05/07/2008 (10:59 am)
Newt Gingrich laid out the bleak future for the Republican party in a sober analysis at Human Events yesterday. Every Republican needs to read this and take it seriously.
Beginning around 1980 and extending through 2006, Republicans were given the reins of government by the voting population, and told “Take us in the direction we want to go: smaller government, fewer taxes, less corruption.” The Republican brand is in serious trouble now because we did not deliver. Republicans, often by attempting to cooperate with Democrats rather than pursuing the Republican policies they were elected to pursue, allowed the government to grow, government oversight to grow, taxation to grow, and corruption and nest-feathering to continue unabated. The public is sick of it; and while objectively the Democrats will produce more government, more tyranny, more taxes, and more corruption, the voters are looking at Republicans and saying “Not you.”
Newt Gingrich is arguably the best strategic thinker in the Republican party (yes, better than that magnificent bastard, Karl Rove). His list of near-term initiatives was drawn from polling data showing policy changes that a vast majority of Americans support on both sides of the aisle. Republicans can save their brand — that is, rescue the reputation of “Republican” from strong negative ratings — by announcing solid plans to accomplish these items, and then accomplishing them. Gingrich is correct in noting that any other action will result in serious, long-term losses.
The alternative, sadly, is socialism. That’s what the Democratic party is offering; and not mild, European-style socialism, but neo-Marxist socialism, complete with government disapproval of productive private enterprise, confiscatory taxation, and laws banning opposing points of view. If the Democrats win the White House and Congress in November, expect US sovereignty to be ceded to the United Nations on several fronts, vast expansions of government power, and laws mirroring the speech codes that oppress college campuses all over America.
It’s time for sober action. Call your Congressmen, call your Senators, and log onto Gingrich’s public advocacy site, American Solutions, to discover ways that you can shape the cultural debate. It’s almost too late. Do it now.
Update: Politico shares Gingrich’s pessimism about the upcoming Congressional elections, and lists several younger Republicans who may make a bid for leadership in the party if the GOP takes a severe enough beating in the fall.
4 Comments »
Comment by CKHustler
You should really create a blog on the townhall site, I think you would get lots of people visiting there with your informative posts. Just my opinion anyways.
Comment by Robert
It certainly says something about the state of American Politics when everything is about the Republicans, doesn’t it? After all, the only possible way for a Democrat to win an election is when people vote against the Republican!
Comment by Ecclesiastes
I don’t think Newt knows what happened to his Contract with America.
The Contract, as written and agreed to, was fulfilled in every regard. It was an unqualified success by the first Republican majority in the House of Representative in 40 years. In contrast the Democrat equivalent was a complete failure, achieving none of its terms.
How many people know that?
Unless Newt has a way to get the history straight on the Contract with America, I can’t see how some of his other, more modest, suggestions for the Republicans in congress will help.
Comment by dean0
A few days ago I got another “Republican Party Census Document”
The questions are so clear (i.e. see through) such as:
Should we continue working to permanently repeal the Death Tax? (and)
Do you agree that we must stop illegal immigration? (and)
Should Republicans fight for a balanced budget?
The answers to these questions should be more than just plain obvious to the Republican Party. But for some reason they have been unwilling to attempt any achievement in regard to them.
I check the desired answer and return with a separate comment page asking why they (the Republicans) haven’t taken the initiative to accomplish these obvious situations in the last 8 years.