Housecleaning should start with Republican Party leaders
Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 9:28 pm
By FLOYD and
MARY BETH BROWN
Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., spoke for millions of Republicans on election night when he told Fox News, “We need a housecleaning in our party, and we need a party that’s going to go and tackle problems facing the American people. Take our timeless principles and apply them to today’s problems and be the reform party we used to be.”
Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party took a drubbing on Election Day because the Republicans lost their way. President George W. Bush and the Republican congressional leadership transformed a party of conservative principles and reform into the party of earmarks and big government.
Se n. McCain’s efforts to belatedly transform into the candidate of reform had a hollow ring after he raced back to Washington to lock arms with the Democrats to squander 700 billion tax dollars on a Wall Street bailout which hasn’t worked.
Newt Gingrich and the rebels that secured the majority in congress for Republicans in 1994 are mostly retired and gone. Their replacements are weak and ineffective and a full-scale Republican Party overhaul is imperative. We must return to a principled and reform-minded agenda similar to that embodied in the bold 1994 Contract with America.
Michael Reagan, the broadcaster and elder son of President Reagan is organizing an effort to shake up the GOP party leadership. He wrote on his website www.reaganaction.com to party activists saying: “It’s official: America has its first truly Socialist president… and it’s the Republican Party’s fault. No, scratch that — it’s the so-called “leaders” of the GOP who are at fault for this humiliating defeat — and I say it’s time to name names and make heads roll in our party.”
Reagan lays fault at the feet of congressional Republicans that were elected as conservatives and quickly dumped the reform agenda in exchange for the fat earmarks and pork handed out for going along with the corrupt system.
He calls on the current Republican members of Congress to stand tall against the agenda of President-elect Obama and the liberal Democrats. And if they won’t fight, Reagan also calls upon these leaders to resign and get out of the way.
Obama did not receive a mandate to govern to the far left. His campaign promises of tax cuts and fiscal discipline put him clearly in the political center, and only a vigorous Republican opposition will provide a counterweight to the left-wing activists that will attempt to push the new administration to the left.
Now is not a time to give Obama a free ride and a period without opposition. A honeymoon phase is a tradition that Republicans can ill afford. Too much damage could be done. America is still a conservative country. As Gary Bauer pointed out about the exit polls, “44 percent of voters identified themselves as ‘moderates’ and 34 percent identified as ‘conservatives.’ Just 22 percent called themselves ‘liberal.’ We’ve clearly got a lot of work to do, but that’s a pretty good foundation for us to build upon!”
Americans abandoned the Republican Party and President Bush for the same reason they abandoned his father. They were promised a government of conservative values and they were the victims of a bait-and-switch. President Bush gave voters deficits and government overspending. Republicans must learn to govern as they promise as advocates of lower taxes and smaller government in addition to strong defenses and family values.
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