On Michael Steele’s Address to the GOP

I want to like Michael Steele. I’ve always enjoyed his input as one of the various talking heads on Fox News Channel, and I’ve admired his eloquence and his passion beyond that. Truth be told, I was excited when he was named as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Since then, if faith in Michael Steele as the leader of a Republican Party sorely in need of leadership were a life raft, I’d be sorely in need of a bigger bucket, or at least a pair of flippers and a snorkel. With every chance, it seemed, Steele was advocating a return to the very political mistakes and ideological misinterpretation which had brought the GOP to the edge of the abyss in the first place: the party, Steele has said, needs to do more to appeal to people in the center, needs to do more to appeal to Hispanic voters, needs to quit relying upon its conservative base.

Much in the way that vacuous European types tend to blame the current economic downturn on the failure of capitalism, yet what we’ve seen has been anything but, Steele seems to place blame for the recent party troubles on the conservative base, yet the GOP as of late has done very little that could qualify as conservative.

This country continues to have many, many more people from coast to coast to consider themselves to be on the right side of the political spectrum than the left. As I mentioned last year when Arizona Sen. John McCain was wasting time courting La Raza and other center-left groups, the key to GOP success is not to woo people to cross the aisle, but rather to solidify trust and support from those already on the right side. Instead of building a bigger tent to accommodate those in the center and beyond, the GOP must patch the holes in the tent over those on the right, left for so very long out in the rain.

That being said, I’m not giving up on Michael Steele. I admire his passion. I envy his knowledge and his ability to break down issues to a level easy to understand. I just hope he realizes, before it’s too late, that a strong GOP requires that we keep in touch with the principles on which this nation was founded, and not abandon them in the name of so-called “changing times” or, worse yet, political expediency. After all, the concept of a limited federal government knows not of changing times.

In looking at Steele’s speech today, I wanted to address in particular what he said about the state of and plans for the GOP, as opposed to what he said about the president’s policies or politics. Here are my thoughts; feel free to add yours:

The fact is, we would be abandoning our responsibility if we were to be silent while they spend our country into the abyss, while they borrow money we don’t have, and while they usher in the most massive expansion of federal government control in the history of our Republic.

Well, I’ve got news for them. We aren’t going to be silent. We are going to speak up, and we are going to show that we have the courage of our convictions. We will not be afraid to agree with the president when we believe he is doing what is best for America, but neither will we be afraid to disagree with the president when we believe his actions are hurting our country.

It’s funny, the critique over at the Huffington Post points out that Steele mentioned Barack Obama’s name more than 30 times, while never even once mentioning the word “economy.” If I were a cynic, I’d posit that perhaps the two words, “Obama” and “economy,” cannot exist in the same sentence, that the former pushes the latter right out of any given phrase.

All kidding aside, it seemed to me as though Steele made mention several times of the economy, without needing to specifically employ the word at all. If anything, it is the liberals’ strict constructionist interpretation of Steele’s remarks which is most telling — I’m not so sure they understand that out-of-control government spending and borrowing money we could never repay affects the greater economy at all. To them, it’s funny-money. So long as social justice is served, damn the consequences.

So, today I’m going to talk to you about some very important turning points for our party.The first turning point is this: Today we are declaring an end to the era of Republicans looking backward. We have just endured two successive elections where we were soundly defeated. As a result, many of us, me included, have done some soul searching. We have looked closely at the places we went wrong, we have talked openly and publicly about our mistakes and our deficiencies. If you don’t learn from the past, you are of course destined to repeat it. This has been a difficult, yet healthy and necessary task for our party.

We just need to ensure that we are looking backwards enough to truly understand where we went wrong. I’m not so certain Steele is capable of that, as he looks to migrate the party to the center rather than to the right. Yesterday, in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Carl Cameron, Steele said that he was more about “addition and multiplication” rather than “subtraction and division,” a veiled shot at conservatives like former Vice President Dick Cheney, who maintained last week that running the GOP to the center would be a mistake.

