Duh!

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?

  • JD

    I think alot of what you are asking for will come to fruition as we get closer to voting time. More specifically in the 2012 election. I think right now it is just “rally the troops” kind of agenda. A battle plan is then waged once the troops are gathered because there is a good deal of understanding on what you have to work with.

    The GOP has a good grass roots program going simular to what the DNC had going into the 2008 elections but for right now getting people out of their chairs is the first step in a system of government where participation determines the outcome of direction.

  • landreaux

    J D,

    You’re probably right but I get impatient for content and standards. And… not a little bit frustrated with the monocromatic fund raising. But you probably could not tell!

  • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303450704575160151167429076.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    “Republicans Fear Undercounting in Census ”

    By NAFTALI BENDAVID
    “Some Republicans are worried that an anti-government surge among conservatives will lead to lower participation in the U.S. census, which they fear could reduce the number of Republican seats in Congress and state legislatures.

    The census, which is currently being collated and is gathered every ten years, dictates the distribution of federal funding, how many House members each state gets and how congressional and legislative districts are drawn within states.

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    A resident of Washington, D.C., dropping off her census form at an event on April 1 intended to promote participation in the national event.
    Conservative activists this year have argued it is unconstitutional for the census to ask anything beyond the number of people in a household. This year’s census form also seeks information on race, gender and age, among other things, and filling it out is required by law. The census has asked similar questions for decades.

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), who is admired by many tea-party activists and ultra-conservatives, has said she will refuse to provide information about anything except the number of people in her household. ”

    Will republicans hurt themselves by NOT complying with completing their census forms?

  • Amen, Landreaux.

    I believe this is what most people want as well and will respond to. Many voters are disgusted with the Democrats in control but remain skeptical of the GOP as well given their recent spending spree in the past 6 or 8 years.

    I think this is huge:

    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 am sick of the calculation, I want to see principles which reflect the American way of life. We have not seen that in some time now. We have seen bailouts, greater government control and a less empowered individual. Also, we have seen some good candidates get shunned because they weren’t “in line” with the party elite. Nothing angers me more than that which is why we donate to individual candidates, not the party itself until they begin standing on principle, not country club loyalty.

  • “I am sick of the calculation, I want to see principles which reflect the American way of life. We have not seen that in some time now. We have seen bailouts, greater government control and a less empowered individual. Also, we have seen some good candidates get shunned because they weren’t “in line” with the party elite. Nothing angers me more than that which is why we donate to individual candidates, not the party itself until they begin standing on principle, not country club loyalty. ” – Nate

    Amen to that. I get sick of watching the news networks and hear the anchors ask politicians “What would be the best move for [insert name here]? And their response is to go with the flow of their party’s beliefs rather than what they believe the people really want.