Obama's resounding victory in spite of incompetent four years, 8% unemployment rate and blatant cover-up  of the truth about Bengazi ... if this does not open our eyes to the shortcomings of Republican party, nothing ever will ! If we really care about the party and the country's direction we need to do serious introspection. 

First I need to point out, Republican party has sound fiscal principles that worked very well in making this nation the greatest ever on the planet. In order for implementing the core conservative principles the party needs people's mandate and trust. No good idea can ever be implemented if the leader alienates majority of its population.

Here are few glaring holes in the party's approach in recent times.

Christian Nation: I get a feeling the party is becoming a seriously narrow minded and intolerant group that refuses to see the new realities of a nation of changing demographics. We can not alienate Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, Gays and religious minorities and expect them to vote for us just because we have right fiscal ideas. All these minorities put together are almost a majority in the nation. That has always been the reality of this nation of minorities. The only things that changes is the "color" and "culture" of the minorities and thereby changing the "color" and "culture" of the country. Whenever I suggest this people jump on to the argument saying "This is a Christian nation". Yes, it was founded by white christian men. But, we have given voting rights to blacks - By a republican leader! We have given voting rights to women. Changing agenda based on the new realities of the nation is hallmark of any respectable nation and its leaders.  Move past the idea of our founding fathers being white Christians. Or else you are defeating the dreams of the very founding fathers you are pretending to follow. 

Make very proactive effort to make minorities feel that the party truly understands their values and at least makes an effort to address their issues. For example, in spite of being a openly republican person, so many people ask me "If you don't like our values, why don't you get out of the country and go back you home country?" - It's both insulting and also closes the door for any meaningful discussion.  That question is stupid especially because, values of a specific religion do not represent values of the country.  

 

Illegals: Shouting slogans to kick every illegal immigrant out of country is not going solve the illegal immigration. Provide pragmatic solution to the problem and make genuine effort to involve the Hispanic community to provide solution to the issue.  I do not see any Republican leader providing any real solution to the issue or any attempt to involve Hispanics to find a solution. Form a non-governmental committee of Hispanic leaders to come with a solution within the Republican party. That way you are respecting the community and building leaders within their community that believe in Conservative principles.

Abortion:  The very assumption that every party member should be pro-life is just stupid. Why don't we just leave it to the individual opinions and respect it? Just like we respect religion. During primaries, if a candidate is not pro-life he has no chance of winning the nomination. It's almost like saying if you are not Christian, you can not lead the country! It is personal moral issue not a governing issue. In my opinion the party should totally drop that issue from the agenda. This is the right thing to do since the separation of religion and state if important for any "inclusiveness" effort by any leader.

Gays; This is another issue I strongly feel that it should not be part of a party agenda. It is OK to differ in opinions and still be in the same party. Again, let us stop trying to make the party a monolithic group that says yes or no to every issues in unison. If someone in the party is against Gays' rights it's OK, and vice versa. Similar to religion freedom this topic should not be deciding factor for anything within the party. Stop being nasty to Gays. That does not mean we approve everything. We can leave the decision to individual part members without penalizing them for being different. For example, I can openly say I am Jewish and get party's support but I can not openly say I am Gay and get party's approval. it is plain old fashioned. 

There can be many other issues like the ones I listed here. The basic thing is to stick to the core fiscal principles as party line and leave the rest to individual opinions. As a party if we can do this, millions of minorities would feel proud to be part of the conservative ideas. I know scores of people I talk to who agree with fiscal principles of Republican party but they feel they will be ridiculed and insulted if they are open about their opinions on other issues. 

We need to make this a simple contest between - "Tax to redistribute" agenda Vs "Feel proud to take Responsibility" agenda. Let the rest of the issues be personal as much as religion being one's own personal matter.  I thought Tea party movement is all about this. But it was again hijacked by religious right that looks everything in term of social issues! This madness cost us a few seats in the senate in this election!

It's time to break the Obama "minority" Coalition and build our own "fiscal" coalition just so we can implement fiscal discipline that s essential for the nation.  Please dump your social agenda to save the nation from the left!

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Comment by al pambuena on November 9, 2012 at 9:32am

on all of the issues listed..it does not mean that to solve the problems, you have to go into trillions of dollars in national debt, it does not mean you have to create a welfare state, and take away any work requirement, it does not mean you have to reward the takers, and crucify the producers, it does not mean that you have to practically outlaw the celebration of xmas, while embracing islam, it does not mean that illegal immigration is rewarded, while those who become citizens legally are not, it does not mean that more federal programs are created while the energy industry is desimated. we have shown diversity for over 200 years. diversity is respecting the freedoms of others, while they contribute to the country, and rewarding those who produce, not those who do not, and diversity is in the constitution, and not in the governments programs, handouts and giveaways. they are supposed to be more like us, not the other way around, we are an open and free country, not the community organizers for us to take care of.

