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April 2, 2013

Can the Republican Party be Saved?

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Recently the Republican hierarchy released their report detailing the problems the party is facing and attempting to detail the deficiencies and propose solutions. There were numerous voting blocs where they also found problems. One prime example was their losing the under thirty vote by at least a ratio of three to one. Other such blocs included single women, the less well off, almost the entirety of minority voters, and so forth. From what I saw it was possibly debatable if they even won a majority of the registered Republicans. Ok, I made that up but it was really almost that bad. They also found that they managed to receive fewer votes in every voting group over the results from four years earlier. Somehow the Republicans with candidate Romney were unable to even hold on to the McCain voters as they received fewer votes across the board in this last election. As horrible as this news was it was not as unsettling as the solutions the report provided. The main gist of the offered solution was to move the candidates and campaigns to align them closer to the Democrat message.

My bet is should they pursue this path it will lead to the death of the Republican Party. When the base voters who are the lifeblood of your political party are not getting to the polls your problem is not that you are too far removed from the other party, it is that you are not offering them anything distinctly different from the other party. The solution is not to attempt to be perceived as the Democrat Lite Party but to be the heart and soul Republican Party. Show a difference and celebrate that difference. The Republican Party has not given the feeling that they are proud, confident, or even that they believe in their party. They sound almost apologetic whenever they sound all that different from what the Democrats stand for. If you want a near perfect example of the real problem is that is cursing the Republicans all you need to do is listen to the “old guard” of the GOP during the debates on virtually any legislation where immigration reform is one of the most glaring examples. Another problem is the seeming lack of unity and cooperation between the different factions that make up the Republican Party. Sometimes it appears as if as a whole the Republicans do not stand unified for anything and are without honest and driving principles. We had a perfect example after Rand Paul’s efforts to make a serious protest over the evasiveness and apparent policy which would allow the use of drone strikes on American civilians inside the country’s borders in place of arrests and a trial if the President so deemed necessary with his thirteen hour filibuster and a number of the senior Republican Senators demeaned his efforts on the floor of the Senate. Such disagreements should never be fought out in the public square but should be discussed and resolved within the party. When was the last time you heard one Democrat Senator demean another Democrat on the floor of the Senate? Such would never happen as the Democrats have party discipline and would not stand for parading the party laundry in public.

Another problem the Republican Party needs to work on is simply getting their message out and being heard. Since the mainstream press is actually a willing partner in any Democrat candidate’s campaign, the Republicans have to find a delivery for their message which does not rely on the mainstream press. They definitely need to work on their Internet usage and make more and better use of U-tube, Twitter, Facebook, and all other forms of social media as well as blogs and the new media. There are a good number of conservative bloggers who would be anxious to support getting the republican message out if they only would be included in the campaign planning and get some assistance in coordinating with the candidate. They could offer releases to these bloggers once they had compiled an extensive list. But the most important challenge facing the Republican Party hierarchy and planners is a message around which the membership can rally and be excited over. The current state of the Republican can be summed up in two words, disjointed disarray. Until they can establish something that can be advertised as the Republican core beliefs around which every party candidate tailors their message, the Republican Party will continue to wander leaderless in the political wastelands.

Beyond the Cusp

September 26, 2012

So Many Meaningless American Voters

Up front we encourage everybody who has strong, honest, compelling feelings about who they desire to win the Presidency to vote in the November United States Presidential Election. Vote in person or make the necessary arrangements to cast an absentee ballot. If you have strong feelings about a Township, City, County, State, Congressional or Ballot Issue that will be on the ballot, go vote and be heard. If nothing else, everyone who votes is heard even if it is simply as a number in a column in some registry that will be recorded for posterity, in this way your vote holds immeasurable value. But let us be rational and honest here. The vast majority of Americans voting in the Presidential race are casting votes which will have absolutely negligible if any impact on the election. If you live in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, or any number of true through and through Democrat bastions and you are voting for anybody other than the reelection of President Obama, you are wasting your time more than likely as these states are not in doubt. On the other hand, if you live in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming or any of the dyed in the wool Republican Strongholds, your voting for anybody other than challenger Mitt Romney is going to be meaningless.  By meaningless is that it will have absolutely no effect upon the final Electoral College vote. Sure, if Romney breaks 45% in Maryland or Obama breaks 45% in Wyoming, that will make news and there will be talk about how no State is truly out of the running and how candidates cannot take any State for granted, but that will be the limit of such a result. Such anomalies will be useful only to those of us writing editorial columns to use to denigrate the victory as being so very close and how the candidate could have lost or does not have such a mandate, but other than such posturing it will not make one whit of a difference.

