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Monday, December 08, 2008

"Get back to basics, Republicans, and drop most social issues"

by Ross Kaminsky

Ross is my personal favorite blogger. He writes the blog "Rossputin."

This Rocky column shows why he is my favorite.

Ross nails it. The Republican Party must return to small government, free market ideals or it will remain irrelevant.

The promotion of a conservative social agenda is not necessary for the Republicans to win elections. In fact, it is a hindrance.

Ross' conclusion sums it up nicely:

Robert Novak hit the nail on the head when he said, "God put the Republican Party on Earth to cut taxes. If they don't do that, they have no useful function." When social issues conservatives distract from that mission, they are not simply other Republicans under the big tent. They are the arsonists burning the tent down.

Given the Republicans' recent history, there is little reason to believe they can get it right.

There is only one political party in the United States that believes in and promotes free markets and limited government. That is the Libertarian Party.

I defy any Republican to assert otherwise. 

The facts can not be denied. The GOP supports massive taxpayer bailouts of failed private business; the at-will printing of paper fiat money that taxes everyone of us via inflation; the expansion of federal power by the creation of the Bureau of Homeland Security and the concomitant abuses of power by TASA; the passage of Fourth Amendment eroding bills like FISA and REAL ID; anti-free speech legislation like McCain-Feingold, and on and on.

This is the opposition party to the big-government Democrats? It would be amusing if it were not so sad.

1 comment:

  1. If you exclude those in the party who believe in BOTH social conservatism and fiscal conservatism (which is the majority) you will also lose every time.

    Don't kid yourself into thinking those who are more concerned with fiscal, and could care less about the social stuff are the majority. We need candidates who are both on some decent level or people stay home.

    Fiscal conservatives who believe the social conservatives are the problem will destroy the party....period. Most Christians I know have liberatarian leanings and believe that those issues are EQUALLY important. They are sick of candidates who seem to support one and not the other....we need both or the Socialists will continue their march.

    Yes I agree we have to get back to basics and that the economics are just as important but do not underestimate the millions of people who believe Abortion is an affront to God, many like myself who might not in good conscience vote for a conservative who believes that Roe v Wade was a good law.