Comment by van nolan price on November 9, 2012 at 9:12am

The MSM and obummer destroyed all the conservatives and give us Mitt. When the MSM stops picking our candidates we will win.

Comment by van nolan price on November 9, 2012 at 9:00am

Say what you want about change, look at our country today. Do you like the change ?

Comment by Rosemary Perez on November 9, 2012 at 8:36am

Okay, you all have valuable points but the situation that we have to deal with needs urgent attention. We collectively need to figure out how we bring back the 3 million Republicans which did not vote in this past election. After doing so we need to figure out how we can increase the size of our party, without compromising our values of course. We have spent enough time bickering and playing the blame game, now we need to get to work because in two years we have another election. We need to get more conservatives in Congress. As I said earlier in a prior post, the Democrats never stop campaigning and don’t start campaigning a few months before an election, they campaign all the time and everywhere.

I was wondering earlier today why we really never hear from our party throughout the year they should be out there on the street meeting people, talking to people representing us. We only hear from them when they need money or an election comes around. Haven’t you noticed that? I live in Pennsylvania our governor is Tom Corbett, we haven’t heard a peep from him all year. What the heck is he doing? When Rendell (I can’t stand him) was in office he was in your face 24/7 making appearances, interviews attending social events, he was everywhere. This is how the Dems. win votes. I feel that our party has taken us for granted. They know that we will vote for them because they are aware that we fear the opposition. I think it is time that we send our politicians a clear message that we will not settle any longer. People, we need to organize and do something very fast because we are the ones who will suffer the consequences of our inactions.

Relative to the prior statement, have you given any thought as to how Governor Jindal was able to turn out Louisiana overwhelming Republican? It is amazing to me that he was able to come through for us because he has a large population of Liberals in his state. What is he doing right (no pun intended) that other Republican Governors aren’t. We need to find out.

BTW we aren’t the only ones that feel disenfranchised there are many Democrats that have been feeling the same way. Please read this post and we can discuss later. As a testament to this article, today I had a heart-to-heart with two co-workers that have been registered Democrats all their lives (over 50 years) and they told me straight out that they voted for Romney because they aren’t happy with their party any longer. These two women are honest, respectable and hard working. This may be an opportunity in the makings. www.apatheticvoter.com/WhatWentWrong.htm

Comment by Rosemary Perez on November 9, 2012 at 8:26am

Veny W. Musum it is all about Public Relations. There I give the GOP a big fat F.

Comment by Veny W. Musum on November 9, 2012 at 8:22am

The main point I believe Ven is making is correct!  We desperately need to be perceived as a more inclusive party, especially in light of the changing demographics of our county.

Comment by Ed Morelli on November 9, 2012 at 7:33am

Julie,

I support you 100%. Our Father in Heaven does not change but times do and so do morals. Many empires in the past have fallen. The founding Fathers of this nation were inspired and led by God.

To the Tea Party Admins that allowed this to be posted: If you continue to post these type of blogs you will help seperate and tear apart the Tea Party from within. For those that have Liberal ideas, do the majority of us a favor and join the Dems. You don't get a free shirt, but you can get a free phone, welfare, and food stamps..

Comment by Mickey Flynn on November 8, 2012 at 11:52pm

I think we need to campaign from the end of the current election right up to the end of the next. We need to promote a true conservative. That conservative has to be charismatic and able to speak the conservative message in the liberal tongue. There are a lot of upcoming contenders that we need to start grooming today. Whoever runs they're going to have to sell to all groups and they're going to have too feel the pain as Clinton did. It's asking a lot but starting today we have 3 years to groom the Presidential candidate an 18mos. For the next Senate and house contenders. Let's get started!

Comment by Julie Assarpour on November 8, 2012 at 9:38pm
Yes June, I agree. The parents these days need to be guiding our children now, more than ever. They are getting conflicting messages in schools and society. My children have been in and out of Christian and public schools. They are guided with a Christian upbringing. Therefore they know when a teacher is a misguided and / or immoral person. My kids know when they're not being taught the truth at school, because they've been taught at home. The demise of our children's values are due to the parents not being involved and guiding them. We will not even recognize this country within the next generation. It is very sad!
Comment by June Gagnon on November 8, 2012 at 9:08pm

Again - -typos - -should read "liberal/progressive think swamps" and next to last line should be "one-world-order"!

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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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