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. Brennan, Seattle WA

    This is great. As it currently reads it excludes about 70% of the Republicans serving in congress and the senate.

    Keep building up those walls.

    November 23, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Freedom to Think

    The Republicans are starting to sound like communists. If you have an opinion of your own you are against them. What they are saying is you are not allowed to think for yourself. This is scary.

    November 23, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. AEK

    Those idiots wouldn't know a socialist if one came up and kissed em right on the mouth. Just another attempt to distract attention away from the real problems they created for our country and for which they now have no solution!

    November 23, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Pragmatic

    Just another time-wasting effort to divide America and Americans .... shame on the republicans ....!

    This party of "no" had 8 years of unbridled power to implement these ideas .... and did NOTHING! Not on health care reform ... not on immigration – NOTHING! Guess what? Reagan is dead and buried: he and his ideas belong to the past century.

    Republicans always want to get elected and then can not govern!

    November 23, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. ttbala

    These nuckelheads will do and say anything to smear the presidents name, let me tell you you idiots what socialism is, it is when you wake up one morning and go to work you see your office is surrounded by a rope and you cannot go in, because the government had moved in the middle of the night and had taken over this company without even asking or paying anybody, I have lived this and seen it you idiots, who do you think you are going to make believe your lies accept your blind followers, you are jumping up and down and thinking there is going to be a comeback just because of winning two governerships, how stupid can this GOP people be, man of caurse when the EX majority leader holds the constitution in his hand and recited the declaration what do you expect, these are the Iowan GOP's who broght this guy into power and now they want to bring stupid Palin, does that tell you something about the mental state that these GOP's are.

    November 23, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. charlie in Maine

    Oh come on! Is that really all you empty headed and empty souled losers have? Socialism? Even Margaret Thacher kept the healthplan going and she is hardly a "socialist" When is your party going to be on the right side of history again? Lincoln freed the slaves. I freely admit that my party was on the wrong side of that one. But when, in the last century have you guys gotten it right? the New deal, Social Security, Civil rights, Mcarthyism, Mericare, Medicaid the list goes on. Evey time you prerdict the end of the world and every time you are wrong. Which one of these ideas would you cancel now? No really which one? I thought so. ( It cracks me up to hear you say that Obamacare put Mediacre in trouble as if you were ever for it in the first place) Shame on you.

    November 23, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. m jeff

    The Republican party is a bigger joke than I thought they would be.

    November 23, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. chris

    Party of inclusion huh?

    "RNC Winter Meeting in Hawaii," – that's all I needed to read...

    November 23, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. EDDIE

    Keep Driving that wedge into the republican party.They are simply destroying themselves.Pretty soon there will be Democrat,Repub,Independant and the new Con party.That equals a loss for everyone but the Democrats.Keep up the good work.

    November 23, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. mario mtl ca

    This old gop party is twisted, no doubt

    November 23, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Tom from Ohio

    Might as well try something new Republicans. Fear mongering aint workin!

    November 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. ETM

    Pathetic! Now the Republicans are imposing rigid litmus tests on their own people. Notice that none of them require their candidates to be rational, thoughtful or open-minded.

    Once they were the party of Lincoln. Soon they may be the party of Palin.

    November 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. John Q Public

    Do you think it's any coincidence that the word "Oppose" in some form or another is in 7 out of 10 principles? And that 2 and 9 state almost the same general concept?

    November 23, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. A concern citizen

    Poor GOP...!!Whatever!!

    November 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Al

    Talk about socialist!

    November 23, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Blue Crab

    I am thinking we can find a nice gulag in Alaska for Republicans that stray from the party line. Let the purge begin!

    November 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. republicans hate america

    The Rush Limbaugh Party wants instead for a fascists agenda they so much embrace

    November 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Scary party

    How long before they turn into the Borg and force their remaining members into the collective?

    November 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Expat American

    Where do I cast my vote for more of the 'Republican Values' that shot missiles into civilians during the shock and awe?

    November 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Richard/ Michigan

    Government paid for healthcare at age 64= socialism. Government paid healthcare at 65= medicare. RNC do you people really think America can't see the hypocrisy?

    November 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Jerry

    I hope these goofy Republicants do this because it will just fracture their wacked party even more....

    November 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. unbelieveable

    This resolution has a Fascist ring to it. Perhaps the GOP can adopt a little salute to identify each other – and the non-believers. Get a clue guys. And girls.

    November 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Brian

    Looks like the Repubs won't be using that socialist highway system.
    Or that socialist police force.

    November 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Hope

    If you don't cheat on your wife, we won't support you, the top most principle you have to abide by in the Rethug party

    November 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. eric

    Nothing like turning back the clock to the good old days of McCarthyism. Gah, I am completely disgusted/amused by the GOP. I hope to god that Sarah Palin is the 2012 pick, as silly as it is to be even discussing another presidential election.

    November 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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