November 23rd, 2009
04:58 PM ET
5 years ago

RNC members draft new 'socialist' resolution

The chief sponsor of a resolution that delineates conservative principles espoused by former President Reagan says the resolution would insulate RNC head Michael Steele from conservative criticism.
The chief sponsor of a resolution that delineates conservative principles espoused by former President Reagan says the resolution would insulate RNC head Michael Steele from conservative criticism.

Washington (CNN) - Conservative members of the Republican National Committee are circulating a new resolution that calls on party members to stand up to President Obama's "socialist" agenda and would prohibit RNC funds from going to GOP candidates who disagree with elements of a proposed ten plank ideological platform.

The language of the proposal is still being tweaked ahead of January's RNC Winter Meeting in Hawaii, where it could be submitted for a vote before the full committee.

Jim Bopp, Jr., an RNC committee member from Indiana and the chief sponsor of the resolution, said the goal of the resolution is to "re-establish the party's conservative bona fides."

"This would establish standards for candidates and hold them accountable to RNC's conservative platform," he told CNN. "We are open to diverse views, but you do have to agree with us most of the time."

Bopp said such standards would insulate RNC chairman Michael Steele from the kind of conservative criticism he faced last month for supporting a moderate Republican, Dede Scozzafava, in the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district.

"I think he has been unjustly criticized for supporting the Republican candidate in New York," Bopp said of Steele, whom he opposed during the chairman's race last Winter. "This resolution will establish standards so that he wont won't feel obligated to support every Republican and not feel criticized."

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho had no comment on the resolution.

"The deadline for submitting Resolutions for the RNC Winter Meeting is more than 30 days away," Gitcho said in an e-mail.

"At this point, we do not what resolutions will be submitted nor what the final language of any resolution ultimately submitted may be."

If approved in its current form, the resolution would be the second RNC document this year to formally accuse the Obama administration of pushing socialist policies. The committee approved a resolution in May calling on Democrats to "stop pushing our country toward socialism."

Full text of the resolution after the jump:

Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of CandidatesWHEREAS, 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 benefits 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, 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 positions 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:
Avie Axdahl NCW MN
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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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. M

    I'm so glad that the RNC is attacking moderates from both parties. That's what we really need in this country. Ideologues from both sides attacking each other and missing what the American people need. Great leadership Chairman Steele! Remove moderate Democrats and better yet, moderate Republicans to ensure truly bipolar leadership.

    I'm glad this reflects the perspectives of the American people. Oh wait, most of us are at the center of the political spectrum versus the fringe. That's right. *Shakes head*

    November 23, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Get rid of Social Security and free public education then.

    GOP: PARTY OF DOLTS.

    November 23, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. lying repubilcans

    keep lying GOP its what you do best!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Wes B.

    Just keep making that tent smaller and smaller....

    November 23, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. B

    I sure wish that the RNC would stop being totally childish with all of this socialist crap! They just continue to look like the Fools that they are.

    Most Americans want this health care program and the Republicans keep saying that Americans don’t want it..... they are lying through their teeth!

    November 23, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Larry

    After reading the resolution I am done supporting Republicans. A very short sighted agenda to say the least., one that merely opposes things and people different than what is the Republican ideal person.

    November 23, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. bob in LA

    Let's for one moment say Obama is a socialist.-
    First- so what? He does not write laws. He does not have a vote on the congressional floor. He is not on any of the committee's to decide which bills make it to the floor.
    STOP all this whining conservatives. Your way did not work.In 8 years we went into the toilet financially form a clean slate. The voodoo economics Bush Sr. accused Regan of continued in his administration despite the fact that the economy once again ended up in the toilet. Bulling people and thinking of only your pocket doesn't work. Read the accounts of what really got us out of the Depression- goverment spending. Not the sit back and wait mentality you want.
    You don't want the goverment to assist people- give up social security. Give up medicare. Give all your pensions from work as a teacher, city, county, state or federal employee- yes, includig the military. Why when a man goes off to war and then passes away several years later, does the wife still get paid for decades? She didn't fight! Most likely he only served 4 years, yet we pay forever.
    That's not taking care of our vets. That's giving away the farm.
    Stop bashing Obama and give him a chance.

