To Earn Trust, Republicans Must Embrace Core Principles

Promoted. -Patrick

Let me begin by thanking Patrick, Soren, Jon, and the guys at the Next Right for understanding the importance that the internet can play in shaping the future of our party. As Republicans, we should be using forums such as blogs to shape and mold policy.

I have had a front-row seat to the Republican Party over the past several years. I've been a volunteer, a grass-roots candidate for governor, a lieutenant-governor nominee, chaired Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign in Iowa and was an elected delegate to this year's National Convention.

This has provided me a unique perspective of the status of the Republican Party. Paraphrasing Jerry McGuire, "I've been to the puppet show, and I've seen the strings.

There are many fingers being pointed and many excuses being offered in the Republican locker room after the staggering 2008 losses. As a result, we are searching for leaders in the Iowa Senate, the Iowa House and for Iowa's Republican Party. In addition, nonelected leaders are giving explanations for the party's demise and offering prescriptions for the future. So, please permit me to offer mine.

Jesus Christ, whom many Republicans claim to follow, summoned his followers to be either hot or cold toward Him, because a "lukewarm" commitment makes Him want to vomit. I believe this accurately reflects the mood of voters in the past several elections where Republicans have witnessed consecutive defeats.

We have followed the misguided advice of "experts" to abandon our principles and move to the middle so we can supposedly win. In essence, we have become "lukewarm" on life, on marriage, on the Second Amendment, on limited government, on balanced budgets, on lower taxes, on parental rights in educating and raising children, on faith, on family and on freedom. The net result is that voters have spit us out of their mouths.

Republicans are losing because the voters don't trust them. The first key to any leadership position is trust. No one cares how competent someone is if they can't be trusted. The last thing any state or entity needs is a competent liar.

The party's platform is clearly pro-life, but we fill out surveys and use focus-tested words to validate our overriding interest in winning versus a sincere commitment to core principles. Republicans rev up their base by declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman only to walk away from the issue when it poses a threat to personal ambition. The result is no trust ... no vote.

Republicans promise to balance budgets, but citizens are strapped with the largest deficit in history. Republicans passionately discuss limited government but deliver Medicare D, No Child Left Behind, stimulus plans and state value funds. The result is no trust ... no vote.

Some in the GOP are bold enough to refer to their party as "God's Own Party," indicating unswerving commitment to faith, family and freedom. Even so, voters witness disgusting text messages to young pages, solicitation of prostitutes, adulterous affairs, improper advances in airport restrooms and acceptance of money in exchange for power. The result is no trust ... no vote.

The "elite" politicos and Iowa's dwindling Republican establishment are now convening committees and strategy sessions to advise their "flock" to abandon the party's principles and move even further to the middle if they hope to win again. The voter sees and tastes the "lukewarm" and compromising attempts to gain positions and power. The result is no trust, and the voter, like Christ, wants to throw up.

If Republicans are to win again, they must authentically embrace their core principles and effectively communicate a compelling message of bold-color conservatism that inspires faith, family and freedom.

Each year, we hear more and more praise for President Ronald Reagan. So, let's embrace the unyielding words of our party's icon when he said, "Let us raise our bold colors high." And, for those who are willing to exchange their values for shallow victories, as Reagan said, "let them go their way!"

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Are you seriously rejecting government fiscal stimulus?

Are you seriously rejecting government fiscal stimulus during economic downturns?

Republicans passionately discuss limited government but deliver Medicare D, No Child Left Behind, stimulus plans and state value funds.

That seems me a trust losing idea.

I am. Why pass more money to China?

I can question what may in fact be a good idea.

just a couple of questions-

I have some familiarity with the Bible, especially the gospel, but don't recall any verses anything close to this:

"Jesus Christ, whom many Republicans claim to follow, summoned his followers to be either hot or cold toward Him, because a "lukewarm" commitment makes Him want to vomit."

Is it drawn form some new slangy translation?

Also despite reading conservative blogs for several weeks I continue to be confused about   the abstract "core principles of bold-color conservatism that inspires faith, family and freedom."  I believe that the your party has a long ways to go on that effective communication goal.

 

Confused about the Abstract Core Principles

Scio opera tua quia neque frigidus es neque calidus.  Utinam frigidus esses aut calidus!   Sed quia tepidus es et nec frigidus nec calidus incipiam te evomere ex ore meo.  [Apoc. Ioh.  III:14]

 

Usually filed under 'Laodicean', don't you know?

 

It is thought that the Laodiceans were being critiqued for their neutrality or lack of zeal (hence 'Lukewarm').  Based on this understanding, the term 'Laodicean' is used in some modern Christian circles to derisively refer to the neutral or indifferent.

