What is the GOP thinking?

Posted by courage On November - 28 - 2009

Have you seen the recent Republican National Committee litmus test flung across the internet ? Apparently 10 leaders of the RNC are seeking ratification on a litmus test to purge and deny funding to those who do not agree with at least 7 of the 10 points.

From the New York Times:

According to the resolution, any Republican candidate who broke with the party on three or more of these issues– in votes cast, public statements made or answering a questionnaire – would be penalized by being denied party funds or the party endorsement. (emphasis mine)

Does the GOP plan on scouring documents, press conferences and other public statements to determine the validity of true GOP blood?  Onward in the NY Times article:


Here is the resolution’s list:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run health care;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

On first reading, I thought okay, I can agree with all but a couple of the criteria the RNC is advocating but something with the content wasn’t right. At first I couldn’t quite figure out what disturbed me about the resolution points.  Suddenly it hit me… they are framing most of the resolutions through negatives.

Psychologically the use of “oppose” in many of the resolutions criteria creates a negative in peoples mind. Instead of being affirming resolutions, the GOP has fallen in to the Democratic definition of Republicans.. the party of NO. If this is the best the GOP can do in attempting to solidify support for the 2010 and 2012 elections, they are in trouble.


I understand that these points will be debated at the GOP winter conference. I hope someone with sense will speak to using affirmative and empowering language instead of language which centers on aversion.  In reading people will see the negative as something to avoid, while I think most would agree that the negative statements are correct in context,  by focusing the sentences on the aversion or negative it also makes people shun the entire philosophical basis for the resolutions.

People are drawn to ideologies and causes which offer common sense solutions; things which believe in the highest opinion and self-reliance of the individual.  Everyone wants to believe that no matter how bleak things may be, no matter the darkest of times, we do make it through by focusing on the finest of our individual spirit to create positive change.  In using negatives the GOP divides instead of embracing individuals and the strengths they bring to the table.  As I see it, the division this creates will alienate voters which have turned sour on the “Hope and Change” thing.

From Rasmussen:

The majority of voters (64%) continue to believe the nation is heading down the wrong track, up slightly from last week.

snip…..

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats say the country is heading in the right direction, but only nine percent (9%) of Republicans and 22% of voters not affiliated with either party feel the same way.

A substantial number of Republicans (89%) and unaffiliated voters (72%) believe the nation is heading down the wrong track. These findings have remained fairly consistent for months.


An overwhelming majority of Republicans and unaffiliated voters already believe the positions championed by the administration and the current majority of Democrats in the Congress are wrong.  The key for the GOP taking control of one of the chambers in 2010 Congressional election is focusing on those unaffiliated voters.  These are primarily the ones who gave Obama the votes needed for victory.  They are also the ones that where hoodwinked by the empty and meaningless promise of “change.”   Their were sold a package which lacked definition and became subject to anything the individual wished to apply to its meaning.

It was game Obama learned back as a community organizer, don’t spell-out the the exact actions for change, just play to the emotional level of the individual, because at the end of the day its about power and control.


The Democrats play on the victim mentality, the individual is not responsible for their own life, they are a victim of a corrupt system which can only be solved by me, Obama.  They never bothered to tell the individuals that the ‘us” they envisioned was a government engorged on freedom, sucking the blood from the American people.


So what should the GOP do, should they establish resolutions that define their party?  You bet ya… but they should center and solely focus on the positive attributes which have epitomized American virtue and strengths.  Lets now revisit those negative based resolutions and center them on the American spirit.


(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes which creates prosperity and opportunity for all Americans;  by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform, centering on tort reform, portability of current health care plans, and allow for the availability of policies to be bought across state lines; and oppose Obama-style government run health care;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms and affirm the right of America to utilize available natural fuel sources, including oil, natural gas and nuclear in an environmentally responsible manner;  by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot which is the capstone to a free Republic: by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society, America flourishes with controlled immigration and national security is protected;   by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges, if our military is stifled in their objective by minimal troop support, we call for an immediate troop withdrawal which will save the lives of our brave soldiers;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat and stand by our Allies who may be most in harms way through these continuing threats;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act; We support marriage as an American Christian Judeo longstanding tradition, yet understand that the definition of family has expanded in our culture and support the opening of dialogue to include all benefits and penalties associated with this tradition to be expanded to any two adults regardless of sex.

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by championing continued health care coverage for these individuals;  by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms  as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.   by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

Now let the dialogue begin….

One Response to “What is the GOP thinking?”

  1. courage says:

    To clarify points which may have caused some confusion:

    From what I experienced first hand from the April 15th rally in Valpo to the 9/12 rally in DC, the patriots movement is a movement of eclectic individuals whose primary concern is freedom, liberty and adherence to the Constitution. So while some posters here may be Republican that in not indicative of the demographics of the Patriot movement in its entirety.

    The patriot movement is not strictly GOP, nor is the Tea Party movement.
    Individuals that are drawn to the Patriot/Tea Party movement see arrogance in both parties. What has become obvious is that neither party has displayed adherence to core principles of the Constitution, which include freedom, liberty and limited federal control.

    What the Republican Party is proposing is to define itself in the negative, as though they have no standing of their own and define themselves strictly through the ideology of the Democrat party. They become reactionary to Democrats in lieu of being proactive. This creates the image that the Republicans are not the drivers of the bus but rather passengers complaining from the backseat.

    When the Republican Party defines itself as a backseat participant, only complaining, they place themselves not as leaders but as followers. When people are seeking a political party, the last place they will look is at the group sitting in the back of the bus yelling NO. People want to follow a party which demonstrates a solid understanding of the Constitution and will fight to guarantee the principles of the Constitution over party affiliation.

    The reframed resolutions I proposed are not the end-all-be-all of what the GOP should do. These refined resolutions, as I wrote them, are defined through positive affirmations touching on the human spirit and the embodiment of the Constitution.

    As for the Defense of Marriage Act, I do not believe the federal government has any right in accordance with the Constitution to regulate or define the act of marriage; it is beyond the scope of the enumerated powers as offered by the Constitution.

    I stand for Constitutional values, which are not owned by any political party.