Saturday, September 13, 2008

Taking the Republican Party back

I still consider myself a Republican. I believe in the founding principles of the Republican Party, and the modifications based on embracing of progress that have lead to a truly progressive Party up through President Eisenhower. Unfortunately, as the evangelical right wingers and corporate interests took over (see Crazy for God), the Party has become a neoconservative, almost fascist, Party.

So what are the Republican principles of which I speak?
  • Fiscal responsibility (balanced budgets and no long term debts);
  • Limited government;
  • A commitment to, and defense of, the Constitution and Bill of Rights;
  • Individual liberty with a respect for personal privacy and keeping government out of our personal lives;
  • Rule of law, with no American above the law, especially our elected representatives and their appointments;
  • Low taxes for everyone based on conservative stewardship and minimal spending;
  • A strong national defense, with a reluctance to enter into foreign entanglements;
  • A planned, proactive foreign policy that promotes friendship and cooperation, plus full engagement with our enemies;
  • Responsible stewardship of our national natural resources through environmental awareness;
  • Free enterprise, with a focus on protecting small business from monopolies, ologopolies, and unfair competition from large corporations;
  • States' rights over federal consolidation of power;
  • Maintenance of balance of power for all three branches of government;
President Eisenhower said it best:
“As we peer into society’s future, [we] must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower
There are many Republicans fighting to bring the party back to its roots, but so far we're failing. The future of the fight is based in diversity, cooperation (fighting for what we agree on instead of against each other on what we don't agree on), coordination, and outright punishment of the current leadership through our votes. Here are some sites that show how this movement is taking shape: (not affiliated with Obama campaign)

Finally, the Obama campaign has recognized our disaffection by the Republican Party leadership, and has embraced us with their centrist platform that actually better represents our principles at this time.

If you are a Republican that also feels the Party has moved away from your principles, please read more of my posts on this blog and consider a crossover vote for Obama in this presidential election. And help us fight to return the Republican Party to it's founding principles so we can again support a true Republican for president.

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