 

However, some scholars have suggested that this metaphor has been drawn from the water supply of the city, which was lukewarm, in contrast to the hot springs at nearby Hierapolis and the pure water of Colossae.  The archaeology shows Laodicea had an aqueduct that probably carried water from hot mineral springs some five miles south, which would have become tepid before entering the city. Strabo states that the water was hard, though drinkable. The imagery of the Laodicean aqueduct suggests not that "hot" is good and "cold" is bad, but that both hot and cold water are useful, whereas lukewarm water is useless.

 

Neocomrade R. Vander Plaats almost certainly intends it the "derisive" way.

 

            [D]espite reading conservative blogs for several weeks I continue to be confused about  the abstract "core principles of bold-color conservatism that inspires faith, family and freedom."  I believe that your party has a long ways to go on that effective communication goal.

 

Not entirely fair.  Each faction and subfaction and factionette of the militant extremist GOP is tolerably coherent and effectively communicated if considered in isolation.  But toss them all together promiscuously and you instantly get the Tower of Babel, because there is no one core’ common to Big Managers, and  Political Christojudaeans, and Political Capitalists, and Weekly Standardisers and McCainiac Mugwumps.

 

I mention only the five most prominent crews of ’em in descending order of potency.  The last item can probably be removed from the roster now that the Fabulous Flyboy has got himself shot down one last time.  No doubt le mougwoumpisme en Amérique will be back eventually, but probably not very soon.

 

Happy days.


 

 

Revelation 3: 14-16

14To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Jesus said that in the last book of the Bilble - Revelation

I'm not mistaken it is called the book of the Apocrapha in Catholic Bibles.  Revelation 3:15-16 (KJV) "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

 

How do you get the Independents vote with rhetoric like that?

Why are Independents important? Look at the numbers.  How do you get Independents back and keep the base?  

Executing a constitutional approach, towards the economy and taxes  and an occaisional compromising on a social issue isnt such a bad idea. You have to let communities set standards. I read somwhere the idea that "Presidents follow culture not lead it". Instead of pushing to outlaw abortion, focus on funding real education and fixing other factors that contribute to higher abortion rates.

Imposing social standards on a society that was founded on individual freedoms seems a bit retarded,no? The  Democrat's "PC" of the 90's, that still permeates our society, along with "everyone is winner even if they suck" attitude are examples of social engineering that definitely rubs the core of most American's the wrong way. Don't be guilty of the same with the Republican social agendas.

Stick to the core values but ratchet the "Christian" religious tone down a few notches. The religious dynamic in this country is changing, what people call themselves really makes no difference.  What I mean by that is, all religions have overlapping values, the vernacular of the dogma surrounding how those beliefs are communicated are very different. So look for a way to appeal to the values themselves.

Showing American's the results of our presence throughout the world, i.e peace keeping and security for all countries, rather than the "God given right" approach would be more appealing to the masses as well.

  Most of the people that I talked to that voted for Mr. Obama are turned off by the far right. They just don't realize how dangerous the Left can be idealistically and in policy.  Again if you make a compromise in the religious tone of delivery,  the party would find itself more supporters, enough to make up for the stubborn base that stick like glue to their social agendas if not catered to 100% and become the  "no trust ... no vote".

Sen. McCain did not lose because he didn't play to the base enough. He lost because Mr. Obama framed him  the same as President Bush.  I know a lot of people that were turned off by much of the language President Bush used when talking about terrorism and going to war with Iraq and his policy in general. People associated Sen. McCain with the "Bush Republican Party" rather than the more appealing "Reagan Republican Party"

I might also suggest finding common ground that appeals to the all Republican's in the party.  Move the party to the center of itself.

Most importantly though, the Republican Party as you pointed out needs to execute on its principals. It's all in the messaging and then acting on it. That's how you garner support of the majority.

some of us know how poisonous

the terroristic-eco freaks can be.

we just recognize who are the dangerous factions: AIPAC and MPAA. Because those have power.

Why not run against MPAA? For drug legalization and the end to prison welfare?

That would win you votes.

Realism is needed not idealism

Politcally to win in presidental election or gubetorial elections you have to be center-right or center-left because you need to broadest base as possible to win elections at state level and national level.   The moving the party further right in the next four years as some suggested will put it in minority status for real long time.  

Have to know when to be pragramtic and when to take a stand.  Tom Delay and Grincrich grew the GOP majority being a realist not using idealogical limitus test to reduce odds of winning in blue collar districts.  Certain amount say,  idealogical compromises needed to rebuild a majority.  "It is true long as it does not effect systematically the party platform, and sometimes updating the platform is something all politcal parties do every 25 to 30 years." Others think not being conseravtive engough lost the house and senate.  Wrong, rigid idealism never wins elections 80% of the time.

