I am tired of hearing excuses about why our party lost. We can blame the media, the dems, and every other excuse that pops up. Fact is, we were trounced. Now, let's act like Republicans, initate some very tough self criticism, fire our current leaders and start the process of getting back to the party of Reagan. Anybody remember how effective he was at talking to the American people?
I am a proud Republican who truly belives that we have the best ideas for our country. BUT we do a very poor job of communicating these ideas in ways most people can relate to. McCain sounded like the belt way guy he is. Obama sounded like up the street. I know, his ideas are wrong. But face the fact he resonated with people. What we have to figure out is why.
I stand ready to go door-to-door to get out our party's message. Who will join me?
One final thought: I have heard many party pundits talk about getting back to the "basics". I agree, but the basics I want to get back to are the fundemental ideas that founded our country. I read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence last night in their orginal forms with all of the additions and deletions. Very instructive. Also read some of the writings from the founding fathers. This passage from Thomas Jefferson, in a Note on the State of Virginia, struck me as relevant to our current siuation:
"The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered." -- 1784
But probaly the best passage is this one:
"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others." Thomas Jefferson, 1784
For the record, I am in no way calling Obama a tyrant. He is my president. I will rise above all the left wing idiots and wish him well. I will not cheerlead for his failure. I will NEVER denigrate my country like that.Comment Posted By Redleg On 8.11.2008 @ 11:02
So much dihonesty here. Do you all deny having seen or heard of conservatives making "jokes" about the killing of Supreme Court Justices, Democratic presidents, New York Times editors and reports, or liberals in general? How about the "open season on liberals" bumper sticker? How about the calls for those who disagree with Bush to leave the country?
If referring to a whole group of people (say "liberals") as traitors or as friends of terrorists is not akin to wanting to do away with those people then I don't know what is. You all know what the penalty is for treason.
Some of the spokesmen of your movement have argued that roughly 1/2 of the adult population (i.e., liberals, Democrats, etc) be either 1) disenfranchised, 2) institutionalized, 3) or executed because they are enemies of the state.
You play stupid word games about the meaning of "eliminationism" yet fail to confront the very real truth that there are some outspoken and widely respected conservatives who engage in that rhetoric on a regular basis. Wake up and smell the fascism.Comment Posted By Redleg On 23.07.2006 @ 16:55
Funny you would find DU outrageous. Have you been to Free Republic and read the kind of shit some of those nutters post?Comment Posted By Redleg On 7.08.2005 @ 22:59
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