Monday, November 10, 2008
Nope. The answer is that experience and research has shown that our society, as intelligent or unintelligent as it may be, will follow only a few major points in a speech or lesson. Even those all-day seminars are boiled down to chunks of time that convey a few major points at a sitting.
In this past election, the Obama campaign made full use of this knowledge, boiling their message into what eventually became the mantra of "Hope and Change". When asked for specifics, "Obamans" could recite the mantra and that was enough - for them. Conservatives must be able to communicate their message in equally simple language without being as simpleminded.
For ages, the Republican party has stated that it stands for limited government, strong defense, individual rights for the born and unborn, low taxes, etc. That message has been blurred by the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). I tried to list other groups who might be responsible, but RINOs seem to encompass the lot of them.
How can the Conservative message be boiled down to just 3 main points, and what are those points? I offer:
1. Limited government realizes the value, rights, and liberties of the individual. Under this point falls the theme of being prolife, pro-Constitution, pro 2nd Amendment, etc. Government officials must lose the right to vote themselves pay increases.
2. A strong defense at home and abroad. Under this point falls the theme of strong borders and the idea that peace is won through strength, both demonstrated and implied. We as the United States have been blessed with the resources to protect and defend ourselves and other nations, whether or not it's politically expedient to do so. With that blessing comes responsibility. Enforcing legal immigration does not preclude immigration; it will help keep criminals from settling here, committing the same crimes they committed in their home country, and then escaping back across the border.
3. Lower taxes means lower prices and more saving/spending power for individuals. Under this point falls the fact that corporations don't pay taxes: consumers do. Lowering the taxes on business will lower the prices for individuals. Jobs will be created. Lowering the taxes on individuals will increase spending/saving. This has historically been shown to actually increase the amount of tax revenue coming into the goverment coffers.
There are more issues that could be listed, and maybe a point number 4 could be added, but the argument is this: Create a message that is easily communicated and defended/demonstrated.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The problem was that the husband of one member on the opposing side had taken the course and let her in on the secret to winning. When we arrived at the negotiating table for our exercise, armed with our great, glorious plan to compromise and live in harmony, we learned that our opponents had launched a pre-emptive nuclear strike and had already wiped out all means of our side being able to defend itself. We got an F that day.
Did they cheat? Only if learning from the past can be considered cheating!
The Republican party has much history to study when it comes to bipartisan politics. There may be examples in that history where something good was accomplished, but I believe those examples are few and very far between. When you mix something you know is Right with something you know is Wrong, you knowingly strengthen the Wrong and weaken the Right.
Let's briefly consider the liberals' core list of beliefs. They believe in a woman's right to kill her unborn child at various points in the gestation period, right up to the point of birth. They believe the goverment should be BIG and POWERFUL enough to squelch conservative speech, limit or do away with the right to own and bear arms, and increase taxes to fund goverment spending and entitlement programs. They do not believe that individuals can govern or provide for themselves: goverment must do that for them.
Conservatives believe in small government, pro-life and pro-business policies, low taxes, personal liberty, strong defense, the abilities of individuals to govern and provide for themselves, and that you win peace through strength.
We, as thinking human beings, can look at this elementary - and admittedly simplified - comparison between two belief systems and realize that one will have a positive impact on individuals and one will have a negative impact.
How can conservative legislation, when based on conservative beliefs, ever be bettered through bipartisanship? The result is that conservative legislation, and eventually the conservative message, becomes diluted and weakened. You can't mix Right with Wrong and expect Right to maintain its integrity
Senator McCain touted his skills at bipartisanship during this presidential campaign as if it were a positive, a trophy to wave above his head. In essence, what he was confessing to us was that he has developed an ability to compromise in negotiating at the expense of weakening the conservative message. In contrast, Senator McCain complained that President-Elect Obama had never "reached across the aisle" in an act of bipartisanship. What McCain thought was a sword with which to attack his opponent was nothing more than a scepter of coronation, dubbing Obama as someone who doesn't compromise the message, wrong as it may be. Senator McCain got an F on November 4, 2008.
In rebuilding the conservative party - whether or not it's called Republican - the new definition of bipartisan politics must be those instances when the left/moderates agree with Us. Anything else will compromise and dilute what is right and true.
Friday, November 7, 2008
These attacks amount to nothing more than a campaign staff that ran a lame campaign and are now attempting to throw SaraCuda under the bus.
The "leak" has refused to identify him/herself. (Secret info: it's Nicolle Wallace) Typical. So why hasn't the gentleman from Arizona taken a few minutes to step in front of a camera to defend SaraCuda?
Senator McCain, during the campaign you stood up and defended Barack Obama after the North Carolina Republicans ran a truthful ad against him. You did that within 2 minutes of the ad running. Yet it has been TWO DAYS since this garbage started and you remain silent.
Shame on you, sir.
