics, or even the majority of Asians. The Pubbies actually did worse with Asians in 2012, than they did with Hispanics!

In the wake of the 2012 election, there seems to be a “stampede towards the left” in the party — even with solid conservatives like Rand Paul, who has now come out for some kind of “immigration reform” (and we all know what that means). In their hearts, they keep believing that “if only we pander, we can increase our base”. They’re gonna find out.

I see the Republicans as slowly shrinking in national influence, finally becoming a “white dwarf” of politics, having influence in the red states, but not much anywhere else (including the D.C. government).

Not an optimistic assessment, but that’s how I view it...


28 posted on 02/11/2013 10:45:42 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: ryan71

It’s dead Jim...

The GOP committed suicide with a bad case of the “me too-me too” plague of liberalism. It’s too corrupt from within to salvage as those that have destroyed it are in charge and are making the rules to prevent any real change.

Time to bury this relic and start over.


29 posted on 02/11/2013 11:57:33 AM PST by sarge83
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To: Kaslin

The republican party was doing OK until Bush and Cheney steered it right into the iceberg. Now it looks like the ship might be headed down to Davey Jones’ Locker, never to be salvaged again.


30 posted on 02/11/2013 1:06:10 PM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: napscoordinator

Well, again, many “conservative” primary voters rallied to Romney because they were told that only he could win. They truly believed that line. And I imagine they will do the same next time with Jebbie.


31 posted on 02/11/2013 8:19:15 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Kaslin

If the GOPe is left in power and continues to steer the party further and further left, then the GOP is finished. If amnesty is given to illegal aliens, the GOP is finished.


32 posted on 02/12/2013 12:12:32 AM PST by Grandma Conservative (Take back the GOP Now, not in three years or be prepared to vote RINO once again.)
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To: Theodore R.

Which is why it is so important for us to take control of the GOP so we can get an actual conservative nominated. Many here at FR may not like to admit it, but as much as the GOP brand is tarnished, most conservatives still see it as the only effective alternative to the Democrats and will vote accordingly as the last election showed.


33 posted on 02/12/2013 12:27:29 AM PST by Grandma Conservative (Take back the GOP Now, not in three years or be prepared to vote RINO once again.)
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