10 (Well, 9) Republican Resolutions to Save Our Republic

I was watching CNN again last night (I always have to switch channels when they play that abused animal commercial on Fox; it breaks my heart, and they run it constantly, so I see more of CNN than I’d like, but it’s either that on one side of Fox or the Food Channel–unless the Cake Boss is on, I’m not a Food Channel watcher, makes me hungry), and they are still hammering the republicans for the ten resolutions thing.  That’s strange to me because it’s not like the parties aren’t pretty clearly defined these days, except the moderates who blur those lines . . . usually on social issues (both sides).

The whole “litmus test” thing is a bit overblown, I think.  Look at the ten points that the Republicans offer (weirdly, I couldn’t find this on a republican news site, so I got it from the NYT article–they tend to link back to themselves for sources, a thing for which they’d get a big fat F in my class, but hey, whatever they want to call journalism these days; at least when I link back to myself, that post has the link to the primary source.  Anyway, as I’m not going to spend ages looking for the republican version, I suppose, I shouldn’t be complaining about the shoddy research and documentation at the NYT.):

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;
(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run health care;
(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;
(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;
(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

The complaints about this list are that it’s a “purity” test in that congressional candidates for the GOP next year need to meet at least 7 of these (some say 8, either way . . .) and that it’s a list of the party of “no,” what they don’t want, not what they do offer.

First of all, this is a truly historical moment in time, and next year’s midterms are key to the very future of this country.  We are literally on the brink of going one way or of being able to rescue our republic . . . this is, in my estimation, our last chance to save it.  If the dems remain in control of Congress in 2010, this country as we know and love it will be destroyed.  I believe that.  Because I believe that, I think that the 10 resolutions are pretty important and speak directly to what is happening in a broader, historically-relevant sense.  Frankly, the only one up there that isn’t critical to our republic’s survival (if we consider our republic to be based in the Constitution) is number 8, the defense of marriage thing (that one should be about making some serious changes to income taxing and cutting to the bone entitlement programs–these two things are needed to help us regain our footing as a country of liberty and opportunity for all.).  I’d look askance at any candidate who skated into the nomination by only supporting 7 (or 8) of these tenets, and I’d want to know exactly which ones s/he didn’t support.  And why.

Secondly, nothing on this list is “no.”  Each one clearly enumerates exactly what the republicans want.  And yes, it’s the exact opposite of what this radical, progressive, traitorous, constitutional republic-destroying Congress wants.  That’s the point.  We go one way, we lose our country, so the solution is to go the exact opposite way and thus save our country by getting closer to our Constitution and core American values.  Easy peasey.


10 thoughts on “10 (Well, 9) Republican Resolutions to Save Our Republic

  1. I can't bear those ASPCA commercials either. I have to look away or leave the room when they come on — the Dude considers channel changing to be his sole responsibility.

    Anyway, the independents are shifting right, which bodes well for the midterm elections. I doubt Republicans will gain control of Congress, but I'm sure the Democrats will no longer have a super-majority. I think 2012 will be the game changer.

  2. Even the music is so sad 😦

    And yes, I know that it's not likely that we'll regain control of Congress, but it could happen. Especially if everything keeps sucking so damn bad between now and then. If BO moves to take control of the media (including the internet) and if he continues being so completely clueless, there's a chance that people will vote conservative in protest. Right? It could happen (she says hopefully, a slight twinge of desperation evidenced).

  3. I like all of the 10 items of the GOP's litmus test. I am glad the GOP decided to come out with these early. I believe that the list is more than just saying NO to the Democrats agenda. It is offering alternatives to the Obama agenda. I think that the GOP is going to pick up a lot of seats in both Houses in 2010. The Dems have shown that they don't care about their constituents, whereas the Republicans are paying attention to their constituents wishes and needs much more than they had been previously.

  4. Sorry Fuzzy, I think it's all lip service.

    It reads just like the RNC 'census inquiries' I get in the mail, where after you answer a bunch of questions that all read like “Do you feel that Obama should be stopped from killing the first born in each family as well as not giving all your tax dollars to terrorists ?” you get to the end of the form where they are begging and actually demanding money. They actually say is costs them 11 dollars to send you that form so would you be kind enough to at least send them that.

    I write on them that when I think they're not just the new old democrat party and when I think they have a chance in hell of winning an election, and I actually want them to, I MIGHT consider sending them some money.

    I lie of course, as I will never send money to the RNC or any other political party.

    I might send a few bucks to a local individual, but that's it.

  5. Kid: Sure, of course its all lip service. The context of the post is some kind of pre-election litmus test. The ultimate test is whether the behavior matches the rhetoric post-election. If not, you've got a couple of years and you're out on your ear! That's what the 2010 elections mean, at least IMHO.

  6. Please tell me this list is a joke. Your right, no opposition. We need to fight the fed and outsourcing that is what Independent voters really want. The Republicans think all they have to do is not be the Democrats. We need more.

  7. @ Teresa, hiyas! 🙂 And me, too. I like this list because it's timely and speaks to many of the most problematic dem targets. I think that reps are paying attention now because we happen to want what they want (that's another problem for another day/year. In 2010, I don't care why anyone wants the dems out as long as they do.).

    @ Kid, this, as Velcro says, is not an RNC platform, it's all about next year's midterms. These issues are immediate, not long-term. I am curious though, reading your response, if you plan to vote at all? It sounds like you're in the I'm mad and not dealing with this crap anymore camp, and I hope that's not the case because every single vote will count.

    @ Velcro, exactly!

    @ Trestin, no, the list is not a joke (at least I don't think so; again, I couldn't easily find it on a republican's site). The fed bill will be shoved in some other bill and will be passed that way; the outsourcing is largely a tax problem (and reps are still anti-tax on businesses). And given the dems we have, what precisely is wrong with NOT being them? With wanting the exact oppposite? That's what I want, don't you? And as I asked Kid, what are you planning to do when “more” doesn't materialize or it's some third party (also conservative, so voters will have two conservative choices, one liberal—numbers don't work in the conservative's favor in this case.). The way I see it, this is an important point in history, too important to stomp our feet and scrunch up our noses and demand some paragon of conservative values who promises all things to all people. Doing this will simply ensure that we lose 2010, we lose 2012, and we lose our country. Not a gamble I'm willing to take.

  8. Velcro, agreed. At least it's being put out there.

    Fuzzy, I will continue to vote against the Dems until I take my last breath. Whoever I have to vote For in order to do that will have my vote.

    Unless of course they become conservatives.

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