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BACK TO BASICS

 

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When I started to volunteer and become active in the Republican Party, it felt like home. I was comfortable it was the good guys versus the bad guys and there was always a clear line drawn. There was the thrill of defending my party and its values – MY values – against a liberal agenda.

It was enough to say you were a Republican — there was no hyphen, there was no sub-group. You were Republican and that was enough. It was a time where Republican candidates won with double digit African American support, and we didn’t have to struggle to sharpen our message — our message was our platform.
Our platform focused on education, crime and economic conservatism, a platform that appealed to a wide range of people and a platform that continues to appeal to me. It was nice and it was comfortable: the party of sensibility.

Fast forward to the current ridiculous state of affairs. We’re a Republican party preoccupied with social issues and fighting each other over purity. The most controversial thing I could say is this: for a party that is all about personal responsibility, we have grown into expanding government intrusion in people’s personal life. That is big government, and that is not the party I signed up for.

The collapse of the big tent starts with its image. Folks see the infighting and see a bunch of angry men trading jabs with each other about who can out do the other on an issue that doesn’t broaden the tent or further gains on the values we hold dear.

Who in their right mind would go and say, “Sign me up for that!”?

The Republican Party used to be a family but now we are in a constant state of civil war. This does not help our cause, and the Democrats see this and they love it. They fuel it with gusto.

This has to end if the GOP is to continue.

The solution? We follow the basis of the Republican Party, we go back to what I fell in love with, we go back to small government deregulation of the free market and self-responsibility, the rest of this is nonsense.

Folks want to get back on message but we need to first get back to basics. We are splintered, we are wounded, and we have gone completely off the rails.

We need candidates who will focus on the right things, not unnecessary gimmicks to get their names in the papers. We need activists who will fight for what we agree on, not tear each other down over where we disagree. While many look to a younger generation as the future of the party, as a group with the energy and passion to fight when others have given up, we can not wait for someone else to fix it. If the Republican Party and its current membership don’t make drastic changes there won’t be much of a party for the next generation to fight for.

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14 Responses to “BACK TO BASICS”

  1. Ken Reynolds

    i’ve had the same experience in volunteering for the party of the people – the real good guys as i call them!! But we are not splintered like the rar right has become………YOU should rethink your values………….aas Joe Biden noted the other day….the Republican Party really doenst exist anymore……………good riddance!!!

  2. Anonymous

    Ken, the far left is more splintered than you can possibly imagine. Occupy Wall Street should be proof of that. The Democrats are made up their splinters as well, each with their own agendas and goals — if anything, it’s a bit more convoluted than the right is, because at the end of the day, the right can unite around a couple of key points: 1) preservation of free market capitalism; 2) preservation of traditional Judeo-Christian values; 3) Staunch opposition to those who attack #1 and #2. The opposition party, regardless of which it is, will act splintered and disunited, until they unite around the party’s leader and win an election. Look at the Democrats from 2001-2008, not to mention the Democrats from 1981-1992 for proof of this.

    • Ken Reynolds

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder FG……look at where the nation was 10 years ago and where it is today!! res ipsa loquitur…………….and just look at one of the last whimpers of the day when one of your fearless leaders – Rand Paul – is running for President and one of his key issues for 2016 is whether former President Clinton can get it up anymore in a 2016 White House – once Hilary is inaugurated!!!

  3. Anonymous

    I would submit that we were better off 10 years ago in 2004.

    Besides, we don’t know for sure if Rand Paul is running for President (neither is Hillary officially running either). Besides, BJ (Bill Jefferson) Clinton’s past would qualify as fair game as far as I’m concerned. Is the modern Democrat Party so tapped out and bankrupt of leaders and ideas that they have to reach into the past to find their standard-bearer?

  4. Lovettsville Lady

    I’m sick of the democrats telling me my party is fractured. I am saddened that so many republicans believe them.

    • David McKissack

      The party may not be fractured, LL, but it’s having a serious argument, and this post’s arrogance and dismissiveness point in exactly the opposite direction of where we must go to win elections. A quarreling family doesn’t unite by addressing one another in this tone.

      And unite we must, because this year’s elections are so critical.

  5. David McKissack

    “….we go back to small government deregulation of the free market and self-responsibility, the rest of this is nonsense.”

    So you want to create a big tent party by dismissing some of your fellow Republicans as idiots. Let us know how that works out for you.

  6. swim1111111

    Face it guys…..and LL…………you are all a bunch of political losers…..you need ideas……not ‘sayings’…….good luck, the democracy really does need a 2-party system………

    • Riley

      I agree, Ken. The GOP wins when it has good ideas and conveys them to voters. Democrats win based on slogans that hide their real agendas.

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