It might alienate a few of teh constituants but how about "We will try to stay the hell out of your lives" and drop the religious overtone?. If a candidate is pro-choice ot pro-life fine; but let's leave it out of teh party's policy.
Amen to that! (no pun intended) Getting the Elmer Gantry wanna-bes out of the party hierarchy might piss off the "Bible-wing" Republicans, but to be totally honest, they don't have a great track record when it comes to practising what they preach so they don't have a lot of credibility. (see Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker and Ted Haggard)
Although it doesn't help that there is going to be a meeting of sorts at the weekend home of the head of the Parent's Television Council this weekend to try to decide where to take the party from here. The fact that this "summit" is being held on the home turf of Bozo the Censor himself (that's Brent Bozell III) does not bode well for a change of direction.
Then again, I think that some of the "Rich-wing" Republicans should take a back seat as well. What with all of the economic scandals the GOP has gone through from Enron and the fleecing of the California Power market to Haliburton and Blackwater and the creation of the Robber-barron, war-profitering class, it is time for the Phil Grahams of the party to take a hike as well.
That leaves us with...............Joe the Plumber?
Actually, out of all of the examples above, Joe is the only real Republican in the bunch as far as I'm concerned. He is a regular guy who goes to work every day, tries to support his family the best he can and pays his taxes while just trying to be a good guy.
To me the Republican Party should be about:
*limited Government interference in our lives.
*While I'm not talking about giving us a handout when we are job hunting, how about at least giving us the means to be able to get ourselves back on our feet when we lose a job through no fault of our own? Just create a good job and I'll take care of the rest,that's all I'm saying.
*A strong military and national defense that can fight injustice around the world when we need to, as well as protect our citizens from attack at home.
*Above all else, the government should not be spending beyond its means and sinking us deeper into debt. I hear complaints about "tax-and-spend" Democrats all the time, but not one mention of the "tax-and-spend-and-welch-on-the-debt" Republicans (aka. Rich-wing) in Congress that have gotten us to this point.
Now, that's not to say that the party should move completly to the center, but they should be willing to meet the majority of the people in this country half way. If anything we are not a liberal nation, nor are we a conservative nation. By and large I believe we are a nation of centrists who want our leaders to exercise some common sense while governing, not governing according to extreme idealisms. That is why the far right, and in a lot of cases the far left, are seen in many circles as a bad joke. Let's face it, both sides have their wing-nuts and whack jobs that give each side a bad name. On the right side you have the heritic and arch-traitor Fred Phelps, on the left.....YOU HAVE PETA!!!!!!
But, I digress.....
I think in the end the GOP is going to have to come together under one candidate much like the Democrats have done under Obama. Just after the primary season was over everyone was saying how divided the Democrats were and that they would never capture the White House come November. Well look at what this community organizer did - he organized this community of Democrats, gave them a common purpose and won 364 Electoral Votes.
The GOP needs to find their version of Barack Obama in order to have a chance in 2012 and beyond. But they shouldn't try to find the second coming of Ronald Regan. As great a president as he was, his brand of conservatism just will not work in the 21st Century, we've seen that already.
Instead what the GOP needs to do is to reach back even further in their history for the second coming of a man who was tough yet gentle, strong yet kind, firm yet understanding. He was a friend to the environment, which may give them a leg up what talking about global warming, and he was able to regulate business while still enabling them to make enough profits to spread among thier workers.
The GOP shouldn't be looking for the second coming of Ronald Regan, what they need is the second coming of Teddy Roosevelt.
The GOP needs to turn the clock back to that kind of conservatism. If they do that, they can give President Obama a run for his money in 2012.
If not, they may be on the outside looking in for a really long time asking "wha happa?'