November 23rd, 2009
04:58 PM ET
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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. Sean

    The only think RNC cares about is whether they will win in 2010 and possibly 2012. Does that tell you anything at all? Reagan kept his popularity high, just to win a second term, and of course, his plans deepened us into this deep hole of debt. And you can still see the GOP still worship their no. 1 debtor... nice.

    November 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. mjm

    .charlie in Maine......Eh....she is a socialist. Most European countries are.

    That's what makes the US unique

    November 23, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. HR Mickelson

    WOW ! our way or the Hi way. No thinking for yourself, just say and do what we tell you to. Talk about a communist state, they want it. This is way too far right for most americans. The GOP has to be on its way out as a major politcal party.

    November 23, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Mike H.

    I would assume that the RNC will not want "socialized" war fare either. Lets privatize our military......then watch the cost sky rocket. I'm sure the insurance companies will be more than willing to pick up the cost of the wounded huh.

    November 23, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. just one indy

    I think this is a good tool. There is almost no difference between the two main parties now. Please Mr. Steel, draw the line and let the american people choose who we want. I wish the other side of the isle would do the same. This in no way means that there shouldn't be compromise on issues. That is what the two chambers are for, debate and compromise to meet the amercan peoples wishes. Both parties have melded and the lies on both sides of the isle are unquestionable.

    November 23, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. kbcarter

    Great! When will they call for the disbanding of our socialist police departments, socialist fire departments, socialist military, the selling of our socialist highways, closing our VA hospitals and telling our veterans to fend for themselves?

    The hypocrisy of these clowns is entertaining, but dangerous to our country.

    November 23, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Bee

    Jesus was a Socialist!

    November 23, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    My turn
    My turn
    My turn

    Republicans are fascists.

    OOOOOO that was fun! Thank goodness we have FINALLY injected name calling into our national political disource. Now we're finally getting somewhere.

    November 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. bishophicks

    That's amazing. Invoking the name of Saint Ronnie Reagan so many times and calling for smaller government, lower deficits, lowering the national debt, lower taxes, and opposing amnesty when it was Reagan who:

    Increased the size of government
    Exploded the deficit
    Almost tripled the national debt
    Raised taxes (mostly on the poor and middle class)
    Granted amnesty to illegal immigrants

    That's awesome. Keep up the great work, guys. May I suggest nominating Sarah Palin in 2012? Thanks.

    November 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This somewhat surprises me since Reagan allowed an illegal immigrant amnesty. The Republicans in the Senate don't want competition by allowing more players in the health insurance business. Apparently, Mr. Steele isn't aware that the health insurance companies are already rationing health care by what they will and won't cover.

    This is showing how pure people must be to be a Republican. That is going to shrink the tent. The Democrats seem to have the other problem that they allow so many to be a part of the party that they have trouble holding it together for votes at times.

    November 23, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Aviate

    I love it! When will the purges and show trials begin? Will Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and other "moderates" be airbrushed out of GOP party pictures?

    And to think these are the people running around calling Obama a "socialist" and a "Nazi." ROTFLOL!

    November 23, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Todd

    I agree with Steph! When are reps on BOTH sides of the fence going to remember "By the people, for the people"?? In this day and age quit wasting time building walls and drafting rhetoric and start finding ways to find out what your CONSTITUENTS want.

    November 23, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. JO

    And if you disagree with the Democrats you are disparaged as a non-caring, greedy, no-this-or-that. Look in a mirror. I served this country, defended the Constitution, and I get to express my opinions too. I am (generally) a Republican. The extreme end of the Republican party does not have a monopoly on being correct, neither does the Democratic party, in spite of the ignorant comments below. None of us is a smart as all of us. Quit complaining, quit pointing, and present answers that include, not exclude. Those that say the other party (all of the other party) is always wrong are the last people to listen to.

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

    So money to kill people in the past several years is ok but money to help people is bad. Can you republicans out there that support this nonsense, make sense out of this? Hope you can because the majority of this country sees things differently that the republicans do.

