View Poll Results: What Should the Republican Party Focus On?

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  • Fiscal Conservatism

    46 92.00%
  • Social Conservatism

    8 16.00%
  • National Defense

    12 24.00%
  • Nationalism

    5 10.00%
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Thread: How to Revive the Republican Party

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    How to Revive the Republican Party

    There has been a lot of talk recently about the soul-searching the republican party is doing, after its losses last election.

    What do you think republicans need to focus on, in order to win back its appeal?

    Fiscal Conservatism - balancing the budget, small government, ending corporate bailouts, ending certain social programs.

    Social Conservatism - opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion, and other hot button issues.

    National Defense - increase military spending and recruitment, more aggressive international policies.

    Nationalism - oppose multiculturalism, english as an official language, more immigration control.

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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    Definitely not social conservatism or nationalism. There simply aren't enough of those voters to win elections...and those policies have the added kicker of alienating the rest of the electorate. Fiscal conservatism or national defense would be better to focus on...but only if they get some real ideas instead of utopian fantasies as to how society should work.

    For example, with fiscal conservatism, instead of trying to eternally cut income taxes until they reach 0%, they should focus on practical ideas that will actually help society, such as school vouchers or entitlement reform.

    With national defense, instead of focusing on insane ideas like refusing to talk with other nations and flipping the bird to our allies, they could focus on constructive ideas like a Concert of Democracies to sideline the UN Security Council, and the strengthening of free trade agreements.
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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    I'd go with fiscal conservatism and social conservatism but by the latter I mean real social conservatism not the social authoritarianism of some on the religious right.

    But what I'd suggest is the RNC purchase important conservative classics, particularly Burke's Reflections, and sent them out to as many party members as possible. Try and break the hold of Limbaugh, Hannity et al as the "theorists" of the Republican party.
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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingPianos View Post
    There has been a lot of talk recently about the soul-searching the republican party is doing, after its losses last election.

    What do you think republicans need to focus on, in order to win back its appeal?

    Fiscal Conservatism - balancing the budget, small government, ending corporate bailouts, ending certain social programs.Go back to the Dark Ages, like the Taliban ??

    Social Conservatism - opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion, and other hot button issues.Totally agree and support.., and I am not a Rebuplician.

    National Defense - increase military spending and recruitment, more aggressive international policies. Nazi Germany ? and do not think it cannot happen again..

    Nationalism - oppose multiculturalism, english as an official language fully agree, more immigration control.Partially agree, there a clever ways to do this...No to a silly wall.
    If the Republicians ever wish to win another election, they must be more moderate; and right now, they seem to have no true leader..

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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    I say all four. Why the hell vote for a republican if he or she is going to do the same **** or almost the same **** the democrats are going to do? Why vote for democrat light or a RINO if you can vote for a democrat? Seems kind of pointless. Which is why I didn't vote for McCain. I do not want bipartisanship with people whose ideology I disagree with, I want him or her opposing the other parties on issues they are supposed to disagree on. If I vote for a someone who claims he or she is a conservative I do not want that person supporting liberal issues and selling this country out to globalism several months after he or she is in office. Bipartisanship is what losers whine about when their side loses. The only issues I want those I elected to office working with other parties on are issues that transcend party lines, for example fighting illegal immigration is one of those issues that transcend party lines.
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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    I would say national defense and fiscal conservatism. We cannot afford to have completely liberal fiscal ideals, and neither should we have completely conservative fiscal theories; there has to be a balance.

    On Nationalism - If opposing multiculturalism is part of this ideology, then its pretty stupid. Why oppose multiculturalism? Isn't the U.S. multicultural anyway?


    On Social Conservatism - Its an old and slowly dying platform.

    We are getting to a point where more and more issues will become progressive in nature and stay that way. For example, gay marriage. Whether you like it or not, we are slowly but surely getting to a state where same-sex marriage is legal everywhere.

    Many conservative ideals are just holding the country back from "growing up." Slavery was supported by mostly supported by Reps and most Dems were against it. I don't know if slavery itself is conservative or liberal in nature, but it and even segregation seemed to be conservative bullet points.

    Republicans need to concede some ideals that they have long tried to push.


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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    On Social Conservatism - Its an old and slowly dying platform.

    We are getting to a point where more and more issues will become progressive in nature and stay that way. For example, gay marriage. Whether you like it or not, we are slowly but surely getting to a state where same-sex marriage is legal everywhere.
    Yes it is rather looking like the dying age of the Roman empire but out of that grew the seeds of a strong, cohesive, communitarian society. Things go up and down and if we don't destroy or enslave ourselves we will see a return to community because in the end its absence will become unbearable, if it hasn't already.
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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    Fiscal Conservativism: Everything mentioned, however, public works programs and social security are good, at least I think. Most welfare should be replaced by job...hunting...programs(I forget what those types of programs are called! )

    Social conservativism: leave other things such as gay marriage and faith-based initiatives to the states and maybe even local politics. Abortion can be handle either-or on a federal or state level.

    National Defense: We already are going to have a 15+ trillion debt, yet we need to increase military spending, which already makes up probably THE largest portion of the budget? Hell no! Stem some of the funds for the useless "generation x" warfare and domestic surveillance toward higher salaries and retirements for soldiers.

    and end the Iraq war....

    Nationalism: Just better immigration policy ENFORCEMENT. Nothing else. Even then, it should be easier to become a naturalized citizen. Oh yea, and oppose globalization and this turn for "international law"(Who the hell thought it would be a good idea for france and germany to decide what we do with our laws? wth?).

    I would have to research multiculturalism more to have a stance on it. I apologize, I come up short on this issue. I cry.

    That would be the ideal republican party IMO. I know I know, far-right, right?
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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    The very first thing they need to do is put a sock in John McCain's mouth and lock him away in a basement somewhere...


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    Re: How to Revive the Republican Party

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    The very first thing they need to do is put a sock in John McCain's mouth and lock him away in a basement somewhere...

    Send him on a fact finding mission to Austria....
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