Suggestions for what we the people can do to get Republican Party leadership
I tried posting the following in response to theadmiral’s “God help us indeed . . .” comment to Erick Erickson’s diary “That’s a shame.”
I think it was too long, as only the title posted.
Here goes again:
A few people have asked what can we do to change the Republican Party leadership. Here are a few concrete ideas for getting the current “leadership” to actually lead in the near term and, if they don’t, changing them for the long term.
I believe the single most important thing everyone on this site who professes to be a “conservative activist” can do, as a first step, for achieving both the near term and long term goals, is to become a Republican Party precinct committeeman (“PC”). As a PC, you become “part of the problem” because you now have a vote in the internal Republican Party leadership elections. Want a more conservative Republican Party leadership? Then become a PC and recruit other conservatives to do the same. As John McCain has said after the November election, “Elections have consequences.” Michael Steele, rather than Ken Blackwell, occupies the chairmanship of the Republican Party because, overall, there aren’t enough conservatives in the Party ranks.
I realize I’m preaching to the choir, but:
If we want to change the country, we have to change the outcome of the elections.
To change the outcome of the elections, we have to change the caliber of the Republican Party candidates.
So that those candidates are not an echo of the Democrat candidate for the voter, but a real alternative. A conservative alternative.
To change the caliber of the candidates, we have to change the outcome of the Republican primary elections.
To change the outcome of the Republican primary elections, we have to have more conservative Republican precinct committeemen influencing the amount of support the conservative candidates receive and, hence, the number of votes they receive.
I can’t stress enough the need to get real conservatives onto the ballot in the general election so the voters have a CLEAR choice. Here in my legislative district, which encompasses north Tempe, south Scottsdale and Arizona State University, a full one-third of registered voters have registered Independent. They’re not sure what the believe, but they’ll decide the outcome of the general election. We need to give them candidates who are not “Democrat Lite.”
We can ensure that the voters will have a clear choice by becoming PCs.
Detailed information about becoming a PC are at these links. Do it. Please. Plus, it’s fun.
Here’s some more info about becoming a PC that’s been posted here at Redstate by Martin Knight, Erick Erickson and yours truly.
Here is a link to a discussion of The Committeeman Project.
Here’s what Erick posted:
And here’s a link explaining what I did at the Phoenix Tea Party with video of my sign (and my son).
We’ve got to get organized and focus on the “top leaders” and in a coordinated fashion inundate them with demands that they lead. I view the “top leaders” as Steele, McConnell, Kyl and McCain (McCain only because he was our nominee) and Boehner and Cantor. Can we not start a coordinated fax, phone and personal visit campaign against these guys to get them to get on the same page and LEAD A PRINCIPLE OPPOSITION? For example, NeoKong posted here the following, which some of us then turned into a fax to Steele, Cantor and the others (sorry, I don’t have the direct link to NeoKong’s post):
An Open Letter To Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (phone (202) 863-8500; fax (202) 863-8820) and Rep. Eric Cantor (phone (202) 225-2815; (202) 225-0011), posted by NeoKong at http://www.redstate.com, and with which I wholeheartedly agree:
First things first.
GROW A DAMN SPINE WILL YOU PLEASE!!!!!
I am not trying to be disrespectful to either of you two gentlemen and we appreciate your hard work of course but may I offer some of what I feel to be some helpful criticism and some good advice as a humble private citizen.
For the love of God will you please stand up for the party and stop running from your own base.
I am speaking specifically of the way that both of you have seemed to run away from what Rush Limbaugh said about wanting Barack Obama’s socialist policies to fail.
I watched your recent responses on T.V. regarding his statement and it seemed that you two could not get away from the man fast enough.
The next time some stupid reporter asks you what you think of what Rush Limbaugh said about Barack Obama you look that guy in straight in the eye and say this:
“Rush Limbaugh is an American citizen and he is entitled to say whatever he wants about Barack Obama.”
Then ask the reporter if they have a problem with free speech.