Steele, in that interview, said that he doesn’t want a Republican Party that wishes to exclude people like Gen. Colin Powell. Well, frankly, I do. If Powell had anything that resembled Republican or conservative principles prior to last year, he made the decision to cast them aside because the most radically left presidential candidate in recent history had a skin color that closely resembled his own. If Steele cannot see that, and still wants a GOP that would include Colin Powell while simultaneously denigrating Dick Cheney, I want nothing to do with Steele’s GOP. From that, it seems as though Steele has not learned from the party’s mistakes in the past.

True, it doesn’t take a genius to acknowledge that the GOP abandoned its free market principles and spent like crazy during George W. Bush’s second term as president. Steele has owned up to that, as have many Republicans, and he should be lauded for it. The mistake that Steele apparently refuses to understand is the root cause of the “two successive elections where we were soundly defeated.” That cause is the moderation of the Republican Party. Regardless of whether or not he wants to look backwards, the success of the GOP and America depends upon Steele and the rest of the party understanding that moderate Republicans do not win elections, conservative Republicans do. When it comes to the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties, Americans need bold colors, not pale pastels.

The Republican Party is again going to emerge as the party of new ideas. It will take some time, for sure, but it is beginning now. Our governors are emerging with fresh answers to old problems. Some of our brightest stars in Congress are emerging with new approaches. New groups and new entities are being formed. Republicans are rising once again with the energy, the focus, and the determination to turn our timeless principles into new solutions for the future. The introspection is now over. The corner has been turned.

To ensure success in 2010 and beyond, new ideas are indeed essential. From that standpoint, I understand where Steele is coming from when he spoke about looking forward rather than back. When it comes to values and ideals, however, the Republican Party must look to the past — all the way back to our nation’s establishment. Our founders wanted a limited central government first, and everything else later. That’s where the GOP must start: base every argument, every platform on every issue on a limited role of government, and go from there. We must look to the past for a reminder of what America was designed to be; only from there can we apply modern ideas by which we can return the country to our founders’ ideals.

Focusing on the role of government will allow the GOP to appeal to concerned Americans across the political spectrum who, despite overarching ideology, find themselves wary of a federal government reaching into each facet of their daily lives. This approach to appealing to those in the center and even on the left is different than Steele’s idea of moderation; in doing so, a new GOP focused on the proper role of government can stress the idea of freedom and independence from congressional reach without abandoning core principles such as a free market, low taxes, and the sanctity of life. Moderation for the sake of moderation is wrong; expanding the scope of the GOP message by boiling down to its Jeffersonian roots is a recipe for sustained success.

The Democrats are in power. They wanted it and now we are going to make them own the results of their arrogance of power: Policies that are hurting the long-term health of our country. We are going to give voice to the growing chorus of Americans who realize that there is a difference between creating wealth and redistributing wealth. And we are not going to be shy about it. Simply put, we are going to speak truth to power.

Agreed, one hundred percent. The Democrats have dug their grave, and while America will eventually be able to claw its way out, we must ensure that the Republican Party is not only there to offer a helping hand to America, but also a firm foot keeping the Democrats where the liberal ideology belongs — six feet underground.

Unfortunately, things will get worse before they get better. Even a cursory glance at President Obama and the Democrats’ plans for energy policy, not to mention the spendthrift nature of Congress, will be enough to understand that the American economy cannot sustain a government which frowns upon success. When the proverbial feces hits the air circulation mechanism, the GOP must be there providing a focused, 180-degree alternative to the counterproductive–and contraconstitutional–ideas advanced and policies enacted by the Democrats.

