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Flaws in GOP compounded by broad disregard for basic civics

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The Republican Party has a lot of problems, as its own amazingly candid post-election assessment concluded this past week.

Its nearly 100-page self-vivisection paints the Grand Old Party as too white, too stuffy, too out-of-touch.

The party, it admits, also needs to shorten its debate process, be more selective with debate moderators and move its nominating convention up from August.

We do hope the party fixes itself; the country depends on a healthy two-party electoral system, and right now the GOP is in a bad way. In particular, being perceived as too white – when the majority of Americans will be nonwhite by 2050 – is a roadmap to irrelevance.

One thing the report didn’t say, but we will: We appreciate them as individuals, but the Republicans have chosen a couple of the least charismatic leaders they possibly could have, in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. They don’t stand a chance in a charm contest with Barack Obama – and, like it or not, that matters today.

In the party’s defense, we have to say that when a promising conservative woman or minority emerges on the national stage, the “mainstream” media form a firing squad. They’d be rock stars in the Democratic Party, but the media just can’t tolerate a rising star in the Republican Party that is female or minority.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer even suggested that presumptive 2016 GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio – a telegenic conservative Hispanic – committed a career-ending error by taking a drink of water during his official response to the president’s State of the Union address this year.

Wow.

The party also is fighting an endemic belief in some circles that if you’re a person of color and conservative, you’re an Uncle Tom sellout. As if all members of a race or ethnic group must think the same. What a crime, to put ideological shackles on someone like that.

Nor can Republicans rest on the laurels of their traditional American values of small government, individual liberty, the rule of law, self-reliance and morality.

In some cases, they’ve simply lost the war. More and more Republicans are realizing that their loyalty to the nation’s immigration law has been drowned out by the numbers of illegal immigrants and a Democratic Party and news media that celebrate illegal immigration. It’s over. The law lost.

Even the crowd favorite of the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, Sen. Rand Paul, announced this week that he’s in favor of a path to citizenship for illegals.

In addition, many Americans increasingly don’t connect with the principles that founded this nation and made it great.

We used to be able to take Americans’ understanding of liberty for granted. It used to be fairly assumed that Americans prefer independence and self-reliance to servitude, and calculated risk to strings-attached promises of government security. Not so today.

We suspect the problem lies chiefly in a lack of civics education – and a culture that unashamedly asks what our country can do for us.

Kids today also have lived their entire lives out of the shadows of communist threats, having been born since the end of the Cold War. Communism or socialism? Those are just lifestyle choices today, which many look to admiringly when the capitalistic system proves imperfect.

This is not a Republican Party problem; it’s a crisis of American self-governance.

Nor is it a largely cosmetic problem, as many of the above concerns are. Rather, it’s a fundamental failure of this country to properly pass along its proud heritage. Since the 1960s, especially, the media and, to a large extent, academia, have focused on America’s many verifiable warts and given our virtues and founding principles short shrift.

The result is an appreciation for freedom, but without a
corresponding awareness of the conditions necessary for it.

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fedex227
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fedex227 03/22/13 - 12:41 am
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Herman Cain was my guy in 2012.
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I'd like to see him run again. However, I agree with the editorial, if the Republican party wants a Spanish guy to be the next President, the lamestream media should be wary about being so dismissive of Sen. Marco Rubio as a candidate.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 03/22/13 - 05:40 am
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really?

Our country is strong and secure despite the conservative movement's lack of faith in our greatness, as evidenced by this woe-is-us editorial. As far as immigration goes, if you really want to control our borders, you might support adequate funding for the INS--which Republicans have rather consistently opposed as part of their war on government. In a more general way, Federalist Paper #1 notes that a strong government is the best guarantee of liberty. As part of the civic education that this editorial recommends, one might want to re-read that crucial document. Have a great weekend.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/22/13 - 10:17 am
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A man (or woman), liberal or
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A man (or woman), liberal or conservative, who can't control his thirst during a relatively short address on the national stage does not have the fortitude to be president. I' ve never seen President Obama find the need to fumble for a bottle of water during a speech.
Seriously, though, the observation that drinking water may not be "presidential" is "news" media created/imagined. A debate to fill air space because they understand that the majority of their consumers are too ignorant or politically apathetic to tolerate the debate of important issues.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/22/13 - 06:43 am
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the progressive big government racist

