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Bill Shireman

Bill Shireman

Posted: January 27, 2010 08:37 PM

To "Purify" the races this fall, Republicans call for a litmus test

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Extremists want to make GOP the party of "NO - CAN'T DO"


Extremist opponents of gay marriage equality and other "social conservative" causes want to rid the party of any candidate who dares oppose them on ten issues.

To "purify" the field of Republicans in this November's races, they have devised a litmus test that would block party funding of candidates who stray from their brand of political correctness.

In an Orwellian twist, the resolution notes that, to advance "diverse" ideas in the party, they will only require candidates to adhere to 8 of the 10 thought rules.

The civil war is being played out - mostly behind closed doors - at the party's winter conference in Hawaii. A compromise being hammered out is expected to eliminate the mandatory 8-of-10 test, replacing it with an official statement of the Party's support of the policies.

But what policies? Is there anything Republican candidates are allowed to support?

There's no evidence of any. Nowhere in the document are there any proposed solutions to the recession, crime, illegal immigration, prejudice, war, or human freedom.

The document cleverly sidesteps a positive agenda by prefacing each criterion with a general assertion about the effect of doing nothing. For example, we will achieve "victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges" - even though that's precisely what we've done, and the result is stalemate, not victory. What now - any ideas?

Or, we'll somehow get "market-based energy reforms" by defeating cap-and-trade legislation. Any suggestions about what those reforms might be? Sorry.

This is a grade-school diatribe by a group of ideologues so unsure of themselves they can entertain no doubt - and actually being considered by smart GOP leaders who know it's idiotic, but are too afraid to proclaim it so.

Not surprisingly, George W. Bush would have failed the test: he ran up enormous deficits, supported cap and trade, placated North Korea and Iran, and supported an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

But even the document's namesake, President Reagan, would have failed: he supported and implemented tax increases, drove massive deficit spending, approved immigration reform, and retreated from Lebanon after the barracks bombing.

What happened to the Republican Party that ended slavery, began the women's suffrage movement, championed progressive causes, established the nation's conservation movement, and engaged with a Communist leader to destroy a totalitarian foe and win the Cold War?

It's still there - but most of us are remaining silent. Time to chase the crazies out of the party - or we'll be forced to leave it to them alone, and let it die.


HERE'S THE FULL TEXT OF THE "PURITY TEST:"

RNC RESOLUTION ON FINANCIAL
SUPPORT OF CANDIDATES

Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed that the Republican Party should support and espouse conservative principles and public policies; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan also believed the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed, as a result, that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies and Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama's socialist agenda is necessary to preserve the security of our country, our economic and political freedoms, and our way of life; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies is necessary to restore the trust of the American people in the Republican Party and to lead to Republican electoral victories; and

WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee shares President Ronald Reagan's belief that the Republican Party should espouse conservative principles and public policies and welcome persons of diverse views; and

WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee desires to implement President Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates; and

WHEREAS, in addition to supporting candidates, the Republican National Committee provides financial support for Republican state and local parties for party building and federal election activities, which benefit all candidates and is not affected by this resolution; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:

(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 healthcare;

(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; and be further

RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy position of the Republican National Committee, as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee; and be further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, as they become known, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.
Chief Sponsor:
James Bopp, Jr. NCM IN
Sponsors:
Donna Cain NCW OR
Cindy Costa NCW SC
Demetra Demonte NCW IL
Peggy Lambert NCW TN
Carolyn McLarty NCW OK
Pete Rickets NCM NE
Steve Scheffler NCM IA
Helen Van Etten NCW KA
Solomon Yue NCM OR

 
 
 

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