There has been a great deal of talk in Republican circles about how we should deal with President Obama and the entire Obama phenomenon. Many have suggested that we need to be careful, that we need to tip-toe around President Obama, that we have to be careful not to take him on, at least not directly. This has led to some handwringing among Republicans; and quite frankly some missed opportunities. We’ve seen strategists writing memos and doing briefings urging that Republicans avoid confronting the President. Steer clear of any frontal assaults on his Administration, they warn. They suggest that instead we should go after Nancy Pelosi, whom nobody likes. Or Harry Reid, whom nobody knows. Or this Tim Geithner fellow, whom nobody believes. Or maybe even Barney Frank, whom nobody understands.

I liked Steele’s fire when it came to this statement, as well as the statements which immediately followed. Yes, Barack Obama is a celebrity. Yes, he is a likable guy. But, as Steele said, “There’s only one problem. He’s taking us in the wrong direction and bankrupting our country. Were it not for that little detail, I’d be a big fan too.”

There is no reason whatsoever that a focused GOP cannot hit hard with a run directly at the popular president, as well as at his minions and flunkies as each of them fall from grace. The key is that it takes organization, it takes focus — two qualities for which the GOP is currently wanting.

That’s not to say that things aren’t getting better. I’ve been almost brought to tears by the cohesion I’ve seen from Republicans on Capitol Hill, standing up against this administration’s efforts to forcibly exert control over American business and industry, as well as over the American people. I’ve seen focus, and I think we’re almost there — but we can, and must, do better.

Steele got it right when he said that this is not about personalities, but rather is about the “very sizeable gap emerging between America’s opinion of President Obama the man, and America’s opinion of President Obama’s policies.” At the end of the day, Steele said, “we are all about ideals, principles, policies, and ideas. We have only one goal, and it’s not power. It’s not majorities. It’s success for America.”

Absolutely correct. Now, its a matter of building trust in those Americans on the right by sticking to those ideals, principles, policies and ideas, as well as distilling the message appropriately in order to court younger voters and those who might not previously have considered pulling the “R” lever without abandoning those core values.

For me the Republican Party owes its moorings to Edmund Burke, William F. Buckley, and Ronald Reagan. Those are the people that I trace my roots to in the Republican cause. For each of them conservatism must always respect reality, effectively assess the times, and become relevant to them. Thus is our charge.

Ronald Reagan always insisted that our party must move aggressively to seize the moment. He insisted that our party recognize the truth of the times and establish our first principles in both word and deed. As conservatives, we must stop acting like we don’t really believe in our principles. Too often, we act as if we are scared to apply our timeless principles to today’s problems and challenges.

Our path and our challenge are to apply our principles not to the past, but to the future.

In this hour conservatives stand just a bit stronger, just a bit wiser, ready once again to think and act with a freshness and a boldness that is uncompromising. For conservatism to take root in the next generation we must offer genuine solutions that are relevant to this age. A Republican Renaissance has begun!

We will conquer the challenges not of the last century, but the challenges of our time. Our success will not be found in dusting off old campaign manuals from the 70′s and 80′s. Our success will be found in speaking directly to the American people about a rebirth of the American Dream for this generation and generations to come.

We have been and must be once again the voice of the majority of Americans. It is up to us to expose the great Democrat fraud that is now being thrust upon this nation. Personal freedom, liberty, and a desire for self-governing are the timeless values that Americans hold dear.

Brilliant. Apply modern ideas as to message dissemination to a message rooted in traditional, Jeffersonian values. Think big, act big, but advocate small … government.

Steele is not far off, at least not in today’s speech. He also mentioned that the success of the Republican Party will not come from Washington, D.C., but rather from state and local governments on up. That means you and me. That means that we must work together to shape our party or, if you’ve soured on the GOP because of its tendency for moderation, to renew your hope and ensure that it will not tack to the center again.

The Democrats will fail. They cannot sustain their policies — as Steele mentioned, they were designed for short-term political gain, not long-term sustainability and success. And when they fail, we must be be there as the common sense alternative, as a welcome reversion to the core idea of a limited federal government.

