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HISTORICAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK - "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

REPUBLICAN DIRECTION TOWARD 2010

There has been a considerable amount of discussion as to where the GOP should turn and what direction that turn should take following the defeats of the last two elections and the dominance of Democrats currently in Washington.

Pat Buchanan wrote an excellent article that outlines that direction and the task that faces the GOP. While an uphill climb it is far from mountains over come by Republicans in the past and there is also a historical precedence that Buchanan details which is very interesting. Following is Buchanan's excellent read.

Ken

Wanted: A Fighting Party
By, Patrick J. Buchanan


As was evident at the White House Correspondents Dinner, it is deja vu, 1961, all over again. We have a young, cool, witty, personable president – and an adoring press corps. "I am Barack Obama," the president introduced himself. "Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me. (Laughter and applause.) Apologies to the Fox table. (Laughter.)"

What is also evident is that, without its new superstar in the lineup, the Democratic Party is a second-division ball club. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are not terribly formidable. Last fall, the Congress they ran had an approval rating below Vice President Cheney. Why then is the Republican Party agonizing publicly over what it is supposed to do? If history is any guide, the pendulum will swing back in 2010.

After all, in 1952, Eisenhower was elected in a more impressive victory than Obama's, and ended the Korean War by June. And, in 1954, he lost both houses of Congress. Lyndon Johnson crushed Goldwater by three times the margin of Obama's victory. He got Medicare, Medicaid, voting rights and a host of Great Society programs. And, in 1966, he lost 47 House seats. Ronald Reagan won a 44-state landslide in 1980, cut tax rates – and proceeded to lose 26 seats in 1982. Bill Clinton recaptured the presidency for his party in 1992 after 12 years of Republican rule. In 1994, he lost 52 seats and both houses of Congress.

Though, demographically, the nation is tilting toward the Party of Government, the GOP must remain the party of free enterprise, and should follow the counsel of Australia's Robert Menzies, long ago: "(T)he duty of an opposition ... is to oppose selectively. No government is always wrong on everything. … The opposition must choose the ground on which it is to attack. To attack indiscriminately is to risk public opinion, which has a reserve of fairness not always understood."

Rather than debating what the national party position should be on foreign policy, health care, education, or social issues – which the party will decide when it chooses a nominee in 2012 – the GOP should focus now, and unite now, on what it will stand against. Here the party has a good start. With the exception of Specter the Defector and the ladies from Maine, it united against the $800 billion stimulus bill. And as it is impossible to shovel out an added 6 percent of GDP in two years, without vast waste, fraud and abuse, this stimulus package is going to come back and bite Obama by 2010.

And, recall, in his address to Congress, Obama assigned Joe Biden to see to it there was no waste, fraud or abuse in spending the $800 billion: "And that's why I've asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort – because nobody messes with Joe." Joe has been set up to take the fall.

The next place to take a stand is against "cap and trade." More and more Americans are coming to conclude, after the record cold temperatures in many cities this winter, that global warning is a crock – that there is no conclusive proof it is happening, no conclusive proof man is the cause, no conclusive proof it would be a calamity for us or the polar bears.

But cap and trade would mean a huge hike in the cost of energy for all Americans, the shutdown of fuel-efficient U.S. factories, and their replacement by dirtier and less fuel-efficient Chinese plants. And we do know the agenda here is a vast transfer of wealth and power from U.S. citizens to government bureaucrats, and from the U.S. government to global bureaucrats who will run the oversight and enforcement machinery set up by the Kyoto II conclave in Copenhagen.

A third issue on which Republicans ought to stand and fight is health care. For the end goal of Obamacare is the same end goal as Hillarycare: nationalization, bureaucrats deciding what care each of us shall receive, when we may receive it, and whether we even ought to have it. If the Republican Party remains the party of the individual and the private sector, does it have any choice but to fight?

For if cap-and-trade passes, and Obamacare becomes law, the government share of GDP rises to European socialist levels, and, as we saw after the Great Society, there is no going back. A party defines itself by what it stands for, and what it stands against. After the Bush era, the Republican Party has been given the opportunity to redeem and redefine itself – in opposition to a party and a president who are further left than any in American history.

A true conservative party would relish such an opportunity. After all, the Goldwater young did not lie down and die after a defeat far more crushing than the one the party suffered last fall. Is this Republican Party made of similar stuff?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too bad the Republicrat Party let themselves go as far as they have. Then Pat Buchanan's excellent essay would be moot and unnecessary. But the fact is, the Repub's HAVE gone over to the LibDem side, and lost the trust and faith of too many of their former followers. And it takes a VERY long time to rebuild that lost trust and regain those now-lost followers.
Meantime, the LibDems are making too many deep inroads, too quickly, into our rapidly disappearing liberties, not to mention our (and our children's) money. We, The People, can't wait for the Repub's to regain their direction and footing.
So don't be surprised, or shocked, or dismayed, to hear about the nacent rise of a Conservative Party. If the disaffected Republican followers can be rallyed to a rapid buildup of this Conservative Party, it can fill in the gap vacated by the Repub Party as well as stop the LibDems assault on our freedoms.

I am "linking" to two of Texas Fred's excellent thoughts on the matter. Copy and paste to your URL line, read and enjoy.
http://texasfred.net/archives/4123

http://texasfred.net/archives/4129

B Woodman
SSG (Ret) U S Army

3:00 PM, May 12, 2009  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Perhaps of interest.

I disagree with this in the article, though:

And third, because hundreds of thousands of principled conservatives stayed home rather than vote for a man who had eagerly morphed into the mainstream media’s favorite Republican.No, those "principled conservatives" came to bat for Palin and were fired up to oppose Obama. We lost because we failed to attract those moderates and independents who conservatives seem to wish to purify from their party.

2:36 AM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger Gayle said...

I agree with you, Ken, but I think Acorn had a lot to do with it too. Besides, Every time a third party has been tried it's only drawn votes away from the GOP and the Dem's have won. What's to keep that from happening again?

"Joe has been set up to take the fall." I hadn't thought of that, but I believe you're right. I almost feel sorry for the guy.

10:24 AM, May 13, 2009  
Blogger GOPSUCKSASS said...

Drawing votes against the GOP? The GOP has simply been so narrow-minded and bigoted for so many years that it simply "caught up" to em. I choose to call it like it is and in very simple terms. An imbicile like Palin and freak show like McCain is not going to draw the votes of those who have been disenfranchised and ignored for so many freakin years. That is where the GOP got lost. Try prophesizing, articulating and painting it all the colors of the rainbow - it is what it is. Get over it. Our country was ready for changing it's bigoted, exclusive whites only country club mentality. We have made it to the mountain suckas!

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