Next, when they ask you if you agree with what he said you tell that reporter this:
“I promise to support Barack Obama just as much if not more than the way that Barack Obama,Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and for that matter the entire Democratic party has supported George Bush over the last few years.”
Then you ask that reporter if he has a problem with that.
Since most reporters seem to love to put their own opinion into every story the report they should jump at the chance.
Try it just once.Turn the tables on them and ask them a question.
Ask them who they voted for.
Ask them what party they belong to.
Ask them if they earn more than $250,000 a year.
Ask them what they think of George Bush or if they voted for Bill Clinton.
Ask them what they think about abortion.
Any one of those questions will have them reeling back and stuttering instantly and I doubt they will answer it.
Ah…but their reaction will answer your question and all who are watching will see it laid bare.
Get in their face.Push back.You are not being interrogated for Pete’s sake.
Don’t worry about being to polite with them.
Secretly they hate your guts and you need to realize that.
You will never get a fair shake from them so don’t worry about ruffling their feathers a little.
Put them in their place.They are nothing more than candy ass T.V. models working for the DNC.
Make them look like a fool once in a while.
How could it hurt?
I also have noticed that when they ask you and other Republicans certain questions that you do not have a good answer ready and start backtracking away form core principles of the party.
For example :”Tax cuts for the rich”
Let’s face it.Pundits know that they can tag you with that question at any time and you have no response and they make you look silly.
Try saying this.
“Of course I support tax cuts for the rich you jackass.Who do you think puts people to work in this country….?The poor?“
Then ask them if someone wants a good job should they turn to a wealthy man or go to a public housing project and which may be more fruitful.
Wealthy people put this country to work.Poor people do not.
Why are you ashamed to admit that?
Whenever you tax the rich even higher you are killing a job somewhere.
Now you simply turn back to the pundit or reporter and ask them if they support putting somebody out of work.
Ask them who will spend that money better and put it into the private sector faster and more efficiently.
The federal govt. or a private businessman?
You guys need to realize that small business owners work very hard for their money and you need to protect them from the govt.
Will you please stick up for them with a little vigor?
One small businessman can put 30 people to work with good jobs but if those “wealthy” or “rich” people get over taxed by the govt. someone is going to be unemployed.
EVERYBODY wants to be rich.
We all do.What’s so bad about that?This is America.It’s the land of opportunity and the land of the free.It’s not the land of the free lunch.
Why are you so ashamed to stick up for rich people?
What is so great about being poor?
Being poor sucks.
Keep in mind that the person asking you about “tax cuts for the rich” is no doubt a millionaire themself or will soon be.
T.V. people make big bucks and it is the height of hypocrisy for them to be criticizing the rich as if they aren’t themselves or rub elbows with them all day long.
You want to keep in mind that the senior leadership of the DNC are ALL MILLIONAIRES!!!!
Some many times over.
Here is another little tidbit I think may be helpful.
Stop worrying about every little thing that might offend somebody.
It’s a false premise.Those people aren’t really offended but merely pretend to be to push you into a corner.
Nobody offends more people than a liberal.If you’re a Christian or pro-life,in the military or a Republican,if you like Christmas or traditional American customs and cultures or supported George Bush it will be a liberal that will attack you without shame.
When has it ever cost them?
Barack Obama spent twenty years in a church that makes a KKK rally look like a Scout jamboree.Harry Reid said the war in Iraq was lost.John Kerry called the troops stupid.John Mutha called his own constituents rednecks.Their whole damn party tried to tank the war in Iraq just for political gain.They disgust me.
Don’t worry about it.
Liberal offense is just a tactic that they use to corner you and make you backtrack.
Be ready for it and stop apologizing .
It’s embarrassing when I have to watch you guys always apologizing.Tell someone to shut up once in a while.
Stand up be proud of who you are and your party and do not let some stupid reporter get the best of you on camera.
Let me tell you a little about myself.
I work very hard and own my own home.I want to keep every penny I can and I don’t like to give it to the govt. so they can just give it away like I am an open ATM machine.