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  1. Gail B says:

    When I first heard that Michael Steele was the new head of the GOP, I did a bit of research to learn about the “door prize” the GOP had picked. His credentials were impressive, and I thought, “Hot dog! We have somebody who can get the job done! He will know what to do and how to do it.”

    And then I began to wonder about him! Some things he said bothered me; his lack of action and voice to the party members disturbed me.

    I think that the GOP needs to promote the principals of conservatism — as Jesse Civello and Jonathan Krohn did at a TEA Party and CPAC, respectively — in language that a kid can understand, as they so impressively spoke!

    We are blessed to have people like Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-3GA), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-3NC), Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and others to step up to the plate for us. When SC Gov. Mark Sanford turned down the stimulus money, I just — was speechless! Hooray!

    The point is, people are straying from the GOP because (I think) of Bush’s spending. They simply don’t feel that they can trust the GOP anymore.

    If we plainly and SINCERELY proclaim our conservative principles and our belief in a smaller government, and continue to tell the moderates the reasons behind this, I believe we can build the GOP base again.

    And, when the American voter has to start paying his electric bill and inflated costs of living, and when they realize that O has spent more in 100 days than “W” did in eight years, they will find that they are worse off now than they were before The Big O. I believe The Big O and his bots will find themselves out of the political limelight.

    When that time comes, maybe it won’t be too late for the conservative Republicans to fix the mess the liberals have gotten us into.

  2. Claudia says:

    YES, But Jeff, too many people are tired of being told by too many others that we must do this or we must do that in order to regain our OWN party and its values, when NO ONE actually does any of those things, they just say them to make us all feely good and push us out of the way and go ahead and do what they think we should be doing…. they are the great ones, in their own minds and they don’t want out input or our activism in our local state and city jurisdictions. They think that by making a bigger umbrella and carrying that far and wide, they will talk more people into joining us on our quest, when in reality, they are blowing hot smoke on a smoldering fire and no water in sight to put it out when it flares up.

    The whole party is like that, especially IF they see someone who is outspoken of has strong opinions, and they have become wusses in my opinion.

    I want a strong, morally right, morally ethical, principled, honest, strong opinionated persons who actually have some desire to see this country go back to where we started, and not waver in any side directions to be inclusive, politically correct, pandering. I want strong on values, strong on freedoms that are guaranteed to us through our Constitution, strong on a good faithful judicial system that knows what they are there for, and that means from the Supremes all the way down to the City or Township. I want NO NEW TAXES and all the taxes that are going to make this country unsustainable to be rolled back and the new crap that Obama is putting out to be stopped in mid flight. I want our country to be a Republic of Free Men and Women made up of WE THE PEOPLE. I want our President and Representatives to LISTEN TO US and do what our bidding tells them to do, not what they think is best for us because we don’t understand. We are smarter than the average bear!!!! After all, we got men to the moon and up in space and built fantastic bridges and autos and buildings and dams and millions of other things, I think we can think for ourselves.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think Michael Steele has the balls to do it or to stick to those principals.

    Like you, I wanted him to be the person that we could count on to get this thing rolling in the right direction, but he seems to be just washing out the ones that would rise to the top and be the cream. He wants inclusive, I say the hell with inclusive, IF a person doesn’t want America to be the best that it can be and be protected in the meantime, by an honorable person doing the work of his office (and that is the main thing a President is there for), and with him, the rest of the people doing what they are being paid to do and not sitting around, or globe trotting like royalty and having lavish parties on my (or your) dime, and thinking that we are all a bunch of silly slaves who have NO RIGHTS and even if we do – they will take them away from us when they get to it. I want AMERICA BACK, not growing to be a nation that becomes indecisive and pandering just to get votes.

