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Social conservatives warn Priebus they could abandon GOP
First Read NBC News ^ | April 9, 2013 | Michael O'Brien

Posted on 04/10/2013 4:58:07 PM PDT by yongin

A group of high-profile social conservatives warned Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a letter this week that their supporters could abandon the GOP if the party seeks to change its position on social issues, particularly same-sex marriage.

Thirteen social conservatives, representing various influential groups, wrote Priebus ahead of the RNC's quarterly meeting this week in Los Angeles to sternly rebuke the conclusions of a post-election report that advised Republican elected officials to adopt a softer tone toward social issues.

"We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support," concludes the letter, which was obtained by and independently verified by NBC News in advance of the meeting this week.

The letter further asks GOP committeemen to pass a resolution at their meeting this week re-affirming the party's 2012 national platform, which includes language calling for bans on abortion and same-sex marriage.

(Excerpt) Read more at firstread.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatives; gopcivilwar; gopparty; priebus; rinos
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1 posted on 04/10/2013 4:58:07 PM PDT by yongin
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To: yongin
Related - military members, veterans, and their families are leaving GOP in droves because of budget betrayal (source: Washington Times and Military Times).

Just over one third of U.S. military personnel say they support the Republican Party, down from nearly a half in 2006, according to the latest annual Military Times poll.....“Republicans kind of used to be seen as the party that took care of the military,” said one Army sergeant first class. “But recently, there’s a feeling that that has kind of shifted, and I don’t think people feel that the party is really looking out for the military the way it used to.”

2 posted on 04/10/2013 5:01:57 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: yongin

I doubt Price RinseUs gets the message.


3 posted on 04/10/2013 5:02:32 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: yongin
Social conservatives warn Priebus they could should abandon GOP

Fixed it!!

4 posted on 04/10/2013 5:03:21 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: SkyPilot

I’m praying for a true grassroots resurgence and ascension of a truly equitable and conservative third party in a massive and visible way. A party that would ascend without the help of any traditional media outlet. A truly AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE party.


5 posted on 04/10/2013 5:03:37 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: yongin

FURP!!


6 posted on 04/10/2013 5:03:50 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!n)
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To: yongin

I wonder if these people will get a bunch of screaming hate from the psuedocons that had a 2 YO tantrum about ‘purists’ and their ‘principles’. Because God knows they did here.


7 posted on 04/10/2013 5:04:58 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: yongin

Could??? For me it’s a done deal!


8 posted on 04/10/2013 5:05:43 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: yongin

Already did—last November.


9 posted on 04/10/2013 5:06:18 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: All

The GOPe keeping saying that we need a Truce on social issues and in order to focus on the economy. However, the GOPe says gun control and amnesty are social issues that can be ignored. Also you can’t have a Truce when the other side is determined to ram road you.


10 posted on 04/10/2013 5:07:09 PM PDT by yongin (SoCons will not kicked to the curb under the guise of the Truce.)
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To: yongin

hats their way of saying STFU to conservatives without actually saying STFU to conservatives. And some people actually go along with it like Democrats on the plantation.


11 posted on 04/10/2013 5:08:52 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: yongin

Good old Rancid Prius!


12 posted on 04/10/2013 5:09:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: yongin

they already did that - look at the drop in voters in 2010 and look at some of the candidates they got nominated. So what more damage can they do? Letting the left run the government is not the same as voting to slow down the left.


13 posted on 04/10/2013 5:10:11 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: yongin

Rinse Probus plays for the other side.


14 posted on 04/10/2013 5:10:14 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: yongin

Why tell him, the GOP elite are so clueless and deaf, just leave them, they won’t notice until they LOSE.


15 posted on 04/10/2013 5:10:53 PM PDT by madison10
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To: yongin

Peo-life people made alliance with the Republicans in the early ‘80s. promising not to run third party if they turned pro-choice. The Pubbies did so, in a half-hearted way. Now they may want to follow their natural bent.


16 posted on 04/10/2013 5:11:17 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: yongin

I’ve been a life long Republican, but I quit the party in May, 2012. They no longer share my beliefs or values, and I want nothing more to do with them.


17 posted on 04/10/2013 5:11:57 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: madison10

I think the GOPe likes to lose....they get all the perks with none of the responsibility.


18 posted on 04/10/2013 5:12:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: yongin

It needs to happen. There is no way to reconcile to the likes of the GOP lite.


19 posted on 04/10/2013 5:12:24 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Jim Robinson
This Social (and Fiscal) Conservative abandoned the Republican Party several months ago after years of supporting them and being betrayed by them - I changed my registration to "Conservative."

No more RINOS!

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Sir Winston Churchill



"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

20 posted on 04/10/2013 5:12:35 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: q_an_a

Voting for leftist Republicans only adds more leftists to DC. It slows nothing. You can’t slow anything by adding more of it. Basic math.


21 posted on 04/10/2013 5:12:37 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: yongin

The GOP grandees dream of a party that doesn’t include us.

