Friday, May 01, 2009

Why Do We Need A “National Council for a New America?”

It is with a certain degree of trepidation that I reviewed the latest brainchild of Virginia Representative and Republican Minority Whip, Eric Cantor’s National Council for a New America.

Billed as a “Grassroots Caucus to Serve as a Policy-based Forum for Thoughtful Dialogue With the American People,” I am first struck to see it is not grassroots at all!

The American Heritage Dictionary defines “grassroots” as “People or society at a local level rather than at the center of major political activity.” This “grassroots caucus” is comprised of “Congressional leaders with a national panel of experts.”

Where is that anything remotely related to “a local level?” A true grassroots movement or forum would be initiated by those of us at the local level, not originating from Congress.

Calling this idea a A Blueprint for our Conversation with America brings memories of the ill-fated 1994 Contract With America introduced by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich and promptly abandoned by Republican moderates once they were swept into power in the 1994 elections.

I am uneasy reading, “this is not a Republican-only forum. While we will be guided by our principles of freedom and security, we will seek to include more than just our ideas.

That notion is exactly what propelled us into the minority, as those across the aisle have no intention of embracing our ideas or values. Time and again they have shown they only desire us to embrace their ideas and abandon our core principles.

The Republican Party slipped into minority status and near obscurity due to abandoning our core principles and adopting those of the leftist Democrats too much. More of that will not return America to the path away from socialism fomented by the Dictatorial Democrats. Watering down the conservative message to be politically correct loses elections.

The backbone of the Republican Party has been conservatives in the pattern of Ronald Reagan, not the moderate wishy-washy pattern of John McCain. As the GOP abandoned and even ridiculed conservatism, many of us moved away from the GOP and they began losing elections.

Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, twice failed presidential candidate, has been making a name for herself by advocating suicide for the Republican Party by suggesting even more moves left into liberalism.

Isn’t one socialist liberal party enough?

In spite of much opposition from moderates, Ronald Reagan swept the 1980 election against liberal Democrat Jimmy Carter. He restored America’s pride in our selves. He stood strong and didn’t waiver or cower.

Since he left office as one of America’s most popular Presidents, the GOP has steadily abandoned his principles, while bragging of their association with him.

Too many are still waiting for a resurrection of Reagan, which isn’t going to happen. We have had candidates that truly are in the pattern of Reagan, but those very ones desiring another Reagan scoffed and ridiculed them.

President George W. Bush, possibly the most hated President ever in spite of his strong stand, wasn’t a strong conservative. Still, he stood by his values and led America through a very turbulent time, taking the fight back to those who have been attacking us for three decades.

From the beginning of his first term, he came under constant brutal assault by the Socialist Democrats, and moderate Republicans stood back and allowed it. They did not come to his defense nor did they stand with him much of the time.

Bush too made the mistake of reaching out and trying to work with and include Democrats, who promptly twisted his every move to portray him and the GOP as out of touch and irrelevant. The GOP shrunk back in fear and allowed our party to face such assaults.

Forming a new group suggesting dialogue with the left is just more of the same that caused the GOP to lose power.

For 8 years the Democrats carried out a strong and focused attack on our ideals and values, much like the Bolsheviks did to unseat the Czar of Russia and form the now failed Soviet Union.

We do not need to embrace such people and engage them in dialogue. We need to expose them for what they are!

We need to strengthen and fortify those areas were they attack us, including gays and evangelicals. We can accept we have gays and still oppose same-sex marriage. We need not be lock step as the Democrats are.

Evangelicals are a strong part of conservatism, but not all conservatives are religionists, myself included. We can maintain a strong belief in our view of God, but need to stop running for office as an extension of any church.

I was embarrassed for a lady at a recent Executive Board meeting for Republicans in my District as we sought to strategize for candidates to run against an incumbent Democrat Representative. Almost apologetically, she rose and asked if some potential candidates Mormon religion would constitute a problem, recalling the mass opposition to Mitt Romney over his belonging to the Mormon Religion.

While I did not support Romney and still don’t, his religion never entered into my position, nor should it for others in the GOP.

Many Gays also embrace conservatism and have been the subject of attacks by the left for thinking on their own. Leftist bloggers intentionally target those Republicans they feel are gay because they may not fully support the Gay Agenda.

When attacked, as Florida Representative Mark Foley was, Republicans shirk away and allow our people to be muddied.

We have allowed the Democrats, who have opposed Civil Rights for Blacks for decades, to highjack the work of Republican Everett Dirksen and defeat Democrat filibusters and pass Civil Rights for Black Americans in the 1960’s.

When told that we have no Blacks in Congress, we do not remind them that it is they who ridicule those Black candidates we put forward and drag them through the mud, as they did Justice Clarence Thomas, Condolezza Rice, Michael Steele, Alan Keyes and several others who were either nominated or ran for election.

Black Americans have a long history with the GOP of old, but we have sat back and not created waves and allowed so many to become convinced that it was Democrats who freed them while Republicans opposed their Civil Rights.

That, my friends, is how the Democrats have engaged us in dialogue or reached over to us. In other words, they have not. In return, we play nice as they slash at the very jugular vein of America and work diligently to recreate the failed Soviet Union in America and embrace those who hate America the most.

No, we do not need a “New America.” There is nothing wrong with the “Old America” that stood up strong and proud against enemies and raised living standards to the highest known in history and corrected wrongs.