In 2000 and 2004 I gave George Bush and the GOP hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
In 2006 after watching John McCain and Lindsey Graham basically call me a bigot because I didn’t want to open the border to Mexico and make millions of illegals instant citizens my generosity came to an end.
I don’t think I was the only one.
The GOP has betrayed it’s core.
You guys need to get with the program and stop picking my pocket.
My point is that the GOP shouldn’t just assume that they have my support,my money or my vote all locked up.
The next time I gave money was when John McCain nominated Sarah Palin for V.P.
I sent $100 that very night.I voted for McCain but I was holding my nose when I did.
The guy wasn’t floating my boat if you get my drift.
Definitely not my first choice.
And on two related issues, the whole “the NRSC should stay out of primary contests” issue, which I agree with, and the subject of RINOs, it helps to know what we’re FOR and what the Democrat Party is FOR. A good place to start is the respective party platforms. Ought we not demand that Republican officeholders explain themselves when they stray from our Party Platform’s principles? Following is a summary of the Republican Party Platform and the Democrat Party platform, with links to both. The topical headings are mine. (I left out some things from the Republican Party platform, such as we’re FOR increasing our domestic energy production according to an “all of the above” strategy and we’re against government takeover of our free enterprise healthcare delivery system.)
Core Principles from the 2008 Republican Party Platform (http://www.gop.com/2008Platform/)
From the Preamble to the Platform: A platform in enduring principle based on ideals to unify our country, devoted to the inherent dignity and rights of every person and dedicated to a rule of law protecting and preserving liberty.
This is a platform of enduring principle, not passing convenience — the product of the most open and transparent process in American political history. We offer it to our fellow Americans in the assurance that our Republican ideals are those that unify our country: Courage in the face of foreign foes. An optimistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom. Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every person. Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another. Distrust of government’s interference in people’s lives. Dedication to a rule of law that both protects and preserves liberty. (Preamble, p. 1.)
Republicans Believe Our First Obligation is Defending our Nation by Preserving all Defense Options
All Americans should affirm that our first obligation is the security of our country. (P. 1)
In dealing with present conflicts and future crises, our next president must preserve all options. It would be presumptuous to specify them in advance and foolhardy to rule out any action deemed necessary for our security.
Republicans Believe National and Theater Missile Defenses Must Be Deployed to Protect the Nation
We must develop and deploy both national and theater missile defenses to protect the American homeland, our people, our Armed Forces abroad, and our allies. Effective, layered missile defenses are critical to guard against the unpredictable actions of rogue regimes and outlaw states, reduce the possibility of strategic blackmail, and avoid the disastrous consequences of an accidental or unauthorized launch by a foreign power. (P. 2)
Republicans Believe Our National Borders Must Be Secured
Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with more effective enforcement, giving our agents the tools and resources they need to protect our sovereignty, completing the border fence quickly and securing the borders, and employing complementary strategies to secure our ports of entry. Experience shows that enforcement of existing laws is effective in reducing and reversing illegal immigration. (P. 3.)
Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with . . . completing the border fence
quickly and securing the borders, and employing complementary strategies to secure our ports of entry. (P. 3.)
The rule of law means . . . enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas, rather than letting millions flout the generosity that gave them temporary entry. (P. 3.)
It does not mean driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, nor does it mean that states should be allowed to flout the federal law barring them from giving in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, nor does it mean that illegal aliens should receive social security benefits, or other public benefits, except as provided by federal law. (P. 3.)
We oppose amnesty. (P. 3.)
We support English as the official language of our nation, while welcoming the ethnic diversity in the United States and the territories, including language. (P. 4.)
Republicans Believe We Must Increase the Size of Armed Forces
We must significantly increase the size of our Armed Forces; crucial to that goal will be retention of combat veterans. (P. 4.)
Republicans Believe U.S. Armed Forces Must Remain Under U.S. Command
As a matter of U.S. sovereignty, American forces must remain under American command. (P. 7.)
