Should Conservatives abandon the Republican Party and form a new party? It is something to think about. After Obama won a second term, I thought about it. Because of the Virginia Senate’s passage (DELEGATE RICH ANDERSON: ANOTHER NO VOTE ON THE TRANSPORTATION BILL) of McDonnell’s tax, tax, tax-transportation plan, I am furious again (WHEN WILL WE FIGURE OUT JUST HOW STUPID THIS IS? –UPDATE). Unfortunately, there is a practical problem. Our political elite have rigged the system. So it is easier to take over the Republican Party than it is to replace it.
What is the problem with the GOP? I wish the problem was only party, but the problem is us. Many of us don’t understand the importance of sticking to our principles. That’s why motorcitytimes.com felt compelled to hold this roundtable discussion: MCT Roundtable: Should GOP drop social issues in order to win elections?
Here is the question the members of the roundtable discussed.
Karl Rove has launched his so-called ‘war on the tea party’ in order to ensure that establishment republicans retain power. In particular, the GOP doesn’t fare well with the ‘Millennial’ Generation, or Generation Y, of youth born after 1980. The call for the GOP to drop social issues in order to win elections has been the buzz. Setting aside the conservative/libertarian divide within the GOP on social issues, the party needs a winning strategy right away in order to stop democrats from regaining the House in the 2014 mid-terms and once again opening the floodgates of the Obama agenda in his final two years in office.
Should the GOP ‘stand down’ on social issues in order to win elections and get our nation’s fiscal house back in order? Can you ever successfully set-aside principles, even temporarily, for the greater good as losing the House in 2014 would be disastrous?
Good Conservatives, most of the members of the MCT Roundtable rejected standing down on social issues. Steve pointed out the practical problem.
The underlying problem we have today are mostly the social issues. The largest share of the Federal budget is money transfers to individuals, i.e. spending on social issues. If we don’t get the social issues under control we will not get the federal Budget under control. (from here)
Consider the object of setting aside the social issues. Supposedly, because everybody believes in Fiscal Conservatism (balancing the budget), we could win by focusing solely on fiscal issues. However, as I noted in THE MYTH OF THE FISCAL CONSERVATIVE, Socialists already call themselves Fiscal Conservatives. At the same time, as Social Liberals, Socialists run for office on social issues. For Socialists, any excuse to spend other people’s money is a “good” social issue.
Because Socialists balk at placing any limits on government power, they also reject any limits on government spending. In the ideological world of the Socialist, whatever we earn belongs to the government. Thus, government has the right to spend whatever we earn, and we, the People, have no rights except those which our glorious leaders allow us.
Instead of letting the Republican Party renounce its principles, Conservatives must take the lead in persuading the Republican Party to renew its support for the founding principles of this nation. These are defined in the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (from here)
We must remind the people of this nation that the success of the United States depends upon moral character of our people. Are we willing to adhere to a principled creed? Will we elect leaders who can be trusted to keep their oath to support and defend our Constitution, the compact that holds our nation together in peace? If the Republican Party cannot win by advocating and rigorously applying the creed stated in our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, then the republic that was the United States has reached its end. And we will have nothing to pass onto our children except an empty shell of the nation that its people once proudly called the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Please take the time to read MCT Roundtable: Should GOP drop social issues in order to win elections? and add your two cents. If you are Conservative blogger, please make your two cents a post. Some how we must get an ancient principle through some thick sculls.
The end does not justify the means.