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Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2013 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 10/18/2013 8:41:58 AM PDT by Kaslin

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party.

What isn’t?

That’s no joke. Not for the GOP, not for the country.

The party of Ronald Reagan is getting weaker by the week.

Republican failure, Republican infighting, Republicans caving on their principles -- it’s a grim soap opera, and it’s playing out on the cable news channels every day.

How did the Republican Party ever fall to such depths?

The GOP was flying high when my father led it to victories in 1980 and 1984 on platforms built solidly -- and proudly -- on conservative principles.

So how was he so successful? It wasn’t just his conservative gospel, his communication skills or his sunny personality. My father had a man named Michael K. Deaver by his side for a long time.

When Deaver died in 2007, The Washington Post called him the “media maestro” who “shaped President Ronald Reagan's public image for 20 years, transforming American politics with his powerful gift for image-making.”

Yes, Mike Deaver was a master of media stagecraft. But he was much more. He was the public relations arm of Ronald Reagan. He understood politics, the media, and the heart and mind of my father.

Deaver was able to marry all those things for the betterment of Ronald Reagan -- and therefore the betterment of the Republican Party, conservatism and America.

You don’t see anyone like Deaver in today’s fractious Republican Party.

You don’t see anyone who understands how important it is to use the mainstream media to create the political perceptions that ultimately change the political reality.

Even though they talk about my father incessantly, Republican Party “leaders” don’t understand that it was Deaver and others, such as Lyn Nofziger, who made him a success.

They weren’t consultants to my father or the Republican Party. They were around Ronald Reagan because they were true believers in Ronald Reagan.

Right now, I don’t know if the Republican Party has anyone it can trust to lead it out of the basement. John Boehner can’t get anything done because Republicans are so fractionalized.

As we said last week, it’s been government by tantrum, but at some point that’s got to end.

This is where a Deaver or a Nofziger -- the adult supervision -- would have come in and said, “This is what needs to be said and done to save the GOP’s butt and reputation.”

So what can the Republican Party do now to show itself in a better light -- not to Republicans, not to the Tea Party, but to the nation as a whole?

The GOP is always going to be a minority party, so the only way it can win in the long run is when it’s inclusive, not exclusive.

The GOP has to come out of this Obamacare/government shutdown debacle showing itself to be more inclusive, instead of being exclusive and pushing people out, which they can no longer afford to do.

At this point the president is not leading. But neither are the Republicans. They’re fighting, but they’re not leading.

It doesn’t matter that the Republicans’ failed attempt to stop or delay Obamacare was a “good fight” for conservative principles and the long-term good of the American people.

The drawn-out, poorly thought-out fight was doomed from the start and only weakened the GOP brand further.

To genuine conservatives, the GOP has become a party of spineless losers whose core beliefs about the size, scope and legitimate activities of government are virtually interchangeable with Democrats.

Yes, Republicans need another great leader to resurrect the party of Ronald Reagan. But they also need another Michael Deaver. Otherwise, we may see the disintegration of the GOP as an important political force in the running of a government that gets bigger and nastier every day.


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1 posted on 10/18/2013 8:41:58 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I wanted to like this. I really did.

But, Michael doesn’t get it, either.


2 posted on 10/18/2013 8:48:59 AM PDT by don-o (Hit the FReepathon hard and fast! Nail this one for the Jimmer. Do it now!)
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To: Kaslin
Mike's a bit schizophrenic here. He talks about adhering to principles and then about being inclusive, not exclusive. Apparently not recognizing that the RINOs and the left accuse those conservatives who stick by their principles as not being inclusive.

State your principles and then stick by come hell or high water. Those who agree will join you. Period.

3 posted on 10/18/2013 8:49:18 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: All
Republican infighting

This phrase is no longer valid. It is now open warfare against conservationism and Conservatives. It is the Dems and GOPe against Conservatives for the soul and future of this country.

4 posted on 10/18/2013 8:50:20 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Kaslin

Which one is getting weaker? The collectivist GOP-E or the GOP-C?


5 posted on 10/18/2013 8:55:50 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t get it, do ya Mike??

The RINOs in the party are VERY COMFORTABLE as a distant 2nd place party. They get THEIR bennies and are quite happy not having to lead. That they follow the Socialist right off the cliff matters not. After all, they haven’t hit the bottom—yet.

Forseight. The ‘future’—who cares about that?


6 posted on 10/18/2013 8:56:59 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The redcoats are coming" -- TO SEIZE OUR GUNS!!--Paul Revere)
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To: Turbo Pig

Accurate point! Bullseye!


