November 23rd, 2009
04:58 PM ET
4 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. ThinkAgain

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    Well, guess what GOP? Our health care system is BROKEN!

    November 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Ken in Gainesville

    Don't underestimate these extremists. Germans did in the late 1920s, and look what happened to them. If these right-wing nuts don't get their way, they will undoubtedly try through fraud (of elections) or outright violence against their opponents. Do not underestimate them or their agenda. This is not a game.

    November 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Kara

    The GOP's intolerance for any free thought or difference of opinion is truly illuminating – their members stifle thought, they stifle freedom, yet scream at anyone who disagrees with them as being "socialist."

    It's long past time that this party die off, or be marginalized as the extremist authoritarian party it has become – it's a cancer to the lifeblood of America. Let a new fiscal conservative party rise up in its place, and hopefully our nation can recover from the infection known as the modern GOP.

    November 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. SNAPPA

    (1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama's "stimulus" bill;

    I'm sorry "Obamas "stimulus" does anyone else see something wrong with that statement? IT was the repbulicans that put forth the first "stimulus" of $750. billion not Obama, get your facts right....

    November 23, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Bill

    How can anyone that has common sense argue this administration isn't pushing us towards socialism? Gov't run financial institutions, Gov't run car manufacturers, Gov't run health care paid for by wealth distributions, and even today a "war tax" to have the rich fund the war effort was proposed!!! Welcome to the "Change and Hope" you all so desperately wanted, and that you were all dumb enough to believe in!! The Mayans predicted the end in 2012.....let's just hope we get there!!!!

    November 23, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. John

    7 of the 10 resolutions Support by oppsing, one support the Defense of Marriage Act (who opposes same sex marriage). The other 2 support act of wars (who by definition opposse some other country).

    Well i guess that to be a real "conservative", you have to oppose to everything in order to include and " welcome diverse view".

    November 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Bill Surrey

    It is now official from the Republicants. Socialism for the rich. Capitalism for the poor!

    November 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Jake

    I would love to hear Ronald Reagan's family speak out about this? They must be humiliated to have his name used by these fools!

    November 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. v in denver

    Well said, Sgt USMC.

    November 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    "We are open to diverse views, but you do have to agree with us most of the time."

    And in the GOP:

    War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery
    Ignorance is Strength

    November 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. JD

    Michal Steele is a coward and a fool. Is he TRYING to alienate a large portion of his moderate party members? Just so he can appease the religious right? Sad little man.

    November 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Zion

    Reagan is now truly dead.

    November 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. artstruck

    I think this is a GREAT idea. Republicans need something to hone their message, even if it's a message I don't agree with. If they believe so strongly in it then let them hold their members to it and proclaim it to the world! Hopefully this act will serve to clear the Republican party of the few reasonable people they have left so they can rightfully become the Libertarians they already are.

    You didn't know, did you Democrats, that there are actually MORE than two parties in this country? You have to watch something other than msnbc to find out such things.

    November 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Barbara

    Instead of wasting their time and our money why not work with Democrats in shaping a HealthCare Bill that will really help Americans who are left without. But they don't have to worry about that-they have great coverage. What a bunch of freaks!

    November 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. FormerGOP

    Mr. Steel,
    You still haven’t figured out that you are the Joke of the GOP yet?
    They only reason you got elected was due to the fact our President is black
    So you might want to thank him for your job. Obama is the ONLY reason the GOP hand picked you. Trust me when they don’t need you for the appearances anymore, you will resume your post as unacceptable.

    November 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Coercing the GOP to support specific party platforms, is a dangerous thing to do. I would never vote for someone who was more beholden to a political party, than to the voters, myself.

    If they aren't their own person, I will vote for someone else.

    November 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Danman

    That's great. Just keep running the party further and further to the right. It will ensure that dems will be in power for the next twenty years and make the GOP the opposition party.

    November 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. TBA

    Just put it plan and simple the GOP is against Obama just because he is BLACK and not WHITE. POINT BLANK that's the TRUTH about the GOP outcry against Obama, and the TRUTH HURTS.

    November 23, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    The GOP are a bunch of fascists. Fall in lock-step or you're OUT!

    November 23, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Nels

    Since the GOP claim they are so opposed to socialism, are then now in support of eliminating our government run military, Medicare, FEMA, police etc etc?

    You can't have it both ways.

    November 23, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Danman

    Where's the part of the resolution that describes how Reagan raised taxes and how unemployment was higher then it is now during his presidency?

    November 23, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. JD

    Yes, Michael Steele, TELL THEM WHAT THEY HAVE TO BELIEVE! It's political socialism, get it? YOU FOOL!

    November 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Tom C in NY

    "Hard left does not win, hard right does"

    Dave you are truly naive if you think that. Hard right only wins in the deepest red districts, and not anywhere else.

    November 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Reagan was wrong

    Translation: Same ol' troglodytic GOP that got us to where we are.

    November 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Dave

    Looks to me like they want Reagan to run. Actually, Reagan probably has more on the ball right now than most of the Republican contenders.

    November 23, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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