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Lighting a Fire Under the GOP
Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | David Limbaugh

Posted on 08/02/2013 4:55:17 AM PDT by Kaslin

Of the many ironies accompanying President Obama's reign of error, few are more perplexing to conservatives than the disunity and ineffectuality of the Republican opposition.

From the beginning of his first term, Obama has been fulfilling his promise to fundamentally transform America -- albeit in a way he didn't fully disclose when he made the pledge.

Indeed, Obama has proved in every way imaginable how serious he was and remains about steering the nation away from its founding principles. On a series of fronts, he has brought about major policy changes that are leading to the financial bankruptcy and accelerated decline of this great nation.

Though poll after poll indicates that the American people are more conservative than liberal and oppose, more than support, Obama's policy agenda, he has continued to escape accountability for making major changes against the people's will and even won re-election to a second term.

Republicans have been wholly discombobulated by this phenomenon and divided as to how they should combat it. From relatively early in Obama's first term to the present, a faction of Republicans has urged restraint in opposing Obama, while another has advocated a more vigorous opposition.

We've seen the same dichotomy throughout virtually every budget battle, with one group urging the GOP to take firmer positions against Obama's manifestly unreasonable budgets and continuing resolutions and the other counseling caution, reasoning that it makes little sense for Republicans to stridently oppose Obama on matters they didn't have the votes to win because he would be able to demonize them as obstructionists.

This internal split has sometimes grown fierce, with the tea party and self-styled Reaganites charging that the other group comprises establishment RINOs -- or Republicans in name only. The latter group, in turn, often accuses the first of being extremist and hotheaded flamethrowers.

Some on each side of the divide see the disagreement as more a matter of tactics than substance, whereas others adamantly disagree.

Personally, I do believe some of the disagreement can be chalked up to tactics -- but far from all of it. For example, many on the "establishment" side are all too willing to adopt the language of Democrats in painting the tea party side as narrow-minded and even hateful on matters from immigration to dependency programs.

I find myself on the tea party/Reaganite side of the argument but acknowledge we must find a way to unite our party in order to recapture power and begin to roll back Obama's destruction.

I don't believe that our group is extreme or self-destructively strident. Rather, we believe we will be likelier to achieve our ultimate goals if we more effectively oppose Obama by using plain language to clearly articulate our conservative vision and not candy-coating Obama's extreme views.

We must inspire Americans to rally behind our agenda rather than always play defense, acting ashamed of who we are and offering the voters little more than Democrat lite.

How far have we gotten with the cautious approach, after all? Didn't many conservatives stay at home in 2012 out of disillusionment with the party?

Obama and the Democrats never scale back their policy demands. They never reach across the aisle in an effort to compromise. They just get more and more militant, notwithstanding the obvious causal relationship between their liberal policies and the miserable state of the country and its ongoing decline.

I have no interest in demonizing or impugning the motives of the "establishment" group, but I think it's time that group opened up to the idea that in order to rebuild a successful coalition, we have to enthusiastically and unapologetically embrace principles the Republican Party has always professed to believe in.

We must confront Obama's despicable arguments head-on, from his kooky environmental extremism and his draconian, growth-smothering policies based on it to his incessant appeals to race, gender and class warfare.

But that alone won't be enough. We can't just defend ourselves against his arguments; we must relearn how to make an affirmative case for conservative principles as if we truly believe in them. We must not only squarely refute the Marxist lie that conservatism is heartless but show that it is more compassionate because it produces the most benefit for the most people.

We should never expect to turn things around if we continue to hang our heads as if in shame about our belief in limited government and the free market. We should present policies across the board consistent with that philosophy.

History, logic and common sense are on our side. Let's shed our fear and turn the tables on Obama and his group of fellow destroyers and give the voters a reason -- a compelling incentive -- to rally to our cause. Half-measures will only lead to further incremental advancements for statism and our inability to turn things around and get America back on track. Let's quit underestimating American voters -- especially conservatives, moderates and independents -- and give them good reasons to vote for us.


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Rush's brother hits the nail square on the head
1 posted on 08/02/2013 4:55:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I think lighting the current GOPe ON FIRE, would be more appropriate... this current bunch of gutless, unprincipled, indifferent ballless a$$ clowns need to be purged.