    We have a border to this country, I want it honored. We have laws in our country, I want them honored and followed. We have rights in our Constitution, I want them held up and us to be told that political correctness be damned, we have the right to freely speak about any and all of our other rights whenever we want to or need to, to make sure that the people who are supposed to be our SERVANTS hear us and OBEY US. Not the other way around, as they have made it be in the last 4 months. Our Constitution is supposed to guarantee the rights of businesses to act like businesses and government to make laws that are supposed to inflict the least amount of regulations on certain entities, (for the minimal good of all) not the right to usurp control of said businesses.

    WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are NOT A STATIST country, nor are we Communist, but we will be if Obama has his way and Steele doesn’t get some balls and quit pandering to everyone at the expense of all.

  3. sharon says:

    I like the fight he has in him. If we could stop apologizing all the time and fight back. I want the GOP to stop being afraid of the Democrats and the media. I am a true to the core conservative, and I believe them to be incorrect in stating the party needs to be more moderate, hopefully they will not get that so wrong that we lose major elections… Truth be told, while I would never “not vote” conservatives tend to not vote as perhaps a protest vote…On a final note…. Michael Steele is the only one at this time that can get the party in order….. No calls of racism if you know what I mean.

  4. tm says:

    Steele really lost me after his interview in GQ. This can’t we all get along really doesn;t win elections (i.e. tedisco ny-20). When the RNC stops the hacks who really aren’t conservatives (megahan mccain, david frum, colin powell)from talking points on how we have to moderate into democrats – I will start listening to him and maybe open my wallet up. The only Pac I have donated to so far this year is Sarah Palin, and I will continue to do so. I heard the speech today – he should have knocked Obambi out of the park on 10 different issues, Steele didn’t make it to 1st base. Steele is afraid to criticize obambi. This is not what I wanted for a rnc speaker. Not when our country is on the line, and there needs to be a loud over the press shout out. Dick Cheney said more of what I wanted to hear in the past 3 months. Cheney said it right “Obambi is ruining this country and our security”. We lost with moderation and listening, to win this time we have to be battle ready – the press forever and a day will be totally against us – it’s time to drive the points home with what we stand for, not how we should all turn into democrats. Part of winning in politics is defining the other guy early and often, not waiting for popular opinion to change before joining the battle of ideas.

  5. Anonymous says:

    My wife shocked me the other day when the Republican National Committee called to ask for the usual donation from us (boy, once they get you on the list – or on the phone – they just won’t let go) and she politely, but firmly, said “Don’t bother calling back. We have left the Republican Party and are now Independents.” This comes from a generations-long Republican family, so something must be going on. In fact the person calling said “I understand” and for the first time, hung up without the usual “Well, how about $100?”

    We want a Party that isn’t afraid of losing as long as it fights the good fight and stands by its principles. We ask for no guarantee that we will win, and we will not assume that we, or any other Party, can achieve its desired results simply based on human effort. This, Jeff, is where you and I disagree. You say that “we can claw our way out of this”, but I’m not at all sure that we can; the saying that “demography is destiny” applies not only in the physical realm; it also, and more importantly, applies to the spiritual, and unless the spiritual demographics change, a turn-around is not going to happen.

    We allowed the liberal/progressives to take over the education of our children, and now we pay the price.

    Sorry.

    Old Bob

  6. Lilly says:

    I am hoping that the GOP figures out that they need to be CONSERVATIVE and stay out of the center.
    I think Steele's speech was kind of a warning shot to BO and is minions. Basically the GOP has been told or warned not to criticize or attack BO. I think he was saying that we will if you keep it up. I think it was good that he didn't come straight out and do it during this speech, as a lot of people that are just starting to question things would have been immediately turned off. But at the same time letting the real conservatives know that it is coming, they just have to pick the time & place. I do see more and more people questioning what is going on but a lot are afraid to state it openly as they don't want to look like fools for believing in "hope & change" with no basis to it.
    Just make sure that we are doing our part to in talking about things and calling/writing our representatives from the state level to the federal level!

