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Can Democrats Change The GOP’s Platform?

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Why do Democrats try to dictate or change the Republicans strategy?

Last week I was watching “21 This Week” which is a local cable political show in Montgomery County. I will spare you a complete review of the show, but it was pretty good considering that it is a cable access show. In that episode Elbridge James, Board President of Progressive MD, opined that the Republicans need to change their principles if they are to “re-raise out of the dead the Republican Party.” What exactly was Elbridge trying to accomplish?

Eric Cary, Republican Activist, had a good rebuttal that I will expand upon here. In the last two Presidential elections, Republicans nominated a moderate Republican to be their nominee. This obviously didn’t turn out well, and now we are stuck with 8 years of an ultra-liberal President Obama. Democrats would have you believe that John McCain and Mitt Romney didn’t win because the Republican message is bad, outdated, and out of touch. If only we would cave on our principles, then maybe we could get elected. If we would just become more liberal, maybe democrats and independents would vote for us.

Sorry, but caving on our principles is the last thing that we need to do. What we need to do is to fix our primary process, and instead of getting the one moderate from the primary, if we could somehow figure out how to get one of the best conservative candidates, we would have a chance to win. Now I know some of you will think that politicians that are more moderate will do better in the general elections, and that is generally true. The problem however, is that if you can’t even get your own party to vote for you, then these moderate Republicans stand no chance.

The other BIG problem facing our party is that of getting our message out. Democrat activists are quick to belittle our message as tired, but think about how hard it is to become a Republican. As young children, most of us enter public schools where most teachers are Democrats. Children are taught liberal principles from the start. They learn about pollution, acid rain, global warming, and saving the planet. They do not learn about starting their own business, or managing money. They don’t read the federalist papers. These days, they are even changing the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the words “under god.” This onslaught of liberal messaging continues into college where the professors become even more liberal. A couple of weeks ago, one professor even required his students to literally stomp on a piece of paper that had the name Jesus on it. Once a young person finishes school, unless you purposely try, any newspaper, radio, or television source you see is heavily slanted left.

To become a Republican is a challenge because generally events in your life guide you to become more conservative. That is one of the major reasons why Republicans are cast as older people. It takes time to get over the constant liberal messaging. You have to become tired of seeing how much money comes out of your paycheck. You have to learn not to be jealous of successful people, but realize that you too can become successful. You must grow tired of politicians constantly spending more and more of your tax money. Here in Maryland you have to become sick of higher gas taxes, higher sales taxes, higher property taxes, higher income taxes, higher tolls, more speed cameras, and higher fees and fines. Even after all of those new taxes, somehow Governor O’Malley and Maryland Democrats still seem to rely on selling bonds (creating debt) to make ends meet.

Eventually you have to say ENOUGH. Too many people coast through life, seemingly too busy to pay attention, or too overwhelmed by all of the information required to become informed. It is far easier to just tune politics out and just focus on ourselves and our family. The Republican Party is the party of lower taxes for everyone, not just businesses or the rich. The GOP is the party of decreasing government spending, eliminating wasteful and often duplicative programs. We are the party of reason, but usually we keep our opinion quietly to ourselves. We don’t shout our opponents down like the liberals do. The liberals are supposedly the party of tolerance, but try disagreeing with a liberal and watch out! You see, the Republicans don’t need to change our principles, we need to need to say “Enough!” We need to stop the out of control spending, stop the creation of new taxes, and lower the current taxes. But most of all, people generally agree with those things, but they don’t hear that message from us. Instead they hear from democratic strategists, unions, and liberal news sources all of the things that in their liberal opinion that are wrong with our party. Well… ENOUGH!

What do you think? Should we listen to the liberal strategists and change our principles, or should we start speaking up and taking a stand?

2016 Elections

Primary - 4/5/2016
General - 11/8/2016

Races to Watch

U.S. Senate

Barbara Mikulski (D) is retiring.

Top (D) Candidates
Donna Edwards
Chris Van Hollen

All 8 House Seats are up for election.

Current Representatives
1st - Andy Harris (R)

2nd - Dutch Reppersberger (D)

3rd - John Sarbanes (D)
Top candidates Dr. Mark Plaster (R).

4th - Donna Edwards (D) - running for Senate
Top candidates Anthony Brown (D), Glenn Ivey (D), George McDermott (?)

5th - Steny Hoyer (D)

6th - John Delaney (D) - may run for Senate
Top (R) candidates David Vogt (R), Kathy Afzali (R), Neil Parrott (R), Mike McKay (R).

7th - Elijah Cummings (D) - may run for Senate
Top candidates Calvin Ball (D), Corrogan Vaughn (R).

8th - Chris Van Hollen (D) - running for Senate
Top (D) candidates Kumar Barve, Valerie Ervin, Kathleen Mattews, Jamie Raskin
Top (R) candidates Frank Howard - potential