12 comments on “My advice to the GOP

  1. From where I stand, one major problem with the Tea Party is that they have a very limited scope: they only focus on small government/fiscal conservatism. Normally, this wouldn’t be necessarily bad, but they have picked up this single issue at the expense of social issues and economic equality. No one can say for sure whether Republicans or Democrats have the most racists or the broadest culture of bigotry in their mix, but at its appearance, the Republicans and Tea Partiers have a monopoly on it. The need for damage control has never been more evident as it is now. This starts by one, being more inclusive to draw more TYPES of people and two, trim away the fat from that fringe you speak of.

    Personally, I am not very optimistic that we’ll see this before 2012, and this bodes well in the Democrats’ favor.

    • You forgot the Libertarians. If anything them and the far right seem to harbor the most bigotry in the Tea Parties.

      • It’s funny you say that Shalom, because I always saw Libertarianism as a political philosophy found somewhere in the middle of Conservativism and Liberalism. It sounds like you’re aligning them with the far right.

  2. Generally speaking, I’ve always saw libertarians supportive of certain personal lifestyle and civil liberty choices. But lately, more and more libertarian groups are arising from separtist groups. Ron Paul’s cult following in 2008 was a good example of that.

  3. Quite sadly, there are lunatics representing all the major political groups, most pronounced in the Democrat and Republican parties. I think it’s safe to bet that most of us don’t have ANY tolerance for hate and extremism. Yet, it seems some people use their fringe extremism to push their agendas insteading of placating by way of reason, logic, and discussion. When that happens, they can’t see a good idea or a reasonable debate if it jumped up and bit them in the ass.

  4. It’s not that often that I agree with you (your thinking tends to be a little too liberal, in my opinion). But I agree with this post 100%. We conservatives have our work cut out for us if we want to strip the identity that has been given to us. Our actions and our associations don’t make it any easier.

    The TP movement had great intentions and a strong origin, but it did not do enough to prove that it went beyond the narrow-minded thinking we’ve seen. Since then, the group has gotten ridiculously out of control, and has become so delineated that the true spirit of movement is becoming a faint and distant memory. It’s time for the movement to step back, refocus, redefine itself, and stand on those principles. The issues of taxes has always been an impetus for movement. Start there. Calling for more government oversight has always been important. Start there. Defending our rights and civil liberties have always been an issue. Start there.

    Despite being a supporter of the movement, I admit that I am very embarrassed by what I see. Instead of making this a movement about change, they are allowing extremists to seize control of everything and define all of us. For all of their speeches, protests, rallies, and signs, they haven’t been able to say anything of substance. Without real structure, the movement will fail, and fail miserably.

    • Hey Josh! Welcome back from the dark side! LOL! I’m kidding. I trust that we’ll have plenty of chances to go at each other’s throats. But in this case, you’re absolutely correct. What could have been a great movement (and in some cases, still could be…even though I disagree with them on most things) has turned into a joke. It’s true that they need to seriously define themselves. They don’t want the government involved in health care, but don’t mind Medicare/Medicade. They complain about taxes, but have mostly been given tax breaks. They are anti-government now, but were not anti-government then. Seriously, what gives? I’m not trying to be a firestarter here, but I seriously don’t understand what they are for.

  5. Greetings from the UK! I really don’t understand your political system in America. Is it really that bloody screwed up? This is coming from a place that has the House of Commons.

    • Don’t feel bad. Most of us don’t understand things here in the states either. But please don’t walk away believing that Americans have lost their mind. The people you see in the media only represent a small fraction of the population.

  6. Hey Dre,
    How ya been? I’ve been stuck here at home with only my crappy dial-up, so I haven’t been on-line at all. I caught up on some of your posts (all great), but this one caught my attention. Of all the things that bother me about our MSM, the way they portray the tea partiers bothers me the most. Recently, I have visited two tea party gatherings, most recently in Alpena on Thursday. I saw NO racist signs, heard No racist comments and certainly heard NO calls for violence. Having MSNBC define the tea partiers is like having the KKK define blacks. The MSM hates the tea partiers and goes way out their way to vilify them. I wonder if any of the people here have taken the time to actually ATTEND a tea party event. Not so long ago unions were defined as communists. The NAACP was defined as a violent organization. It’s very unfair to be defined by your enemies. It’s also not so hard to believe that Dem operatives infiltrate these parties, much like Hillary with her “Iron my shirt” friend. Are there idiots among these groups? Yes, just like the idiots in the Democrat Party who refer to President Obama as “A light-skinned black with no Negro dialect.” or as “Someone who couldn’t sell watermellons.” Strange that those examples are never proof positive of how racist the Democrat Party is. Also, when you say, “Republicans have carried certain crosses.” and suggest that they have been associated with the Klan, you should read up on the history of the Dixiecrats. The Democrat Party was the party of the Klan, not the Republicans. It was the Dems who fought abolition of slavery and they are the ones who still support the only ex-Klan member still in Congress who, along with several other Dems, filibusted the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

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