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. Justin

    Why do republicans say democrats worship Obama, when they obviously "worship" Ronald Reagan!!! one of the so called planks is

    WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan also believed the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views;

    And yet this manifesto does the exact opposite?

    November 23, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHAHA...nose, spite, face.

    "Michael Bennet, freshman Democratic Congressman from Colorado says, (sic), " If it means losing my seat in Congress I'm voting for the health care bill." Translation, so even though I could be voted out, knowing his fellow Coloradians are enough against it he will lose the election, he will vote the will of the party rather than represent what he suspects is the will of the people. "

    No, moron, he's voting his conscience. Anyone with a brain in their head recognizes that the public is vastly uneducated and misinformed about the health care reform issues and the RNC/GOP and news media have done everything in their power to keep it that way because the former doesn't want any success to bolster the Obama administration and the latter doesn't want reall information and truth to stop hyperbolic contrversy from helping them sell ad time/space.

    November 23, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    I knew they wouldn't allow my posting of the SS pledging allegience to Herr Hitler in the 1930's but this is strangely similar. You either vow to follow a fat drug addict, and a media-w#ore in their monolithic policies or you get no $. Good-bye Republican party....hello American Taliban

    November 23, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Lynne

    Sadly the Republicans have no intention of doing their job which is to work on legislation. They are totally focussed on how the next elections in 2010 and 2012.

    What exactly are they doing to earn their salaries, their future pensions and their gold played health care plans? Shame on them for putting their quest for power ahead of their country!

    November 23, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Brandi

    I don't think Republicans know what 'support' means. You don't support something by simply opposing something else. It is becoming sad that there are no new ideas coming out of the party.

    November 23, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. scott

    ironic; i always associated fear of dissent and thought-control with socialism. typical hypocrisy from the right...

    November 23, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Liz

    I wonder if anyone in the republican't party even knows what the word 'socialist' means. What they're counting on is the rest of us not knowing what it means or being able to see that it's just not a valid charge against Democrats. They think the simple act of name-calling makes it so. This is a party headed for oblivion, and the sooner the better!

    November 23, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Gasman

    The incessant Chicken Little cries from the GOP, and now the RNC as well, of "socialist," "communist," "Marxist," etc., are so ridiculously hyperbolic that they are utterly devoid of any real meaning. It is same tired old strategy of fear mongering that has been the only arrow in the GOP's quiver for decades.

    If the GOP has any hopes of regaining status as a major political party, maybe they should work on some actual ideas instead of shoveling out their moronic pablum.

    November 23, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. AJ

    I actually hope they do it. Move farther to the right. Normal, rational, thinking people will shy away from the faschist philosophy of the republican party, realizing that the "my way or highway" of the bush republicans will take us to ruin.

    November 23, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Bob in Pa

    What we need are more independents – the two party system needs to go.

    November 23, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Carmen, Miami FL

    Reagan was 30 years ago. No wonder most people consider them out of touch dinosaurs.

    November 23, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. CBR

    Here we go reverting back to the 40's and 50's when it was so popular and easy to make an exclusive organization. I cannot believe that the GOP would do this whether they are conservative or whatever. What are they thinking and who is doing the plotting and planning? Are they now denying anyone who disagrees with them a place in their little kingdom.

    Who is this man from Indiana and what is his agenda? Who does he represent?

    What does this say about the Republican Party and their values. Everyone should be welcome to the table and their beliefs should be aired and debated. To discriminate on any level is just wrong. This is no longer the party of Abraham Lincoln.

    November 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Don Gregory

    Yep, the Repubs are headed for Hawaii this January and the media cameras will be highly restricted. The leaders don't want the sumptuous, luxurious, lavish, and opulent accommodations on display for their potentially savvy fellow Americans to see. Their security guards will make sure of that (maybe because they could be leased from Blackstone!)

    And it will all be in the name of trying to keep it all for the pirates who are bulldozing in the cash to keep them capable for bulldozing in the cash. Robin in reverse (Robin Hood, that is!)

