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.
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.
This is a joke, right?
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.
"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!
No, really, this is a joke? Someone tell me this isn't for real. Does Congress actually have to vote on this for something?
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
OH NOES!!!! THEY HAVE OFFICIALLY TOLD THE DEMS THEY HAVE COOTIES!!!!
Welcome to the playground...next stop, a rousing game of kick the Cantor, some dodge Boehler and finally some secession tag.
I think obama has gotten us way past socialism – he is just half a step away from being a dictator!
Good for them.
That and $5.50 will get them a Vente.
RNC -Racial National Creatures. This is the most disgusting Party in the world.
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,.
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.
I vote we call them The Republican Taliban Party....
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.
Lets vote to change the name of the RNC to the "Radical Nazi Comittee". Now isn't that mature?
Professor and Philosopher of Howard University and Nobel Prize Winner Rush Limbaugh will Define and Explain the Meaning of the Word, “Socialism”. :) :| :P
And I officially condemn the republican's march towards fascism.
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.
FEAR TACTICS....That's all these sorry ass people have left!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.