  7. Anonymous says:

    WOW!! These are great comments which I think represent the majority of the conservative movement. We all need to share these thoughts with others who don’t seem to understand what Obama is doing to our country. I am amazed at the number of people who are content to let him do his thing because they don’t want to exert the effort to investigate what his policies actually mean to the average American. The dimwits love to criticize conservatives for not being more ‘inclusive’…they love to promote the idea that there is so much in fighting that we are rendered ineffective. Our message should be clear and concise and I hope Michael Steele will present it without watering it down to pander to every other group…we are what we are and we need to stick to it without being judgemental or dishonest about our beliefs in an effort to try and lure others to our side. Consdiering the chaos that this administration has brought to our government, we have more than enough ammunition to present an effective opposition. We have good leaders who need to be more forceful at presenting the message. I hope Steele will realize what an opportunity he has to really lead and bring conservatives together..he can do that if he won’t adopt Obama’s tactic of speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

  8. Uncle Rick says:

    I hope we can drop the use of the term ‘moderate Republican’. This was surely coined at the Washington Post or New York Times. It implies that left-leaning Republicans are moderate and conservative Republicans are immoderate (whatever that means). In other words, there are ‘good’ Republicans (the ‘moderates’) and ‘bad’ Republicans (the conservatives). Has anyone ever seen reference to a ‘moderate Democrat’?

    See what I mean? Democrats are already as ‘moderate’ as they need to be. It’s the Republicans who need to mellow out.

    Same thing with ‘compassionate conservative’. This term does the same thing to conservatives in general that ‘moderate Republican’ does to the GOP. Both terms divide the right into ‘good’ conservatives/Republicans and ‘bad’ ones.

    It’s time to stop accepting the Left’s terms and definitions and start asserting our own. Let’s use ‘liberal’ and ‘Left-wing’ more — well, liberally. Let’s even use the term ‘hard-core liberal’, just the same way the MSM sometimes uses the term ‘hard-core conservative’. When Dems can be identified who support sensible policies, let’s call them ‘moderate Democrats’.

    Let’s start asking ‘What makes sense?’ and ‘Does that make sense?’ By stating a leftist policy position correctly, then asking one of those questions, their idiocy can be laid bare, and in a non-belligerent, non-confrontational way.

    Global warming example:
    Does it make sense to commit massive amounts of scarce resources to fight a problem when scientists aren’t even in agreement that a problem exists in the first place?

    Just my two sense worth.

  9. Jackie Smith says:

    How about if we call ourselves the GOP and drop Republican…..the name “Republican” has gotten a bad rap and people are turning instead to be Independents……Can we have an Independent Party that is conservative and not moderate Republican??? I am worried that with the division of the Republican party that other parties will crop up to divide this country even more and the Democrats will get their wish of eternal rule!!!! That is a scary thought!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Jeff for another great article. I have written to the Republican National Committee on this issue. I also agree we cannot move to the center as then we are too closely aligned with the Democratic Party and how will voters differentiate between the two? I believe in a strong unified voice for the Republican Party on conservatism – a return to principles delineated by the founding fathers through the U.S. Constitution. I do not want the Colin Powells and others who espouse “let’s all get a long” because it plays into the hands of the Democrats as it serves them. Until the Republican party defines what it stands as the party for a return to the principles of the founding fathers which include limited government, limited taxation, etc., it may not exist come election time. Also, everyone of us must also make his voice heard – write to the GOP and tell them how you feel. Let your Republican Representatives, Senators, know how you feel and support them. I even let my Democratic Senators know how I feel too. Postitive energy applied to any situation will move it forward.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jeff: I cannot understand how you consider Obama a “likeable guy”! I personally find him arrogant and derisive! Are you just trying to be “fair and balanced”?

