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7 Reasons Conservatives Don't Trust the Republican Establishment

Cal18 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 8:33 AM
We face a real dilemma within the GOP. We conservatives can't win without establishment Republicans. We non-religious conservatives can't win without evangelicals who rightly demand support for their social agenda but which has become unpalatable for those "magic" independents. Somehow, Democrats hold all of their disparate groups together. Gay activists and conservative blacks vote D. So do unions and feminists. I'm not sure 2012 was a tipping point but it feels that way. If so, we must find a way to move away from iron-clad stands on abortion (which I hate) and gay marriage (which I oppose.) We need to be a fiscal party which stands for traditional values but not one that falls on its sword for them.
Texas Chris Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:05 AM
As an evangelical, I can tell you 100% that we need to ditch social issues from the party platform. At most it is a state issue, and at least should be up to the individual.
IsraelFirsterSecond Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 8:45 AM
Its because we are not falling on our swords for those values that we are in trouble.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 9:22 AM
It's because our federal gov't should be restraining themselves to working within the temporary powers granted them. They have no authority to legislate on morality and marriage. All unconstitutional. All law-breakers, willfully breaking their oaths of office.
Texas Chris Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:07 AM
100% agree. No victim seeking restitution, no crime requiring punishment. Drugs? No victim. Prostitution? No victim. Gay marriage? Gross, but no victim.
Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that's dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don't feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it's a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP's levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can't trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.

1) They have supreme confidence without supreme competence. Conservative talk show hosts, columnists,...