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Fellow Twitterer Tom O’Halloran has written a very well thought out piece titled A Bold Step Back.  In it he lays out many of the things the Republican party will need to do to both win back control of Congress and the White House, as well as move our great nation back toward prosperity and liberty.

In my opinion, each one of his points must be accepted by any candidate for office if he or she would like a shot at higher office.  Fellow Republicans, Whigs, and Libertarians are demanding it.  We must also “accept no substitute.”  A moderate Republican needs to know that they have absolutely NO chance of winning without accepting these points.  We are not looking for Rulers.  We are looking for Representatives.

Tom correctly points out that we used to elect statesmen.  We now elect politicians.  The difference can be found in this quote from Thomas Jefferson.

A politician looks forward only to the next election. A statesman looks forward to the next generation.

That is our fault. We did not demand that our Representatives do their jobs. We half-heartedly put them in office and then promptly forgot them like so much attic junk. Then, when we needed them to do their jobs – and they failed – we did not demand their resignations. We probably reelected them.

Now it is time to clean house. The Conservative movement is in full swing, and we are paying attention. But more is needed, we also need a template for them to follow, and A Bold Step Back is a great starting point. Insightfully, Tom has recognized that the Republican Party is damaged goods. Many, many people are calling for a new party, but that has consequences, as anyone who remembers Bill Clinton’s 1992 election will attest.

Tom’s solution begins by re-branding the party. Even so far as to give it a different name. The platform must remain decidedly Conservative, however a totally new look, feel, and even leadership is required to throw off the stigma of the GOP.

Next, is simple and academic, but still needs to be done.

We need to first identify the seats coming up for election and decide who needs to be replaced ON BOTH sides of the aisle, and then we need to identify replacements for these seats.

In identifying replacements,

We find people that understand that they are going in to make a very real difference, some very difficult choices, and DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

They will also know that there is a very good possibility that they will not get reelected.

But while there, they will fight hard for our agenda, and NOT COMPROMISE at all. They will continually submit and fight for legislation to roll back the size of government…

Term limits are a definite need, curbing Congressional pay and benefits, and cutting out elaborate “retirement” packages. Tom also recommends campaign reform, but if I may interject my own thoughts, reform needs to return power to the people, not the Media. Companies have a right to be represented as well, and their money should be accepted. It is the special favors which need to be eliminated – and revamping the tax code to the Fair Tax will go a long way towards that goal.

Tom touches upon one of my soap boxes with this statement,

We will remove thousands of laws from the books; we have so many laws that it is virtually impossible to not break them. Congress was NOT given the power to be a nanny state and make me wear a helmet.

Not only should thousands of laws be removed, thousands of regulations and dozens of Federal departments need to be eliminated as well. Consider it a Federal colon cleansing. Any department, office, cabinet position, what have you, that is not directly supported by the Constitution must go. That will take courage, conviction, and the ability to slough off the “slings and arrows” of the Left. Some of these departments can be reconstituted at a state level, but that is up to each state. The important thing is that our Federal Government be massively and irrevocably cut down.

The objective is to reduce the platform to a very small but vital one. Freedom, Security, Lower taxes, Personal Responsibility and Capitalism. Leave abortion, gay marriage and so many of the smaller issues off the platform. Let candidates from WITHIN the party present their views, but most of these issues should be determined within the states themselves

There are dozens of other ideas in the essay – all good. This government belongs to the people. It is time WE defined it. It is time that we accept and elect people into office who accept that they are there to serve us.

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I never had a chance to vote for Reagan. He was out of office by the time I was voting age. I did, however get to vote for his successor, George H. W. Bush. While I recognized that there were non-trivial differences between the two, in my naivete they were negligible. Fast forward to Bush’s ’92 defeat by Bill Clinton. Every Republican knew why Bush lost, outrage over his 1988 “Read my lips, no new taxes” promise that he broke pushed almost 19% of the his base to vote for Ross Perot. He did not break this pledge deliberately, he believed Democrats, who hung him out to dry. It was during that time that I almost became a Libertarian.

I did not like what I was seeing. Democrats were moving further to the left towards a different “-ism”, and Republicans were sounding like Democrats. The slide started much earlier than even Eisenhower’s “Dynamic Conservatism”. Going back to Herbert Hoover’s administration we find he had a distaste for laissez-faire thinking. He increased regulations, tarrifs, and even proposed the Department of Education and advocated for a senior pension program which became Social Security.

In fact, you have to go back to Calvin Coolidge to find a true Conservative. Not perfect, sure, but far closer to anything we have seen in the White House in 80 years…with the notable exception of Ronald Reagan. As much maligned by Democrats as G. W. Bush was, he was closer to their heroes than people will admit. I sit and wonder, with a smile on my face, what our current Democratic party would say about Coolidge.

Well, I don’t have to wonder. All I need to do is listen to what they say about Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin and amplify the volume by an order of magnitude. These two men are undoubtedly the leaders of the Conservative Movement within the Republican Party. It absolutely makes my blood boil to see Rush mistakenly identified as the leader of the Republican Party – usually by some MSM talking head who does not know history, nor understand the difference, or care. Many of us wish he would head the Republican Party, but the truth is he and Levin do far more good as spokespeople for the movement. I hope the RNC Chairman Mr. Steele understands that, but I doubt it. He appears to be as weak as our previous party leaders, and almost all of our representatives in Congress.

Conservatives imagine a completely different America than what exists now. What we were as a country and people has been gone for so long that there is almost no one alive who can remember it. An America where the populace and businesses are not neutered by their Federal Government. An America where the entire government sticks to the job of protecting the rights of the governed, and obeys the restrictions set down for it in our Constitution. An America without massive red tape, capital reducing regulations, and burdensome taxation. An America with a truly free population of citizens, equal in opportunity, and in responsibility.

The majority of Republicans believed in this imaginary country long ago, but our party was hijacked by those who only sought to increase power for themselves. Every American paid the price for electing these men and women. We paid the price in our freedom and our children’s freedom. Each generation that has passed since 1929 has seen freedom taken from it. Slowly, in most cases, rapidly in a few. That freedom will never come back unless the Conservative Movement rises again to prominence. We need a true Conservative to lead the Republican Party. Someone with the same dream. Someone with the guts to tear apart the massive government bureaucracy that stifles us all. Hopefully, if Americans once again get a taste of real freedom, they will be far less likely to give it away as easily.

For those who still believe that George W. Bush was a conservative, learn history.

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