controls with an iron fist our government education system, and is succeeding where the kkk failed, where Jim Crow failed, and where slavery failed in creating an environment where young black males cannot succeed.
The evidence allows no other verdict.
The progressive racist defends our education system, even though it is turning out students who are not prepared for college work, or independent thought.
Yet the progressive racist attacks school choice as something that would hurt education. That is so laughable, because rich people have the right, and exercise their right, to attend the school of their choice.
Other big governments would burn books that threatened their control. Our own big government racists progressed that idea. You don't need to burn books if public schools graduate students unable to read the books.
The young black male is the main victim of the progressive racist. The evidence is there. The evidence is ignored.
Our country didn't get in this situation overnight. It took the media and the education system working together. The only way it's fixed is to have school choice, and proclaim the evidence.

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carcraft 03/22/13 - 07:26 am
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I've seen Obama fumble around

I've seen Obama fumble around a bunch! Obama during a New Mexico memorial speech "we are here to honor a long line of fallen heroes, many who I see in the audience ". Then there is great moment when his teleprompter got ahead of where he was in his speech and he’s waving his hand up and down to get his speech sync'd with the teleprompter and stumbled verbally! Then we have his great asthma health care talk where he stumbles around talking about breathalyzers and "inhalaters "! Finally we have Obama's punches above their weight analogy he used for ever leader of a small country! The US press covers for him and doesn't question his human foibles or draws the public attention to them! Did you know the map of Israel Obama has used during his recent visit didn't show the Capital of Israel, Jerusalem, as being part of Israel and the car Obama was using broke down? Watched Diana Sawyer, no mention!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/22/13 - 07:38 am
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Yessir, carcraft. And I
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Yessir, carcraft. And I remember this one from our president in 2004: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Oh, wait, Obama wasn't our president in 2004.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/22/13 - 07:51 am
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palmetto- It was you that

palmetto- It was you that said that taking a drink of water as Rubio did would lead you not to vote for him. Will Obama has been just as clumsy and akward was my point, yet I think , dispite that , you voted for him. Don't forget as the Senator from Illinois Obama didn't know what states boarder Illinois. But only Republicans can be awkward and say dumb things, gotcha!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/13 - 08:37 am
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Debates

The debates would be better without moderaters. Just put the two candidates up there and let them slug it out verbally.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/22/13 - 08:40 am
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Neither party

has represented me in years.

I vote along Tea Party recommendations.

There must be something to the Tea Party's agenda that scares the hell out both parties. Because they both slander the Tea Party every chance they get at the national level.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/22/13 - 09:18 am
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Too funny

They all make goofs on tv...remember ..how many states in the USA....Guam will tip over..on & on....if drinking a glass of water is a no no..weeel we are in a heap of trouble.....Mitchell is not tv material but Boehner with that tan of his...he is loooking gooood.

robaroo
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robaroo 03/22/13 - 09:18 am
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Two Party System Not Healthy

"the country depends on a healthy two-party electoral system"

No, that is not at all healthy for a democracy. But the media, including the AC, cover it that way. All news outlets should cover political parties with more that some set number of voters, and include them in the debates.

For example, how many of the loyal AC readers can tell you what the Libertarian policy is on deficit spending? The country had an election just last November. Can anyone here name any of the other parties other than Dems and Reps?

allhans
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allhans 03/22/13 - 09:49 am
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I would like to hear less

I would like to hear less from talk radio during the next election. Let the candidates campaign, and keep their big mouths out of it.

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deestafford 03/22/13 - 10:04 am
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Ther is so much to analyze as a result of the Republicans