Republicans Abhor Federal Funding Of Abortions Anywhere
We strongly support the long-held policy of the Republican Party known as the .Mexico City policy, which prohibits federal monies from being given to non-governmental organizations that provide abortions or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other countries. We reject any treaty or agreement that would violate those values. (Pp. 7-8.)
Republicans Reject the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans
To shield the members of our Armed Forces and others in service to America from ideological prosecutions, the Republican Party does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans. (P. 8.)
Republicans Support A Free and Secure Israel
Israel is a vigorous democracy, unique in the Middle East. We reaffirm America’s commitment to Israel’s security and will ensure that Israel maintains a qualitative edge in military technology over any potential adversaries. Israel must have secure, defensible
borders and we support its right to exist as a Jewish state able to defend itself against homicide bombings, rocket and mortar fire, and other attacks against its people. (P. 12.)
Republicans Support Enforcing Constitutional Safeguards
Republicans will uphold and defend our party’s core principles: Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. (P. 15.)
Republicans Support Only Constitutionally Necessary Federal Spending
Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. (P. 15.)
Republicans Reject Unconstitutional, Wasteful Pork-Barrel Special Interest Spending
The other party wants to continue pork barrel politics; we are disgusted by it, no matter who practices it. The other party wants to ignore fiscal problems while squandering billions on ineffective programs; we are determined to end that waste. The entrenched culture of official Washington – an intrusive tax-and-spend liberalism — remains a formidable foe, but we will confront and ultimately defeat it. (P. 15.)
Republicans Will Stop Unconstitutional Special Interest Earmark Spending
Earmarking must stop. To eliminate wasteful projects and pay-offs to special interests,
we will impose an immediate moratorium on the earmarking system and reform the
appropriations process through full transparency. Tax dollars must be distributed on
the basis of clear national priorities, not a politician’s seniority or party position. (P. 16.)
Republicans Believe “It’s Your Money, Taxpayers”
The most important distinction between Republicans and the leadership of today’s Democratic Party concerning taxes is not just that we believe you should keep more of what you earn. That’s true, but there is a more fundamental distinction. It concerns the
purpose of taxation. We believe government should tax only to raise money for its essential functions. (P. 23.)
Republicans Oppose Using the Tax Code for Social Engineering
The Republican Party will put a stop to both social engineering and corporate handouts by simplifying tax policy, eliminating special deals, and putting those saved dollars back into the taxpayers’ pockets. (P. 23.)
Republicans Support Reducing Corporate Tax Rates
We support a major reduction in the corporate tax rate so that American companies stay competitive with their foreign counterparts and American jobs can remain in this country. (P. 23.)
Republicans Know We Cannot Tax and Spend Our Way to Prosperity
The last thing Americans need right now is tax hikes. On the federal level, Republicans lowered taxes in 2001 and 2003 in order to encourage economic growth, put more money in the pockets of every taxpayer, and make the system fairer. It worked. If Congress had then controlled its spending, we could have done even more. (P. 25.)
Republicans Support Secret Ballots for Workers
We oppose card check legislation, which deprives workers of their privacy and their right to vote, because it exposes workers to intimidation by union organizers. (P. 28.)
Republicans Will Not Infringe the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms
We uphold the right of individual Americans to own firearms, a right which antedated
the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller affirming that right, and we assert the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. We call on the next president to appoint judges who will similarly respect the Constitution. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend themselves, their property, and communities. (P. 51.)
Republicans Believe in the Sanctity and Dignity of All Human Life
Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity
and dignity of innocent human life. (P. 52.)
Republicans Believe Marriage Means A Union of a Man and a Woman
Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to
it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives. (P. 53.)
Republicans Support the Right of the People to Freely Exercise their Religion
Our Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion and forbids any religious test for public office, and it likewise prohibits the establishment of a state-sponsored creed. The balance between those two ideals has been distorted by judicial rulings which attempt to drive faith out of the public arena. The public display of the Ten Commandments does
not violate the U.S. Constitution and accurately reflects the Judeo-Christian heritage of our country. We support the right of students to engage in student-initiated, student-led prayer in public schools, athletic events, and graduation ceremonies, when done in conformity with constitutional standards. (Pp. 53-54.)