 Trying to save Terri Shivo and response to Hurriance Katrina did more damage to the Republicans brand than the war on terror .   Win elections on concrete ideas on taxes,  lower regulation, better goverment.  You lose elections pushing morality,  intolerance,  nativism, rasicm.  The country demographic is changing slowy the platform needs adjustments to repature the US house and Senate.  

Double Down

I'm most definitely not conservative, but I read this blog (among others) cause I think it's important to know what smart people of various political leanings are thinking.  This post is just music to the ears of anyone who hopes for a more durable shift of political power away from the conservatives who've dominated American politics for the last 30 years.  Pretty much the only thing I can think of that would guarantee a maximum sentence in the wilderness for the Republican party would be to divine that the lesson from this election is tack harder to the right.  The reason the Republicans have compromised on issues so important to many conservative voters is because if they flew the colors Bob's calling for 6% popular vote losses in presidential elections would seem a miracle...

Hpocrisy and Evil

Was this the majority opinion of America about Republican party politicians on Nov. 4, 2008?:

 

So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just: but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity - - the old Messiah

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some things I trust I don't want

For example, I trust that Keith Olbermann will have a stupid, snarky rant every night. I choose not to turn on the channel.

Republicans have to deliver trust. They also have to deliver policies the voters want. Otherwise we will have thousands of former nominees, and very few officeholders.

John Kerry won 252 electoral votes. I think following an approach of making the Bible our primary political text guarantees neither Obama or a future Democratic nominee need worry about having a contest in any of these states going forward.

 

Thank you for speaking the truth!

"We have followed the misguided advice of "experts" to abandon our principles and move to the middle so we can supposedly win. In essence, we have become "lukewarm" on life, on marriage, on the Second Amendment, on limited government, on balanced budgets, on lower taxes, on parental rights in educating and raising children, on faith, on family and on freedom. The net result is that voters have spit us out of their mouths."

Worth repeating.

First, I know many Republicans who only agreed to "hold their nose and vote for McCain" because the alternative was so much worse.  The problem is that these are typically the people who donate their time to make phone calls and go door to door to get out the vote.  Normally they also donate their money, put a bumper sticker on their car and a yard sign in the lawn each year - and that didn't happen this time around.  McCain spent the entire election trying to "shore up his base" - and the base wasn't buying it.  These conservative voters have left the GOP and become Independents.

Second, the bailout plan.  How the Republicans could claim to be the party of "fiscal responsibility" and yet dump $2 trillion into failing companies is beyond me.  Thankfully my Rep voted twice against the plan, and that Rep won by a huge margin and is returning to Washington for another term.  I own a small business.  If it does well, I do well.  If it doesn't, I don't go on gambling junkets to Vegas on the taxpayers dime.

Third, the marriage issue.  Prop 8 protecting marriage passed by a wide margin in CA.  A lot of Democrats and Obama supporters voted for it.  Getting stronger on this issue should be a no-brainer for the GOP.

Fourth, the gun issue.  The only reason the Democrats won in many areas is because they moved to the right on it.  Even Obama avoided it during the campaign because he knows going anti is a losing proposition.  Of course, less than 24 hours after winning the gun ban rhetoric was back with a vengeance on his "change.gov".  Color me surprised that he lied during the campaign.

I could write more except I have to go back to work to pay for Obama's tax increase...

We need to reach out to other conservatives

I read that 70% of the black voters helped pass the marriage amendment in CA. There are plenty of Independents and Democrats that are more in line with the GOP on the moral values.  Gov. Huckabee received votes from them because he went to them and asked them for their votes. 

The author hit the nail on the head in this article.  If Republicans want to win elections again we must not forget that conservation has the same root word as conservative.  Let's get back to the basics that helped Reagan win by a landslide and helped the GOP take over Congress.  [Strong moral values, strong defense, fiscal responsibility using low taxes and less spending, and strong communication skills with a the populist message that won Republican, Independents and Democrats] 

Gov. Huckabee was laughed at in the early debates when he said the economy was in trouble.  He was laughed at again when he said instead of another stimulus package with handouts we should fund infrastructure improvements and let people WORK for their money.  He was one of the few politicians that came out strongly against the bail out - warning that others would come with open hands if it passed.  He warned that demonizing Obama would not win the election; because people needed a reason to vote for someone not against them.  We need to quit kneecapping the opposition. 

 

wall street hated huckabee

that's why he didn't win.

but oh man, did they hate ron paul!