7 posted on 10/18/2013 8:58:21 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Kaslin

Michael, back then Deaver only had to make a silk purse from pure silk.

In the last years, we are offered up old sow’s ears.

Simple as that.


8 posted on 10/18/2013 9:00:16 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Flintlock

My only hope for the future is that the Dim agenda will implode so much over the next year that the GOP will be the only alternative.


9 posted on 10/18/2013 9:02:45 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Seen any scandal headlines lately?)
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To: Kaslin

Well, there’s a real issue about handling the msm, and their anti-American activism. All we hear is that the Repubs can’t do the right thing because of how the media will cut them off at the knees, so to speak. I don’t know to what extent that is true, but it could be a valid concern.

I recall years ago Newt reflecting on how the majority of their time is spent on how to bypass, burrow through, or otherwise deal with the biasness of the media. I don’t remember Gingrich offering up any answers, however.


10 posted on 10/18/2013 9:07:48 AM PDT by Paulie
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To: Jack Hydrazine; All
the media does win almost all battles and the Republicans cave on most battles

but we've won a few in the past, we got the Republicans to stop amnesty,hillary care , gun control in the past. if we give up and don't try to get them to stop amnesty this time we are much worse off with 50 million new 3rd world maggots invading the USA and taking away our jobs, our opportunity and our everything.

it's a long shot but we have to try to stop amnesty

the news media is trying to invent more fake crisis as they did for the debt ceiling. there was never any chance for default nor collapse but the news media said it in EVERY news story that if the Republicans didn’t agree to raise the debt ceiling that the USA would default on the debt and collapse of the world economy. this was the most blatant,. the most universal(said in every story as if it were a fact), and pervasive lie the media ever told and that i have ever seen. I will write a letter to every Republican explaining to them how they were fooled and how they better not pass amnesty.

11 posted on 10/18/2013 9:10:56 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t buy the MSM Kool-Aid. The next election is local and if the Democrats try to nationalize it on immigration, the President or immigration they will lose only worse.
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12 posted on 10/18/2013 9:11:58 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Right Wing Yahoos taking Over the GOP --YAHOO!)
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To: Rennes Templar; don-o; skeeter; Turbo Pig; Kaslin

Everyone tries to compare now to Reagan’s time, but it isn’t just the party that has changed, it’s the American people. We are not the same country we once were, and Americans today are not conservative in the real sense of the word. If they were, we wouldn’t be electing the people that we do.

I know Rush always cites polls that say Americans identify themselves as conservative, but that doesn’t mean anything because people can have different ideas on what that means.

We have big government that doles out money because that is what voters want. We may have to face up to the fact that real conservatism is not popular. People prefer dependence to liberty and self-reliance.


13 posted on 10/18/2013 9:19:21 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Kaslin

7 years since the debacle of 2006 midterms and they’ve done nothing, NOTHING but sit on the butts...


14 posted on 10/18/2013 9:22:12 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Kaslin

Contact your local county GOP boards.

Across this country, local county GOP boards need to issue a “Vote of No Confidence” regarding the leadership of the RNC and the republican leadership in the House and Senate.

The local boards basically are made up by the base. The majority of republicans are conservative. It is the leadership of the RNC and the House / Senate are in the minority.

The RNC lavishly spends money on its establishment candidates while sparsely supporting their conservative counterparts.

If county GOP boards all over the country begin doing this, it will send a clear message that the leadership has to change now. We, the base, greatly outnumber them.


15 posted on 10/18/2013 9:24:12 AM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: Pining_4_TX; Rennes Templar; don-o; skeeter; Kaslin
People prefer dependence to liberty and self-reliance.

That's fine right up to the point where they start taking MY liberty and destroying MY ability to be self reliant; then I have a major issue with it. So the alternatives are fight the loss of liberty and increased dependency at every turn, or wait for them to knock on your front door, because you are the one voice left. Which will it be?

16 posted on 10/18/2013 9:33:39 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Pining_4_TX

The only glimmer of hope I see is the Dim agenda will implode so bad, people will be forced back to true conservatism.


17 posted on 10/18/2013 9:35:24 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Seen any scandal headlines lately?)
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To: God luvs America

Who are you accusing of sitting on their butts?


18 posted on 10/18/2013 9:36:01 AM PDT 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: Turbo Pig

I agree completely, but if the majority wants Uncle Sugar Daddy to take your money and give it to them, and they have the power to do so, then voting is largely futile.