Now, for the Democrat Party Platform.
Core “Principles” of 2008 Democrat Party Platform
Democrats Believe in Blaming America First For Terrorism
After September 11, we could have built the foundation for a new American century, but instead we instigated an unnecessary war in Iraq before finishing a necessary war in Afghanistan. (Preamble, p. 5.)
Democrats Use Weasel Words to Mask Their True Intentions, Like Calling Taxes on the American People “Investments”, And Believe Taxes Somehow Generate Jobs
We will invest in America again – in world-class public education, in our infrastructure, and in green technology – so that our economy can generate the good, high-paying jobs of the future. (Preamble, p. 6.)
Democrats Believe Money Grows on Trees and the Solution to Every Problem is to Spend the Taxpayer’s Money
We will provide an immediate energy rebate to American families struggling with the record price of gasoline and the skyrocketing cost of other necessities – to spend on those basic needs and energy efficient measures. We will devote $50 billion to jumpstarting the economy, helping economic growth, and preventing another one million jobs from being lost. This will include assistance to states and localities to prevent them from having to cut their vital services like education, health care, and infrastructure. (Pp. 8-9.)
Democrats Routinely Ignore the Fact that the Constitution Limits Congressional Authority to the Enumerated Powers Set Forth in Article I, Section 8
Health care should be a shared responsibility between employers, workers, insurers, providers and government. All Americans should have coverage they can afford; employers should have incentives to provide coverage to their workers; insurers and providers should ensure high quality affordable care; and the government should ensure that health insurance is affordable and provides meaningful coverage. (P. 10.)
Democrats Hide Their Socialistic Policies By Using Weasel Words Like “We” and “Public” for “Government”
We will make it a priority to secure for hardworking families the part of the American Dream that includes a secure and healthy retirement. Individuals, employers, and government must all play a role. We will adopt measures to preserve and protect existing public and private pension plans. In the 21st century, Americans also need better ways to save for retirement. We will automatically enroll every worker in a workplace pension plan that can be carried from job to job and we will match savings for working families who need the help. (P. 13.)
Democrats Believe Some Unnamed Someone Should Somehow Magically Create Jobs For Everyone
In the platform hearings, Americans expressed dismay that people who are willing to study and work cannot get a job that pays enough to live on in the current economy. Democrats are committed to an economic policy that produces good jobs with good pay and benefits. That is why we support the right to organize. We know that when unions are allowed to do their job of making sure that workers get their fair share, they pull people out of poverty and create a stronger middle class. (P. 14.)
Democrats Believe They Should Hide Their Plan to Outlaw Secret Ballots by Calling it the “Employee Free Choice Act”
We will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions and fight to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. (P. 14.)
Democrats Believe in Building Upon Over Forty Years of Failed Federal “War on Poverty” Programs with – Drum Roll, Please – More of the Same
Working together, we can cut poverty in half within ten years. We will provide all our children a world-class education, from early childhood through college. We will develop innovative transitional job programs that place unemployed people into temporary jobs and train them for permanent ones. To help workers share in our country’s productivity, we’ll expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, and raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation. The majority of adults in poverty are women, and to combat poverty we must work for fair pay, support for mothers, and policies that promote responsible fatherhood. (P. 15.)
Democrats Believe Higher Taxes (Er, “Investments”) Will Lower Gas Prices
And this is how we’ll solve the problem of four-dollar-a-gallon gas — with a comprehensive plan and investment in clean energy. (P. 18.)
Democrats Believe The Federal Government Should Be The National Babysitter, Despite No Constitutional Power Exists for that Role
We will make quality, affordable early childhood care and education available to every
American child from the day he or she is born. Our Children’s First Agenda, including increases in Head Start and Early Head Start, and investments in high-quality Pre-K, will improve quality and provide learning and support to families with children ages zero to five. Our Presidential Early Learning Council will coordinate these efforts. (P. 19.)
