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Schmidt gives GOP some… advice?

Posted by Max Barron on April 17, 2009

Steve Schmidt: Former top advisor to Presidential Candidate John McCain.

Steve Schmidt: Former top advisor to Presidential Candidate John McCain.

Steve Schmidt gave Republicans a dose of McCain-ian type advice while speaking at a convention for Log Cabin Republicans.  Just in case we haven’t had our fill of “moderation” over the last decade… Schmidt offers up two tablespoons full of the inky, foul smelling, Castor Oil – like “moderate soup”.  In essence, we should abandon principles and shift with the political winds.  We should all be more like the Democrats.  Well, Schmidty, my boy, I hate to rain on your parade but I’ll have none of that!

John McCain’s top adviser from the presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans on Friday to warm up to gay rights and warned that the GOP risks becoming the “religious party” with its opposition to same-sex marriage.

First let me start by saying that I loathe the term “gay rights.”  That is playing into the “victim” game.  Americans have the same rights across the board, as guaranteed by the Constitution. Nothing more, nothing less.  There are no special sets of rights for different groups.  Secondly, the notion that people who oppose the diluting of a traditional and religious institution (ie. marriage) are somehow members of a sectarian party is preposterous.  People of all walks, religions, sexes, races and creeds oppose “gay marriage”.  We do so, not on the grounds of party identification, but on the grounds of tradition, morals and principle.  Sorry, Steve, I simply won’t stand for same sex marriages.

He urged Republicans, in the near-term, to endorse civil unions and stop using the Bible as rationale for gay-marriage opposition

Stevie, I’m sure that you know better.  Civil unions and marriage are two completely separate and disassociated things.  Civil unions are contracts recognized by the State, wherein two people are given legal privileges.  Marriages are a religious institution that the State treats, in the eyes of the law, as a civil union.  Many conservatives, Republicans and Democrats support the notion of civil unions.  Most of us, however, do NOT support “gay marriage.”  You should also know better than to tell a Christian to stop using the Holy Bible as a life reference.  For Christians, the Bible is the basis of morality and right and wrong.  You are in essence telling Christians that they need to be embrace atheism.  Lest you forget, sir.  The Bible is quite clear on what happens to those who turn their backs on God’s word… Though I am certain that the Big Guy will accept the “we needed to win elections” excuse.

“If you put public policy issues to a religious test, you risk becoming a religious party,” he said. “And in a free country a political party cannot be viable in the long-term if it is seen as a sectarian party.”  …..understands the Republican Party probably won’t reverse its resistance to same-sex marriage anytime soon.

But he suggested that the party will be increasingly marginalized if it sustains that opposition long-term.

Here, you once again miss the mark entirely, Stevie-boy.  In a free country, kind of like the one our forefathers built — who were Christians, by the way, everyone is free to express religion and politics however they so choose.  May I also remind you that God isn’t just in the national anthem… but also on our buildings, currency, and official documents written at and long after our founding.  To say that a political party cannot be viable when it bases itself on moral certitudes is… well, foolish.  We’ve only been doing it for a couple of centuries.  Conversely, the one thing that HAS severely damaged the Republican party is following advice similar to what you are giving: “Give up your principles, we need the votes!!”  Did you learn nothing from the past eight years?

“If the party is seen as anti-gay, then that is injurious to its candidates” in Democrat-leaning and competitive states, he said.

At least this time you came right out and said it.  I’ll give you that.  Cut and dry.  “Pander, I tell you. Pander to the masses! Go ye, and act as politicians – not men.  Lean to and heave principle aside… Get those votes!”  Where are we, as a society, when we lay to rest that which guides reasonable people in favor of titillating a voting group?  What does that say for us as a party?  It leaves us lacking the moral fiber and principles that have seen our country rise to its greatness over the last two centuries.  It makes us Democrats.

“I believe Republicans should re-examine the extent that we are being defined by positions on issues that I don’t believe are among our core values,” he said, while still calling social conservatives an “indispensable part of the conservative coalition.”

The chief strategist for one of the most moderate candidates to run for president in history is telling Conservatives what our core values are.  How did your strategy work out for you, Stevie?  Conservatives know conservative values.  You, sir, by your own demonstration, are no Conservative.  Here we see a classic case of double talk. “Socially conservative values are killing us… but you social cons are indispensable.”  Our core values on federalism and the power of “We The People..” to change the laws define our position.  Much like Californians recently did, the people of every state have the right to change laws through referendum.  That is the official Conservative stance.  The courts, politicians and Fedzilla have no say.  “We The People..” do.  And I’m afraid that we’ve out voted you…

Schmidt also said Friday that Republicans need to reach out, not only to gay voters, but young voters and Hispanics.

“The rapid growth of the Hispanic-American population for instance could soon cost Republicans the entire southwest if we don’t recover our previous share of the vote,” he said.

