November 23rd, 2009
04:58 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC members draft new 'socialist' resolution

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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

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. Bill R in Oakland

    I don't understand the ongoing adulation of Ronald Reagan and the pining for the "good old days" of his presidency.

    Reagan converted the U.S. from the world's biggest creditor to the world's biggest debtor nation. It's considerably more difficult to play hardball with countries like China when we owe them hundreds of billions of dollars and continue to rely on their confidence in our fiscal health.

    November 23, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. IndyVoter

    Sick and Stupid!

    November 23, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Bob in VA

    James Bopp, Hale-Bopp, what's the difference?

    No wonder the RNC communications guy just quit. He knows the inmates are taking over the asylum.

    November 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. JD

    How can a group of conservatives have anything about the "retention of the Defense of Marriage Act" as a part of their manifesto? That is absurd. They should be the ones at the forefront of keeping the government out of our personal lives, and last i checked, that included marriage.

    November 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Mike in LR

    There is nothing scurilous about this. Any organization must have certain basic tenents to believe in. Otherwise there is no direction, you just bend with the wind. That is suicide for any organization that wishes to remain relevant.

    This highlights the primary problem with our society. There is no truth or right and wrong any longer. You just go with the flow. That's not what a political party should stand for.

    November 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his GRAVE because of what his party has become.

    He DID NOT wear his religion on his sleeve, nor did he require a religious litmus test.

    Reagan also believed in not speaking badly about other Republicans, because HE could tolerate differences of opinion within his party.

    The GOP is throwing Reagan's name around, making all these assertions about a man who cannot defend his name or disagree with thoughts that are being attributed to him.

    The GOP should be ASHAMED of themselves for this despicable display of manipulation and coercion!

    November 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Nels

    Man, their hypocrisy is just mind-boggling. Their statement claims they support smaller national debt. But then later in the very same statement, they state clearly that they want to send as many additional soldiers to both Iraq and Afghanistan in order to win. They can't have it both ways.

    Since they want smaller debt, I can only assume that the GOP now wants to institute a war tax to pay for those two wars. If not, we will have higher national debt.

    Seriously, I don't believe a word these people say anymore...

    November 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Rob R

    How do these "servants" of the people find time for all this useless, needless and reckless waste of effort?!? Whether it's this nonsense, or the birther crazyness, it's a total waste of time and money. I would like us, as their bosses, to "dock" their pay for such foolishness. MORE TEA PLEASE.....Real
    Nuts &

    November 23, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Tony

    Obama's policies are socialist, sometimes fascist too. But it's not like this "resolution" is going to accomplish anything. Is it so hard for the RNC to reach voters who actually vote for candidates rather than saying candidates need to meet some sorta criteria?

    November 23, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Chris in CA

    Have any of the Repuglicans looked up the word "liberal" in the dictionary lately?

    It means, "Open minded, Tolerant, willing to accept change for the better."

    Could someone please explain to them how that isn't a bad thing.

    November 23, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. william,oregon

    Great idea if you belong to the GOP you get NO social security, NO public schools, if you drive you pay a toll, NO police or fire service, NO medicare, and any other social program is not for you or your family. Remove all military bases from the GOP states. NO military contracts. Nasa will need to move to Calif. NO food Stamps. The possibilities are endless.

    November 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. markus

    Reagan, Reagan, Reagan...he's really all they have left to cling to, huh?

    November 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Donovan

    They keep on showing how "out of touch" and PSYCHOTIC they really are! There is NOTHING "socialist" about a public OPTION. Do you see the word OPTION there? Yes, it means you don't have to use it if you don't want to. What's "socialist" about that? It was the REPUBLICANS under BUSH who tried to take over this country with their Orwellian ideas. Patriot Act, FISA, our own war with "Eurasia" (Afghan/Iraq), "perpetual war for perpetual peace", doublespeak (Clean Air Act, Patroit Act, No Child Left Behind), and a war on sex (Abstinence-only education) are just some minor examples. They even tried to push "The Thought Police Act" HR1955 ... cosponsored in the Senate's version by Norm Coleman (R-MN). It's the REPUBICANS who are the Orwellian nightmares, not Obama!

    November 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. ted

    I guess everyone could continue to support obama while he runs the country completely in the ground. The amazing thing is that most of his supporters dont even realize it. Ok, think about this. If you were an owner of a company and things were tight. What would you do. You would cut expenses and certainly not borrow money. The U.S. is borrowing money every time obama rolls out a new program.