    November 23, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. rosslaw

    Outstanding! I wish the Republicans the very best of luck in their witch hunt against real fiscal conservatives, as well as those who refuse to pervert science to satisfy whatever right-wing pseudo-religious agenda happens to be the flavor of the day, who deem the crony capitalism and anti-free enterprise policies of the current Republican party, best manifested in the monopolistic health insurance insurance industry, too much to stomach any more. Of course, any veteran of Afghanistan or Iraq has had to already reach their limit rubbing elbows with a party of chickenhawks ready to prove their manhood with the the blood of anyone else other than themselves.

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

    once again, they prove them selves to be the party of no

    GOP = PARTY OF NO

    NO IDEAS

    NO FUTURE

    November 23, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Ken

    Just when you think the Republicans will sweep in 2010 you get reminded at how self defeating they are. They really dont get it.

    November 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Loren

    Maybe we'll be lucky, and all the "non-conforming" Republicans will split off and form their own party.

    I find it ironic that item 1 calls for lower deficits, but item 6 calls for spending more money we don't have in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But then...nobody claimed these guys were internally-consistent. Or that they made sense.

    November 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Mark, MO

    Man, they have turned into the Republican Communist Party.

    Everything the Republicans are doing right now have parallels to Mao's Communist Peoples Party in China. You have to think a certain way and it you don't you are PURGED just like the Republicans are doing now.

    since when did the Republican Party start embracing COMMUNIST ideals?

    It's a sad day for America and American FREEDOM that the Republicans are doing this to their own party.

    November 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. KATHLEEN

    The Republicans and their cronies are the "socialists" here!!!!

    The only asset Michael Steele has is that he is "tall". Otherwise
    there is no substance in this man. Well, in other words, "Michael
    Steele is a 'puppet" and and "airhead."

    The Republican Party wants to do away with ALL ENTITLEMENTS!
    Yhey "pretend" they like "Medicare" just to stop "the Health care bill
    the American People need so badly, but it is all "pretend and lies!!!!

    Remember, folks, Bush and his cronies tried to "PRIVATIZE SOCIAL
    SECURITY AND PUT THE MONEY ON WALL STREET"!!!

    November 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. HJA

    The RNC is headed on a course of destruction. Anyone who supports these clowns is blind to history. Attacking all who disagree and basically requiring a oath of obedience. What's next? Night of the Long Knives?

    November 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. jake747

    Ideology has totally taken over the republican party. Forget flexibility, forget independence, forget free thinking, forget the will of the people - simply follow a hardcore 10 step ideological plan. Heck, no need for intelligence to be a republican, just follow the book.

    Submit to ideology, hate the media, hate universities, and hate the judicial system. Sounds quite fascist to me.

    November 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. mjm

    Dominican mama 4 Obama......I think you shou look up the word Socialism. Your way off.

    And Democrats will vote anyway you want as long as you pencil $100-300 million in to the bill for their state.

    November 23, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Knucklehead

    Looks like me that the Republicans are loading up all their guns so they can start shooting themselves in the feet again..."Dance! Dance!"

    I guess "Liberal" isn't strong enough anymore?

    November 23, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    I thought the whole story could be summed up with just the fact that the RNC is meeting in HAWAII in January. Let's see, Hawaii would be considered a Democratic state since most of their Senate & Congressional representatives are Democrats, so the RNC certainly isn't going there because it's a friendly Republican haven. Are you telling me the mainland 49 states didn't have an acceptable meeting site??? The RNC needs to fly all the way across the country & another 3,000 miles of Pacific ocean in order to hold their meeting (especially during cold January)???? For east coasters that will be about an 12+ hour flight– but the RNC couldn't find anything closer?? They complain about every dime Obama spends trying to salvage the economy, but they don't hesitate to spend God knows how much to hold their meeting in beautiful tropical warm (and expensive) Hawaii during the dead of winter. Let's face it– the Republican party is still the party of the wealthy we don't give a flip throw it in your face hypocrites.

    November 23, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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