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Does Limbaugh Speak for the GOP?

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All of Rush’s dearest dreams are coming true as the leader of the free world is pushing Rush to even greater prominence by insinuating that he’s the voice of the GOP. Personally, I hope this is proven to be untrue. If Rush is truly speaking for the GOP, then I fear that the future for the Republican Party may be a great deal too much like its past.

 

Shades of Red

I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.  I think conservatism is really a misnomer, just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals… The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. -President Ronald Reagan

The past two general election cycles have been bleak for the Republican Party. Looking  back on its celebrated rise from near irrelevancy in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, it becomes clear that 1994 was a peak rather than a new beginning.  When Newt Gingrich, Jim Babka and PNAC took control of the GOP from what was left of the Goldwater/Reagan conservatives, it marked the beginning of the end.

Tips for the Republicans

The GOP chief knows the gig is up:

In a frank and private memo sent today to Republican National Commitee members, the RNC chairman acknowledges that the GOP has grown too addicted to ideology, places politics before policy, and is bereft of ideas — and that it’s imperative that the party shift towards a genuine effort to develop concrete policy solutions to people’s problems in order to rescue itself.

I have a few quick ideas:

Shelby Stands Tall Against Automakers Bailout

Displaying both passion and courage, GOP Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama has been leading the charge against a taxpayer bailout of the automobile industry.  With pressure from both corporate interests and the White House, Senator Shelby is standing firm and leading the opposition to this big-government bailout.

Shelby won his seat in the US Senate in 1986 as a Democrat, defeating Republican incumbent Jeremiah Denton. In his initial Senate campaign, Shelby had maximum support from organized labor, groups now clamoring for attention in the bailout legislation. Shelby’s home state of Alabama is home to major Toyota, Honda, and Mercedes plants. Yet, this Senator has chosen to face the special interests and stand for principle in opposing a giant step toward socialism.

Choice for the GOP

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), the former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate with Al Gore and ardent John McCain supporter, is considering a move to the GOP. According to this story from Politico, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has approached Lieberman and discussions have taken place.

Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), is apparently upset at Lieberman’s support for McCain which was cemented with his speech at the Republican National Convention in September. Lieberman, who has served in the Senate since 1989, had to run as an independent in 2006 after losing in the Democratic primary. He has continued to caucus and align himself in the Senate with the Democrats.

The RNC is actually trying to shame you into giving them money, proving yet again that it’s a worthless organization

The Republican National Committee sent out an email blast this morning, a screenshot of which can be found at the end of this post, in which they basically tried to shame supporters into giving them more money.

Yeah, this is an election year and both parties — and, yes, we subscribe to emails from Republicans and Democrats — are doing just about everything they can to squeeze out every penny out of donors, both large and small.

“Did you abandon the Republican Party?” writes RNC Treasurer Tony Parker. “Chairman Priebus has written to you already this year asking you to contribute to the RNC and renew your membership. But we haven’t received your financial support yet this year.” (Emphasis in the original.)

“Right now you are handing the advantage over to Democrats. That’s exactly what President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want you to do. With committed Republicans like you sitting out in 2014, the Democrats are able to continue their liberal rampage on conservative principles,” Parker added.

UNSUBSCRIBE.

Seriously, that email is the worst. The RNC demeaned its hard-working volunteers, basically telling them that what they’re doing isn’t enough. Well done, guys. Well done.

But, to answer the question in the subject line of the email, I don’t give money to the RNC for a number of reasons. Here are some of them:

Crazy Uncle Joe Biden admits Barack Obama hasn’t lived up to the “change” he promised

Speaking at an event hosted by Generation Progress, the student arm of the leftist Center for American Progress, Vice President Joe Biden admitted that the “change” then-candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 hasn’t happened.

“Look, folks, this is within our power to change. Everybody says because we tried in ‘08 and it didn’t happen, it’s not possible,” Biden told student activists. “Wrong. We’ve gone through these periods before,” he said, pointing to examples he experienced in his career.