    November 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. 2pacolypse Now

    Great idea Grand Old Panzies. Continue alienating your party from mainstream America. Cmon, we really know what this is all about. The GOP has NO interest in diversity of anykind and this is their formal way of saying unless you have fringe hard right conservative views, we don't want you. Republican or Dem. Anybody considered a moderate, like the American public these idiots were voted in to serve, must somehow be different or un-American. Blatant exclusion is not only un-american but flat out discriminatory. Heck, they don't even want the unsatisfied independents who's not happy with the Dems right now so what will happen? The moderates on both sides may not vote at all or could create a large enough constituency to form their own party. Keep up the good work GOP, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and the rest of your scandal ridden goon patrol are doing wonders for you.

    November 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Mike Ross

    Hardcore conservatism is very useful -- for when you're stuck alone in the wilderness Bear Grylls style. Today's GOP thinks that sharing your toys in pre-school is just Obama-socialism-indoctrination. Republican babies preemptively punch the other babies in the face to make sure they don't get a free handout

    November 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    It's amazing to see how the GOP has turned its hatred uponitself. It is like an egocentric, crazy, nihilistic dictator, foaming at the mouth and shouting, "Off with their heads!" at anyone who disagrees with them.

    They've really gone off the rails this time ...

    November 23, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Renee Marie Jones

    (2) We support market-based health care reform ...
    (9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing, denial of health care ...

    LOL. Numbers (2) and (9) are inherently self-contradictory. Market-based health care endangers poor people and certainly rations health care on the basis of insurance company profit interests and ability to pay.

    I guess the RNC does not think the poor are "vulnerable."
    I guess rationing doesn't count as long as the wealthy are making money.

    It is really, really sad that any human being would support such positions. It makes be ashamed to be the same species as them.

    November 23, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Saboth

    Shocking how "conservative" and fiscally responsible Republicans became when they lost control of 2 branches of government. They were spending money like crazy, racking up the biggest national debt ever (that somehow people contribute to Obama now), when they were in power. Three trillion war and tons upon tons of pork barrel spending for the past 7 years. Here we have a President attempting to at least have some dialogue about fixing our country's most dire problems, and they want to sulk in the corner with their hands on their ears going "nanana can't hear you!" for the next 8 years.

    November 23, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Joel

    I used to be a Republican. But honestly, you "support military-recommended" troop surges...why? Because you have no brain, and your solution to everything is to let someone else make the hard choice? For 8 years, the Republicans turned their back to Afghanistan, and now that it's an absolute MESS, they're upset because the President is taking time to get us out of it? And, they're against "socialist" medical care, but they wanted to increase the size of Medicare when Bush was President? They're for low deficits, and yet, NEVER in our country's history did we have such a huge deficit than when THEY were in office. And, they're for limited government and state's rights, but when it comes to the rights of gay citizens, the 14th amendment means absolutely nothing. By saying they're for state rights, logically they should support the states that support gay rights, but state rights mean nothing unless the state happens to be against gay marriage or for unrestricted gun access. The Republicans are hypocritical and delusional. They burned me, and I won't be coming back.

    November 23, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Rodney - Compton

    This is a great example of how organizations attemt to maintain power when threatened. They seek to be the "definers". You see it in politics when the lines of definition between Republicans and Democrats are blurred. The leadership of both parties start to freak-out when candidates start to color outside the lines. At that point, the offended party tries to become the "definer" of what is a true Republican or a true Democrat.

    This is the very thing that the GOP is doing now. They fear the potential of a Republican candidate who will (for example) support healthcare reform or gay rights. By defining who IS and who IS NOT a true Republican, the GOP leadership can threaten to damage the political careers of candidates who are shades of gray, thus maintaining their authority.

    Beware the "definers", whether at church, at school, or in politics.

    November 23, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. feral hiker

    Shades of Saint Joe McCarthy and the early 50's. Never thought I'd see those days again. Really scary.

    November 23, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Draeggo

    FANTASTIC NEWS! The GOP will surely grow weaker and more irrelevant with this boneheaded move.

    Now... if we could just get the Democrats to follow the GOP off the cliff then we'd have America for Americans instead this party first garbage.

    November 23, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Common Sense is hopelessly lost

    We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

    So apparently the Republicans just missed the fact that the very founding fathers of our country they are so proud of–were DUH! illegal immigrants and that the whole purpose of the Revolutionary war was nothing more than the illegal immigrants here in America telling England to go away.

    Oh and they also need to talk to their buddy George W. because its a very very very very good chance the September 11th terrorists were not here 100% legally and that is why George sent members of their family home on his own private jets.

    November 23, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Gekonge

    The GOP has the brain of an elephant and a memory of a demented fool. They are anti;diversity, gays, immigrants, affordable health care, women rights, minorities, liberty, environment, peace.... , all they want is the same old boys' club who love guns, wars, and only themselves

    November 23, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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