May 20th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
9 years ago

RNC officially condemns Dems' 'march toward socialism'

The RNC approved a resolution calling on democrats to 'stop pushing our country towards socialism.'

The RNC approved a resolution calling on democrats to 'stop pushing our country towards socialism.'

OXON HILL, Maryland (CNN) - The Republican National Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution calling on the Democratic Party to "stop pushing our country towards socialism and governmental control."

The wording of the resolution was tweaked to strike controversial language that would have called on Democrats to rename themselves the "Democrat Socialist party." That proposal was criticized by some members of the RNC, including party chairman Michael Steele, as embarrassing and counterproductive.

The language was changed so that RNC members "wouldn't have to fight about it," according to one of the resolution's original sponsors.

The 13-point "resolution recognizing the Democrats' march towards socialism," criticizes President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress for passing a $787 billion stimulus package and favoring "massive government bailouts" of the financial, health care and mortgage industries.

The resolution accuses the Democratic Party of "implementing socialist programs through federal legislation" and being "dedicated to restructuring American society along socialist ideals."

"We were able to work out language that's before you that we think helps unify our party," said Henry Barbour, the chairman of resolutions committee. "This language more closely reflects the full sentiment of this body."

Steele did not address the resolution directly after it was passed by a verbal vote, but his aides distributed a statement to reporters.

"I am pleased that the committee adopted a resolution that focuses on the Democrats' policies and their destructive effects on America's economic engine, rather than attempting to rename our opponents," Steele said in the statement.

The resolution noted that RNC members defined socialism according to its definition in the American Heritage Dictionary.

The RNC approved three more resolutions. One commended Republican members of Congress for opposing "bailouts and reckless spending," another called on legislators to abandon the practice of earmarking, and a final resolution honored the memory of former Republican congressman Jack Kemp, who died earlier this month.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. No Incumbents 2010

    Bush increased socialism dramatically by causing an explosion in the national debt. Now all Repukes are born-again fiscal conservatives? That's great but then what spending programs do Repukes propose to cut. The silence is deafening.

    May 20, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Andi

    This is a joke, right?

    May 20, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Tina,NC

    So glad too see that the Republicans are spending their time on the most pressing matters of our country. Sadly, none of them can even define socialism.


    A Marcher

    May 20, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Frank - Los Angeles, CA

    "THE PARTY OF NO" never ceases to amaze me. Really! Is that all you can do after driving this country in the terrible mud it's in? What a joke they all are!

    May 20, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Andi

    No, really, this is a joke? Someone tell me this isn't for real. Does Congress actually have to vote on this for something?

    May 20, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Matt

    I'd love to see any of these RNC members stop collect social security or Medicare and Medicaid, as they are socialist programs and how can you condemn the bailouts when former president bush started them haha ridiculous

    May 20, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Sniffit


    Welcome to the stop, a rousing game of kick the Cantor, some dodge Boehler and finally some secession tag.

    May 20, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Caesar from Bama

    grow up...geez

    May 20, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. annie for Palin

    I think obama has gotten us way past socialism – he is just half a step away from being a dictator!

    May 20, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. MADinAZ

    Good for them.

    That and $5.50 will get them a Vente.

    May 20, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. hongli

    RNC -Racial National Creatures. This is the most disgusting Party in the world.

    May 20, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. joe

    the bush,cheney era use to be the " glory days" for all the white
    supremacists here in the usa, and all over the world thnks god is over,.

    May 20, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    Nice. Pass a ridiculous resolution to prove what a bunch of weasels you are but don't come up with any solid solutions.

    After you continued to push a broken "free market" system that is only free for the fat cats, you have the nerve to dictate? Socialism......yeah, like you even know what that means.

    May 20, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Republicans are the American Taliban

    I vote we call them The Republican Taliban Party....

    May 20, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. P Alfonso

    The GOP did the right think. It has gone to far left and is infested by CFR Globalist members. Powell, McCain, Meghan and Jeb do not represent the conservative movement.
    If the Republican Party does not return to its roots it will cease to exist as a the Conservatives Party. They either change or Conservative will seek a new Party.

    May 20, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Mike in Oahu

    Lets vote to change the name of the RNC to the "Radical Nazi Comittee". Now isn't that mature?

    May 20, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Roger

    Professor and Philosopher of Howard University and Nobel Prize Winner Rush Limbaugh will Define and Explain the Meaning of the Word, โ€œSocialismโ€. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜›

    May 20, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. MJ

    And I officially condemn the republican's march towards fascism.

    May 20, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. sheila king

    Sheesh! What a CROC!!! If the Dems are socialists, then the Repubs are undoubtedly fascists. Lets hope they don't obtain reins to anything for a very, very, very long time.

    May 20, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Ana

    FEAR TACTICS....That's all these sorry ass people have left!!

    May 20, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. change has arrived

    the republicans have played their last card, they are not trust worthy, limbaugh is not worthy to tie Colin Powell's shoes, Colin Powell is a HERO, limbaugh is a loud mouth trouble maker.

    May 20, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. David in Georgia

    Go Dems. All of Europe exceeds the US in Health, Education, Longivity, Income. and has a much lower infant mortality rate. How is this bad? We were number one until the Republicans strangled our economy and social services. Now they critized the Dems for trying to fix it.


    May 20, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Cynthia - Arkansas

    These people need to all GROW UP! There are people losing their jobs, losing their homes from 8 years of failure, and this is all they can come up with. Disgraceful! I can't imagine any intelligent person claiming to belong to this party anymore. Most of the Republicans I know are turning off Fox News and starting to do some serious soul searching.

    May 20, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Gregg Goins

    I'm so amazed that anyone is taking RL seriously/giving him media time. He has made no contributions of any kind (meaningful or otherwise) to society other than he's a "radio talk show host".

    So if we ignore RL will he go away, and can the news media do the same?

    May 20, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Jim

    At least the DEMS are working on the economy, peace and health care. They may not always be right ,but at least they stand for for something, the REPUBS stand for nothing.

    May 20, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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