“But folks, this is totally within our power. Change. Change for the better is absolutely possible, and I believe it’s close to inevitable, if you’re the drivers of it,” he added.

To some degree, President Obama has lived up to his promise. He has, for example, managed to consume more power for the executive branch, leaving the legislative branch as an afterthought in his approach to governance. That could have serious consequences for Americans given that presidents typically take the powers left by their predecessor as a floor, not a ceiling.

The Republican Party needs a new Ronald Reagan to sell the message of liberty

Sometimes being a conservative in the Republican Party is like being Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. You get up each day, go through the same motions, and watch disaster strike over and over again, never seeming to grasp the underlying truths necessary to make a clean break from a checkered past and take acquired knowledge and use it to progress.

It is all the more infuriating because, no matter how many times you watch your party leadership do idiotic things, you know that there is not really anyplace else for you to go if you want to realize your dream of a limited, constitutional government based on the principles of the Founding Fathers.

As a conservative, you know that your principles have been applied to policy for hundreds of years, and when applied properly they have led to spectacular the expansion of financial prosperity, and the securing of individual liberties.

This is why you work within the Republican Party. This is why you spend your Saturdays knocking doors for candidates you support. This is why you stay informed on history, politics, economics, and current events. This is why you attend monthly party meetings, Precinct Mass Meetings, and multiple party nominating conventions each year. This is why you freeze half to death in the middle of the night the first week of every other November, driving around the district and putting out yard signs at the election precincts. This is why you do phone banking and fundraising. This is why you do the hundreds of little things that you do each day, each week, each month, and each year, to do your best to do your part to advance the cause of liberty in the best way you know how.

A winning message for the GOP: Separate big business and state

Barack Obama

Republicans are poised for another successful mid-term election, the reasons for which are voter dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Obamacare, his signature domestic achievement. In other words, voters are, to this point, flocking to Republicans not because of any agenda they’ve put forward, but rather because they’re the lesser of two evils on the ballot.

After 50-plus votes to repeal, delay, or defund the law, voters know that Republicans oppose Obamacare, though, the haven’t yet seen party leaders rollout out a replacement. They know that the GOP believes in limited government, fewer taxes and regulation, but leaders haven’t effectively communicated that message to the public.

There are some conservatives, however, who are pushing the party to adopt a positive reform agenda, one that advances opportunities for all Americans. One of the most notable aspects of this message is that it targets cronyism — the collusion between government and big business that rips off taxpayers through bailouts and subsidies.

Among the issues that Republicans could use to advance this message with voters are the Obamacare’s $5.5 billion bailout for health insurance companies and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, known as “Boeing’s Bank,” which is seeking to raise its borrowing limit to $610 billion over the next four years.

Republicans can run and win with a new message: separate big business and state

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was rebuked this weekend by grassroots conservative activists in his home district. He wasn’t just booed by the local party base, Cantor’s pick for Virginia Seventh District Republican chairman was defeated by a Tea Party-backed activist:

Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican.

They also elected one of their own to lead Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Republican Committee, turning their back on Cantor’s choice for a post viewed as crucial by both tea party and establishment wings in determining control of the fractured state GOP.

Former lieutenant governor Bill Bolling, pushed out of last year’s governor’s race by a similar party schism, said he was “extremely disappointed” by the results of the vote, in which longtime Cantor loyalist and incumbent Linwood Cobb was unseated by tea party favorite Fred Gruber.

“Clearly, there is a battle taking place for the heart and soul of the Republican Party,” Bolling said in a statement. “While the voice of every Republican should be heard, our challenge is to figure out how to be a conservative party, without allowing the most extreme voices of the day to control our party and determine its future direction.”
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The tea party faction trumpeted the election results as a victory for core conservative principles of limited government, low taxes and a free-market economy.

 


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