And I’d like to find a party that agreed with me.


22 posted on 04/10/2013 5:16:38 PM PDT by marron
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To: yongin

Is there any issue that the GOP hasn’t caved on? Any principle they haven’t ditched? Fiscal cliffs, debt ceilings, amnesty, now gun control? Add the RNC’s rule changes to freeze out the grassroots, or Boehner’s purging of House conservatives. And Karl Rove’s big-money PAC and its declaration of war on the tea-party folks. Not to mention my own personal, little lingering and seething antipathy over the four-year backstabbing treatment of Palin. Any reason on God’s green Earth that I should ever bother pulling the lever for a Republican ever again? I really don’t see it.

Especially if the Party is now signalling it’s a-ok with the abject deviancy of homo marriage. If the GOP goes this route, I trust it will find the oblivion it so richly deserves.


23 posted on 04/10/2013 5:16:55 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Norm Lenhart
I am troubled by Republicans “evolving” on gay marriage under the guise of winning the youth vote. For young people, gay marriage is not the #1 issue for them. The “evolving” GOP on gay marriage & amensty is really about multimillionaires opening their wallets to the RNC. A lot wealthy people on the West Coast and East Coast are pro-homosexual and pro-amnesty.
24 posted on 04/10/2013 5:17:30 PM PDT by yongin (SoCons will not be kicked to the curb under the guise of the Truce.)
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To: yongin

When Reince Priebus was our party chairman here in Wisconsin, we elected Scott Walker and other good conservatives. He has been a much less effective chairmen up at the RNC. Of course the RNC was lost to conservatives before Priebus went there and Romney ran a stink campaign.

I get RNC fundraising letters and I handle them the same as AARP membership requests. I send the post paid envelopes back filled with 2 oz. of waste paper.


25 posted on 04/10/2013 5:17:52 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: yongin

Why in gods great earth is the GOP sending any money in a blue state and in los freeking Angeles of all places?

Note to GOP.. They don’t like you out there..

Come to think of it, for the most part, no one likes you. Carry on.


26 posted on 04/10/2013 5:18:21 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: yongin

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!


27 posted on 04/10/2013 5:18:36 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: SkyPilot

Time for the BITTER ENDERS of the party to go as well!

Grover Norquist vs. ‘the Bitter Enders’(Grover trying to give Rubio/gang of 8 political cover as he calls the rest of us names)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3006017/posts

Register to ‘not affiliated’! Until people leave in droves they won’t get the message!


28 posted on 04/10/2013 5:18:44 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: madison10

When did they win again?


29 posted on 04/10/2013 5:19:25 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: yongin
Social conservatives warn Priebus they could abandon GOP

I did so in 2007 when, after 30+ years as a registered Republican I registered as an Independent. I refuse to support a party that does not represent my values.

30 posted on 04/10/2013 5:19:35 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: yongin

Stop with the threats.

JUST DO IT.


31 posted on 04/10/2013 5:20:02 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: dfwgator

I think the GOPe likes to lose....they get all the perks with none of the responsibility.


Winner winner Chick-fil-a dinner!


32 posted on 04/10/2013 5:20:36 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: yongin

Never going to happen. The GOP does not have a conservative platform; they are too afraid of the NYT and all the other hyphenated names. Nor are these “social conservatives” going anywhere..and Priebus knows it. Sorry, but there you are..


33 posted on 04/10/2013 5:21:03 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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Oh my. A strongly-worded letter.

Demanding a meaningless resolution in support of a now deeply-flawed platform that no one pays any attention to but them anyhow.

Perhaps they could try withholding support from candidates who violate the principles they claim to hold?

“Please! Stop me before I RINO again!”


34 posted on 04/10/2013 5:21:33 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life. Liberty. Property. Family. Sovereignty. Security. Borders. The Constitutional Oath.)
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To: yongin
It has been interesting to watch this evolution occur here on FR. There were those who crossed this bridge back in 2004...I was not one of them...although I was screaming that Bush was not a conservative. Yet I felt it was necessary to hold my nose and vote GOP.

I did that...and felt proud in 2010...and thought we had accomplished something....until we were stabbed in the back by the GOP-E. So...that day has now passed. I will vote GOP only for my senator Ted Cruz...and locally...but no longer a straight ticket. They will have to earn my vote.

I can only hope the GOP-E has enough sense to have lurkers out here in the hinter land taking the pulse of the base and seeing how disgruntled we all are. I fear, however, they are as clueless as usual...and that 2014 will usher in the end of the GOP majority (even though it should be a landslide given Obamacare's debacle) because I will be very tempted to stay home or lodge a protest vote.

Even though my congresscritter is conservative...he will have to give me assurance that he will vote against Boehner as speaker.

