THE HEAT’S ON, my friends. Gotta change that GOP. Change it how? You know by now, surely, with all the talk afloat in the land since the last time America voted. Gotta gag, not to mention tie up (and maybe strangle, if no one’s watching too closely) those “social issue” people, the ones who cost Republicans probably the White House and almost certainly the Senate. They just wouldn’t shut up, would they? Had to keep jamming their sermons down our throats: abortion, gay rights, marriage, religion. Religion? Oh, my God! All that stuff that divides instead of uniting people?
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The hard right Tea Party types can´t win as a stand alone party. If Rino´s are not good enough to make a GOP coalition that has the numbers to win, the dems have power for a long time. The independents are as willows blowing to each wind or wave. The hard right social issue people might be able to moderate themselves so we could get some social issues solved in the right direction (of the right--imagine if the lefties had the right wing moniker how they would play it).
Look at last election and Akins and Bachman. An absolutist stance on abaortion just makes that many more years that a reasonable abortion law cannot be made to replace Roe vs Wade. Sad truth is the majority of the country has been conditioned to fear those who would dictate absolute hard right than they apparently do the far left. The Devil rages as his days grow sort (and a majority of Americans do not believe the Devil as a dark tempter exists).
Yep, those "hard right" Tea Party candidates, Ted Cruz and Jeff Flake cannot win... we have to moderate, like the democrats, to win...
What a ridiculous supposition...
Leftards can be as far left as they want to be and win, if their district is filled with imbeciles. We have to appeal to the intelligent and hope they outnumber the imbeciles. Unfortunately, the leftards have been in charge of our schools for many decades...
What is "hard right" about a balanced budget and a government that operates within the limits of the Constitution? As opposed to a "moderate" GOP that indulges in nation building and federal meddling in grade schools. Marriage is not a federal issue. You don´t have to be religious to oppose abortion.
Thank you, Mr. Murchison, for a well thought out article. The pressure from left wing social groups is so much more unbearable, because we know they own the media and it promotes their causes. They are so unbearable that even intelligent conservatives succumb to the pressure. It is the ´mommy every other kid is doing it" kind of pressure that a kid puts on his parents. It is hard for me to understand why adults can´t stick to their first principles.
To make myself clear, this has nothing to do with gay relationships; live and let live. It has only to do with the redefinition of the language; the word marriage is being requested to have a new definition. Well, I want to change the definition of dog and call it a cat; why not?
Like we´ve said... The GOP is toast! The American populous in general has slid far enough into oblivion in regards to morals, principle, honesty and individualism that if you´re not a libtard you just don´t register here anymore. It is sad, but there are masses of people in this country now that just don´t give a crap about freedom and liberty. Heck, they don´t have the brains enough to know what freedom and liberty is.
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Ida Lil, 3/24/2013 4:00:11 AM (No. 9240981)
#4 Asks what is hard right in answer to #2. There is no difference in either concerning economics but the social issues create a stone wall that those called hard right are failing to acknowledge. That failure is that they cannot legislate or browbeat the citizens of this nation into the pureness of Godly conduct just as in the past autocratic fathers could not beat their sons daughters and wives into submission. The hard left is able to direct those rebellious people into an impossible to win stance that overpowers the national economical needs and evil runs the issues. God gave mankind free will knowing the flesh can rule the spirit and lead us into temptation so in love he also gave us our redeemer. The problem now is the more we try to force and legislate decency let known his will the more the rebellious will run toward that easy route leading to damnation. Any moral counter party will have to grit their teeth and concentrate on the basic laws of economic ability to thrive and leave the moral issues to God. The hurtling speed of damnation will dwindle without the constant feeding of it by the attempts to legislate and dictate individual behavior. That does not mean we must surrender our personal morality.
God defined marriage and described homosexuality as "an abomination". You either believe in God or you don´t. I don´t understand how killing your child is a "right" either. It´s murder, plain and simple.
So many choices before it comes to that. You could abstain, take one of any number of birth control precautions....but no. We are to defend the totally hedonistic and irresponsible actions of women who apparently have no regard for themselves or their children.
A person who can´t defend marriage or life has no business running for office under the conservative (or American, as far as I´m concerned) banner.
The ´right´ to commit sexual sin, kill babies and take away the rights of Christians is goal of the left. Moderates think this is not important. What I do not understand is how the majority do not see those of us on the right are fighting for their freedom. Real freedom. When God gave us free will He let us set up governments. This was to bring order and protection. Now we are seeing how a government without God brings death,slavery and corruption. Our country was founded ´Under God´. And the people did not like to have their appetites curtailed. We lack discipline and understanding. I see no way for us to survive because people who are expected to understand right and wrong have surrendered to the age old ideas that good is bad and bad is good. Our course is set now. Moderates make the meanest jailers. They soon side with the group that seems strongest and help kill off the weak. I do not expect moderates to do anything but enable the left. Who do moderates blame always? It is us who dare stay the course on what we believe: that the Bible is our guide and the Living Word of God. Who do moderates hate the most? Obama or Palin. I use Palin as an example of someone who enrages certain Republicans more than Obama or Hilary does. She flushes out the ones that would love to see many of us disappear so they can continue appeasing the left without hearing our voices crying for the unborn and traditional marriage under God. They attack us because we refuse to knuckle under to those who seek to kill or enslave us. Do not worry, Moderates, the day will come when we will indeed vanish without a trace.
#13 "Get´s it". The only time the Republican party actually nominated a genuine conservative to represent them in a presidential election, Ronald Reagan won two landslide elections. Since they they haven´t nominated even a nominal conservative, with the expected results. As long as Karl Rove and his ilk control the nominating process nothing will change. America truly wants and needs a true conservative to restore her, one that doesn´t flip off his/her base once elected.
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