Democrats Believe Taking Money Out of the Economy By Taxes (“Investments”) And Spending It on Vague Federal “Programs” and “Partnerships” Will Somehow “Grow” the Economy they just Weakened Through the Taxes and the Wasteful, Inefficient “Programs” and “Partnerships”
We will invest in American jobs and finally end the tax breaks that ship jobs overseas. We will create an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to provide for our next generation of
innovators and job creators; we will expand the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and create new job training programs for clean technologies. We will bring together government, private industry, workers, and academia to turn around the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy and provide assistance to automakers and parts companies to encourage retooling of facilities in this country to produce advanced technology vehicles and their key components. (Pp. 21-22.)
Democrats Envy Those Who Succeed and Demand to “Steward” Their Prosperity By Using the Tax Code to Take Money from “Rich” Peter and Give it to “Poor” Paul Who Pays No Taxes
We will shut down the corporate loopholes and tax havens and use the money so that we can provide an immediate middle-class tax cut that will offer relief to workers and their families. We’ll eliminate federal income taxes for millions of retirees, because all seniors deserve to live out their lives with dignity and respect. We will not increase taxes on any family earning under $250,000 and we will offer additional tax cuts for middle class families. For families making more than $250,000, we’ll ask them to give back a portion of the Bush tax cuts to invest in health care and other key priorities. (P. 24.)
Democrats Believe in a Fairy-Tale World Having No Nuclear Weapons – Including Ours
America will seek a world with no nuclear weapons and take concrete actions to move in this direction. (P. 31.)
We will make the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide a central element of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. (P. 31.)
Democrats Believe In Risking the Safety of all Americans by Not Developing New Nuclear Deterrents Nor Testing Any of Our Nuclear Deterrent Weapons
We will not develop new nuclear weapons, and will work to create a bipartisan consensus to support ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which will strengthen the NPT and aid international monitoring of nuclear activities. (P. 32.)
Democrats Claim To Want to Expand Our Armed Forces, But Then Cut Their Budgets and Weapons Programs
We will use this moment both to rebuild our military and to prepare it for the
missions of the future. (P. 33.)
Democrats Believe Our Military Should Be Used For Non-Defense “International Social Work”
We believe we must also be willing to consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability – to support friends, participate in stability and reconstruction operations, or confront mass atrocities. (P. 33.)
Democrats Believe The Success of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Program Should Be Ignored And Replaced With A System Allowing Individual Soldiers To Force Their Sexual Preferences Openly On Their Fellow Soldiers
We support the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the implementation of policies to allow qualified men and women to serve openly regardless of sexual orientation. (P. 36.)
Democrats Believe in a “Blame America First” Policy in International Security Arrangements With Our Allies
Too often, in recent years, we have sent the opposite signal to our international partners. In the case of Europe, we dismissed European reservations about the wisdom and
necessity of the Iraq war and their concerns about climate change. In Asia, we belittled South Korean efforts to improve relations with the North. In Latin America, from
Mexico to Argentina, we failed to address concerns about immigration and equity and economic growth. In Africa, we have allowed genocide to persist for over five years in Darfur and have not done nearly enough to answer the United Nation’s call for more support to stop the killing. Under Barack Obama, we will rebuild our ties to our allies in Europe and Asia and strengthen our partnerships throughout the Americas and Africa. (P. 36.)
Democrats Believe Man is Changing the Climate of the Globe, Despite No Evidence for that Conclusion
We will lead to defeat the epochal, man-made threat to the planet: climate change. Without dramatic changes, rising sea levels will flood coastal regions around the world. Warmer temperatures and declining rainfall will reduce crop yields, increasing conflict, famine, disease, and poverty. By 2050, famine could displace more than 250 million people worldwide. That means increased instability in some of the most volatile parts of the world. (P. 43.)