performance in the last few years. Just look at who we had as leaders of the House and Senate when we had the presidency and both houses of congress. Both the Speaker of the House, Hassert, and the Majority Leader of the Senate, Fisk, were wimps. Hassert was a compromise choice after the conservative Livingston was caught with his pants down. I have no idea why Fisk was chosen. He even wanted to have cochairmen of all the senate committes since the majority margin for the Republicans was so slim.
Neither of them was a conservative and believed in fighting for conservative principles and legislation. We missed a golden opportunity to turn this country toward the right and most likely have never been going down the path we are now on.
We should reduce the number of debates, have closed primaries, and have only conservative moderators for debates.
We do not need to change our principles and stances to become democrat lite. We need to articulate what conservativism does for people. We need to let people know that there are more republican elected Hispanic leaders in the country than there are democrats.
At the Republican Convention there were numerous minorities who were prominent in elected positions from govenor to mayors who spoke of how they worked hard and believed in self reliance. What was the response of the media? "Look at the tokens at the Republican Convention."
One thing the editorial was a little misleading about was Rand Paul's path to citizenship. I saw him on a Fox News interview yesterday and he said the only time he mentioned citizenship in that talk was when he was talking about his own citizenship. He is not about citizenship as part of his plan. When people talk about giving these illegals currently here citizenship I will use one of Obama's favorite words "fair". It would not be "fair" to those people in other countries who have waited and are waiting years and spending tens of thousands of dollars to gain entrance to this country the right way. It is said we can't deport them all so they propose these requirements of paying back taxes, learning to speak English, etc. before they can become citizens. My question is, "What are we going to do if they don't do these things? Deport them?"
I heard Ann Coulter say the other day that 80% of those who come to this country now are from third world countries and 40% of those go on welfare. We should allow only those who can contribute positively to this country to come here not just because the situation is tough in their home country and they have a better opportunity here. You can thank Ted Kennedy for all of our immigration problems as a result of his 1965 immigration bill.

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itsanotherday1 03/22/13 - 10:18 am
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Every time I see Mitch

Every time I see Mitch McConnell I think "Howdy Doody".

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/22/13 - 10:18 am
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Carcraft...you missed my
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Carcraft...you missed my entire second paragraph of my first post...which is now time-marked at 10:17 because I corrected a typo. It's the third post.

allhans
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allhans 03/22/13 - 10:21 am
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It's not hard to see why Paul

It's not hard to see why Paul Ryan is holding the line on Obamacare...

WSJ...Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation's biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans................

AH,III

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Jake 03/22/13 - 10:36 am
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Thumbs up....

.....for robaroo. My sentiments exactly. I haven't voted for Dem or Repub in over 20yrs because I like to see other parties being able to move onto the main stage with the 2 entrenched ones.

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dahreese 03/22/13 - 02:08 pm
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@ymnbde
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"The young black male is the main victim of the progressive racist. The evidence is there. The evidence is ignored."

Two requests;

I'd be interested in reading "the evidence" if you would kindly post a source or two.

Also, what is a "progressive racist?"

Thanks.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/22/13 - 09:01 pm
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hmm, dareese, i'm going to ask a few questions

Which ethnic/gender group is least likely to graduate high school or college?
Which ethnic/gender group is least likely to grow up with a father in his house?
Which ethnic/gender group is least likely to be married to the mother of their children?
Which ethnic/gender group is least likely to be employed?
Which ethnic/gender group is hurt most by raising the minimum wage?
Which ethnic/gender group is most likely to be in prison?
Which ethnic/gender group is most likely to be murdered?
Which ethnic/gender group is most likely to be a murderer?

How likely is that ethnic/gender group to vote democrat, and think all their problems are caused by conservative republicans?

Which polical party controls public education and fails at educating (well, they fail at educating most everyone, but that's for another post) young black males ?
Which political party had policies that took the place of a father's paycheck?
Which political party didn't educate young black males well enough to get a job, then raised the minimum wage too high for unskilled labor to be employed?
Which political party wants to raise the minimum wage again?

I bet you've already detected a pattern, so i'll stop after one last question. Well, maybe two.

What type of life does this complex world force on several generations of uneducated people? Do the same policies that caused hardship for those generations give any hope for the future? By the way, those same policies are being used on young white males in England, with similar results.

A progressive racist is a liberal democrat who, in spite of total and obvious failure, keeps implementing the same policies over and over. At some point, you've got to realize that it can't be a mistake. The policies that hurt young black males are being implemented for that very reason- to hurt young black males.

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Darby 03/22/13 - 10:21 pm
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"They never stop thinking....

about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
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Makes perfect sense. The only way to stay ahead of the enemy is to think the way they do. Anticipate their next move and be ready for them.

All of the greatest generals have said the exact same thing in one form or another.

Palmetto1008 stepped on his thingy with that one.

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paladin5 03/22/13 - 10:50 pm
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FUNNY.....

After reading all these disertation and theises, I need a drink of water....Darn, I dropped my water bottle....I must be a Conservative.
yall have a nice weekend; I am gonna go and try to find some MIPs before the PROMS begin for our uneducated young people who are about to enter into the real world.....The Juniors get to practice not getting caught for their Senior Prom.

Remain Calm: Plenty of Political problems will be around for a long time for people to talk about with nothing resolved.

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