Monday, January 28, 2013

What Does The GOP Want? Control Or Leadership?

People of faith and conservatives are starting to recover from substantial losses in this past election.

We experienced the second loss in a row nationally and worse in Washington State, with a loss by nearly every Republican running for statewide office, several districts losing races they should not have lost had they gotten proper support, marriage redefined and pot legalized.

However, the sun will come out tomorrow.

Indications of that are found in some of the discussions that are beginning---candid, transparent discussions.

One such discussion took place last week in the form of a speech Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, gave to the National Republican Committee.

There are two very different views trying to lead what has been the party where most conservatives and people of faith most closely identified.

One view was reflected by the campaign manager of Rob McKenna's failed attempt to become governor. Following their loss, he assured people who were asking what went wrong, that they should just stay the course, continue as we are and everything will be just fine.

Translated: Continue to pretend to be a secular progressive, but call yourself a "moderate," deny the very "divisive" social values your Party claims to represent, pretend to be a part of the faith community to get their vote and maybe you can beat the real secular progressives in an election.

The king has no clothes.

And Christians are smarter than some politicians think.

Jindal began his speech with, "You may not agree with me...and I may challenge many of your assumptions..."

While I do not agree with everything he said, this is certainly a move in the right direction. I thought you may want to be aware of the speech and the direction he and others are beginning to move nationally.

I see nothing similar to this in Washington State.....yet.

The following is an overview of his speech.


And this is a link to the text of his entire speech.

1 . America is not the federal government.

At present we have one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it, and one party who wants to be in charge so they can control it.

Wrong debate.

In addition to Washington DC, in the politician's mind, there are a bunch of outlying areas called states. They are mostly adjuncts to the federal government.

Wrong thinking.

Today's debate is wrapped up in the mess of solving burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in entitlement programs...even as we continue to create more entitlement programs.

The consensus is that if we can just come together and unite behind a proposal to cut the deficit and debt, put together a spreadsheet and PowerPoint, and put it in a TV ad...all will be well.

Let's put all our eggs in one basket.

Let's address how we can lead America to a place where she can be restored.

2. How we can win the argument.
  • We must believe in creating substance, not redistributing scarcity.
  • Rethink every social program in DC.
  • Replace most DC bureaucracies with several good web sites.
  • What we are doing now is a failure.
  • Get this straight. Washington has spent a generation trying to bribe our citizens and extort our states.
  • It's time to quit arguing around the edges of that corrupt system.

3. How to win an election.
  • Do not moderate, equivocate or abandon our principles. Including social values.
  • Stop looking backward.
  • Reject identity politics.
  • Stop being the stupid party.
  • Focus on the real people outside DC.
4. Conclusion.
  • We can either go down the government path or the American path.
  • We must not only promote American exceptionalism, but also define it.
  • Turn our attention away from managing government and toward the mission of growth and prosperity.

Jindal's final word: "Thank you, and may God richly bless you."

Indeed.

Be Encouraged. Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

9 comments:

  1. Yipee! Let's do it. Love the part about being clear that we are desiring to lead America and stop being stupid

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  2. Thanks Gary. Right on the mark as usual.

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  3. Jesus is WEEPING and we need to get VICOUS and reclaim OUR AMERICA from the HEATHEN HELL B OUND ATHESISTS.

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  4. Breaking News: NBC is reporting that the boy scouts are about to end their ban on gays! I have a feeling it's going to get very lonely out there on the fringe for you Gary.

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  5. Very well said. Now, how do we get 2/3 of our leadership to grasp these points? How can we get the leadership to stop the party line roadblocks and arrogance of themselves?
    Only way I can think of anymore is through prayer. I've tried writing -all I get back is form letters pretty much stating he/she knows best. I call -I get the feeling my concerns were only a tick mark on a tablet. Prayer at least gives me communication with my Creator and faith in that His Will will be done.

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  6. Anonymous,
    I have real news for you, It is not lonely on the fringe!
    We just go about our lives at peace with our God, praying for the lost.

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    1. The problem is that you actually do quite a bit more than pray for the lost. You try to pass laws limiting civil rights for gays, you ban them from organizations, and you try to make them second class citizens. Please, do go about your lives at peace with god and pray for the lost, and then keep your nose out of other people's private lives. Then you won't find yourself so far at the fringe.

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  7. I'd hardly call 48% the fringe, homosexuality is a choice, not a right. Because someone chooses to be homosexual doesn't give them the right to marry the same sex. They do in fact do have the right to marry, the opposite sex.

    A private religious organization has always had the ability to choose their membership, which the Supreme Court upheld.

    Second class citizens? There may indeed by some idiots out there advocating that, but I've not heard Gary advocate for it. They have the right to vote, bear arms, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, of movement, the press, religion, etc, etc. You would compare your plight to the slaves? You have no idea!!!! Typical liberal hogwash and yes I am an African-American.

    Want my nose out? Keep yours out!!

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