Saturday, November 24, 2012

After Defeat, Conservatives Set To Change Image


From Adele M. Stan at Alternet.org:

"10 Reasons The GOP Is Really Messed Up -- According To Republicans"

"It's too right-wing. Or not conservative enough. It could be the contempt for voters, or being the Party of Stupid. One thing's for sure: Everybody hates Karl Rove.

Here’s a sampling of 10 reasons given by some of the Republican Party’s leading lights -- including Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Meghan McCain -- and why the party failed so miserably, and what it needs to do in order to make a comeback.

1. Bobby Jindal: G.O.P. = “the stupid party”



"The Republican governor of Louisiana made a grand show of great offense at Romney’s remarks, stating such offense in multiple media outlets over the course of several days, and with a flourish on Fox News Sunday, where Jindal’s consternation seemed as much focused on the bad politics of the Romney comments as it was on the contempt shown by the nominee for everyday Americans. On Fox, Jindal’s segment (which also featured Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker) was set up with a snippet of video featuring Jindal saying: 'We've got to stop being the stupid party. You know what I mean by that. Certainly, we need to stop making stupid comments.'




2. Lindsey Graham: “We’re in a big hole,” and Romney keeps digging.

"When he’s not busy trying to turn the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal, the U.S. senator from South Carolina apparently spends his down time trying to figure out how to fix his own party. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Graham offered a laundry list of things the Republicans had gotten wrong -- including anti-immigration rhetoric and the scapegoating of the poor.

"Graham went on to slam the party for targeting the poor. He said:

"You know, people can be on public assistance and scheme the system. That’s real. And these programs are teetering on bankruptcy. But most people…on public assistance don’t have a character flaw. They just have a tough life. I want to create more jobs and the focus should be on how to create more jobs, not demonize those who find themselves in hard times. Our party can adjust. Conservatism is an asset. But rhetoric like this keeps digging a hole for the Republican Party and if we don’t stop digging, we’re never going to get out of it.

"But, as Michael Tomasky points out at the Daily Beast, it's hard to see how any truly 'conservative' proposal could help those struggling to stay economically afloat. From voucherizing Medicare to privatizing Social Security, the G.O.P. agenda adds up to a life on the economic margins for all but the well-off, and any philosophical retreat from such plans leaves Republicans with little to distinguish them from conservative Democrats.




Let's stop right here.  (Continue to http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/10-reasons-gop-really-messed-according-republicans?paging=off to see the other reasons.)  The operative phrase in the piece is "...it's hard to see how any truly 'conservative' proposal could help those struggling to stay economically afloat. From voucherizing Medicare to privatizing Social Security, the G.O.P. agenda adds up to a life on the economic margins for all but the well-off, and any philosophical retreat from such plans leaves Republicans with little to distinguish them from conservative Democrats."

The Conservatives are trying to change their image by lying about their objectives.  They lost the Election of 2012 because they told the truth - and they won't make that mistake again.  Don't forget that the Conservative movement is nothing more than a vehicle by the greediest among us to profit at the expense of the poor and middle class.  It is a criminal enterprise, bolstered by centuries of tradition that reflects our misplaced view that Conservative is a political movement, not an economic one.


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"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says
to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'"

Charlie Brown



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