Re-Inventing the Republican Party

GOPThe Republican Party establishment has long held onto the idea that they are still the “Grand Old Party”. But the truth is, the GOP has been monopolized by fat cats, political insiders, and  interest groups. You don’t have to look any further than Carl Rove. Carl, the man who gave us John McCain, Mitt Romney, and backed the opposition for Senators Rubio from Florida and Cruz in Texas during the primaries.

If we are to revitalize our Party, we need to participate. We need to hold our leaders accountable to the ideals and principles found in the party platform. And furthermore, we should expect these representatives to stand and fight, unified, and unwavering. We can no longer afford to passively ride the rails to oblivion, our Country is at stake.

The following list of 10 steps is a start to get our Party back on track:

  1. Representative that do not uphold our conservative principles should be targeted in the primary process with serious conservative candidates.
  2. Representative that do not uphold our conservative principles should be removed from a Committee leadership roles. 
  3. Representative that dishonor the office should be immediately removed, and publicly rebuked.
  4. John Boehner needs to be replaced as Speaker of  the House.
  5. Our Party should champion a Balanced Budget Amendment and lead the charge from the halls of Congress to all 50 State houses.
  6. The Republican Party needs to embrace the Tea Party if it wants to survive.
  7. Our Party leaders should develop a single clear and concise message based on the party platform that is communicated loudly and often.
  8. Our Party leaders should develop a detailed plan to take back historically conservative voting blocks State by State, and vet potential primary candidates supporting only those that pledge to support the Republican Party Platform.
  9. The Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) tactics used by the other side should be countered at every single opportunity.
  10. Carl Rove needs to go, we thank him for his accomplishments in 2004, but the last two Presidential elections have shown his ineffectiveness, bad judgement, and wrong ideas.

Pot meet Kettle…

In Ron Paul’s latest round of political adverts, he attempts to paint the new front runner, Newt Gingrich, as a “flip-flopper”. OK, sure, I’ll concede Newt has had his share of “changes of opinion”, but who hasn’t.

Coming from Ron Paul, I find this particularly offensive.  This from the man who requests the earmarks, votes against them, and meanwhile his fellow Reps. in the House pass his earmarks. I’ll take someone who can learn from their mistakes over someone who is disingenuous any day of the week. If we weren’t in polite company I’d call him a liar.

Meanwile, during the interview on the Laura Ingraham show today. Ron Paul stated he believes Newt is not a conservative. This coming from a Libertarian that runs on a Republican ticket because his constituents can’t even spell libertarian, much less knows what it means. We do give credit where credit is due, and we do applaud Mr. Paul for his relentlessness on keeping fiscal policy on the front burner, but there are many other things we disagree with him about.

On Defense and National Security:
Paul’s record on defense is, he does not believe in defense spending. He has voted no to every defense appropriation bill since he has been in office.

Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)

On Crime:
Opposes death penalty at state and federal level. (Jan 2008)

Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
Voted NO on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)

On Energy:
Ron Paul has been pretty solid on energy policy, and supportive of domestic production of energy. To his credit:

Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)

On Education:
Eduation is one of the few areas where I have no complaints with Ron Paul. He supports students right to prayer, home schooling, abstinence, creationism and faith based schools. He did, however:

Vote NO to on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
Vote NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)

and contradictory:

Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff. (Dec 2007)

His Pro-Life Record:
The bellwether of the Pro-Life movement is the National Right to Life Committee whose goal is to restore legal protection to innocent human life and related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide. Ron Paul is rated 56% by the National Right to Life Committee, a score that indicates he has a mixed record on abortion.

Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

On Marriage:
On the Defense of Mariage Act, and constitutional amendment Ron Paul stated “If you believe in federalism, it’s better that we allow these things to be left to the state. My personal belief is that marriage is a religious ceremony. And it should be dealt with religiously. The [government] really shouldn’t be involved. The government got involved mostly for health reasons 100 years or so ago. But this should be a religious matter. All voluntary associations, whether they’re economic or social, should be protected by the law. But to amend the Constitution is totally unnecessary to define something that’s already in the dictionary. We do know what marriage is about. We don’t need a new definition or argue over a definition and have an Amendment. To me, it just seems so unnecessary to do that. There’s no need for the federal government to be involved in this.” – 2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida Oct 21, 2007

Ron Paul voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)

On Drugs:
Pon Paul’s stance on drugs should come as no surprise to anyone with knowledge about the Libertarian Party. Decriminalizing drugs is one of their main tenents. When asked “all drugs should be decriminalized. Drugs should be distributed by any adult to other adults. There should be no controls on production, supply or purchase for adults”?

