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    KUHNER: Distracting GOP with old, white male mantra

    By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    The Washington Times
    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    The long knives are out. Liberal and some neoconservative pundits are claiming that Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election for one basic reason: They have become the party of yesterday’s America. The GOP is supposedly too old, too white and too male. It allegedly appeals to a shrinking fragment of the electorate. The argument is that unless the GOP changes its appeal and policies, it is destined to shrivel into a regional, rump party — strong in the South and the prairies, weak everywhere else. Hence, liberal Democrats and establishment Republicans are urging the GOP to be more inclusive of single women, minorities, Hispanics and homosexuals.

    They want Republicans to become pro-homosexual, pro-amnesty, pro-environment and pro-choice. In short, the conventional wisdom can be distilled to one simple point: To win national elections again, the GOP must be transformed into a softer, more centrist version of the Democrats. Call it Democrat-lite.

    One of the key pundits leading this charge is neocon columnist David Frum. The former George W. Bush speechwriter in his article, “How the Republicans got stuck in the past,” in the Nov. 19 issue of Newsweek, argues that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was defeated because he embodied an out-of-date 1980s America. According to Mr. Frum, the Republicans deserved to lose. Mired in supply-side economics and social conservatism, the party has become dangerously disconnected from the realities of modern America. Moreover, Mr. Frum says that the right is too obsessed with bashing President Obama. The Newsweek writer says too many conservatives have descended into the fever swamps of hate and liberal demonization. He stresses that the result is a party that is angry, divisive and off-putting — one unable to attract enough minority, independent and swing voters needed to win back the White House. Mr. Frum’s advice to the GOP is to adapt to surging liberal forces or be swept into the dustbin of history.

    “To be a patriot is to love your country as it is,” he writes. “Those who seem to despise half of America will never be trusted to govern any of it. Those who cherish only the country’s past will not be entrusted with its future.”

    Mr. Frum is not just wrong. He is peddling inside-the-Beltway nonsense. There is nothing conservative about his argument. Instead, it is a white flag of surrender masquerading as political strategy. According to his logic, a Russian patriot — say, novelist and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn — should have “loved” communist Russia and embraced it as it was. America’s liberal regime is slowly sapping our wealth and moral vitality. We are in decline. Mr. Frum’s answer, however, is not resistance but craven appeasement.

    A true patriot — as opposed to a shallow opportunist — does more than simply “love” his nation, abandoning principles in pursuit of power. Rather, he is obligated to speak out against and oppose destructive policies. Moreover, patriots — and especially conservatives — are duty-bound to “cherish” the past. What is America if not a constitutional republic founded upon Christian and English civilization? To not honor our past is to deny the very meaning of America’s founding. We were not designed to be a secular socialist empire. This is not tilting at windmills — it is historical fact.

    For decades, modern liberalism has waged a war against our Judeo-Christian heritage and free-enterprise system. The results have been disastrous: more than 50 million unborn babies slaughtered through legalized abortions, the breakdown of the traditional family, skyrocketing illegitimacy rates, a permissive and vulgar popular culture, trillion-dollar deficits, a runaway $16 trillion national debt that threatens our very solvency, a porous southern border that has enabled more than 12 million illegal aliens to invade our homeland, and the creation of a government leviathan our Founding Fathers would find repulsive and tyrannical. Yet, when conservatives demand that America’s cultural disintegration and economic decline be reversed, according to the likes of Mr. Frum, it is they — and not the progressive left — who are divisive and polarizing.

    Mr. Obama won by waging one of the nastiest, meanest campaigns in recent memory. He exhorted his followers to “exact revenge” upon Republicans. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. vowed that should Mr. Romney be elected, the GOP would put blacks “back in chains.” The entire Democratic strategy for the past four years has been to tear the country in two and grab the larger chunk for itself. Mr. Obama has forged a narrow majority coalition of blacks, Hispanics, feminists, unions, students and environmentalists. He has erected a nanny state dedicated to plundering the productive middle class, redistributing their wealth to reward and bribe his constituents. The socialist formula has worked — for now.

    The job of Republicans is not to mimic the Obama Democrats. When it comes to promoting sexual license, crass identity politics and big-government spending, the GOP cannot — and will not — ever outdo the Democrats. Voters always will prefer the real thing. Instead, conservatives should act as the adults — liberals are the adolescents. When the Ponzi scheme known as welfare liberalism comes crashing down — and it is now only a matter of time — the right needs to be there to clean up the mess.

    The Obama economy is destined to crash upon the rocks of fiscal reality. Conservatives need to bide their time. The 2014 midterms are around the corner. Small-government conservatism will be back. This is not because it’s fashionable. Rather, it is the only road to economic recovery and cultural renewal. Sellouts such as Mr. Frum are a dime a dozen. Now is the time for principled leadership, not pathetic hand-wringing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    The 2014 midterms are around the corner. Small-government conservatism will be back. This is not because it’s fashionable. Rather, it is the only road to economic recovery and cultural renewal. Sellouts such as Mr. Frum are a dime a dozen. Now is the time for principled leadership, not pathetic hand-wringing
    Repubs lost because several million of them stayed home, rather than vote for Romney. IMO Job One for Repubs is to sell them on the idea of voting for the nominee, then working on changing his campaign positions, after he's elected.

    Forget purity. Go for the possible.

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    I think there is some confusion here.. some stayed home; my guess is a million or so

    something far worse happened, 4 - 7 Million left or in the process of leaving the Republican Party and many more to follow after the base for a 3rd party emerges

    Gone; Poof

    There will be no reconciliation; this was the last chance for the GOP / RNC

    you dont have to take my word for it; watch the 2014 - 2016 election cycles... I am reading the blogs and it aint pretty

    What I see going on in reguards to the article above; the GOP / RNC are only now realizing what they have done but in my opinion there is no fix that can undo what was done during the primarys

    thats why the GOP came right out and said we need to be more inclusive with Gays, Illegal Aliens, women... they lost in excess of 6 - 9 Million Ron Paul foot soldiers as well as those that follow the constitution and the rule of law

    in my opinion the RNC house of cards is about to come down but it will not be seen until mid 2015 between the 2 election cycles and by the end of the 2016 election the party will be history

    you might want to get ready for a white knuckle ride ... again...dont take my word for it

    I got another gripe too... why is NO ONE focusing on rigged polling machines instead of who stayed home and who didnt

    you cant change someones mind... if they will not vote they aint going to vote

    but paper trails for voting machines can fix all of the vote rigging which is what tipped the election to Obama

    Romney would have lost if all 300 Million Americans voted for Romney if Obama controls the vote count and has the ability to rig the count
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    quote(I got another gripe too... why is NO ONE focusing on rigged polling machines instead of who stayed home and who didn't)quote

    This is a good point, the corruption in this election IMO reached a peak, the election process must have a new direction if we ever again have fair/honest elections and yet no one speaks of it. Like it or not we have become a less moral society therefore more corrupt in all dealings which includes voting.
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