Democrats Believe “Service” to Our Country Means Only “Government-Paid Service”
The future of our country will be determined not only by our government and our policies but through the efforts of the American people. That is why we will ask all Americans to be actively involved in meeting the challenges of the new century. In this young century, our military has answered the call to serve, even as that call has come too often. We must now make it possible for all citizens to serve. We will expand AmeriCorps, double the size of the Peace Corps, enable more to serve in the military, create new opportunities for international service, integrate service into primary education, and create new opportunities for experienced and retired persons to serve. And if you invest in America, America will invest in you: we will increase support for service-learning, establish tax incentives for college students who serve, and create scholarships for students who pledge to become teachers. (P. 44.)
Democrats Use A Mythical Imminent “Climate Change Catastrophe” as a Reason For More Taxes and Regulations to Hobble Our Economy
Despite the efforts of our current Administration to deny the science of climate change and the need to act, we still believe that America can be earth’s best hope. We will implement a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the
amount scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic change and we will set interim targets along the way to ensure that we meet our goal. We will invest in advanced energy technologies, to build the clean energy economy and create millions of new, good “Green Collar” American jobs. (Pp. 46-47.)
Democrats Believe In Preventing Nuclear Power By Preventing Safe Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods
We will protect Nevada and its communities from the high-level nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, which has not been proven to be safe by sound science. (P. 47.)
Democrats Believe Taking Money Out of the Economy to Spend on “Investments” In Government –Favored Wasteful “Programs” and “Public-Private Partnerships” Will Somehow Have a Positive Effect on the Economy Rather than Less Regulation and Lower Taxes
To help regional business development we will double federal funding for basic research, expand the deployment of broadband technology, increase access to capital for businesses in underserved areas, create a national network of public-private business incubators, and provide grants to support regional innovation clusters. Since businesses can only function when workers can get to their place of employment, we will invest in public transportation including rail, expand transportation options for low-income communities, and strengthen core infrastructure like our roads and bridges. (P. 48.)
Democrats Believe Disarmed Citizens Are Safe From Armed Criminals and Gun Control In Chicago, the “Murder Capital of America,” Has Made Chicagoans Safer And the Discredited and Failed “Assault Weapons Ban” Should Be Reinstated To Disarm Law-Abiding Americans
We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce commonsense laws and improvements – like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. (P. 48.)
Democrats Believe Women Have the Right to Kill Unborn Children
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. (P. 50.)
Democrats Believe the Government Should Control Elections and Candidates and Prevent Americans from Exercising their Freedom to Spend “Too Much” on the Candidates of their own Choosing
We support campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests, including public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time. (P. 54.)
Democrats Believe Americans Involved in Terrorism Should Not Be Wiretapped No Matter Where They Live – Really!
We reject illegal wiretapping of American citizens, wherever they live. (P. 54.)
Democrats Believe The Federal Government Can Somehow Magically Fix Bad State Economies Caused by Imprudent “Tax and Spend” Policies By Democrat Governors and Legislatures Through More Federal Deficit Spending To Throw Money To Those Badly Governed States
Given the economic crisis across the country, states, and territories today face serious
difficulties. More than half of our states face a combined billions of dollars in shortfalls. As a result, states have had to innovate and take matters into their own hands—and they have done an extraordinary job. Yet they should not have to do it alone. We will provide significant and immediate temporary funding to state and local governments, as well as territories and tribes. (P. 56.)
Democrats Believe They Are Smarter Than the Framers of the Constitution Regarding the District of Columbia and Congressional Representation
Our civil rights leaders and many Americans of every background have sacrificed too much for us to tolerate continuing denial to the nearly 600,000 residents of our nation’s capital of the benefits of full citizenship, especially the vote, that are accorded to citizens of every state. We support equal rights to democratic self-government and congressional representation for the citizens of our nation’s capital. (P. 56.)
I am only one. But I am a Republican Party Precinct Committeeman.