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. Steve

    Just another reason for me to never, Ever, EVER, vote for a Republican again. Those people are Stuck On Stupid.

    November 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    if government should not run anything why then are the GOP such rabid supporters of a military and then use it to invade other countrys to put in our government they are so against? I can not wait until 2012 when i cast my vote for Obama again.

    November 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    The republicans are acting like LITTLE BOYS on the play ground who will take their ball and go home if you don't play by my rules. What a bunch of losers.

    November 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Nance Lee

    I agree with almost everyone, especially Brennan from Seattle. I am practically gleeful at the way the RNC is painting itself into a teeny tiny corner. Love your mindless propaganda sheet, folks! Keep that kind of "leadership" coming. We'll settle for those folks you don't accept – let's see, about 80% of the voting populace!

    November 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. JP

    Jim Bopp should be bopped upside his head, what a waste of space.

    November 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Msdp

    Yep, that's right, you better tell him what to say, what to do and how to behave. Because you know he does not have a brain to make decisions for any one. After all he is only a rubber stamp, huh????

    November 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is no different than a bunch of street thugs starting a gang in the WH but call themselves Republicans.

    November 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Ruty

    The republicans are acting like LITTLE BOYS on the play ground who will take the ball and go home if you don't play by MY rules. What a bunch of losers.

    November 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. sharon

    Now.....why would anyone think the gop has a large tent?
    They do not.
    Ideas? none.
    They want people to join but then agree to not disagree?
    same ole'same ole'......................................

    November 23, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Mike

    The New McCarthysism. What else could you expect from the GOP?

    November 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Babs

    It just gets better and better. The Republicans are becoming more entertaining than most movies. Just gather together every Saturday evening with a bowl of popcorn and review the RNC news. Some of the best laughs around. It's becoming a hit in our neighborhood.

    November 23, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Maryann Rose

    They support 'smaller government'

    except when it comes to telling other people what to do in their bedrooms and doctor's offices.

    November 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Ben Raskin

    How about a resolution not to waste time on utter stupidity and fear mongering?

    ... oops, that would leave nothing for the GOP to stand for.

    November 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I am (WAS) a firm believer in the two party system but this is just too much to swallow. God help us!!!!!

    November 23, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Shawn Johnson

    Throw the whole our way or the highway rant out the window and look where America's new aristocracy is holding thier winter meeting. That's right folks, In the middle of the largest recession/depression in decades, the out of touch idiots are going to Hawaii. Here's hoping they stay there!

    November 23, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Gettowork

    What the RNC needs to do is draft there version of the Health Care Bill. I'm sick of hearing their bantering. Where is your version, where are your ideas, what are your solutions.

    Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian..a politician is a politician....Duck season Wabbit season..Its all the same....

    November 23, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Rick from Portland

    The fact that the RNC is having their Winter meeting in Hawaii says it all.

    November 23, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Lando

    So they dont want socialism about dictatorship......arm twisting
    ha ha ha ha...sweet..

    November 23, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Melissa

    I really really am starting to hate the Republicans. They'd rather have a war than actually help the American people.

    November 23, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Cecil

    Yup. This is all that they have time to do. Great job on Focus! (oooh, look, a Butterfly!)

    November 23, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Ray

    These Republican blowhards wouldn't know socialism if it bit 'em in the arse. I assume then that they'll give back their Social Security and Medicare money when they receive it. And refuse to drive on public highways, and drink public-utility-owned water, or poop into public-utility-owned sewage systems, or give up their government-provided health insurance. It would be comical if it weren't so pathetic.

    November 23, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. RN

    If we just stopped writing articles about the GOP and Steele... – would they go away?
    If health care reform goes through could there be some diagnostic code that allows us to treat this RNC/ GOP paranoid extremism?

    November 23, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. proposed ten plank

    walking the plank is more like it

    Mr. Steel, shaft, you need to consult with Newt to see how you are dragging your party down to failure

    November 23, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Get real

    Ok Republicans....what you're doing is called "McCarthyism".... do you remember THAT term, you idiots ??

    November 23, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Laverne

    Why are the republicans so hell bent on dividing Americans. Why are they so cult like, hateful angry group of people. I would be ashamed to be associated with that group!

    November 23, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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