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. sarah

    So Be it call it what you want I want the same health care you guys have. America lets stand up to these liars, haters, and losers, who can't accept the fact we American people VOTED for CHANGE! Get it!

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. A guy

    Gotta love the continuing circular firing squad of the Republican virus. Hopefully, some day, the virus can be completely eradicated from our society and we can finally move forward.

    November 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Preston

    Hmm. Whatever happened to the "big tent"? Honestly, now, are there any SANE people out there who really feel at home in the GOP? If you don't toe the "party line", voluntarily or otherwise, you are out. Sounds like Communism or Fascism to me.

    November 23, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. chubby

    The so called moderate Republican in New York was a liberal demorat dressed in the mantle of being a Republican and therefore should not have been selected nor endorsed by any Republican.

    November 23, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. ED

    Steele needs to vome clean and stop his viscious ways. This was man without a job when he ran for Lt Governor in MD, who was picked because of his race to attrack votes from Baltimore City ( of which) he failed.
    Steele actually took a salary form campaighn contributions from the Governor race he was a part.
    Now he plays the role of "fiscal conservative." What was it Mike when you used funds rasied for the campaign , perhaps socialism??

    November 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Ivan

    The GOP likes to call themselves "The Party of The Big Tent," as long as you agree with their right-wing, fundementalist conservative Christain values.
    I say no thanks.

    November 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Brian MacDougall

    Yep, there's that "big tent" again!

    November 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Kamal David

    I think the RNC should go ahead and implement this. Probably the true nature of the party will be exposed. I'll bet that the big time screamers are just a handful. The rest are probably normal Americans with good common sence. The shouters tend to drown and keep the moderates off. Hopefully, we the people will end up with a third viable party.

    November 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. james anon

    Are these people STUPID. We have been a socialist country since FDR.

    November 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. CHANGE.COM

    Conservatives: "Conservatism" means to preserve established traditions and to resist any changes therefrom. Folks, herein lies the problem with conservative philosophy. The world is constantly changing and we must change with times if we are to survive or play a key leadership in the world! Good bye conservatism! Throw away modern medicine, make women go back to be housewives, stifle technological advancement, damage the earth, etc. Nut wings!

    November 23, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Brian

    Wow, this guy isn't serious....we are open to diverse opinions, but you have to agree with us most of the time? Who sounds like the socialist now? Everyone has a different point of view and brings something new to the table that may be otherwised overlooked. Every politician has a different population of constituients they have to look out after....just because one group isn't as FAR RIGHT as a small minority of it's party doesn't mean they should be branded with a Scarlett letter. What a jerk.

    November 23, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The New Republican Party – Goosestepping like it's 1936.

    November 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Comically hysterical

    What I find to be so remarkable...the same Palin/Limbaugh/Beck clowns who usually babble on are not saying one darn thing. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...cat got yo' tongue? Even they are stumped by this GOP jibberish.

    November 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. C- CITIZEN

    Bravo Bravo Bravo – it's about time SOMEONE stood up for the American voters and our wishes.

    November 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. walleye

    The reason Michael Bennett would rather loose his seat if it means getting the health bill through is because he is CONCERNED about his constituants. In spite of the GOP trying to UNeducate the public on this issue, this bill WILL PASS because its the right thing to do for ALL AMERICANS. Unlike the GOP that only consider themselves and the rich, those who vote for this bill have all Americans in mind.

    November 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Michael Hsu

    Well, it's about time the RNC regained its backbone and rededicated itself to opposing socialism / marxism / feminism / abortionists / gays / and anything else wrong with this country!

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. CapJim

    ....and just about time too! 'bout lost me. Had a bumber sticker at last election saying "Vote McCain, better democrate than Socialist" ...and still feel more and more strongly that way. SAVE THE REPUBLIC"

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. SNAPPA

    Wait, wait they want to "fight" President Obamas supposed "socialist" agenda but they want to put in place a few things in their platform that they stand for and anyone who does not agree with them is out? Forgive me but isn't that "facists" the state is always right and those that disagree with them are out? WOW, what has happened to the Republican party? No wonder the American people do not believe they can govern the FREE.

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. cjl

    While I do wholeheartedly believe that much of the president & co's ideals are firmly rooted in socialism, and shouldn't be sugarcoated as anything else, in a way, I feel like this is perhaps spending time pointing out the obvious.
    How does the old saying go? Give them enough rope....

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. The word we dare not speak

    If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck...
    it's a socialist.

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. raul

    lol being that my parents left a communist CUBA / country where if you didnt agree with majority / thought process you where blacklisted / thrown in jail etc.. this sounds alot like the republican party so sad.. this is why i voted for a democrat for the first time and voted for Obama. please let me knwo when a real republican party shows up so i can vote for them. other wise keep your real socialist views and communist views to yourself.. funny these people are screaming red flag red flag.. and there worried of thought control. wake up people! im ready for a THird party this is CRAZY!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. dan in chicago

    do the republicans really beleive that we are a socialist society. there are people that will have food for thanksgiving while the republicans will travel to hawaii for a MEETING. this is ridiculous. i thought this was a country founded by the people, for the peole, and of the people. i don't ever remember saying that it would be okay for these politicians to use MY hard earn money and fly twice the length of this country to go on a tropical meeting vacation. people have no jobs, houses, food or money and these republicans are jetting around the country complaining about socialism. what a wonderful world.

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Chris - Denver

    This is really getting to be a bit much. Do any of the tea-bag nuts even know how to define socialism?

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Jake

    what a joke! it's such an embarrassment

    November 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. FredGArvine

    Keep moving futher and futher to the right. They will consolidate their base and lose the majority of the independents and moderate republicans ensuring another democrate victory in 2010, 2012. The RNC is becoming a fringe organization without mainstream appeal. New York 23rd district should have been a wake up call when it came to a Republican verse the far right conservatives the back lash put a democrate in a seat not held since the Civil War.

    November 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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