2 posted on 08/02/2013 4:57:50 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Kaslin

Willard on installing ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE:
"Conservatives are such fools.
Obama and the MSM have our back.
"




3 posted on 08/02/2013 5:03:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Kaslin
Here is why electing conservatives alone will never be enough to save our republic:

. . . it makes little sense for Republicans to stridently oppose Obama . . . because he would be able to demonize them as obstructionists.

As long as the senate is subject to popular whims, they will conduct themselves as the three term representatives that they are.

4 posted on 08/02/2013 5:04:47 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m thinking of the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “Burn her! Burn her! She’s a witch!”


5 posted on 08/02/2013 5:04:55 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Kaslin

Not really. He talks around the problem but only once does he really nail it:

“offering the voters little more than Democrat lite”

This isn’t about tactics, or “rallying”. The sad truth is, the GOP is a party of elitist, big-government compromisers. It is not the party of limited-smaller government, lower taxes, personal liberty, and a strong national defense (which is a short definition of conservatism).

Nothing the GOP does would lead a reasonable person to believe it can be salvaged or re-directed. Things are this way because those who control the Party want it to be this way.


6 posted on 08/02/2013 5:08:42 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Kaslin

I hope McConnell loses his primary challenge. Same for Boehner. We need LEADERSHIP. Not go along to get along. When will they ever learn you can’t play nice with the Dems and the Progressives? Answer: Probably never.


7 posted on 08/02/2013 5:10:57 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Kaslin

RAT Gestapo/KGB/NSA Holder machine is doing their best to intimidate and threaten anyone trying to oppose the commie steam roller over Constitution and freedom.

It started with Kenyan being put in charge, and spineless sheep letting him devour what’s left of bastion of freedom.

Support Arapaio and few brave souls who are trying to shed the light on the biggest scam in the history.

ANYONE elected to defend the Constitution have any guts left???

STOP Nobamacare! He will take “care” of you, your property, businesses, freedom and it will be too late, modern commie slavery will be “distributed” in one happy new world order!


8 posted on 08/02/2013 5:20:01 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: Kaslin

Two snips from the article: “....I find myself on the tea party/Reaganite side of the argument but acknowledge we must find a way to unite our party in order to recapture power.....”

“.......Let’s quit underestimating American voters — especially conservatives, moderates and independents — and give them good reasons to vote for us.”

Some posters here at FR have warned for many years about the vulnerability of the GOP to infiltration, and dominance by the Left as was the Democrat Party by radical self interests, and that’s where the problem IMO lies.

We have to vote out the Leftists within the party. The RINO’s have to go. Again as I’ve been saying since the days of Jimmy Carter we have to flush the Congressional Bowl. Pull the chain multiple times.

Speaking of Jimmy Carter I guess we are still in “the days of Jimmy Carter” as he’s once again off to N. Korea to negotiate with insanity. It was a thread the other day here at FR.


9 posted on 08/02/2013 5:21:28 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin
Just like his brother :

RE :”I’m going to say it straight up — again: I think Mitt will win handily. But that doesn't mean I am not nervous. Stakes too high.
@DavidLimbaugh - 17 September 2012 on twitter

10 posted on 08/02/2013 5:30:28 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: rockinqsranch
<<<< Speaking of Jimmy Carter I guess we are still in “the days of Jimmy Carter” as he’s once again off to N. Korea to negotiate with insanity. It was a thread the other day here at FR.>>>>

I read the headline but not the article. I didn't need to

11 posted on 08/02/2013 5:31:30 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: bigbob

Have those well-paid GOP big-wigs figured out:

(1) how to keep Democrats from voting for “our” weakest candidates in “our” GOP Primaries? No?

(2) how to obtain “moderators” for “our” debates who are NOT rabid news-pimps? No?

(3) How to loudly say “NO!” to front-men for Arabs and other wealthy un-American “donors”? No?

(4) Where to get the best lobbyist-paid-off-the-books martinis? Hmmmmm....


