Sunday, August 08, 2010

How Can Republicans Lose in November?

Like millions of other Americans, I've been to the Tea Party rallies. I want what they want - a smaller federal government, less federal regulation of our lives. Along with less government intrusion, should come fewer services, "entitlements," and lower taxes. We want a federal government that is limited by the words of the US Constitution. The Tenth Amendment means something. The people we send to Washington should understand what it means.

For many, we see the Republican Party as having the principles closest to those ideals. But we also clearly remember how the Republicans betrayed those ideals when they were last in power. They bellied up to the trough like the rest. Nonetheless, I, like many Americans I assume, plan to hold my nose and in November, give them a crack at getting this country on track...

That is, if they can show that they "get it." They get it if they can show a way to balance the budget, not just reduce deficits. They get it if they can show a way to reduce federal regulations, not impose Washington's standards. They get it if they can stop the bailouts, and return risk to the markets. They get it if they can keep Washington's hands off the money we work hard to earn.

Unfortunately, the Republicans don't get it yet. And they are dampening my enthusiasm by talking about things that I really either disagree with or don't care about. If people like me don't show up to vote, they can lose. How do they make me a no show?

This is one way...
House Minority Leader John Boehner on Sunday said he's open to talks on changing the U.S. Constitution -- or at least the way it's interpreted -- so that U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are not automatically U.S. citizens.
Really? You want to open up a conversation about changing the Constitution? About giving Congress more power? Do you know the history of the 14th Amendment? And you want to talk about that now? GMAFB. How about get on the Executive Branch to secure the border, and let's try doing what's written in the Constitution now before we go changing it.

This is another...
We join our voices with the clear decisions rendered by large margins in the vast majority of the states, and in every state where a popular vote has been held over the past two decades. It is time for the American people to stand up in support of their right to protect marriage. Judicial tyranny on the question of marriage must not be allowed to succeed.
I believe that marriage is a holy sacrament. It is a bond between a man and a woman, sanctified by God. That is my religion. Others believe other things. I disagree, but in matters of faith, defer to the faithful. We should NOT have government enforcing one religious standard over others. As I said here in 2008 when they passed it, and Ed Morrisey said just this week, the state should have no say in what is marriage and what is not.

This is another...
"There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over," Gingrich, a potential 2012 presidential candidate writes in a post on his web site Thursday.
Yes, I think it's outrageous too. But again, I don't think religion is a federal issue. Let New Yorkers fix this. If it actually goes to construction, it's going to be built by union workers. Patriotic bunch those union construction workers. Also imaginative.

Sooo... if Republicans can remember that we want less federal intrusion, confiscation, and redistribution, they can win. If they forget that, they can lose in November. If they lose in November - they are finished. We will find another party.

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