    November 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. dave

    "we're open to ideas, but, You have to agree with us most of the time"

    ya...okay.....that's gonna get you far

    November 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    This is a big mistake, looking for a party idealogy that will exclude all others. Then they claim it is Reagan republicanism. That certainly was not what Pres. Reagan stood for in his leadership. He was an inclusive person in words and in deeds. He wanted Freedom and Liberty for every citizen even those who disagreed with him.
    If the GOP decided to become a Party of exclusion than it will be excluding itself from leadership going forward. This terend is not something new in the GOP, and is one of the reasons I left the party years ago after Reagan.
    The leadership of this country will have to be someone who can include everyone under the Constitution of Liberty.

    November 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Al from Denver

    Someone needs to take one of these "planks" and hit members of the Republican party who supports this garbage in the head with it. All this does is further divide a country that needs to come together. People, we are at a crossroads in our history, and things are quickly unraveling. Instead of our so called leaders coming together and sharing ideas that will bring our nation out of this funk we are in. They come up with lists that don't accomplish crap. True moderates and true independents are sick of this partisan childish bickering that accomplishes nothing.

    November 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Navy Vet

    If this current healthplan is such a concern to them because of "socialism" and claims of unconstitutionality. Then they need to do the following thing to legitamize their concern.

    1. Stop all Federal dollars to States for Education
    2. Repeal Medicare in its entirety
    3. Stop all Federal dollars to States for the national highway system
    4. Disban the Faith Based Inititiatives program
    5. Disban the USDA food stamp program

    And the list goes on and on and on. These outcries are nothing more than political posturing. Either be real

    November 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Carmen, Miami FL

    Okay, meant to say Regan was 20 years ago. GOP is still full of out of touch dinosaurs!

    November 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Nick Thousand Oaks CA

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

    Does anyone else find this comment hilarious?

    November 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. beth

    They are freaks. So, what about the first stimulus put into effect during the reign of King George...I guess they need to change #1, and the one calling for troop surges...do I hear bigger military....last time I checked the military was part of the government. Hey guys, do you want bigger or smaller government? It sounds like you don't know what you want except to do away with all the people in this country who don't look like you, act like you, believe what you believe....if that's what you envision, then when you take over I'll be glad to move and become a citizen of a true free country.

    November 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. IVOTE

    I wish the GOP would denounce Social Security and Medicare (well known socialist programs) and demand that all REPUBLICAN recipients/members of these programs return all benefits they have received thus far and opt out when they reach the age of eligibilty for the above mentioned socialist programs. The GOP should not be allowed to pick and choose what is good for this very diverse country. This resolution nonsense seems to be an effort to establish some for of GOP dictatorship. What happens to free speech?

    November 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. KLS

    The GOP sounds more and more like Iran's government. Either you do as we say or you'll be punished. What's happened to our democracy!!

    November 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Army Vet in Charlotte

    I wouldn't put too much stock in this. It's a resolution brought up by the fringe of the party for a meeting that hasn't happened yet, and probably won't even come close to becoming policy. However, Republicans being super-right wing gets a lot of press these days. Don't expect to read the news and actually read anything "new".

    November 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Big Ed

    Better be careful with that label. First, it most certainly does not apply. Look at the definition, not what Rush Limbaugh says. Second, Bush crossed the line a number of times, sometimes arguably illegally to a point where he was the closed thing to an monarch we have had in our history. The Republicans did not have the where-withall to call him out when he walked on the Bill of Rights and other questionable acts. It is much better to campaing on the strength of ideas and proposals and not focus on trying to put the other one down as a way of propping yourself up!

    November 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Jim

    I would be more open to the Republican party and this document if they would be specific and could withstand scrutiny. This document says they want market based health care reform. The bill they put out last month is a total joke. It says they want to win the wars. Really, didn't we just let the Republicans fight the wars for the last 8 years? I don't see that we won anything there. They also want to cut taxes AND balance the budget, something they've been saying since Ronald Reagan. Well, let's hear them identify what programs they plan to cut and see if the math adds up and see how well people like those ideas. The Republicans haven't ever balanced a budget.

    November 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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