 

None of this is of any surprise to most of us and is kind of liberating to an even smaller group. Among this small group are those who will be pounding their chests about their brave vote for some third party candidate and how they fought bravely against the two party monopoly. Humor them though I have a feeling there will be a greater number of such people this time around. It will not change the end result but it does mean there is some hope of real change coming. Some of us have felt this coming change for a while though not in sufficient strength to actually matter. Hopefully, that may be in the wind and blowing closer every day. There are two groups in our society who may be on the vanguard of such a change. One group are the true believers who may have thought the Occupy Wall Street Movement was the start of a new vision for the future. The other group is the combination of the Tea Party and the 9/12 Movement who are currently attempting to bring about change through the Republican Party and either will take over the leadership of the Republican Party or we may see the birth of a new political force named The Tea Party. But for this election, that day has yet to arrive. Despite the fact that this election will remain as a choice between the Democrat incumbent candidate and the Republican elite chosen candidate, the first election where a sea change may sweep in and surprise the establishment elite has begun as a small wave, a little swell in the middle of the ocean, but that swell, like its counterpart in nature, will possibly become a tsunami as it comes closer to fruition and crashes onto an election day shorefront in the near future. As many know, the two established parties have rigged the system so as to minimize any challenge to their preeminence and made the successful formation and election of a candidate from outside their ranks extremely difficult. There is evidence that there exists a large and growing number of Americans who have simply had all they are going to take from the corrupt two party system where a small elite cabal controls the path to election victory and power. The masses are growing restless and that can forge a new path to office and a new set of rules where for the time being the people’s will is heard and refuses to remain stifled.

 

In the near future we have the Presidential Election this November and a campaign in full swing. We will hear on the news almost nightly what one candidate or the other said today at some rally or in a press release or in response to questions from the press at a conference or when pressed at an appearance. Of course, depending on which news source you view, the slant will favor one candidate or the other. For most of us everything we hear will simply echo how we feel as most people tend to watch the news reports from people who share their views whenever possible. This trend has grown even more intense with the flood of choices between the internet and cable and satellite news sources providing both a wider range of choices and allowing a personal choice that is very tailored to one’s views. This has had two related affects upon the voting public. The first is new people often are so isolated into their particular viewpoint and do not receive any news or information which is contrary to their own viewpoint that they may actually start to believe that everybody believes as they do as they seldom if ever have cause to interact with news or people who hold differing views. This leads to the other effect which is an inability to understand or accept any results which are contrary to one’s seemingly universally held positions as such results run contrary to everything they have seen, heard or discussed with others. This is much of the reason why the American society has become so polarized and partisan. Most everyone has the ability to live in a closed world where everything with which they interact is a reflection of their beliefs and views. Some claim that this phenomenon is very debilitating as it secludes people from dealing with opposing views and leads to a more isolated existence insulating one from new or different ideas thus causing a kind of political and social tunnel vision. This is often exhibited by people expressing complete bewilderment when confronted with results from elections and such which are diametrically opposite of those which they expected. You will know you are witnessing such when you hear somebody claim, “This makes no sense because I do not know anybody who would have supported this.”

 

The most obvious side effect of this phenomenon is that the candidates for President only end up campaigning in those select States where the outcome is not yet a guaranteed known. President Obama is not going to waste his time attempting to gain a majority of the voters in Oklahoma or Wyoming as they are two of the most conservative States. Likewise, Mitt Romney is not going to spend much time in Massachusetts or Maryland as this would be a waste of his resources. What is possible is each candidate making appearances in States they already know they are going to win for two basic reasons. The first is they are guaranteed a huge turnout of wildly supportive and friendly crowds which will play well on the nightly newscasts. The second is that even though a Candidate is guaranteed to win a particular State, you do not want your supporters to think that you are taking their support for granted; you will want to spend some time, energy and resources as thanks for your support events in these places. To figure out which States are the ones where it is very possible that every single vote will be acutely important, just observe which States where both candidates spend the majority of their time, campaign appearances, advertising dollars, and have every locally known celebrity and politician hitting the stump for them and, of course, appearing with them giving laudatory speeches and introductions. The one advantage for those who do not live in what is called a swing state is that they do not have to suffer through the final ten weeks push with endless campaign commercials on their local television and radio networks. The local politicians usually only have sufficient funding for two or three weeks of such heavy hitting the airwaves while national candidates have not only their funding for commercials, there are Super PACs (Political Action Committees) running advocacy advertisements which are actually candidate ads carefully camouflaged in order to get around campaign laws and restrictions.  So, if you live in one of the swing states, you have our sympathy as you endure the last few weeks of being berated and barraged by campaign glitter, and the rest of you, enjoy the quiet and do check and see who it is that your fellow voters are going to choose so you do not get caught claiming, “Who won? How? I don’t know anybody so idiotic as to vote for them!” The rest of us will appreciate not having to explain and you very likely do not want to know why or how, just accept that they did win, even without the votes of anybody you know.

