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Trouble Brewing in GOP

shains Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 8:55 AM
Republicans don't need to "soften their stance" on social issues. They simply need to realize that not every issue needs to be subject to law. Politics, ultimately, is the stuff of law-making. This is certainly how the voters view it. So unless you are proposing laws, you shouldn't be talking. If Republicans want to be the party of less government, then that needs to be more than just a slogan. Rather than seeing what new crevices government can stick its nose in, Republicans should be actively restraining government. Discarding unnecessary laws, and preventing congress from passing new ones. Surprisingly, to the unsophisticated voter, the GOP is the party of restrictions, not Democrats! Repubs must step back and figure out how that is.
Cal18 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 10:58 AM
The problem is there is NO appetite for actually reducing government. It grew at its slowest pace during Reagan's tenure, but it still grew. We have never reduced government and every year thousands of new regulations get heaped on business. This is in spite of the efforts of the Tea Party and landmark win in 2010. The sad truth is people LIKE government. No one in power really wants to reduce it and anyone who did would never get his ideas through a Senate filibuster. I hate to admit it but William Voegeli has it about right in his book "Never Enough." It's well worth the time to read it.
arpy2912 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 9:39 AM
Conservative and shains both describe the points missing in most exchanges today, we must
get off our milquetoast as$$es and move toward people that can and will lead constitutionally.
Those who will ignore the diversionary non-issues which bog us down in meaningless rhetoric.
I don't know instinctively what to do but I am certainly willing to work on anything meaningful.
Nerw leaders must step up and claim their mantle.
For the first time, I am wondering about the long-term viability of the Republican Party. I say this not as an advocate of its demise or restructuring but as an observer of troubling signs.

The Republican Party is thought to be the institutional vehicle for the advancement of conservative policies, but for decades, the conservative movement has been frustrated with the party's deviation from conservative principles -- its refusal to live up to its decidedly conservative platform.

I believe that the disappointing results for Republicans in the 2006 elections and probably the 2012 elections, as well, were in no small part attributable to...

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