There is no doubt that this is true, Schmidty.  You’re just dead wrong on the approach.  It may be hard for you to understand but we aren’t Democrats.  We have far more to offer than social pandering.  Instead of reducing ourselves to haggling for votes, why don’t we try something of a more novel approach.  Like, getting out OUR message, principals and policies.. and CONVINCE them that we are right.  I know that this may seem antithetical to you, Stevie, but you’re going to have to trust me here – it works.  Unlike your strategy… remember how that turned out?

In summary Steve wants us to act like Democrats and abandon our guiding principles in order to score points with a voting group, a rather small one at that (by comparison).  He, like the Democrats, seems to think that wants of the few out weigh the wants of the majority.  To summarize my response, Steve is an idiot.


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The conservative path out of exile is paved with technology.

Posted by Max Barron on December 26, 2008

  As most of you that have been paying attention know, the talking heads in the media (and even some in the blogosphere) have been trying to advise the Republican party on how to return from exile.  One of the most prevalent themes seems to be that of “updating” our “message”.  Not so much the Republican message, but the Conservative message.  They’re saying that our ideals are out-dated and out of touch with reality.  They say that small government is but a thing of the past.  It is simply no longer feasible.  They have been all too quick to suggest a major overhaul of the movement.  Essentially, they have suggested that we cut off the “religious right”, start thinking “big government”, and forget about abortion.  Seems to me that that would make us Democrats.

  There are those within our own party suggesting much of the same.  To them I say this – we just ran your candidate… and lost horribly.  There are also those among us that think that the solution is “RINO” hunting.  While I do not entirely disagree with weeding out the Dem. Lites in the Congress… it isn’t the path out of the woods.

  When it comes to messaging the primary difference between liberals and conservatives is this: Liberals’ message always changes with the times as it relies on crises to carry weight, whereas; the conservative message never changes and never ages.  The only thing that changes with the conservative message is the mode of delivery.  This, my friends, is where we failed.  We have not carried our message to the people.  We fell behind the times with technology and the school systems.  This is what has to change.  If we change our methods of delivery we will again succeed.  We need to embrace the newer technologies and forms of communication.  We need to utilize the social networking sites.  We need to get our message out in the only medium where we can reach the younger generations unfettered and unfiltered – the Internet.  If we succeed at this, we will again be given the opportunity to prove ourselves by the voters.  Prove ourselves we will.  Because the conservative way has been proven effective time and time again.  It works.  You see, the message of small government, personal responsibility, independence, opportunity, strong national security, and the free market is ALWAYS relevant.  It is always going to remain relevant.  The ideals behind the conservative movement are as solid as the bedrock that this nation rests on.  In fact those ideals ARE the bedrock that this nation was built upon.

  I, do not, for one moment believe that more government will ever be the best solution.  Over-regulation of a free market is fool-hardy and self-defeating.  It also brings us the economic troubles that we face today.  Individualism will always progress a society further than group-think.  Group-think mentality leads to politically correctness, death of entrepreneurialism, and creates sheep.  Sheep are direction-less w/o their shepherd… and who really wants Capitol Hill leading us out of the mountains?  Personal responsibility means that your life is yours to make of it what you will.  Success is there for the making, but so is failure. YOUR choices will decide which happens.  It means that you are responsible for yourself and too yourself.  Independence means that you don’t need a nanny micro-managing your life.  You make your own choices and carve your own path to your success or detriment.  Opportunity is the ONLY thing that we are guaranteed in this country.  Equal opportunity.  This doesn’t mean you get a hand out.  It means that you have the chance to succeed or fail.  You can turn failure into success and vice versa.  All that you have to do is take the opportunity.  Our national security is key to survival.  Without that security our economy and freedoms mean nothing… because we won’t have them for long.  Anyone who thinks that kind words will keep our enemies at bay needs to have their head examined.  It is naive to think that those that hate us will love us if we just use the right words.  Typically if you have all of these things: independence, free market, national security, personal responsibility, then you have a smaller government.  Why is that?  Because inevitably as you let the government grow… you loose those things!  The smaller the government – the less intrusive the government is.  This breeds more opportunity, a stronger economy, better standard of living, and greater freedoms with more independence.

  I think that most people in this country feel the same way.. We just haven’t had a messenger connect to them yet.  We haven’t had any great examples.  We have instead had what the media keeps telling us we need more of: Dem Lites.  Here’s the rub – those talking heads in the media ARE dems.  Of course they want us to go Dem Lite.  If you were a rabbit you wouldn’t seek the advice of the fox when it comes to prime hiding spots, would you?  Then why should conservatives heed the advice of the liberal punditry?

  Instead I suggest that the movement and leadership heed the advice of a young conservative.  Invest in technology like the .com bubble never burst.  Gather up the Beta-Males / Females and organise them… let them run wild on the Internet for you, spreading a consolidated and harmonious message.  This is the age of the geek.  Embrace it or fail to do so at your own peril.

  Hey, that’s just my opinion.  I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

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