 

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August 16, 2012

My Problem with the Republican Ticket

I am certainly not alone in my discomfort with the Republican ticket for the coming election. Like what are likely scores upon scores of other conservatives I would have rather seen a Ryan/Romney ticket rather than the Romney/Ryan ticket we are presented. Of course we were not presented Representative Ryan as a choice to lead the ticket during the primaries which is not something we can change now. My guess is Mr. Ryan likely preferred to keep his life simple and not subject to the rigors and attacks that accompany the primary system and will be felt more by Mr. Romney at the top of the ticket than it will for Mr. Ryan as his running mate. As stated a number of times, my hopes were for John Bolton to run as I have a feeling that many Americans would actually respect and be attracted to a politician who does not candy coat anything and simply bludgeons everyone within earshot with the brutal honesty of unvarnished truth. But had Paul Ryan chosen to brave the gauntlet of the primaries it would most certainly have elevated my excitement levels. I guess sometimes we have to take what life deals us and do the best we can with what we are presented.

There will be some interesting sessions in the Senate with Paul Ryan as the gavel holder and having the potential to cast the tie breaking vote if there should ever be a deadlock of a tie vote. Unfortunately, I have my doubts that Paul Ryan will take the liberties of expressing his opinions or joining the debates no matter how strong his feelings or how tempting it may be for him to impart a piece of his financial and budgetary wisdom. Mr. Ryan is going to make the Vice Presidential debates somewhat more intriguing and will present whoever is chosen to formulate the questions one momentous challenge in formatting questions to Vice President Biden’s strengths and as far afield of Mr. Ryan’s comfort range. I guess we can all look forward to the debate between Mr. Gaffe and Mr. Knowledgeable. Somehow, I foresee the Democrats doing all within their power to avoid holding a Vice Presidential debate or scheduling it for a Wednesday morning around about 10:45 EST on some obscure cable and satellite channel. Even if that is their decision, I will take the time to watch it as it promises to be some of the best comedy and scariest predictors of a future possibility should we reelect Joe Biden to be one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

I must admit that the Romney candidacy did not fill me with any real desire to break down walls in order to elect Mitt Romney as President. When Mitt Romney stated after the Supreme Court upheld Obama Care that he intended to replace it and not simply repeal it left me feeling cold inside. I do not want any form of Obama Care or even Romney Care or anything which gives the government more influence over my healthcare. This is another reason that having Mitt Romney choose Paul Ryan as his running mate rekindled a modicum of hope that perhaps Romney could be influenced and steered away from replacing Obama Care and simply doing away with all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, every single word, comma, period, exclamation point, heading and footnote. As bad as the medical care parts of this law are, there are even more hidden evils buried within it’s over a thousand pages which will facilitate damaging regulations and give the government new powers and remove some critical restrictions from government powers that also need to be killed. One such item which unfortunately does not have a huge effect on my life is that effective Jan. 1, 2012, any gold bullion or coin transactions is to be reported to the government by dealers if the amount of the transaction is over six-hundred dollars. It really does include provisions for what is a veritable death panels deciding who is allowed to receive what treatments according to some formulae. Also found by a little research is it allows for the Government to have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfers in order to assure payments, and there will never be any mistakes which will end in horror stories for those caught in such inconveniences. And I assure you there is a lot more and some has little or nothing to do with your healthcare or treatments. Paul Ryan will, hopefully, assist in steering Romney away from replace and towards repeal, plain and simple repeal.

I am sure there are some from the upper crust of the Republican Party who are having questions about how Romney could choose such a maverick to be his running mate. There are likely those who are claiming that Ryan will be as big a disaster as they believed McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin turned out to be. I thought Sarah Palin was the most attractive thing about the candidacy of John McCain. I guess I had better not wait for the Republican Party to offer me a job as an adviser in the near future, if ever. But, in all seriousness, I am fully thrilled with the Republican choice for a Vice Presidential candidate and predict that having Ryan on the ticket may turn out to be the best turn of events in all of this year’s election moves and posturing; but could we possibly change the ticket to Ryan/Romney. Please?

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