Skip to comments.Lighting a Fire Under the GOP
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.
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.
Willard on installing ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE:
"Conservatives are such fools.
Obama and the MSM have our back."
. . . 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.
I’m thinking of the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “Burn her! Burn her! She’s a witch!”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
I read the headline but not the article. I didn't need to
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....
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?
And don't deny it
Light a fire under the repubs?.....
Where are the matches?
The goal of the Rep leadership is to keep its power. Period. It is not to stand up against Dems.
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.
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?”
Of course. Would you like for them to keep them?