“It’s their party and they’ll purge if they want to…”

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Dead GOP

My apologies to Lesley Gore for the caption.

The Republican National Committee will hold its winter meeting in January in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Honolulu? Isn't Hawaii dismissed by conservatives as being "some sort of foreign, exotic place" not quite part of the United States, despite being the 50th state admitted to the Union in 1959, some fifty years ago? Cokie Roberts again criticizes Obama for "exotic" trip home to Hawaii

Wait a minute. Is this about the birthers taking a day trip to the Hawaii Department of Health to see Barack Obama's original birth certificate first hand for themselves? Hawaii officials confirm Obama’s original birth certificate still exists | The Honolulu Advertiser

But I digress. The Caucus blog reported earlier this week that the G.O.P. will consider a ‘Purity’ Resolution for candidates, and no, I'm not talking about a "just say no" virginity pledge:

Republican leaders are circulating a resolution listing 10 positions Republican candidates should support to demonstrate that they “espouse conservative principles and public policies” that are in opposition to “Obama’s socialist agenda.” According to the resolution, any Republican candidate who broke with the party on three or more of these issues – in votes cast, public statements made or answering a questionnaire – would be penalized by being denied party funds or the party endorsement.

The proposed resolution was signed by 10 Republican national committee members and was distributed on Monday morning. They are asking for the resolution to be debated when Republicans gather for their winter meeting.

The resolution invokes Ronald Reagan, and noted that Mr. Reagan had said the Republican Party should be devoted to conservative principles but also be open to diverse views. President Reagan believed, the resolution notes, “that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent.”

Hence the provision calling for cutting off Republicans who agree with the party on fewer than eight of 10 items. The resolution demands that Republicans support “smaller government, smaller national deficits and lower taxes,” denial of government funding for abortion, and “victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.” It calls on candidates to oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants and repealing of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The development is going to put pressure on Michael Steele, the party chairman, as he tries to maintain a balance between those in his party who have been saying the road to victory is to include divergent views, and those who say the party needs to embrace conservative principles that have been at its core.

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Here is the resolution’s list:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run health care;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

Conservative media like to assert that Barack Obama is a "cult of personality," but the fact is nobody does "cult of personality" and idolatry (see the Second Commandment) the way conservatives do over Ronald Reagan. This purity test is dogma for the worship of Ronald Reagan. Conservatives invoke Reagan's name with the same frequency as Jesus.

Most of what conservatives believe about Ronald Reagan is factually incorrect, and more often than not made up by conservative media.

The fact is that even Ronald Reagan would fail this "Reagan" purity test. "Number one, Reagan expanded the government, taxes and the deficit. Number five, he supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. Number six, he ignored the military recommendation to pull out of Beirut. Number seven, he sold weapons to Iran. Number eight, he opposed California's anti-gay prop six, and hosted the first openly gay sleepover at the White House. Number ten, he signed a gun control law in California and supported the Brady Bill after he and his press secretary were shot. President Reagan, four out of 10." 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Monday, November 23 Oh, and Reagan once was a card carrying member of a union and a Democrat, before he became a Republican.

It's not just conservative idol Ronald Reagan who would fail this purity resolution.

ThinkProgress has conducted an analysis that finds at least 40 current Republican members of Congress have violated at least one principle of the purity test. Think Progress » REPORT: At Least 40 GOP Lawmakers Fail A Principle Of The ‘Purity Test’

The purity resolution does not specify whom among the "Puritans" is to conduct this modern-day Inquisition of GOP heretics. Will the party which supports the use of torture subject its own suspected GOP heretics to the ordeals of fire and water? History of the Devil: The Inquisition Maybe Dick Cheney will be the inquisitioner and water board the GOP heretics.

The GOP: back to the 15th Century. Time to fold up that "big tent."

0 responses to ““It’s their party and they’ll purge if they want to…”

  1. To be fair, I don’t think Cokie Roberts isn’t really a conservative. I bet if you interviewed her you would find she doesn’t give a rip about gays or abortion or the few other things that conservatives really care about. She is a rather uninformed villager trying to curry favor with conservatives so they will quit calling her a liberal.
    Interestingly, NPR is chock full of the Cokie Roberts types, that are probably socially liberal but bend so far backward to please Republicans that they push conservative dogma harder and more effectively than your average AM radio head. Keep track of the program guests for Diane Rehm or Neil Conan’s Talk of the Nation for a week or so. I bet the overwhelming bias toward conservatives would surprise you. I think the AMerican Enterprise Institute, Weekly Standard, and Heritage Foundations share an office in NPR’s D.C. studio.

  2. Ah, liberals giving Republicans advise. If only those not-so-smart Republicans listened to what they are told by their betters.

    While I am not a Republican I do think this repeating theme is interesting enough to comment on (it will continue forever so I am sure to get more opportunities when other issues of the day lag).

    There is one reason why Ronald Reagan has been the favorite of some groups (call them right wingers, conservatives or whatever largely irrelevant label you want). Reason 1 is that he won the race for US President. Reason 2 is that it has been enough years since he was president that rather few people remember exactly what it was that he believed in – other than he supported tax cuts and that is all it takes to be good.

    Here are some comments on the ten bullet points:

    (1) I’d love this one to be acted upon by the Republicans but based on past performance, the Republican Party elected to congress thinks that a smaller government is one smaller than that desired by the Democrats. I understand them leading with this idea because they hope the public will be distracted by their support of items 6 and 7 that they will have forgotten item number 1.

    (5) This is a seductively easy item to endorse considering how the Arpaio/Hayworth (and others) get rid of the Mexicans movement maintains its voting power. I am sad that the closest thing there is to open(er) immigration in Arizona is John McCain but better half a slice of bread than none at all. The only way to reduce immigration crime is to make legal immigration possible and the JD Hayworths (and Janet Napolitanos) of the world just don’t understand that.

    (6) Both the Democrat and the Republican parties seem to want to abdicate their policy responsibility by saying that as far as Iraq and Afghanistan, “leave it to the generals”. That can only help Libertarian Party vote totals in 2010.

    (7) The current bogeymen: Iran and North Korea. Why can’t we allow China and Russia to take care (or ignore) of these countries? If the US government stopped demonizing them I could go for decades without hearing any more about North Korea than I do about Albania and Turkmenistan.

    (10) The Obama administration (as embodied by Eric Holder) seems as far from recognizing that there are entire states where private gun ownership (and use) is unremarkable and by and large is supported by the voting public. I believe that most Americans (minus those people made hysterical by the sight of an “unapproved” gun) support the idea of lawful and peaceful gun ownership. I know that Ann Kirkpatrick played this up quite a bit on the campaign trail (as she should). Even so the Republicans fail to complete their statement “oppose government restrictions on gun ownership” (beyond those currently in place).

    The Democrats seem to be quite on track as far as their usual “government can fix it” programs. I continue to be surprised that US government debt continues to be purchased.

    I am going to keep my eyes and ears open for a few more Arizona candidates that want to close down (much if not all of) the Military Industrial Congressional Complex like Rudy Garcia (D) and Nick Coons (L).

    Rudy Garcia’s campaign for US Senate against John McCain


    Lastly, while I continue to be wary of Glenn Beck I do think that there are going to be some electoral upsets come November 2010 that will be directly attributable to his 1 year plan (yes some people actually will say it is a 100 year plan, but the next 100 years starts with the year 2010).