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. Rajah

    This has nothing to do with Mr Steele. Realistically, Mr. Bopp is at odds with Mr. Steele and voted against his nomination as RNC Chair. The real agenda is to use someone he dislikes,and his (Steele's)supporting of the less conservative candidate in the NY 23rd district race as reasoning to establish rules that will in fact restrict the RNC party members opinions even more. This is just more hate-mongering (exclusion of certain peoples, groups, and opinions that differ) under guise as embracing the concerns of a black man. I would like to think that Mr. Steele is no fool and can see through the same old tricks that have been used since before slavery.

    I am VERY surprised that the media and the populus hasn't pointed out this new Republican "surge" of neo-conservatism as just what it is; "Racist groups with fear of losing ground against their biased way of life that has gone on for centuries".

    Today's cry for "Conservatism" is just Racism under cover. A person doesn't have to adapt racist views to be a conservative Christian. I am both! To substantiate this, I'll be shocked if this is printed.

    November 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Ed in Reno, Nevada

    Too funny.

    November 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Nick

    How is having the government decide which relationships are valid and which aren't (#8) and creating a large and expensive anti-illegal immigration bureaucracy (#5) correlate with limited government?

    November 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Jayden,FL

    The Republicans have no plans to help this country period! Its a tent filled with idiots and racist people like Glenn Beck and the entire Fix Noise crowd

    November 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. DCTWMT

    Pigs. I bet half can't spell socialism and the other half can't define it. Just another scare tactic from the radicals.

    November 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. jay in denver

    WHEREAS: Ronald Reagan supported those with diverse views,

    RESOLVED: If you have diverse views we will destroy you politically.

    I cannot stop laughing at this. As Bugs would say of Steele, "Ehhh, what a maroon!"

    November 23, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. sean

    So what is next for the GOP? A strong statement against public libraries? Perhaps ending "free" public education? No more public roads (hmm. Republicans in Arizona did close highway rest areas...). These guys wouldn't know "socialism" if it bit 'em. More pathetic fear mongering.

    November 23, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. MK in SoCal

    These 10 Key Policy Positiions couldn't be better if they had been written by the Ministry of Truth. Hmmm . . . I wonder how Jesus would vote? And in regards to #5, I seem to recall is was President Reagan who last presided over an "amnesty" to illegal aliens.

    November 23, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. ex-Republican

    The modern Republican is so lost right now and there is no party, short of Blue Dogs that represent fiscal responsibility any longer. Give us back our party and tell the religious fanatics and Ruby Ridge wackos to go hijack someone else's party or form their own.

    Get a backbone GOP leadership and kick these ilk to the sidelines...

    November 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. CR

    The GOP needs to stop behaving like wingnuts. Reasonable people do not take them seriously. No chance of regaining any credibility until they ditch the kookery.

    November 23, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These idiot Republicans are committing political suicide by opposing EVERYTHING. I'll be wearing all black on 11/4/10 because the G.O.P. will R.I.P.

    November 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. GaryB

    Um... By these standards, the GOP would not have supported Reagan. In 1986 Reagan signed off on amnesty for illegal aliens. He also supported the Brady Bill.

    November 23, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Deb (Long Island, NY)

    By God how BRILLIANT of the GOP. As the country struggles with the economy, the rising cost of health care and the lack of jobs, the GOP focuses on who dared to cross them. BRILLIANT!

    November 23, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Chandler

    Ronald Regan wouldn't be able to join this "conservative" group. He raised taxes! He used diplomacy! He added to social programs! The RNC is destroying itself.

    November 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Bigskyman

    oh yes come you huddle masses, unless your poor, sick, minority, female, have a conscious, care about the environment etc. we are the party of inclusion if you think exactly like we do. what a joke.

    November 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. John

    I fully support this move by the RNC. Maybe this will be the catalyst for the creation of a truely moderate 3rd party. This is going to exile any common sense repubs that are left.

    November 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. OhioGalf

    Isn't it Fascist to tell people exactly what opinions and positions they must have? The Republicans can't continue to do this and say that they are for freedom. It just doesn't work that way.

    November 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Lee in TN

    It is ironic that the RNC would use a word like socialist, after we just endured a long run of their "dictator" style of party control from the House, to the Senate, to the White House. Those years reminded me more of the U.S.S.R than the U.S.!

    November 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. C Spurgeon

    Wackos, Wackos, Wackos. Don't want to believe its all of them but they keep coming out with this kind of stuff.

    November 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. D. Tree

    More political grandstanding from the party of no ideas!

    Hey Republicans Party: the American people will not vote for you until you propose ACTUAL solutions!

    November 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Carljr

    So now we know that the Republicans are the party of mediocrity given that the passing grade to be a Republican is only 70%.

    November 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    Way to go, Republicans. Make that wall higher. Keep on building it. Higher and higher !! The higher you make it, the more people you wall out. Most walls eventually fail, but I hope this one succeeds until it blocks all sound coming from the inside.

    November 23, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. S M R

    No Mr. Steele, It's time for Corporate America to take a backseat to the American Taxpayer. Pull your weight for once and let the middle class recover from the Corporate driven GOP.

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Hugo

    Not a Republican but the course the Democratic Left is pursuing makes it kind of hard to swallow for many of those Americans amongst us that have lost loved ones, fathers, brothers and sons in the last few wars fighting Communism. Korea and Vietnam, 10,000 a year dead, for what, for Obama and his cronies to cram some more Government controlled programs up our arse while picking our pockets or for some GOP dolt like GW to fatten up his corporate buddies, both parties are sucking our lives out of us!? INDEPENDENTS AWAKE AMONG US 2010, 2012!

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Dan

    We're open to diverse views. Except when we're not. Which is all of the time.

    What a waste of space the RNC is.

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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