First of all congratulations to Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman for their impressive wins in California as we desperately need you both! Now where do we go from here? As I have written before, it is time that the Republican Party amended its platform to the reality of today. We all can argue a woman’s right to choose vs. pro-life. I am not smart enough to know the answer there, but what I do know it should not be part of our political agenda and is best left to discussions within our religious and scientific institutions as well as one’s home. Another item that does not belong on the Republican Platform is Christianity, as to sidle up to the Christian right in an obvious fashion will not present a modern party. Again, let’s leave Christianity to the churches and homes of America. While I believe religion has been, from the Founders forward a large part of our culture, it is not meant for our politics.
Moving forward, the next thing the Party needs to address is how it defines “conservatism.
This is important for three reasons:
1-We just elected a president who campaigned on slogans without substance (I liked to refer to him in his campaign as “The Emperor Has No Clothes”) and if Republicans do the same, the credibility of the party will suffer.
2-Using the accepted definition, which may imply ultra right wing policy, gun toting citizens, (I am not implying here that we do not have a Constitutional right to bear arms), practicing religion in schools and government buildings or pro-life. We need to upgrade the definition with a heavy emphasis on sound economy, jobs, States rights, the Constitution and our founders and education, meaningful education where our kids can learn to compete with India, China and other forward looking countries.
3-We must adapt the attitude President Bush tried to portray, but maybe with a name change, of “Compassionate Conservatism” and not necessarily a word for word interpretation, but as a base to start from. What I mean by this is that we have to embrace the fact that some folks struggle here to survive, let alone just earn a living. We must educate and help those less fortunate by giving them the tools to help themselves and their families. We need to offer workshops for skills and job competition so that we can do with efficiency and without further harm to our economy what the Progressives would do by handouts and damage to our economy.
It is also important to understand some underlying reasons why we must do this. The Progressives are happy to propagate an “under-class” of citizens, some of which who may be lucky enough to join a union, but most of which will be votes for the Democratic Party’s Progressives. This is insidious politics and damaging to our country. The only way we can stop this is by providing a valid and meaningful alternative so that folks on the down side of life have the “real hope and change” they can believe in rather than rhetoric from a “professional campaigner” with a devious ideological agenda which has been and will continue to make us a third rate nation!