Historical origins are the backbone of the Republican Party
We should feel motivated to remain vigilant in monitoring GOP leaders viewed as hindering our collective efforts to sustain commonly shared philoso- phical and ideological distinctions. It was not the aristocrats, not the elite, not the political giants who were responsible for forging the framework and foundation of the Repub-
lican Party in 1856. John C. Fremont was the Party's first Presidential nominee.
The heart and soul of the Republican Party's birth were people struggling to survive a rugged American landscape and achieve new freedoms. Christian based European settlers did not want a replay of past tyrannical conditions in their new homeland. Most were anti slavery pro- ponents who viewed ship of any human beings as under- mining the concept of "free soil, free speech, free men". The Republican Party became a major political architect of shaping American govern-
ment in 1860. Thomas Jefferson inspired the name Republican.
Civil War followed in 1861, enduring for four years. Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued Emancipation Proclama- tion to free slaves followed by the passage of the 13th Amendment to outlaw slavery. The 14th Amend-
ment followed with equal protection under the laws. The 15th Amendment gave muscle by securing voting rights for African Ameri-
cans. It was The Republi-
can Party, the first political entity in the world, defining the fundamental rights and freedoms guiding our nation through the present. It pushed individual rights and freedoms into the forefront of the Party's core beliefs to impede autonomous, intrusive government grip.
In 1896, The Republican Party was the visionary pioneer in supporting women's suffrage to secure their right to vote. The 19th Amendment was ratified by Republican con
trolled 26 state legislatures out of 36. First woman Republican elected to Congress Jeanette Rankin
in 1917, from Montana. It was our Party in vintage America which crossed the color and gender barriers without compromising its bedrock values.
The Party's core beliefs are intended to be the same now as there were in mid 1800's, that individuals, not government, are best qualified to determine decisions shaping their regions close to home. The Party, historically, was founded by and for ordinary people, not con-
fined to accommodating the elite of that period. We are to remain dedicated and committed to be effective anti-big govern-
Origin of the elephant.
During the 1874 electi0ns, Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper's Weekly, responding to the Democ-
rats' fierce opposition to an unprecedented third term for President Ulysses S. Grant, created a donkey epitomizing Democrats try
-ing to scare an elephant he drew to represent the Republican Party. Both caricatures were adopted by the Parties. The origin-
al G.O.P. was an anachronym for "gallant old party" in 1875, then expanded in later decades to mean "get out and push" reflecting the Party's dependence on mass willingness and efforts of volunteers, more of them driving cars than horse and buggies, to spread its campaign messages at longer distances more frequently. Later, most people assumed G.O.P. stands for Grand Old Party.
The Party has remained steadfast aggressive, un- daunted proponents of abolition, free speech, voting rights, preventing a bloated smothering government system, more manageable bureaucracy, and giving more power to states than federal autonomy. To the present, it remains committed to protect the core belief that individuals' rights take precedence to an intrusive grip of an unwieldy government.
Whom should be refused our support.
The Republican Party should not be allowed to become an increasing magnet for self-serving interlopers who have never, or rarely made any meaningful contributions to strengthen our partisan distinctions and lofty ideals. Unfortunately, too many grassroots Republi-
icans seem lethargic or timid to hold Party leaderships accountable and responsible to follow through on their campaign rhetoric.
It is just as imperative for us to monitor and scrutinize our own Party leaderships as much as we demonize Democrats for their indiscretions, greedy behavior and breach of ethics. Running for public office under a Republican label is no excuse to be under-qualified and to avoid penalties for violating the very values and aims they pontificate to voters. We should refuse to be political props and pawns especially with tactics reminiscent of stereotyped hi pressure used car salesman.
The political arena, not unlike a business relat- tionship, should not be unconditional. Benefits, respect, cooperation and appreciation should be mutual. Candidates, whose self-serving agendas are mainly to carve their legacy at our expense, should be discouraged and discharged. Sometimes it is healthier, maybe not convenient, to do without fruit if it has fungus, than risk the severe painful repercussions of ingesting tainted fruit. We should view politicians the same way.
We should not be herded to settle for lower and settle for moldy fruit just because it bears a Republican label. The consequences of inferior leadership are very tangible, not symbolic, not fleeting, not short term.
Proud to be Republican is achievable if we hold our leaders to high standards
than what we have been tolerating. It should be our commitment to help cultivate better choices than just sift out the lesser of two evils.
Good character is not to be mistaken with conformity, nor going along to get along, nor backing down from controversial issues and challenges. Cultivating better coherence in the political games of strategic
skills and shrewd prowess does not conflict with character of integrity and moral fiber.
Uphold conservative message with updated approaches.
Conservatives cannot rely on just preaching core values and principles. They must become tactically sophisticated. Reliance on fire and brimstone is too horse and buggy. The 21st Century requires us to be more than vessels of past traditions.