35 posted on 04/10/2013 5:22:11 PM PDT by NELSON111
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they aren’t doing anything for us. bait and switch. get us first, then go moderate.

they say ‘who else ya gonna vote for?’

i say, if you’re not going to do what we want done, either way we’re not getting what we want. let your precious moderates and liberals elect you over their even more liberal friends.

i think we almost have to adopt this strategy to clean house and get actual conservatives back in seats that are strong and don’t give two/craps about the media or liberals, don’t want to be friends with them, don’t want to compromise with them,but want to fight them at every turn. and when they’re on the run, keep fighting them and making them run back even more.


36 posted on 04/10/2013 5:24:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: yongin; Norm Lenhart; All

“However, the GOPe says gun control and amnesty are social issues that can be ignored. “

And that’s just more mucking around with the language. How are gun control (SELF DEFENSE) and immigration reform (secure the borders and maintaining sovereignty) social issues???? HOW??? THEY ARE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES! Unlike abortion, gay marriage, entitlements,etc.


37 posted on 04/10/2013 5:24:34 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: yongin

Don’t be troubled. Just admit to yourself that the GOP and Dems are the same thing. Because their actions show them to be with everything we have seen in the last year.

Every one of us has a choice. Accept the reality of the situation or continue to live in denial...thus contributing to the demise of America. It’s that simple. This is a VERY black and white issue. You either be part of the problem by continuing to empower the party that works with the Dems to gut American principles and values (The Constitution for starters) or you do not.

Plenty of people since the election have gone through gold medal verbal gymnastics to assuage themselves of guilt and keep their heads buried EVERY TIME one of the idiots in the GOP goes fullmetal liberal.

And we wonder why we are in this mess. When you see something does not work...don’t do that. Simple. So freaking simple. But so many have so many more excuses about why this or that ‘special circumstance’ stops them from doing something different.

Bull. People can act to fix the problem or continue it. Black and white issue.


38 posted on 04/10/2013 5:25:01 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: dfwgator

Very good point; they know real conservatives will never for a Dem so they keep showing us the goat. I have abandoned them, but many wont, and as I said, the GOPe knows this..


39 posted on 04/10/2013 5:26:23 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: yongin

The GOP-E gave we socons a thumb in the eye when they foisted Mutt Romney on the American people. I’m sure they’d love to finish the job and drive more of us out of the party.

Romney was my bridge too far. And for once I’ve got the perfect tagline.


40 posted on 04/10/2013 5:27:25 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: dfwgator
Nothing about their actions tells me they seek to win anything. I firmly believe enough of them really believe they are securing their place (and for their families) at the seat of the table of the NWO or whatever you want to call what is coming. The post United States as we knew it world.
41 posted on 04/10/2013 5:28:12 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: yongin

I didn’t bother warning him before I left. I didn’t think he’d care.


42 posted on 04/10/2013 5:28:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: yongin

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus should be made aware that we have a list of traitors that need to be hanged, and he’s in the top one-hundred.


43 posted on 04/10/2013 5:29:55 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: cardinal4

I had a shill freepmail me last week railing on me for holding the GOP to account. He has plenty just like him. They refuse to hold feet to fire after all the screaming they did about doing that very thing over Romney.

FR is filled with liberals. That’s the ugly truth. Because when you have fits about people holding ‘feet to fire’ over liberal actions by the GOP, what else can be said?

And the GOP counts on their lib ass kissers to keep strife at a high level at conservative sites across the web. By design.


44 posted on 04/10/2013 5:30:42 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: yongin

They do not realize, the milk toast “moderates” they say they are trying to attract will not work for the party, they don’t have the passion. They lose us, they stand for nothing, they will be nothing.. might as well vote for the dems.. I see a third party sooner rather than later


45 posted on 04/10/2013 5:31:22 PM PDT by rocketmag
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To: yongin

Problem is, we’ll end up with 4 years of President Hillary or President Biden


46 posted on 04/10/2013 5:33:20 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: yongin
The letter further asks GOP committeemen to pass a resolution at their meeting this week re-affirming the party's 2012 national platform, which includes language calling for bans on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts Governor (gave us "gay marriage") Romney asked about the Republican party's platform on abortion:

PELLEY: Well, the platform as written at this convention for the Republicans does not allow for exceptions on abortion with regard to the health of the mother or rape or incest. Is that where you are?

ROMNEY: No. My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.

Social conservatives are correct to ask if the Republican Party permanently changed it's positions in 2012, on many issues.

47 posted on 04/10/2013 5:34:40 PM PDT by ansel12 (The lefts most effective quote-I'm libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics.)
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To: marron; yongin

See my tagline.


48 posted on 04/10/2013 5:34:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I had a couple folks going after me last night for not liking Grassley’s “moderate” gun control bill.

They told me to “get a grip,” and “take a pill.” In other words, more than an insinuation that I’m crazy to be concerned. The kicker is that they then told me not to worry because the lists would only be used against crazy people!

:-)


49 posted on 04/10/2013 5:35:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life. Liberty. Property. Family. Sovereignty. Security. Borders. The Constitutional Oath.)
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To: yongin
I doubt the credability of anyone who even deigns to speak to him.
50 posted on 04/10/2013 5:35:05 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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