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. chelle

    ???? Well I will say this much – the GOP is never dull. Dull-witted certainly, but not boring. They say socialist because they know it is a hot-button word in the US (no where else but in the US – Wow!) The rest of these rules are hilarious in their stupidity. Land of the free – as long as you do and think exactly what we tell you to....sounds familiar but not in a good way.

    November 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Rob

    # 7 "We support the containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat."

    Sounds like two more wars to me. Do we have enough troops to be fighting in four countries?

    November 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Sgt. USMC

    So leave this so called socialism and join the communist republican party. You must do as your dictator says... is there some irony here that I just can't help to notice. You guys have gone nuts.

    I STILL HAVE MY GUNS, I STILL HAVE MY FREEDOM AND I VOTED FOR CHANGE BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN IT.

    OBAMA 2012

    November 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Len in Washington

    This kind of action could very well be the first saw marks on the last pole of their "Conservative Tent."

    I also want to comment on this...

    It's astounding to me that the people screaming the loudest about keeping Government out of their healthcare are the very same people who are screaming for government intervention in health care for women.

    What idiocy.

    November 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. mark

    How about the 40% of Americans that do not pay taxes start kicking in their fare share to help fund the supposed health care reform...

    November 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. X

    Ya, Obama is such a "socialist" that the DOW is at a 13 month high and heading for 11,000. The GOP are a joke.

    November 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Left is Right

    Who's side were we on in WWII, the Fascists or the Socialists? Hint: Hitler wasn't a socialist.

    The current GOP wants to turn this country into a modern Nazi Germany!

    November 23, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. v in denver

    I'm wondering how low the GOP has to be before they cut out this kind of self defeating nonsense. You're not going to win elections this way.

    They're either going to have to reform themselves or a third party is going to split off from them . Bets are on whether the third party will be the Moderate-Big Business guys or the Know-Nothing Teabaggers.

    My prediction is wherever the Teabaggers end up (controlling the GOP or in their own party), they will be the ones that dry up and blow away.

    Not acknowledging established fact (you know, "reality") will generally, in the long run, fold up your tent.

    November 23, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Left is Right

    Tea Party members = modern day brownshirts!

    November 23, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Henry in WV

    So theyr'e against socialism,eh?Didn't seem to mind having a Republican Governor of the Alaskan Soviet Socialist Republic.But I guess that's ok since the State of Alaska is distributing the profits from the oil industry to the people.Theyr'e now for Containment of North Korea not the Defeat of North Korea.Why not?We have troops in an active war zone(No peace treaty has ever been signed-just an armistice setting the border temporarily where it is today).Didn't we declare victory in Iraq under President Bush?(MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!)

    No new ideas- again.

    November 23, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Tony in Maine

    The Party of No has finally gone completely off the rails. Palin/Beck in 2012 should finish them off.

    November 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Sheila

    This is childish. They can't even bring themselves to sound like serious, responsible legislators by referring to the current, duly elected POTUS as "President Obama!"

    November 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Bob Ramos

    Just when things were starting to settle down, the RNC does this. By the mere act of seriously considering it, the Republicans have emphasized themselves as a closed white man's political party. Steele is no example. In the black community he is regarded as an "oreo" which means black on the outside and white on the inside.

    What a stupid thing to do!!

    November 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Josh NYC

    Looks like a good idea to me. Some of the comments on here make me laugh. Just a whiff of the truth and you can see the recoil, the snap-back, the knee-jerk defensive posturing.

    November 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Hugo

    When did our Federal Government take over nearly every aspect of our daily lives? Was I asleep? Why do we allow either party to control our livliehoods and inject itself so deeply upon our individual rights and freedoms? I can only pray that in 2010 and 2012, Independents rise up and take control of our Government and rid ourselves of these power monger elitists, both right and left. States rights is where Government should being delivered to us from, if we don't like it, then we would have recourse within our individuals States. That is what our Constitution mandates, not this massive conglomeration of Corporate and special interest monies picking our pockets and destroying our Nation from the inside out!

    November 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Matt

    Just wait for another 20 years Repubs, you will be out on the street with no way to get back into the fray once the over 60 crowd of today is dead and gone. Take a look around you, while everything in the world is changing(climate, economy, international relations), your answer is to keep everything the same as it once was. You can't stop progress, although you will continue to try. Progress is not socialism, free will is not unpatriotic, religious puritanical prudish zeal is not conservatism, and your ten point plan on how to isolate yourselves from mainstream America is not a winning strategy.

    November 23, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    Wake up! If what Obama and the democrats is not Socialism, then I don't know what is. Why is it thyat the democrats are in favor of slicing up the pie differently, rather than making a bigger pie for everyone to share? We are already seeing signs of business.... SMALL business .... laying people off because they cannot afford the approaching taxes and regulatory costs. We are headed for a total welfare state of entitlements, if we arent already there.

    November 23, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Mary

    I love it! These GOP idiots are just making the Democrats job easier. You keep appealing to the lunatic fringe of your party and we will just keep living in the White House!

    November 23, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Puss

    Republicans are Communists...let's all chant over and over again. Republicans can't do anything and yet the only thing they can do is complain. Republicans call Obama a Socialist..they don't even know what Socialism means! Republicans do what's best, deny Americans of a better, more affordable healthcare. They don't care about people, they just say and do whatever they can to get one of their own elected. This is the most UN-AMERICAN thing Republicans do...deny people of healthcare! Millions of Americans don't have the means to pay for healthcare and Republicans are denying YOU of it!

    November 23, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Michael Steele Not President Obama

    Michael Steele is a snotty nose whiney brat who is jealous of President Obama.

    He wants to be liked, and appreciated and the RNC is just using him for window dressing. Steele is a useless clown who will never have my respect and the respect of most sane people. He's a yellow-bellied crud-grabber who wallows on the bottom of the GOP cesspool. Come up for air you filthy wretch of a human being. Oh, on second thought, don’t bother, stay down there.

    November 23, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Marie

    Wow – this is a little scary – conform or you are out. Any free-thinkers will be shown the door.

    I hope it goes through – the aftermath will be very entertaining

    November 23, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Rico

    The best thing so far, GOP... yeah weed out all those moderates and liberal Republicans. Send them over to them Democrats... who needs them?

    November 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Cap and Trade

    The fundamental problem with carbon-based pollution is that we all know that the very cheapest and most efficient way to burn fuel is to let the outputs go into the water or the atmosphere. To change that behavior, we have to alter the profit dynamics so that not creating carbon is more effective. Cap and trade is the most market based approach that a government can impose.

    The fundamental promise of the Repulicans is that they can magically fix the problem by simply offering the promise of market forces (of course there are none). Then 10 years from now we conclude that we need to have even more forceful rules. Daaa.

    November 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Brian, NJ

    I agree with 7 out of 10 and am a Republican, so am I out of the party now?

    November 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. a health economist

    Good idea, down with socialism! No more publicly funded police or fire stations. Privatize the roads and military! Ban public schools! Eliminate all forms of insurance because they function on transfering wealth from those not making insurance claims to those that are in the form of insurance premiums! Privatize the legal system while we are at it, too!

    SOCIALISM BAD!

    I hope I'm laying on the sarcasm thick enough for some people. :-)

    November 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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