The ideological message may not need modifying, but the wrapping needs freshening.
Is there class warfare within GOP?
Headline spotlights on political abuse of power rekindles frustrated voters to flirt with the idea of term limits aimed at congressional and U.S. Senatorial seats.
Middle and lower working class voters feel they get the shaft when special interest groups assume entitlements causing un-
fair tax burdens. Elected politicians, most vulner-
able to the temptations of power, greed, hubris and self-perpetuation bend to the influences of their deep pocket benefactors. Even those whom we consider Party icons assume their constituents will vote Republican under any circumstances even if their own issues are sidetracked.
Ideological conservatives pursued fed up with a dismissive GOP pursued alternatives to demon-strate revolt which gave fuel to the emergence of the Tea Party movement. In more recent years, it has splintered out of control and no longer a reliable instrument for conservative Republicans.
Many legislators, found to be conveyors of costly earmarks where the ratio of actual jobs were disproportionate to exces-
sive subsidies, were pigeonholed as "The Establishment" or The Old Guard". Hindered by lack of ideological cohesion, religious extremists and relying on mostly novice candidates to replace incumbents has shrunk its presence, especially in 2016 elections, to a forgettable trickle.
Working outside of the Republican Party has derailed otherwise mean- ingful conservative Repu- blicans from specific reforms that are more achievable from within the Party, not outside of it. The Tea Party became an ideological convoluted tent.
Serving us instead of herding us seems to elude many political officials becoming too comfortable wielding excessive power.
The constituents to whom they show favoritism are at the expense of the majority of people who voted for them. Too often govern-
ment officials seem to forget they are public servants more than political celebrities. We are paying them to work for us, not for the privilege of having them waste our monies to help themselves.
If GOP legislators set a better example by redu-
cing their own government paid Cadillac benefits while mandating that families on more modest incomes settle for reduced or complete omission of services, their soap box rhetoric would have more publicly empathy. It is not enough to blame all ills to Democrats if our own
Republicans repeatedly fail to practice what they preach.
Traditional Conservative Platform
Inalienable Rights: Republicans believe that man's rights flow from the Creator and rights of life. Liberty and justice cannot be granted or rescinded by men.
Conservatives believe that
moral law is delineated by the Judeo-Christian refe-
rences contained in Holy Scriptures. source of history faith.
Self-government: Republican Conservatives subscribe to uphold stan-
dards of moral integrity and governing standards as intended by the authors of the U.S. Constitution. One of the key framers, President Adams declared the Constitution can only function by religious people whom they believe are more reliable guardians of self-govern-
ment starting with one's self, followed by family, community, state and nation in that sequence.
Education: Republican and conservative belief favors that parents have primary rights to secure quality education for their children which includes creating and stimulating competition among school institutions to give parents greater opportunity to make choices. Labor unionized education mem- bers pressed to comp- romise individual achieve- ments in favor of a labor union's political agenda. Elevating standards com-
mensurate to the future take shoved further from a backseat, into the trunk.
Tax system: Federal taxes encroach to the point of abuse and extortion. Income taxes are considered punitive, whereas tax policies that are growth driven are acceptable. User taxes and sales taxes are also acceptable.
Free enterprise: Conservative Republicans are this nation's strongest advocates of free enterp-
rise capitalism as a more productive path for people to achieve their individual economic hopes and dreams. A free market delivers highest quality of goods and services at competitive consumer prices. Government con-
trol is deemed obstructive and intrusive. It mandates the Republican Party to pass legislation to reduce or eliminate government interference in the market place.
Traditional American family is defined as persons related by blood, marriage of a man and a woman and/or includes adoption as the corner-
stone of our American society. The government is expected and required to protect the integrity of the sanctity of the traditionally defined family unit through legislation and taxation policies.
Pro-Life: One of the most publicly controversial be-
liefs in the latter 20th into 21st centuries even among other Republicans is the sanctity of life in which human life starts at concep
-tion in the womb, thus deserves full protection of the law.
National defense: Belief in supporting a well equipped, strong and diligent law enforcement and military achieves victory over tyranny at any level, form or philosophy.
Victims' Rights must always prevail over rights of any perpetrator of crime. Compulsory sup-
port for restitution is considered an unequivo-
cal deterrent to crime and recidivism.
Right to bear arms: belief is in unqualified right of citizens to keep and bear arms without the intrusive hand of govern-
ment. Republican Party is expected to be an ardent supporters of the 2nd Amendment.
Term Limits is one particular concept which most crosses partisan lines and has broader consider-
ation. Belief is that serving as public officials should be viewed as a privilege, not to be a magnet for career politicians. It is the collective of individuals who should rule, not an elite presuming to have little or no accountability.
National Sovereignty: America's Constitutional and primary governing policies are directives to protect the welfare of the American people. Trade protectionism is not sup-
ported, but supports political leaders willing to adopt policies creating fair and competitive trade.
