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10 Things Republicans Should Discard in 2014

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10 Things Republicans Should Discard in 2014

Happy 2014! I’m looking forward to this year, and am optimistic that the GOP can keep the House, and take the Senate, but it occurs to me we have a better chance if this list of preoccupations from 2013 stays in the past, where they belong.

#1. The True-Conservative-of-the-Month-Club: Whether it’s Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Mike Lee, or Ted Cruz, conservatives lost a lot of credibility when they became instantly infatuated with one person, usually based on one speech, or very public and highly publicized gesture. Facebook was dotted with “So-and-So-For-President” groups and memes, and anyone who dared call into question the viability of these candidacies was instantly dubbed a “RINO”.

The true conservative heroes are the ones who labor tirelessly and thoughtfully behind the scenes. Hero-worship is for the other side. If you recall, we already have a grandstanding egoist in the White House, so let’s focus on winning some elections.

#2. Sarah Palin: ‘Nuff said.

#3. Birthers: I had this on my list last year too, but to no avail. So I’m trying again. Enough. Please. Nothing will come of it. Let it go, and focus on battles that truly matter and that we can win. If your issue is that the President is a liar, focus on the lie we can prove: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”

#4. Benghazi: Don’t get me wrong, I’m with you, 100%. Just thinking about it, and how little has been and will be done makes me want to vomit. But let’s quietly table this until about September of 2016, if Hillary is running, then — right when she thinks we’ve forgotten — hit her hard with everything we’ve got. But there is nothing that will come of wasting time, energy and money on it for the next two years.

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#5. Restaurants, coffee shops, and TV shows having political stances: Just stop. Please. Let me drink my coffee and eat my chicken without it being a statement. Here’s a tip: if you don’t like what a company supports with its private money, don’t give them yours. It’s a simple solution and the basis of free-markets.

#6. Name-calling and infighting: If I never hear the term “RINO” or “Teatard” again, it will be too soon. We need each other. Play nice. Persuade, don’t pummel. And be equally as wary of the purity-for-profit crowd as you are of the power-for-profit people in government. Ultimately they want the same thing: control over YOU! Don’t give it away so easily. Results matter more than words, more than grand public gestures and statements, and Rome wasn’t built in a day.

#7. Outrage out-of-context: READ the bills people! Did they really vote to gut the military pensions? Or did they cut the rate of increase, for those not yet retired? Is ObamaCare really “funded” by Congress? Enough that Congress can shut it down? Nope. Before you make yourself look pathologically reactionary (as well as ignorant), read what you’re allegedly reacting to.

#8. Blaming everything on lack of prayer in schools: Stop it. That’s absurd. Muslims pray in school. What’s missing in schools? Not prayer, LEARNING, facts, science, history, and critical thinking about all of it. More indoctrination isn’t what we need. Pray at home that there will be more learning at school, how’s that?

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#9. Single-issue voting: If we stop abortion, all will be well? Seriously? How about gay marriage? The world turns on that? Please. Can 2014 be the year of laser-focus on economic liberty? Without it, nothing else matters. Don’t treat cancer by focusing on the symptoms of weight loss or fatigue caused by it.

#10. Founding Father obsession: Hey, few people look up to them like I do, but let’s get real, they’re dead, and their like haven’t breathed in decades, possibly longer. It’s time to accept what they were men and weren’t Gods. We need to focus on the core principles they brought to governing, not compare every living leader to them, literally, or idealize their accomplishments, forgetting the fact that they too engaged in “sausage-making.” Ever hear of the “The Great Compromise?” I rest my case.


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5 Comments on 10 Things Republicans Should Discard in 2014

  1. You should add #11 – Looking for the Next Reagan. Enough already! The man was president over 30 years ago. Lots has changed since then. There is an entire generation of voters that weren’t even born when Reagan was president. Constantly mentioning Reagan makes the GOP comes across as stuck in the past.

    • Good one! I agree, and I voted for Reagan in 1984–my first ever vote for President. You know what else? Many of the same people lionizing him today wouldn’t vote for him if he were running today! Can you imagine? “He used to be a Democrat!” Or “He’s a member of a UNION! Was even it’s President!” And of course, they conveniently forget he supported the first ever amnesty program, and reached across the aisle plenty to Tip O’Neil. Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was fantastic, and the right man for the job at the time, but constantly comparing today’s candidates to him is a waste of time.

  2. I love this list and especially nos. 8&9. It sounds like we are thinking on the exact same wavelength and I have been preaching exactly this for some time. This battle to be more conservative than the next guy (or gal) or more devout than the next person and the small-tent approach, will destroy the party and any chance we have to make any change.

    The economy should be first and foremost and getting back to basics in education should be a close second.

  3. Hey Deb, I just got through pursuing the blog and reading your posts and I couldn’t help but think about the biography on Jefferson I just read “ Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham.

    The funny thing is, the whole time I was reading the book, which dealt primarily with Jefferson’s political life, I kept thinking of the old proverb, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. One thing that really jumped out in the bio was the emergence of an unhappy faction in the republican party known variously as “ Old Republicans” and “Quids”. The Quids where led by Jefferson’s cousin and former republican political ally, John Randolph. Randolph and his fellow Quids felt betrayed by Jefferson during his Presidency believing he had gone soft on state’s rights and constitutional purity. Given the similarities with current events, it’s amazing the Quids weren’t the first group to use the term RINO.

    Jon Meacham’s take on this seeming duplicity was that Jefferson was a simply a political pragmatist. Jefferson had fought hard but, with limited success against the Federalist Party and Alexander Hamilton who wanted to vest the Presidential office with vast and unchecked executive powers. To Jefferson, and many like minded republicans, Hamilton’s primary motive was to pave the way for the installation of an American king. It’s well documented that Hamilton had little to no faith in “democratic experiment”. The interesting thing about all this is, that when Jefferson became the third President of the United States, he began liberally exercising the broad executive powers installed by the Federalists. Some have argued both then and now, that Jefferson in fact greatly expanded Presidential powers during his two terms in office.

    At the end of the day, Jefferson understood that you need power to make policy and change history. He used the very powers he had fought against to implement a republican vision for a country that was the exceptional home for individual and economic freedom. The funny thing is, the Quids faded away and never had the power to do anything other than complain.

    The moral of the story is: Nobody has ever heard of the Quids and you won’t find a John Randolph Memorial in Washington, DC.

    Keep up the good work!

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