    Lisa in TX

  12. logrofi says:

    Steele has changed his tune big time since he ran for RNC chair. When he campaigned for RNC chair, he talked about getting the GOP back to its conservative roots appearing on Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. Now he sounds like John McCain and Colin Powell. I do not know what has transpired that has caused this shift in him. I do know there is a huge fight going on within the GOP leadership. People like Jim DeMint and Jeff Sessions are on one side and we have rinos like Hatch, McCain, Collins, Snowe on the other side. Steele seems to be siding with the rino side as of late which is disappointing and such a shift from what he said originally that it tells me that he does not really know what to do and how to lead. I know one thing, I am not giving a dime to the GOP until they show some fire and start appealing to the conservative base. People are never going to vote for democrat lite, but I think that is what Steele wants the republicans to be.

  13. suek says:

    “…he doesn’t want a Republican Party that wishes to exclude people like Gen. Colin Powell”

    I don’t want a party that wishes to exclude people like Gen. Powell either. On the other hand, I _do_ want a party that states its basic principles, and if a person doesn’t agree with those principles, the party says “So sorry to disagree…we wish you well on your new venture”. In other words, I _don’t_ want a party that says “I’m so sorry you don’t agree with our basic principles…what can we say/change so that you’ll still want to say you’re one of us?

    We need to be able to say “Here’s where we stand – we’ll welcome anyone who will join us” not “What do we need to do/say to get you to be on our side”.

  14. Robowang says:

    Steele is a Moderate and wants to make the Republican Party go left (or center).
    THIS IS WRONG!
    Conservatives think totally different than Liberals. It’s what makes two parties viable.
    If the GOP doesn’t start seeing this, a 3rd party will arise. It may not win elections at first, but neither will the GOP without Conservatives.
    Conservatives want to tell the truth, that Obama and many Congressional Dems are Socialists. Not hem haw around it.
    The sooner it is made a fact to the “silent majority”, who is right of Center (and the ones who usually are too lazy to register and vote), the better.
    There will be derision and hate coming from the Left at first, but it WILL sink in when people start paying attention and see what Obama is doing.
    The left don’t admit it, but the agenda is there. Even Obama has derided some for saying he was Socialist during his campaign.
    But, it was the truth.
    However, Steele says NO! In my opinion, he is wrong. In this economy and Obama taxing and spending peoples jobs, 401′s and taxes into oblivion, legalizing 20-30 Million Illegal Aliens AND FAMILIES, it’s time to have a real HARD LINER, preferably a Conservative, to come forth.
    And it’s not Jeb Bush, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Allan Spector, Romney, Crist (and the list goes on). They are death to the GOP. We tried the moderate way, twice, and have had our asses handed to us. But yet, Steele says that we have been manhandled because we have been TOO Conservative?
    The guy is a buffoon, and the GOP better be paying attention, or there won’t be a GOP that can truly say they are the “conservative” party. At this point in time they aren’t.
    Either be totally different than liberals, as our ideas and principles are, or lose again. There MUST be a definitive difference in Parties. or NONE.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Old Bob said: “This, Jeff, is where you and I disagree. You say that “we can claw our way out of this”, but I’m not at all sure that we can; the saying that “demography is destiny” applies not only in the physical realm; it also, and more importantly, applies to the spiritual, and unless the spiritual demographics change, a turn-around is not going to happen.And Old Bob, as usual, has it right. Jeff, you need to let Old Bob into your stable of writers.

    Old Bob said: “We allowed the liberal/progressives to take over the education of our children, and now we pay the price.”And the homeschooling movement grows stronger each day. The local homeschool store owner tells me a few years ago they’d get new converts each year. Now they get several converts each week! Because of the asinine things happening at these schools, people are not waiting until the end of the year to get them out of these camps.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I, for one, will be one of those converts…we are pulling our 6th grader out of the IB public system! I have done some HARD CORE research of the educational models that have put in place in the public system, and it is not even DESIGNED for true education!

    We are choosing a school that teaches a classical education: classic literature, emphasis on grammar, spelling and writing, Latin, and world history based on a Judeo-Christian world view!

    He can only survive in this world after his dad and I are gone if he has been prepared and truly educatied!

    Lisa in TX

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