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. Klaxon

    Please do not call these dingbats "conservatives." They are right-wing extremists, radicals, and fundamentalists, plain and simple; there is nothing conservative about their behavior or beliefs.

    November 23, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Edwin

    Odd that they would idolize Reagan so much. Reagan's administration was one of the first to Nationalize Banks - when a bank ran into trouble,the feds would buy it, clean it up, and sell it back to the private sector. Kind of like Bush's Bank Policy last year (but perhaps better written).

    It is also really sad that the GOP is apparently unwilling to allow ANY disagreement in its ranks. So... if a candidate supports, say, 7 of the 10 planks then they are not worthy of being Republican? How elitist and unamerican.

    November 23, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The new Prohibitionist Party...... what a laugh.

    YOU MUST THINK AS I THINK....... it's like something out of a bad movie.

    November 23, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. sara

    And I would say stand up against the Republicans Communist Party...........Two Class of People.......Rich and Poor, afterall, Reagan destroyed the Middle Class in the 1980's

    November 23, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Cynt

    This is so ridiculous. Is President Obama this much of a threat to the racist GOP? I have never in my life seen such hate for a President that these racist pigs are doing things to there own party to hurt the President? This party is a complete embarrassment to this country and i hope they fizzle away and die out, there is no room in this country for the hating, lying and vindictive people of the GOP. This is absurd

    November 23, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. [R]s are Dumbasrocks

    Ahh those real amerikans, peddling once again in their uber-partisan ideological fantasy world. And to think, these very people are the ones that beat their chests like a gaggle of monkeys to show off their love of freedom. Yes, in their world you are only free to believe in the same comforting delusions they hold onto, like a baby with its favorite blanket.

    November 23, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Emmanuel Goldstein

    A drift toward socialism is a natural consequence of a democracy. It would have happened a lot sooner if the nation could just get over the whole property rights concept.

    November 23, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    If they're so against "socialism' perhaps they should introduce a resolution to end all farm subsidies. We wouldn't want the big bad government meddling in the free market, would we? Have a nice day!

    November 23, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Texas Doc

    I wonder if one of the planks is "likes to plan and attend tea parties"? And they call Democrats the weak party?

    November 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Tired of the whining

    The Republicans like to call the Obama administration and our President socialists when they themselves are socialists. They seek to privatize the profits from Wall Street and big business and socialize the risk so they can win both ways.

    The Republicans call themselves the party of family values then turn around and break several of the Ten Commandments they supposedly revere.

    The Republicans try to control everyone's lives and force them to conform to their perverted sense of values.

    Many Republicans seem not to be able to think for themselves and need Rushbo, Hannity, Beck, Steel, and others to tell them what to think. They seem to be a bunch of losers slipping farther and farther from reality.

    November 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Fan of Common Sense

    It's about time the republican starts standing for something again.

    November 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Dave

    Good. Get the moderate, left leaning, no backbone psuedo republicans out of the party and go back to your roots: fiscal conservative, less taxes, less government, strong defense.

    When the republicans do this, they win.

    Notice that the Democrats have to go towards the center to win. Just look at Obama on the campaign trail. Against Hillary, he was hard left. Against McCain, he was much more moderate.

    Hard left does not win, hard right does.

    November 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Jack in Florida

    And the shrinking Republican party continues to be it's own worst enemy..................what a stupid group of people. Don't they realize that they would get more members/interest if they were not so right wing and drifted a bit toward the middle????? Watch the growth of Independants sore!!!

    November 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Jonathan

    1 makes no sense, since Reagan and Bush have shown us that lower taxes tend to result in much higher deficits

    3 makes no sense, since cap-and-trade IS market based.

    2 and 9 make no sense together, because the private market will always support denial of health care for "market-based" reasons and rationing in favor of those who pay the most

    And 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 were clearly violated by the Bush administration.

    November 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Rollo, Watts

    They do realize St Reagan doubled the debt when he was President?
    And W's UNPAID FOR tax cuts and wars ...

    Unfortunately for these guys and their LIES about being fiscally sound, when Obama let's Ws tax cuts run out and he closes out Iraq, the ol deficit picture will change significantly all the while people will be very happy jobs are coming back, they will get health care and we are getting global cooperation on the real debt busters our idiot conservative foreign policy.

    November 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. sara

    ...ah didn't Reagan make policies that DEregulated Everything...."trickled-down" economics that didn't trickle down? The demise of the middle class and the shipment of jobs to third world countries in the name of "profits", while leaving our country....Consumer in Other countries Making Things, and we work in fast food industries to afford the "cheap" made in Korea, Viet Nam, China, Mexico, etc...... Reagan made a deal with the Devil, and this is Their Hero.......well, 1980's was a lonnnnnnnng time ago, shouldn't they look for something or someone else.

    November 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. rightsaid

    Yes, and now let's have the DNC write up a new set of non-binding resolutions to "stand up" to the fascist agenda of the GOP.


    November 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. donttreadonme

    CNN stop the bias! Dede Scozzafava is not a moderate Republican at all she is a liberal Republican. But I guess with a dem party full of extreme libs any liberal would appear to be a moderate.

    November 23, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    So the moral of the story is "We do not support individual thinking. You either think like us or get shut out."


    November 23, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Well, I know of at least two past Republican Presidents that are spinning right about now, Lincoln, who's wondering who these people are that claim to be Republicans, and Reagan who's wondering how many more times he will be misquoted and misrepresented by the new so called Repulbicans. Sounds good on paper but reads, our way is the only way and to disagree with us is not an acceptable choice. The total collaspe of the Rebulican Party is at hand.

    November 23, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Pete

    Fascinating. None of these "principles" the RNC is suggesting that candidates swear an allegiance to even broach the topic of just how we are paying for our current wars or future wars desired by conservatives. It's one thing to talk about lowering deficits, it's another thing entirely to discuss how deficit neutral wars are. I guess this is why conservatives don't balance budgets.

    November 23, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. A Southern Lady in Raleigh

    The once-proud Republican party is becoming a mind-control organization where all members must toe the party line regardless if this is what they agree with or if this is in the best interests of their constituants back home. Their far-right leanings are becoming so severe that they now appeal only to only a certain segment of the population. Their criticism of the President, the dishonest statements they are making concerning him and the downright lies have become absolutely disgusting. This senior citizen and former lifetime Republican supporter has lost all respect and support for what the party has now become. You will never again get my vote.

    A Southern Lady

    November 23, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Mao Steele and the RNC really needs to give up their communist agenda of purging their insignificant party and embrace the American ideals of democracy and debate.

    November 23, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. SY

    This is the most childish and immature bunch of rambling I have ever heard. Do they know how stupid this sounds!

    November 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Steph

    This moderate is getting fed up with the crazy fringe on both sides! I LIKE compromise! I LIKE someone who thinks for himself or herself! I LIKE someone who will, from time to time, vote with the opposite party when he/she feels it is good for the American people.

    November 23, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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