    November 23, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    Meanwhile, in Illinois, Tea-partier booed and heckled a mother who lost her daughter and grandchild because they didn't have health insurance. You stay classy, Republicans.

    November 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Tom Kaye

    So much for the "Party of Inclusion" and for people who have a free mind!

    November 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. katiec

    I do hope there are some decent, intelligent republicans out there that do not support and are tired of their parties actions.
    Their anti-American behavior, their goal to destroy our president at any cost, their total obstruction for the betterment of our country and us
    has turned them into extremists of the worst kind,.
    They do not deserve the name of politicians and do not represent the
    the American people.
    Their total support of big business at the sacrifice of us is criminal

    November 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Republican

    My party has been reduced to nothing more then a bunch of worthless whiners and complainers. It is now completely void of any and all intelligent thought. It resembles the Taliban more then it does the once proud political party that met controvery with an intelligent thought and a meaningful solution.

    My party is pathetic. I refuse to vote for any of my republicans until these scumbags start doing something other then retarded name calling. Yea, retarded is name calling, but hey...I'm a republican. It's all we know how to from what I'm seeing.

    November 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Brice

    What is that? Where is Reagan? Not you, not you

    November 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. trying to be reasonable in West Virginia

    Enjoy your ideological purity! I bet it keeps you in the wilderness.

    For the record, I'm a centrist who WANTS there to be thoughtful conservative voices in our national debate. I'll not be including any of the low-information signers of this resolution on the list of thoughtful conservatives.

    November 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and would prohibit RNC funds from going to GOP candidates who disagree with elements of a proposed ten plank ideological platform.
    ------------------------------–

    So basically, the New Socialist World Order (GOP) is trampling all over any GOP candidate's freedoms. Bye-bye freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom to be an individual if you still want to be able to call yourself a RethugliKlan. Is this not the most twisted case of hipocrisy at it's best?

    If you're a GOPer and are a viable candidate for 2010 or '12, and you wish to do what is best for your country and your constituents you better become an Independent or a Democrat because the GOP teepee just became a pup-tent. The Party of Intolerance just got smaller.

    November 23, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. todd

    Gues they don't want gay people in the GOP, nor do they want anyone who cannot afford their own health care in the GOP.

    November 23, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. W l Jones

    Very strange a Socialist conservative party calling another party soclalist is unheralded of in the history of the world again strange!

    November 23, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Typical Republican

    Darn tootin! Shut down that unamerican socialist thing, you know..the military. And let's tear up them roads and shut down the schools and shut down the police departments and fire departments. Those are all evil socialist programs. Let's burn our social security and our medicare benefits. Because we don't want to be complete and utter hypocritical morons condemning socialism and then supporting the military. That thar military is putting alot of mercenaries out of work, by golly!

    November 23, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Richp

    Until the RNC gets rid of all the donkeys who have donned tusks and big ears the republican party will have nothing to sell.

    November 23, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. I am the not-so-great and powerless wizard of Rush

    I have a resolution: I resolve not to laugh too much at the flailing, whining and crying but the Rebirther Tea Party members.

    November 23, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Vic of New York

    The French had it right...

    They guillotined the RIGHT! Down with Capitalist Republicans!

    November 23, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. I am the not-so-great and powerless wizard of Rush

    I have another resolution: I resolve not to laugh too much at the flailing, whining and crying by the Rebirther Tea party members.

    November 23, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Moderate Democrat

    Conservative principals are for idiots. They are what ruined this nation to begin with. We must support our fellow american, not spew out from the mouth moronic ideas that have proven to fail, and fail miserably.

    Out with any and all republicans, they are the cancer of our society!

    November 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Dan

    It is often called "progressive," "labor," and "activism" and "community organization" agendas, which are all somewhat euphemisms for "socialistic ideas"!
    Nothing wrong in calling a "cat" "a cat"....

    November 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Carmen, Miami FL

    These idiots are just so clueless. Their resolutions are stupid and misleading. What jerks.

    By the way, regarding #s 2 and 3, how have market-based health care and energy reforms worked out so far? They haven't worked out at all! Big industries like health care insurance and energy will always oppose anything that will cut into their bottom line, even when it leads us to ruin. Republicans are so stupid.

    November 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Jason

    Why didn't the GOP implement such a plan before allowing GWB to uproot conservatism from within the GOP?

    November 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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