The next four years are critical to the future of our families, our economy and our country, and we have a responsibility to rebuild our party by fighting for the principles of freedom, opportunity, security and individual liberty — the principles upon which the GOP was founded. Recommitting ourselves to these principles means two things: vigorously fighting a far-left agenda that is out of step with the wishes of the vast majority of Americans and, more important, promoting superior Republican alternatives that prove that we offer a better vision for our country’s future.
America is still a center-right country. This election was neither a referendum in favor of the left’s approach to key issues nor a mandate for big government. Obama campaigned by masking liberal policies with moderate rhetoric to make his agenda more palatable to voters. Soon he will seek to advance these policies through a Congress that was purchased by liberal special interests such as unions, trial lawyers and radical environmentalists, and he’ll have a fight on his hands when he does so.
In record numbers, Americans voted on Tuesday for a skillful presidential nominee promising change, but “change” should not be confused with a license to raise taxes, drive up wasteful government spending, weaken our security, or give more power to Washington, Big Labor bosses and the trial bar. Americans did not vote for higher taxes to fund a redistribution of wealth; drastic cuts in funding for our troops; the end of secret ballots for workers participating in union elections; more costly obstacles to American energy production; or the imposition of government-run health care on employers and working families."
With all due respect Mr. Boehner, it wasn't anything President-Elect Obama did - other than running a well organized, extremely effective campaign. As Bobby Jindal (R), governor of Louisiana stated on the Laura Ingraham show today, "If you give people the choice of voting for a liberal or a moderate, they historically choose the liberal".
Mr. Boehner, you and your colleagues have allowed - and maybe even helped - the Republican Party to drift to the center, allowed the message and the values to become blurred, and you have failed to jealously pursue the preservation of the conservative platform upon which you and many of your colleagues ran, all in the name of "getting along".
This is the list of the people who need to be in leadership- or at least advising - in the Republican Party:
Sarah Palin, Mike Pence
Jim DeMint, Tim Pawlenty
Marcia Blackburn, Jeff Flake
Jeff Sessions, Michael S. Steele
Mike Rogers, Bobby Jindal
J.C. Watts (if he'll come out of retirement), Duncan Hunter
Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich
Mr. Boehner, you've been there long enough as House Minority Leader. You've watched what has happened to this party and you deny there is a need to rebuild voter trust. Instead, you blame the voters for being hoodwinked by a slick campaign.
Time to say good-bye.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Zo can be a tad raw sometimes but his message and his understanding of the issues allows him to cut to the heart of what's going on.
I met Alan Keyes years ago. He's a live wire to say the least and that's what turns folks off. He is conservative, and so is Huckabee, though I've never heard him play the bass. Maybe Huck, Zo, and I could play a bass trio someday.
Sarah Palin is who I'm hoping for in 2012. She may or may not be up for it. Right now, we've got to retake the Congress in 2010. Let's get our delivery system ready for then - now.
If you've ever felt - and still feel - the need to apologize for being a conservative, take a look at all the so-called 'conservatives' who lost this go-around. They apologized and they lost.
Who knows what they stand for anymore? They must return to the basic conservative roots if they want to continue to represent us. They must have a basic knowledge of what those conservative roots are: Pro-life, pro-family, small goverment, strong defense, pro-business, pro-border defense, low taxes, and pro-Israel.
I'm sure there are more, but if the list grows, its new constituents will fall under the main theme of Small Government.
Our representatives must also kick to the curb the notion that being 'bipartisan' has any appeal . Every time a conservative has reached across the aisle in an effort at bipartisanship, he or she has drawn back a bloody stump! The new conservative definition of bipartisanship must be that "We do not bend on our principles. Acceptable bipartisanship is when - and only when - the left or middle agrees with Us!".
If the politicians calling themselves Republicans have any doubt about what I am - and many, more qualified folks are - saying, they should just continue with the 'bipartisan' meme and keep seeking to please the MSM. They will continue to lose elections and senate house seats. The last time the Republican Party really made sense?: When Newt Gingrich wrote The Contract For America and the conservatives took the majority in the Senate and House. How have they forgotten this!?
One bit of evidence of what works in this nation: Proposition 8 in California, which places a ban on homosexual marriage, was passed this election. Politicians worry and wrangle over how to reach minorities (read African-Americans and Hispanics). 70% of African-Americans voted for the ban. I'm not sure what the % of Hispanics who voted for the ban was, but it was as high, or higher, than that. Minorities vote for conservative, pro-family issues. Conservatives must also stop assuming that Hispanics who are here legally want anything other than the laws regarding legal immigration to be enforced. Stop insulting the people who are here legally by lumping them in with the ones who aren't!
There's a lot to be done before 2010. So-called conservatives who have a problem learning from this recent election and the elections of the past 20 years DO NOT deserve our votes. Let's let them know that!