Revolving Topics 2016
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GOP aims, challenges and expectations.
Our President is Donald Trump. He won because most of us Republicans were not satisfied with the other GOP contenders, simple as that. The Democratic process pre- vailed despite all the slippery antics the left wing engulfing Democratic Party endeavored to recapture control of the House of Congress, U.S. Senate and the White House. Despite Democrats incessant efforts to pollute the voting polls with non-citizen voters, it still lost. In fact more states became "red" instead of "blue". Democrats continue to twist and bend the Constitutional and legislative text to dilute qualifications for citizen- ship and to vote. Democrats stoop into the sewer of ethics by advocating that anyone who simply enters out U.S. land is should be regarded as a citizen, can vote and is equally or more accessible to any and all government handouts. Vetting is heresy for the Democratic Party.
It is not a matter of that we must submit and conform to one mindset of issues and solutions, but the public appearance of either Republican and/or a President Trump solidarity is crucial as our political, Constitutional and na- tional adversaries from within and foreign continue to be roadblocks to the policies, ideologies and objectives we Republican conservatives share in common. All other partisan groups consistently disenfranchise the true backbone of our nation, the mainstream middle America patriots.
We do not have to abandon our intellectual differences nor our personal distinctions and objectives. However, the reforms we share in common are more achievable by building alliances and expanding networks from within the Party, not as outsiders.
As a candidate, Donald Trump was, undoubtedly, the most controversial profile our Party has ever had. Few past candidates running with a Republican label have incited as much emotional drama from sheer outrage to nervous apprehension to zealous iconic support. He proved to be a marketing genius. His critics are still bitter because he exposed them to be shallow, narrow, vindictive and creative lackluster critics. His tactics outsmarted them. He won, they did not.
The bottomline is that the ultimate nominee for any public office reflects what we citizens are willing to tolerate or reject. If we neglect to inspire and encourage whom we consider our most relevant candidates to become public leaders, then those with insatiable hunger for selfish abuse of power will engage in any destructing, stifling means to wrestle away any rights we still have under the current U.S. Constitution.
Inasmuch as too many Republicans have fallen prey to shifting blame on our political adversaries for our own neglect or poor choices, our core principles of individual accountability cannot be abandoned. If we feel that the caliber of leadership is declining, blaming the candidate temporarily de- flects responsibility away from voters who keep re-electing the same politicians causing the same disappointments.
We just have to become relentless political sleuths. If politicians and news media display dishonest bias; perceive us to cling to sound bites as puppy clings to rubber bone; we're seen easy prey to rumors in lieu of verifiable facts, our image as a voting block poses slim threat.
One enlightened defense in favor of Donald Trump, our GOP President, is that in this century electing Hillary Clinton just because she is female is an outdated reason. Millions of women have pierced through many economic, political and social ceilings, many more successful than their male counterparts. Hillary Clinton's only achieve- ments have been as a lackluster lawyer, fired and dismissed several times; authored no meaningful legislation with any positive impact on the economy, on education, on health, nor on veterans' services. Her wealth has been generated by using tax funded government resources as her family's personal leverage to barter for millions of dollars in donations and fee laundering from foreign adversaries and from the same Wall Street sharks responsible for the 2008 economic debacle. As a lawyer, not one case achieved any worthy judicial landmarks. She has zero experience in economic stimulus unless her version of creating jobs
is another deficit bloated government bureaucracy. Her only experience is a lifelong career as a government parasite. Nothing in her campaign rhetoric offered anything more visionary, nor hopeful than imposing more taxes from working Americans to placate perpetual freeloaders. In other words, Hillary had years to prove her worth to law abiding American patriots and did not. We should were smart enough not to reward her incompetence by giving her access to the White House again.
Only now President Donald Trump raised issues that most resonated with the segment of America most victimized by politicians, government and economic pariahs. Amid his non-conformist style, he has remained consistently focused on middle America, on military veterans, on restoring patriotism and with aims to facilitate more business productivity back into the U.S. Not one other GOP rival bothered to show as much concern about the day to day concerns of Americans neglected for years both Democrats and Republican legislative leaders.
Most of us did not just vote for Donald Trump, the individual candidate, but he was our strongest vehicle to "clean our government of the swamp of politicians using our taxpaying reservoirs as their own virtual bot- tomless expense account. Do we not deserve a fresher, hopefully more creative approach to unravel years of repeat failures?
What defines Fake News?
Anyone calling themselves journalists, which should be technically separate from "commentator", should have the professional integrity and intellect to provide all available facets of information identified as newsworthy. To omit any portion of the facts is intended to distort a perception, to impose a singular bias, to indoc- trinate, to sabotage independent thinking. Best remedy, though not easy, is access to variety of news sources. Understand any partisan bias those journalist sources have.