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Old 11-07-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE (via SW Virginia)
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Fellow Republicans,

I don't want to hear anyone say that we lost this because we aren't conservative enough. In order to win future elections in this changing demographic we HAVE to moderate on some of the less significant issues. Republicans can no longer be (or appear to be) anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-government, or anti-women's choice issues. The demographics of the United States are changing and it is NOT getting older, whiter, and wealthier. We have to change to become competitive. In any business, which is all politics are in the first place, the executives in charge must realize trends and cater their strategy to the observable changes. We will continue to lose elections if we don't moderate on certain issues and distance ourselves from the Tea Party. The Michelle Bachmann's and other bat sh*t crazy Tea Party members de-validate our cause by their actions and words. This will only serve to continue hurting us down the road. We have to embrace the Jon Huntsman or Scott Brown type moderate techonocrats that make us competetive to a larger swath of the population or we will continue to be damned to second place.

Signed,

A hopefully optimistic moderate Republican.

Last edited by wnewberry22; 11-07-2012 at 08:13 AM..

 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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I think you are right but it will take a few more years for your party to catch up with you.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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Originally Posted by wnewberry22 View Post
Fellow Republicans,

I don't want to hear anyone say that we lost this because we aren't conservative enough. In order to win future elections in this changing demographic we HAVE to moderate on some of the less significant issues. Republicans can no longer be (or appear to be) anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-government, or anti-women's choice issues. The demographics of the United States are changing and it is NOT getting older, whiter, and wealthier. We have to change to become competitive. In any business, which is all politics are in the first place, the executives in charge must realize trends and cater their strategy to the observable changes. We will continue to lose elections if we don't moderate on certain issues and distance ourselves from the Tea Party. The Michelle Bachmann's and other bat sh*t crazy Tea Party members de-validate our cause by their actions and words. This will only serve to continue hurting us down the road. We have to embrace the Jon Huntsman or Scott Brown type moderate techonocrats that make us competetive to a larger swath of the population or we will continue to be damned to second place.

Signed,

A hopefully optomistic moderate Republican.
I agree.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Austin
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This country needs a true opposition party. The best thing the GOP could do would be to embrace the Libertarians and kick out the religious right and make them the marginalized 3rd party. No more pandering to TV preachers. The rest of the country finds that to be creepy. Concentrate on building up from the local level (having the house gives you an advantage here). Target governorships, state houses, City Councils, etc. That's where most of the business crippling regulations are enacted anyway.

Shift gears on foreign policy - Quit thinking of every problem as a nail and every solution as a hammer. It's not 1982 anymore and there isn't a big, bad meanie out there that we can spend in into oblivion by simply making things that go BANG. Military spending needs to be geared toward deterrent and not as global enforcer for our commodities market.

Finally, immigration. It's not that Latinos want open borders, but embracing guys like Joe Arpaio makes totally legal, citizen Latinos feel like they are being scrutinized for simply having brown skin. Building higher walls and fences is stupid on its face. People don't like that stuff not because they want open borders, it's because they just don't work and they're colossally expensive.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:17 AM
 
Location: 44.9800 N, 93.2636 W
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I agree and hope your party does too
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wnewberry22 View Post
Fellow Republicans,

I don't want to hear anyone say that we lost this because we aren't conservative enough. In order to win future elections in this changing demographic we HAVE to moderate on some of the less significant issues. Republicans can no longer be (or appear to be) anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-government, or anti-women's choice issues. The demographics of the United States are changing and it is NOT getting older, whiter, and wealthier. We have to change to become competitive. In any business, which is all politics are in the first place, the executives in charge must realize trends and cater their strategy to the observable changes. We will continue to lose elections if we don't moderate on certain issues and distance ourselves from the Tea Party. The Michelle Bachmann's and other bat sh*t crazy Tea Party members de-validate our cause by their actions and words. This will only serve to continue hurting us down the road. We have to embrace the Jon Huntsman or Scott Brown type moderate techonocrats that make us competetive to a larger swath of the population or we will continue to be damned to second place.

Signed,

A hopefully optimistic moderate Republican.
As a non-Republican, I absolutely agree with you.

I appreciate the rational thinking.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:20 AM
 
10,115 posts, read 6,980,174 times
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Originally Posted by wnewberry22 View Post
Fellow Republicans,

I don't want to hear anyone say that we lost this because we aren't conservative enough. In order to win future elections in this changing demographic we HAVE to moderate on some of the less significant issues. Republicans can no longer be (or appear to be) anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-government, or anti-women's choice issues. The demographics of the United States are changing and it is NOT getting older, whiter, and wealthier. We have to change to become competitive. In any business, which is all politics are in the first place, the executives in charge must realize trends and cater their strategy to the observable changes. We will continue to lose elections if we don't moderate on certain issues and distance ourselves from the Tea Party. The Michelle Bachmann's and other bat sh*t crazy Tea Party members de-validate our cause by their actions and words. This will only serve to continue hurting us down the road. We have to embrace the Jon Huntsman or Scott Brown type moderate techonocrats that make us competetive to a larger swath of the population or we will continue to be damned to second place.

Signed,

A hopefully optimistic moderate Republican.
This is what I've been saying since day one, and I've been called everything from a RINO to a DNC plant on this board for saying it. Great post!
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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what really amazes me is that republicans don't need every minority or woman. they just need enough to tip the balance in their favor.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Excellent post by the OP. This GOP is lost on me - let this be yet another lesson...this is getting a bit embarrassing.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Marshall Gibson LP View Post
This country needs a true opposition party. The best thing the GOP could do would be to embrace the Libertarians and kick out the religious right and make them the marginalized 3rd party. No more pandering to TV preachers. The rest of the country finds that to be creepy. Concentrate on building up from the local level (having the house gives you an advantage here). Target governorships, state houses, City Councils, etc. That's where most of the business crippling regulations are enacted anyway.

Shift gears on foreign policy - Quit thinking of every problem as a nail and every solution as a hammer. It's not 1982 anymore and there isn't a big, bad meanie out there that we can spend in into oblivion by simply making things that go BANG. Military spending needs to be geared toward deterrent and not as global enforcer for our commodities market.

Finally, immigration. It's not that Latinos want open borders, but embracing guys like Joe Arpaio makes totally legal, citizen Latinos feel like they are being scrutinized for simply having brown skin. Building higher walls and fences is stupid on its face. People don't like that stuff not because they want open borders, it's because they just don't work and they're colossally expensive.

Great post.
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