“Me Too” Republicanism Breaking Down
Looking over the Big Three elections next week, a pattern is definitely emerging. Bob McDonnell is set to completely rout Creigh Deeds in Virginia, and liberal Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava has sunk so far in both polls and fundraising that she felt compelled to drop out and leave the battle between Pelosi’s hand picked Democrat Bill Owens and true Conservative (both in outlook and in party identification) Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 special election. Even in deep blue New Joisey, Democrat Jon Corzine can’t seem to get more than a point or two ahead of Republican Chris Christie, who is running on a clear Reaganite platform.
While it’s a bit early to start counting chickens, one thing is clear. The liberal wanna-be-Democrat so-called “moderate” Republicanism is failing to catch on with the public, just as it failed in 2008 with John McCain. Real Reaganite conservatism is winning even areas where Obama won handily… he won in NY-23 with 52%, and Virginia statewide with 53%.
This really should be common sense. Ford, after all, doesn’t advertise that it’s cars are just like GM’s, Geico doesn’t brag that their coverage is almost exactly like Progressive’s, and Coca-Cola doesn’t build a marketing strategy around being just like Pepsi… though they did once, and the results were so bad they reversed course in less than 90 days. In order for the Republican Party to succeed, they need to point out clearly the differences between their views and the Democrats–and, of course, they need to actually have policy differences before they can point them out! Following the Democrats’ policies just guarantees that many people will vote for the real Democrat rather than the pale imitator, and the rest will just sit home.
Of course, the lefties in the media would love to see the GOP embrace just such a “Democrat-lite” platform, because it would ensure the continuing march of what Mark Levin has aptly named Statism: the continual increase of government power over the lives of ordinary Americans. Those claiming to be conservatives who echo this call–you know who you are, and we know who you are as well–seek either the same government control or are simply too short-sighted to see beyond the next invitation to a Beltway cocktail party.
Rather than listen to such wishy-washy Republicans, let us listen instead to perhaps the greatest Republican President, Mr. Reagan, who laid out a program for victory way back in 1975:
I don ‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”—when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of the national debt.
Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the people’s earnings government can take without their consent.
Let our banner proclaim a genuine tax reform that will begin by simplifying the income tax so that workers can compute their obligation without having to employ legal help.
And let it provide indexing—adjusting the brackets to the cost of living—so that an increase in salary merely to keep pace with inflation does not move the taxpayer into a surtax bracket. Failure to provide this means an increase in government’s share and would make the worker worse off than he was before he got the raise.
Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.
Let us also call for an end to the nit-picking, the harassment and over-regulation of business and industry which restricts expansion and our ability to compete in world markets.
Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.
Our banner must recognize the responsibility of government to protect the law-abiding, holding those who commit misdeeds personally accountable.
And we must make it plain to international adventurers that our love of peace stops short of “peace at any price.”
We will maintain whatever level of strength is necessary to preserve our free way of life.
A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.
Indeed. So to all you lefty wanna-be-Democrats, go your way.