“Yeah, It’s sort of like alcohol. Alcohol’s a deadly drug, kills more people than anything else. And today the absurdity on this war on drugs has just been horrible. Now the federal government takes over and overrules states where state laws permit medicinal marijuana for people dying of cancer. The federal government goes in and arrests these people, put them in prison with mandatory sentences. This war on drugs is totally out of control. If you want to regulate cigarettes and alcohol and drugs, it should be at the state level. That’s where I stand on it. The federal government has no prerogatives on this.” – Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series Dec 23, 2007

Ron Paul has been rated A by VOTE-HEMP since December of 2003. He has sponsored numerous bills trying to legalize industrial hemp. He truly believes that the “War on Drugs” has abused Bill of Rights. In July of 2001, Ron Paul sponsored a Bill to legalize medical marijuana. Paul. at one time, was against federaly funded needle exchange programs until January of 2009 when he signed onto the Community AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention Act to distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)

Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
Sponsored bill letting states legalize industrial hemp. (Apr 2009)

The Super Committee…

John "F'ing" Keery

It was once said of the fictional character Colonel Blake of the famed Television series M.A.S.H. “This is the seat from where a thousand indecisions have been launched”. I am reminded of that line every time I hear about the “Super Committee”.

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka Super Committee) is a committee comprised of 6 Democrats, and 6 Republicans, and has been meeting since August. The goal of this committee is to make meaningful reforms to reduce the national deficit. To date, no meaningful legislation has come from this body.

The Republicans continue to come to the table with proposals, but the Democrats refuse to compromise. They would rather increase revenues during an economic crisis, than solve the real problems, spending.

Meanwhile, Senator Kerry continues to give us the finger by promoting class warfare and refusing to extend the Bush tax cuts.

The real problem here is not revenue but spending. We need a balanced budget amendment.

Heads must fall…

There are not too many days here lately that I get home and don’t find an impassioned plea in my email inbox from the RNC Chairman Michael Steele asking for a donation to fight off one cause or another. “Could you send us $25, $50, $100, $500 or more to the RNC today!” If you send money to the Republican Party, do you ever wonder where the money goes?

I know…. about $2000.00 of it went to take the “Young Eagles” to a lesbian-themed nightclub in West Hollywood. According to their website, the Voyeur is a “A destination for provocative revelry that combines eroticism and nightlife exclusivity. An alluring ambience designed with elegance and comfort while maintaining underground vitality.” In other words S&M shows, topless dancing and dancers simulating lesbian sex. But it doesn’t stop there, the exessive spending includes fees for private jets, car services, plush hotels, and catering Meanwhile, the RNC Chairman was missing in action on a “book tour” on company time. All in all, under this Chairman the RNC has raised less money and manged to spend more.

I was never a big fan of Steele. Like the rest of the current Republican leadership, he lacks the fire in his belly to stand up and fight  for the ideals that make this Party great. Instead, he’d rather make nice and capitulate to the legacy media while throwing other conservatives ‘under the bus’ on the weekend shows. During an interview responding to the Rush Limbaugh statement about hoping that the Obama socialist agenda fails, Steele had this to say “Let’s put it into context here. Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, the whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary, yes, it’s ugly” It’s quite a shame, I had sincere hopes that the first black man to lead the RNC would be the one to resurrect the Party of Lincoln, the “Grand Ole Party”. Now how fitting would that be?

I don’t know about you, but if I gave money to the RNC, I’d be asking for it back… But then again, I stopped throwing money down that hole, a long time ago…

Is the GOP dead? or just really sleepy?

Part 2

It’s just a little over a week, and the buzzards are already circling the corpse, if you listen to the legacy media that is. And to make matters worse, some bright genius in the McCain Camp thought it would be a good idea to start running down Sarah Palin by spreading a load of fertilizer, better known as B.S..

There seems to be a little ‘sour grapes’ within the ranks of the McCain faithfuls. Pity, just another lame attempt in a long line of lame attempts to be relevant, or some kind of insidious plot to fracture the Party even more. Either way, this  behavior does the Party no good at all. But it does bring into question, where was this snarky attitude on the Campaign Trail. I guess it is Okay to be respectful to your opponent, and have a no holds barred policy towards your running mate.