12 posted on 08/02/2013 5:35:09 AM PDT by pfony1
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To: Qwackertoo

Isn’t this up to the voters of Kentucky or in the case of Boehner to the voters of Ohio if they want to keep them?


13 posted on 08/02/2013 5:38:36 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: Diogenesis
You won't rest until the rats have got the majority in all three Houses, and the Republicans have no chance of ever getting them back.

And don't deny it

14 posted on 08/02/2013 5:42:23 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: Kaslin

Light a fire under the repubs?.....

Where are the matches?


15 posted on 08/02/2013 5:54:09 AM PDT by Progov
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To: Progov

The goal of the Rep leadership is to keep its power. Period. It is not to stand up against Dems.


16 posted on 08/02/2013 5:56:48 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: Kaslin
Attitude Reflects Leadership. It is time for new leadership, which will bring out a NEW ATTITUDE.


17 posted on 08/02/2013 6:02:34 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Common Sense 101

I believe that 2014 will not see me place a republican vote. Nope, of course, no votes for the sleazebag dim-bulb-crats either.

Like a stalled plane, perhaps it’s time to lose altitude and hope we recover airspeed before CW-II...and that, friends, is indeed in our future.

Sooner or later a lot of folks are going to tell Obama to shove it up his Obamahole.


18 posted on 08/02/2013 6:18:00 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin
What we need is rock-ribbed conservatives in charge of House and Senate leadership and the RNC!

Someone that can pull Aholes like McCain and Linseed Graham off to the side in private and explain to the bastards that if they won't support the party platform they will have all their dirty laundry leaked to their hometown press.

Make it very clear that they will be made so toxic that switching parties wouldn't save them, and they wouldn't get a plum job out of office.

” Mr RINO, we aren't sure if the claims that there are photos of you having sex with farm animals/homeless children are true, but a high level donor has stated they have $50,000,000 that can prove several RINOs did exactly that.

Let's not let you be the one that gets an example made of him, OK?”

19 posted on 08/02/2013 6:22:58 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Kaslin

Of course. Would you like for them to keep them?


20 posted on 08/02/2013 6:26:44 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Kaslin

The ONLY action that would light a fire under the GOP-e’s ass is an announcement by the conservative contingent in Congress of the imminent formation of a new, conservative political party (or selection of an existing one) to which they will be migrating.


21 posted on 08/02/2013 6:30:05 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: Beagle8U
What we need is rock-ribbed conservatives in charge of House and Senate leadership and the RNC!

There are NO indications the Republican Party establishmentards will ever allow it.

22 posted on 08/02/2013 6:33:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: ScottinVA
Who said anything about asking the ‘establishment’ for their permission?
23 posted on 08/02/2013 6:36:55 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: ScottinVA

Nobody gives you real power, you take it!


24 posted on 08/02/2013 6:38:26 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Qwackertoo

Like I said it is up to them to keep them or not. Not to you or me.


25 posted on 08/02/2013 6:40:27 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: Kaslin

The RINOs don’t want to win on principles because they’re “progressives.”


26 posted on 08/02/2013 7:02:25 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Qwackertoo

That’s not going to happen. There are not enough of us. “They” aren’t aware of much and will vote for the name they recognize. “We” have to do better raising money and getting the word out.

The ones in office now will never learn they can’t work with Dems. We must have new representation. I am skeptical, I’m afraid.


27 posted on 08/02/2013 7:32:04 AM PDT by jch10 (The greatest threat to America is the Democrats.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s “reign of error”.

Perfect assessment.


28 posted on 08/02/2013 7:33:12 AM PDT by moovova (Sell everything, folks. Be poised to run.)
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To: Kaslin
You apparently won't rest until you have attacked
every REAL Conservative for your
gay marriage-imposing, ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE-imposing
IMPOSTOR who then lied and blamed others.
29 posted on 08/02/2013 8:50:41 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Kaslin

“...I read the headline but not the article. I didn’t need to.”

Admittedly I read only enough to find out the alleged purpose of the idiots travels, and quit reading at that point myself. I really only wanted to see if he was doing to Obama as he did to WJC.


30 posted on 08/02/2013 9:32:40 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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