We do not need a “New America,” but a return to “America.”


Angie Lee said...

I've said it before, and I stand behind it: Maybe it is time for the Republican party to die.

Not the ideals, values, believes, and principles - but the party in and of itself.

IMO, there are many people on both sides of the aisle and countless independents - including myself - seeking something not in existence but which could be CREATED, nurtured, and brought to fruition.

A realization.
A dream.
A synergistic mixture of AMERICAN ideals, beliefs, values, and principles.

A Constitutional Restoration Party.

LewWaters said...

The GOP is dying and embracing hte disease killing it won't prevent that.

Our only prayer is to return to our strengths, not embracing weakness.

Angie Lee said...

No, you don't want to embrace the disease - you want to EXCISE it. Surgically, if necessary. The only way to rehabilitate the party and restore it is to get rid of the ilk infecting it. Arlen Specter leaving was a good start - and he did the job for us.

Eventually, though, I think you come to the point (I have, anyhow) where you have no choice but to acknowledge the extent of metastasis - and I think there is little hope for the GOP. I don't pretend to know all the players' biographies, but the only one I have seen so far that is NOT a cancerous growth on the buttock of the party is Dave Camp.

And the Dummycraps just stand there in the House chamber personally attacking and making fun of him - without consequence, since they seem to be able to do anything they want now. You wanna talk about a cancer.... THERE'S the cancer that is plaguing this country, right there.

Angie Lee said...

Perhaps there is yet hope:

LewWaters said...

We can only hope & pray that more principled people come forward, Angie.

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LewWaters said...

First meeting of the NCNA was held and reads more like a liberal lovefest.

Midway down in the article, conservatives need not apply.

More of the same, "what will you do for me" stuff.

klatu said...

Hi Lew: Here's a Link to the C-SPAN event your talking about and to the National Council for a *** America. Lew I suggest that People in your area get in touch with Rep. Cathy McMorris - Rep. David Reichart - Rep. Doc Hastings and have one of these townhalls in your area. Read them the riot act, everything that you said here. Let them know why Republicans lost in 2006-2008. Tell them what was wrong with the Contract with America but also what Republicans need to do to gain Majority status again and help America in the Future. Have Victoria moderate it. Maybe Lars to. I know there's alot of people that have something to say that attended TEA PARTIES.


PS: Yea and leave the two McCains out.

LewWaters said...

Todays Washington Times has an article that shows, unintentionally I do believe, the problem with this whole hairbrained scheme.

Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behindWhile Reagan is indeed dead and we need not hope he will be resurrected, his values and ideals are timeless and do resonate with Americans and freedom seekers around the world.

Watering down the message of Reaganism is why the people have been leaving the GOP and just not voting.

Why vote when the only candidates offered stink to high heaven?

klatu said...

Lew: your right
Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan. This story is on Drudge right now. Ya know the Republican Governor from Indiana said the same thing I believe.

I seem to remember back in 1994 the Contract with America was a major reason that Republicans took back the House and Senate but the Democrats also ran against President Reagan’s Idea's that year and they Lost.

Remember President George H. W. Bush saying
A kinder, gentler, Administration.
Michael Reagan Came unglued on this
Back in 1989-1990 on his radio show.

Prediction: Watch Michael Reagan here in the next few days and I
bet Rush Limbaugh Jumps on this story in the Morning.

PS: Looks like that’s the end of Jeb Bushes Presidential Future.

LewWaters said...

You'reright, Klatu. We have sphincter running around crying the GOP moved too far right. Yet, he had no problem with the GOP when Reagan was in office and riding high in the polls.

Since then the party has moved steadily left, not right.

Michael Steele is making a blunder too. He's calling on moderates to join the party claiming the "party itself would not moderate."

Hell, it's conservatives who have written the GOP off, not moderates. That's who he needs to draw back in, but they won't come unless they see conservativism back in the party platform and conduct.

I met with a young man Saturday afternoon who is questioning the party, desiring to become political and wishes to be in a conservative party. Basically, I told him it will takeyoung people like him to help turn the party back away from liberalism.

By the way, Jeb Bush never had a snowballs chance in hell of being elected president.

klatu said...

Yea: and Lew I don't normally advertise this in public but
in the US SENATE race in Oregon
2008, check the results out.

1. Sen. Gordon Smith - R 805,159

2. Jeff Merkley - D 864,392

3. Dave Brownlow 92,565

4. Misc. 5,388

Lew in my opinion Dave Brownlow
was a Conservative. In my opinion
by adding Dave Brownlow's 92,565
to Gordon Smiths 805,159 you get
897,724 beating Merkley by 30,000 votes or so. In my opinion
this is proof that without Conservative's on board Republicans lose. Shame on Gordon Smith and Liberal Republicans.

Bring back Reagan Conservatism

PS: Conservative Talk radio hosts need to be part of that Listening tour.

LewWaters said...

The RINO's who have been running the party just don't get it, Klatu. They don't listen to us and the sure ignore Talk Radio and think we are the ones screwing it all up.

They even denied that conservative leaving the party behind has caused their loses since 2006.

Instead, they listen to Democrats and try to imitate them.

The more the imitate and embrace Democrats, the more elections they lose.

This "New America" crap is exactly what is NOT needed in the GOP.

Reagan will not come back, but his ideas live on forever, same as Churchill, Thatcher and strong conservatives.

Face it, Reagan Democrats did not vote for him because he was a liberal.