Taking Back the GOP

by Sal on January 21, 2009

in Politics

Larrey Anderson has a thoughtful piece today over at the American Thinker asking if Conservatives should remain in the GOP.  While Anderson opposes any split between the GOP and Conservatives, he recognizes that the GOP has long taken its Conservative wing for granted, utilizing Conservatives as campaign workers and soliciting them for donations, yet not representing their interests in Washington.  True, there are good Conservative Republicans in Washington, but they do not make up the majority of our caucus.

Anderson puts together a brief plan (in more detail than I will outline here)

  1. Stop sending the GOP money until there is real reform within the party.
  2. Stop defending GOP policies that are not Conservative.
  3. Stop being manipulated by Republicans who say one thing and then vote differently.
  4. Get new congressional leadership.
  5. Good, ordinary Conservatives need to run for office.  Sarah Palin is the perfect role model.

There are a lot of good points here, but they would need to be practiced on a large enough scale to be workable.  One other big change I would propose would be to ban open primaries.  The open primary system is what gave us John McCain.  Although the other candidates were not much better, it was Democrats and Independents who ensured that McCain won the nomination, not Republicans.  This needs to change and soon.

With many of our Republican leaders in Washington seeming to be ready to capitulate to Obama, or at best put up passive resistance, it will take a grass-roots effort to reform the GOP and bring it back to the ideals of Ronald Reagan as a party of limited government, low taxes, strong national defense, and social conservatism.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris January 21, 2009 at 10:03 am

Sal: There is one more thing that was missed, that being the Conservatives need to become more tech savvy. Say what you want about Obama and the Dems, but they were very smart in utilizing facebook, text messaging and other tech devices in building a grassroots movement. Sarah Palin, who I believe is and should be the leader of the “Conservative in Exile Movement,” is tech savvy, carrying around 2 Blackberrys with her at all times…she can hopefully influence them.

The open primary issue needs to get going before 2010 and that means enterprising, conservative lawyers need to challenge Tashjian v. Republican Party of Connecticut, the case that determined a closed primary to be unconstitutional. However, a recent 4th Circuit Challenge in VA determined that their open primary law is Unconstitutional and that looks promising. Hopefully something will be done before Obama’s appointments soil the 4th.


Ryan January 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I thought the American Thinker article was very good. It’s about time the GOP look in the mirror and see what it’s become (much less and elephant, much more a jack-ass). I haven’t called myself a Republican for some time now — I’m a conservative. Like the article said, I can’t defend the indefensible.

I also only give money to specific candidates who I know share my values on the big issues. I used to give money to the various broad Congressional campaign solicitors, but I’ll never go generic again after 2006 and 2008.

The Republican Party seems to be leaving more and more of us, but the Dems are a dozen times worse. Where’s a principled conservative to go? If we must stay home, we must demand it be our way or we’ll be the ones who deserve to share the blame as well.


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