The GOP, What Gives?
The question has been posed: “What do you think the GOP needs to do to reverse the slide in support and start winning elections?”
What a challenge! First, the fact that the party appears to be dazzled by the media (including so-called Conservative pundits) insistence that it appeal to conservatives, moderates and the “independent voter”, is the biggest problem. When Republican candidates espouse the progressive theories, proclaim themselves pro-choice and side-step border control – they should be running on a different ticket. The fact that the party has, for so long, stood for traditional values (pro-family, pro-life, environmental conservation, pro-education, tight security, few to no taxes, and fiscal responsibility), the recent 8 plus year swing to the left of center has left many in the rank and file disenfranchised. Additionally, the party’s “elite” have become no different than those who they are desperate to defeat. It is glaringly apparent.
How did this happen? It is easy to be a “Monday Morning Quarterback” when it comes to any administration, but, that said, this administration and the RNC combined have systematically chosen to ignore two all-important facts. A progressive (socialist), ideology has been firmly established in two American bastions, the press (all media) and the educational system. For the past 30 odd years, curriculums across the country have been re-written to suppress history, civics and basic geography. These courses have been combined in a “social-studies” course that, from primary through post secondary education, pounds home all that is wrong with America, focusing on the mistreatment of obscure indigenous tribes as American (English) settlers first step foot on the continent, rather than teaching the history of the nation with pride and objectivity. From the time a child has been through the “system”, a progressive mind-set has been established, add to that the daily drumbeat of left versus right played through the media (including prime-time television and cable shows aimed directly at the pre-teen, and teen audience).
Instead of speaking up and speaking out in defense of traditional values, and challenging those aforementioned institutions, many in the party (elected officials) chose to remain silent, or worse, change positions. This leaves the base shattered and apathetic. Meanwhile, the media continues to plug away. The new mantra is: “Anyone with an R next to their name cannot win this year!” This from those clearly left of center pundits, as well as conservatives pundits such as Howie Carr out of Boston. The power of the media to eventually change our form of government from that of a Republic to the unknown that our founding fathers so feared (The Federalist Papers) – appears to have begun in earnest. These same conservative pundits, backed by or part of those “elite” Conservative groups with very deep pockets, both desperate to hold power and ratings, backed specific “acceptable” candidates, while cannibalizing those within their own party in a clear and deliberate attempt to run the primary process. To what end? Not one of the “chosen” candidates made it past Super Tuesday, and those same pundits (Ingram, Hannity etc.) are now in a position where they must back peddle on a daily broadcast basis, lending further to the appearance of disarray within the party.
What to do? Speak up and stand strong, stop apologizing for being Republican and holding those conservative principals upon which the party was founded. Do not let Progressives go unchallenged, or they will change our government in the same manner they have changed our educational systems, perverted our constitution (progressive judges: Marriage has an overwhelming religious meaning, and the courts, under our Constitution, have no right to weigh in on this issue. To do so is in clear violation of the Constitution as regards the separation of church and state. That said a domestic partnership protects the rights of all individuals, an acceptable alternative. The prevision, again, by progressive think, of the 14th Amendment, as regards the right to abortion is another such example.), hijacked our media and have altered the face of the Democrat Party beyond recognition. Additionally, do not give a pass to those elite conservative groups and their media counterparts who have done no less than those whom they despise. It is one thing to express an opinion, it is entirely another to push an agenda. Conservative groups should uphold and promote values not candidates. Those pundits are subject to ratings. The base, the regular people, are the ones who support the pundits – tune-out, write letters, email and call in your indignation. We are now at a crossroads where, if we, as Republicans, do not stand up, and together, in support of our principals, especially our high-profile candidates, elected officials, media personas and, yes, the special interest groups, we stand to loose much more than elections. Let those in leadership positions get back to work, the work of the people and ask their party members as well as those outside the party, to do the same. That message, an end to partisanship, reaching out to the “masses” without compromise, in order to move forward, is the key. If anyone can help to make these changes happen, it would be Governor Mike Huckabee. He has the experience within the party, the skills to negotiate an the backbone to talk about the issues, clearly and without apology.
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