I don’t have the answer and I’m not advocating giving up, but conservatives need to realize that it is not the politicians nor the Republican Party that is to blame, it is the average American voter. Politicians respond to what people really want, not what they say they want. Even people who call themsselves conservative don’t want to give up their place at the trough. It’s that simple.

If you don’t believe me, go to the most supposedly conservative parts of Louisiana or the farm states and run ofr office on the platform of doing away with ag subsidies and sugar tariffs. Good luck.


19 posted on 10/18/2013 9:44:55 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Kaslin

We are teetering on the edge. It could go either way. But I don’t want to have to explain to my grandchildren someday that I sat back and watched our country go over the edge. Do you?


20 posted on 10/18/2013 9:49:02 AM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: Kaslin

the GOPe who got us into the mess in the first place...


21 posted on 10/18/2013 9:53:46 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Democrat_media

They’re going by Hitler’s playbook with the Big Lie technique.

“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lie


22 posted on 10/18/2013 10:26:34 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: skeeter
Mike's a bit schizophrenic here. He talks about adhering to principles and then about being inclusive, not exclusive. Apparently not recognizing that the RINOs and the left accuse those conservatives who stick by their principles as not being inclusive.
The thing to understand is that the people we’re calling RINOs now were the people Reagan had to, and did, count on. The difference is that with the passage of time, and the success of Reagan internationally, there is no unifying Communist threat - even as the country is split internally by Marxists in the government. The situation is more reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s than of the 1970s and 80s.

Reagan signed on to Jack Kemp’s tax cut, the Kemp-Roth bill, and it became derided as “Reaganomics" - until, as Reagan put it, "I really, though, found out our economic plan was working when they stopped calling it Reaganomics.”

But the signal difference now is the existence of the Internet and Talk Radio, and the concomitant blatantness of the “bias in the media” - a phrase which I put in scare quotes because it is IMHO a very weak formulation. Yes, fiction dramas take a leftist slant, but there is no sane criterion by which to say that a storyteller has to tell only stories with political implications I would approve of. The problem is more properly identified as a culture of credulousness which is cultivated by journalists and by our schools. Credulousness is scarcely a new problem; Adam Smith bemoaned it in 1759:

It is acquired wisdom and experience only that teach incredulity, and they very seldom teach it enough. The wisest and most cautious of us all frequently gives credit to stories which he himself is afterwards both ashamed and astonished that he could possibly think of believing.  - Adam Smith
But the problem is made more acute with the reach of the Associated Press and the other wire services, which produce an actual conspiracy against us:
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary. - Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (Book I, Ch 10)
The wire services are virtual meetings of all major journalistic organizations, and - after over a century and a half - the inevitable conspiracy against the public which that produces is embedded in our culture. The claim of journalistic objectivity is sophistry, and it is embedded in our culture by our schools as well as by unified propaganda from all journalists (anyone who does not promote that sophistry is “not objective).

I of course make no claims against scrupulous and diligent efforts to be objective - no more than I would rail against attempts at attaining wisdom. But the claim to actually be objective is directly analogous to the claim to actually be wise - and as the etymologies of the words “philosopher” and “sophist” show,

sophist
1542, earlier sophister (c.1380), from L. sophista, sophistes, from Gk. sophistes, from sophizesthai "to become wise or learned," from sophos "wise, clever," of unknown origin. Gk. sophistes came to mean "one who gives intellectual instruction for pay," and, contrasted with "philosopher," it became a term of contempt. Ancient sophists were famous for their clever, specious arguments.
philosopher
O.E. philosophe, from L. philosophus, from Gk. philosophos "philosopher," lit. "lover of wisdom," from philos "loving" + sophos "wise, a sage."

"Pythagoras was the first who called himself philosophos, instead of sophos, 'wise man,' since this latter term was suggestive of immodesty." [Klein]

the term “sophistry” derives directly from people who used claims to actually be wise to fraudulently manipulate the public.
I claim that the claim to actually be objective is directly analogous to the claim to actually be wise on the basis that I am unable to define any distinction between the meaning of the word “objective” as the journalist uses it to suppress dissent and the meaning of the word “wise.”

23 posted on 10/19/2013 2:17:56 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: don-o

The GOPe would have us believe that they will fight but have not yet concluded on the small matter of which hill it is they wish to begin on. Meanwhile hill after hill is allowed to pass by with little contention. Now we realize, too late, they had no intention of fighting on ANY hill.


24 posted on 10/19/2013 3:42:11 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Liberty Wins

Don’t worry about explaining it to the grandchildren. We most likely won’t be around by then.


25 posted on 10/19/2013 4:06:42 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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