If You Don't Know Where You've Been, You Don't Know Where You're Headed

Fighting amongst themselves like little school girls fighting over the same boy they both happen to like. Using Governor Palin as the scapegoat for all the ills the GOP suffered in this election. Boy the party of Eisenhower and Lincoln just don’t get it. I don’t know how many times I can point out the obvious before the so called “leaders” of this crumbling party will understand.

The GOP actually created a website asking for help as to what direction the party should go. I see, you can’t even figure out what direction the party should go in? No wonder we lost on Tuesday. If you gave a Republican a map to find his home he’d get lost. The party itself is so far out into the wilderness they’d need a compass to find their butts. This party is fractured like I’ve never seen before, and as a newcomer my own suggestions are met with visceral response and feet dragging resistance. So is their hope for the GOP? Yes, if they leave their egos at the door, along with the out dated ideological frames of Reaganism.

The first step in the process is to expand. This party needs moderates, we need John McCain Republicans, we don’t need more Reagan replicas. We need to own issues of social strife such as poverty, and we need progress beyond the issues of the 1980s and 1990s. National Security is one of those issues. We can still have good ideas about National Security without being the Party of National Security. We need to be more specific when it comes to fiscal restraint and spending. It’s not enough to say “Well, earmarks this and earmarks that” because quite frankly it’s been the most cliche’ and boring argument of the past twenty or so years. No one cares about earmarks because the majority of Americans wouldn’t know an earmark from an earache. We need to become more inclusive and pragmatic. The problem with the GOP is that they live and die, and fail by their ideology. Americans don’t want an ideological president nor ideological politicians because most Americans aren’t ideological, especially when things like the latest economic slowdown are concerning folks about their financial future. When I joined the Republican Party I came in knowing I was but a small voice among a larger conservative base that controls everything. I’m a Clinton moderate and I’ve never felt like the party embraced me or my views. So my assessments and my suggestions come not as someone trying to destroy the party but someone who holds a less ideological and more independent view on things around me. If our party can become more like Eisenhower and Lincoln, and Roosevelt we could be successful in the future. Our biggest problem was the refusal to let the Reagan era come to an end. Instead the American people ended it for us.

The Republican Party didn’t belong to Ronald Reagan, he belonged to the it. This was never his party and I apologize but I get weary of people trying to bring him up in everything. Reagan is not the answer to our problems as a defunct and out of power political party. This party belongs to and will always be the party of Abraham Lincoln. Many of you forget that before Reagan there was a man who freed the slaves and embodied the true meaning of bipartisan leadership, a unifier in times of great turmoil and division. Reagan wasn’t the unifier Lincoln was okay, Reagan never rallied the masses to stand for something beyond ideology, he simply railed against liberalism as a champion of conservative causes. Abraham Lincoln gets more respect from Democrats than members of his own party. Why are we as Republicans so quick to anoint Reagan before we acknowledge Lincoln? It’s time to put down the Reagan kool aide. It’s time to think about whether or not we want to be an ideological party only appeasing the foot dragging base, or do we want to be a party that represents the majority of Americans and their needs.

And if loses in 2006 and in 2008 doesn’t help with the reality check then all hope is lost for the party I’ve grown to love. I see the potential and yet it gets snapped back down by those who corrupt the message. People like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity who have this idea that if only the GOP was even more conservative than they are now, things would get better. I mean what is that? They want to out neo-con the current neo-cons? Ultra-cons are what they want?