The GOP just does not, I fear, seem to get it!
I’ve fallen into an automatic delete response when the GOP messages hit the e-mail, followed by an uncontrollable yawn. Fire Pelosi! Fire Harry Reid! Send money!
Please, I’m begging you; get a new plan. You’re dealing with, potentially, the best educated most politically aware electorate in generations, if ever. We know what we want; Pelosi and Reid are a carnival side show and should be treated as such for the moment. Targeting them elevates them; forget about them, you’ve got more important things to think about.
I want three things from the GOP; incisive factual analysis, a cohesive unifying strategy and a set of carefully applied standards.
I want common sense conservatism.
I want to know what the unifying themes are going to be. I want a contract. I want hard and fast commitments about what newly elected GOP politicians will and won’t do. I want to know how leadership will enforce it. I want firm commitments about spending, earmarks, deficit reduction. I want leadership by example. I want to know how transparency is going to be guaranteed. I want a plan for reducing the size of the bureaucracy. I want a policy for dealing with any elected official who even approaches corrupt behaviors. I want tax policy that makes sense. I want a hard bitten discussion of the history of the Progressive movement and why it’s not the answer. I want political correctness only in so far as it is an inhibition to rude behavior. I want to call things what they are.
I want the truth on Social Security, Medicare and social welfare programs. I want to be told if there is pain ahead, why it will hurt, for how long and what the benefit is when the pain heals. I want common sense energy policy. I want accountability.
I want cohesiveness. I want the GOP factions to find their areas of conservatively based agreement. I want social policy put on the back burner. I want everyone in the process to give a little to, potentially, get a lot. I want good examples. I want smart people. I want squeaky clean (yea, I know, relative term).
I want principals to prevail. I want less calculation and more fearlessness. I want to win based on principal but I don’t want to be afraid to lose. I want the GOP to fund citizen politicians. I want the GOP to abandon the “next in line” approach. I want Paul Ryan and his ideas moved front and center.
I want the Chairman to get this puppy under control and end the circular firing squad.
Can you help me out?