Skip to comments.As Disappointed As You Might Be With The GOP, What Is The Alternative?
Posted on 09/26/2005 5:34:31 PM PDT by mwfsu84
My major complaints with the GOP are Bush's spending, and the stonewalling RINOs in Congress. And yet, what is the alternative? To vote Democrat? Or to not vote at all - which is just as helpful to Dems.
Every time I think how disappointed I am with Bush, I try to remember how much worse it could be with a legitmate Bush-hater.
The Democrats won't cut spending. They'll raise taxes. We'll see national health care. A Democratic President won't nominate moderate SCOTUS justices - unless you consider Ruth Bader Ginsberg a moderate. We'll cow tow to the UN, probably pull out of Iraq, establish relations with Cuba and Hugo Chavez. They'll be no legitimate challenge to the ban on partial birth abortion. This fall, an upcoming SCOTUS case will be whether a minor has a right to have an abortion without parental consent. If a 15 year old child wins that 'right', do you honestly expect ANY leader from the party of Planned Parenthood to challenge it?
You think gas prices are high now? Wait until you see prices caps imposed, Jimmy Carter-style, so you'll have higher prices and longer lines. We'll have a president that preaches to us the value of sacrifice, which as we all know, worked so well during the Carter years.
As disgusted as we are with George W. Bush, we can't give up on the Republican Party.
It's a good point, but there are cases where conservatives can pick a third-party candidate if that candidate has a chance in the general election.
Jim Gilchrest, who's running for Congress in a California special election, is a good example.
That's the gag isn't it? Republicans know that they just have to be a little better [conservative] than Democrats and they LOCK UP the vote of the conservatives.
The Republicans should change their motto to "The Republican Party, We Suck Less".
Because they do really suck.
Agree but we have to try to be heard by the party. The beast must be stopped.
I hate liberal thought more than I love the Republican party.
Involvement is the key. Hold your representatives accountable. Let them know they have to please you and the other constituents, not the press or the Inside-the-Beltway crowd.
My major complaint is that Bush won't fight back or take credit when credit is due.
Speaking of which, there really is a "none of the above" vote in some countries. If a certain percentage of the population votes that way, then the candidates are given the heave-ho and the election starts all over again.
Sounds a little cumbersome, but better than not voting, I think.
"What Is The Alternative?"
A party of Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and other small government conservatives. I see from the pork vs hurricane relief conversation that there is a voter constituency for what the Republicans used to be.
Pres. Bush also has an MBA and may know more about what he's doing than we do. Unlike Pres. Clinton - Bush is not a poll driven politician. He is a meticulous planner and usually makes excellent personnel choices when it comes to selecting people who will be loyal to him and carry out his policy.
We also have to understand that President Bush is not an ultra conservative. The President believes in conservative methodology, which emphasizes accountability. He is not a micro manager, so sometimes his personnel choices might fail to live up to his expectations, but this rarely happens.
The President is also not ego driven, which means that he is trying to pave the way for the next Republican candidate for the Presidency. We need to control the Oval Office if we're to achieve the long term goals of reducing the size of government. The President shares this goal, but his plans put the implementation far into the future. The first steps to arriving at that goal are not to upset the status quo, but to massage it and move it in the right direction by way of reforms.
Instant small government would backfire on Republicans and cost us control of Congress and the Presidency. We have to remain in the game by playing the system that has been handed down to us. Anything more would crazy when we're faced constantly with a hostile press.
Prepare, lock and load.
The president does not pass laws, congress does. Blaming Bush is unproductive. The answer you are looking for is electing house conservatives such as Tancredo or Pence or others who will hold the line on spending bills. And, senators who will support conservatives. We can fault Bush for not pushing more but he's not the problem.
INDEED! I'm sick of it, esp. after just reading the thread about the hate crimes garbage that passed the House last week. Honestly, I'm about at the point of throwing in the towel on this country anymore.
Third party principled losers or Hillary...take your pick.
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