Uniting a Fractured Republican Party

Republican-InfightingEveryone knows that the Republican Party is in the midst of a Civil War.

On one side you have those who would go the same direction the rest of the world is going, but in a much more “pragmatic” and “realistic” way.  They figured out most of the world’s problems between the 13th and 18th hole on Friday.  Libertarians and Social Conservatives call them RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).

The other side of the GOP is a coalition are the “Evangelicrats” aligned, strangely enough, with the Ron Paul crowd (aka: Paul-bots).  Evangelicrats would have you believe that every Founding Father was a born-again evangelical and that, regardless of the polling, “We The People” always and overwhelmingly agree with them.  The Ron Paul segment of this strange coalition is itself a diverse group consisting of constituencies ranging from Ayn Rand atheists to true Libertarians to chronic discontents and crazies who love the cult-like atmosphere surrounding Ron Paul.

I paint with a broad brush and the variables for individuals within these two major armies within the GOP are too numerous to stereotype down to the individual RINO or Right-Winger.  We basically, however, have “Democrat-light” on the left side of the Party and the always principled and angry hyper-right on the other side  with very few in the middle where wisdom and principled leadership usually reside.  (For what it’s worth, I believe base human nature is always liberal so the burden is on those with Judeo-Christian or Libertarian values to be accessible and relevant instead of chronically angry and weird if they want to be taken seriously.)

So what did people like me who doesn’t identify at all with either camp need to hear from the Republicans?  What does does the average blue-dog Democrat (do they exist anymore?) or the moderate to conservative Independent voters need to hear from the Republicans to consider kicking Obama out of office?  How can a Party at war with itself present a message of unity that inspires a nation to support it?

I believe we need to hear tough yet tender talk about long-term ramifications and solutions to the economy.  We need to hear something like the “A Time For Choosing” Reagan speech.  Over the long haul, I believe Americans are going to need to see principles in action to continue taking the party seriously.  Most of us agree that this election is about ballooning deficits and debt at home along with a European and worldwide debt crisis.  Most Americans agree there is a growing middle-Eastern and Far-Eastern threat in the form of Iran, Russia, and China and their increasing ability to bully the West economically and militarily.  The problem is that Republicans generally talk tough during the campaign but find governing scary and quickly become motivated by fear of the next election.  In fairness, it’s a lot easier being liberal.  They are usually motivated by what they believe is righteous indignation.  That is a motivator that sustains much longer and results in much more bravado than conservatives who fight being seen as championing the principles of the past.

I don’t care if Republicans don’t openly campaign on social issues but, once elected, I expect them to actually do something about these very issues.  Make the public message about people’s wallets, but back that rhetoric up with a holistic approach that includes not only cuts taxes, shrinking govt., incentivizes for production and hiring, and an audit of the Fed; but also creates the cultural and societal recipe needed to sustain these reforms.  This recipe includes a return to Clinton-era welfare-to-work programs, movement on Federal marriage and pro-life legislation, secure borders, a hand-over of control back to States on education and other issues, and massive sales of Federal Land to States and private American organizations (look at a map of how much land the federal government controls.  It’s just stupid.).  In short, our nation needs a focus on a sound economy and a repaired social fabric we know will result in increased production and will plug the welfare and entitlement drain.

If the Republican Party and their candidates focus on the economic issues we all agree on, then they can always campaign on popular economic successes while making it clear to social conservatives, evangelicals, and libertarians across the country that their issues are being taken care of too.

A public focus on economic issues with consistent behind-the-scenes work to repair our nation’s social fabric will not only end the civil war within the Republican Party, but just may result in a less polarized citizenry as well.

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  • Hal Jordan

    I would recommend looking at the mittromney.com website to see his campaign documentation. The more issues I read about on that website, the more excited I am about a Romney Presidency. If he would start publicizing those issues where everyone could hear them, I believe others would get excited too. Of course the Paulbots won’t be too happy about his plan for tougher sanctions on Iran, enforced through the UN if possible or through a coalition of like-minded nations if not. He’s going to support Iran’s opposition and advocate a regime change too. No bowing and no apologies. I believe even the RINOs will stand up and cheer about that.

  • David Shedlock

    Unified in what, Eric?  What do you want us to do together?  I know you don’t want us to sing Kum-Ba-Ya in three-party harmony.  Tell me how how we are supposed to unite. Must we agree with Romney that government mandates in health care are the way to go? How do you agree with a candidate you have virtually nothing in common with, other than you think Obama has been a lousy president?

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      While I understand your sentiment David there are issues that Republicans can find unity around.  While I know you would disagree with this people are able to find some key distinctions between Romney and Obama like say with foreign policy for instance and job creation.

      That said there is a lot with which you and I disagree with him on.  I don’t think most people, myself included, see a vote in the general election the same way you do.  Also I have a concern about what kind of a drag there will be on down ticket races with candidates we do agree with.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LB3LDHWZXK7GXIW6DYVOYSVPHE SJ

    I honestly don’t know if it can be reunited.  There are still decent GOP candidates on the down ticket, but as for President, Tom Hoefling (who left the GOP) seems to be the only candidate worth voting for.  

    Incidentally, Shane, Mr. Hoefling posted this on a FB page:

    Can you reach out to your favorite local or national radio hosts and see if they want an interview? Feel free to give them my email address: tomhoefling@gmail.com. Thanks!

    Since his e-mail address is also on his Web site, I don’t think it’s inappropriate that I posted it here. Anyway, Shane, if you wanted to interview him, I think he would be very receptive. He’s staunchly pro-life, and seems to have a lot to offer.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      I’m Facebook friends with him, but he has nothing under his work history. Outside of Facebook I’ve never heard of him. What are his qualifications? Having the right convictions is good, but for the office of President you need to have leadership ability.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LB3LDHWZXK7GXIW6DYVOYSVPHE SJ

        Good questions. I’ll try to find out for you. I do know that he managed Alan Keyes’s campaign in 2008.

        I do agree with what you’re saying, but what with Scylla and Charybdis, er, Obama and Romney, I would almost be willing to vote for Lassie as long as she proved to be of an agreeable disposition. ;)

        Anyway, I know someone who has spoken with Tom concerning his campaign, and I’ll see what she knows or what she can find out for you.

      • David Shedlock

        I have begun an interview process and hope to have a story up by first of the week on Hoefling.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LB3LDHWZXK7GXIW6DYVOYSVPHE SJ

        Great. No doubt he’ll appreciate the article. I did get in touch with my acquaintance, and will post any info about Tom’s qualifications too if she’s able to find out anything.