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. John

    It's a "bona-fide" way to insure the Republicans total failure over the next decade or so.. As a former Republican I wouldn't vote for this farce of a party if it was the only party to choose from.

    The leaders of that group can't understand what regressing backwards seems to mean. As if getting back to their roots will solve the problem. I think the problem is they have a grand case of root rot and unless you replace the soil quickly it will die. New members with fresh ideas is their only hope I'm afraid.

    November 23, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. jon b

    The republican party is having a hard time being united right now as it is, do they realize that this might serve as a divisive measure rather than a cohesive one?

    November 23, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Pittsburgh

    Wow.. way to help create bipartisanship guys... Are they trying to split the Republican party into two separate parties – the moderate "normal" conservatives and the "right-wing loony, agree-with-us-or-you-die" conservatives? Did you catch the part, "We are open to diverse views, but you have to agree with us most of the time." Sorry, didn't know it was illegal to have your own thoughts if you were a Republican!

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

    This is ridiculous? When Bush41 was president, did anybody create a resolution that said "stop pushing our country towards facism?" No! Maybe they should have!!

    November 23, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. R. Howarth

    Today's conservatives posture loudly but when it comes to real fiscal discipline they are pretty lame. Under Bush it was like pigs at the trough. It was embarassing.

    November 23, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Hennessy Black Racine, WI

    Ahh... at last a NEW RELIGION, complete with its own (10) Commandments...

    Just what America needs...

    November 23, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. tom

    I am a lifelong member of the Republican Party, and I can definately say these platforms are garbage. They need to try something along the lines of the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or even something like the Contract With America. They need to support a Balanced Budget Ammendment, Term Limits, Limits on Campaign Contributions, NO CZARS, and severly limit the authority of the courts that have hijacked the legislative process with court rulings. Personally I do not care about abortion, same sex marriages, and health care. This is a free country and it is set up so that EACH State will make its own decisions on these matters. So my warning to the Republicans, you are walking on VERY thin ice with the conservatives in this country, and unless you connect real fast with the public in this country, we are gonna dump you in the trash heap of history along with the Obamacrats. Got it?

    November 23, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Confused

    This is ridiculous!

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. darth in co

    Socialism as in Obama bailing out Wall Street? Oh, my bad, that was the GOP that bailed them out, after the robbed the US Treasury and ripped off regular citizens.
    Quick memo for Michael Steele, you've got a real image problem. Not all Americans are as stupid as the GOP ilk that thinks Sarah Palin is the answer to all of the US's problems. It was under the GOP that our current dilemma came to fruition.

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Addie

    Please please please let the RNC pass this resolution. Then it will cause the Republican party to shatter into a million little pieces. Maybe the far right should splinter off and create a new third party; the new American Taliban. It would be appropriate considering how many ideals they actually share (denigration of women, oligarcy, wanting to silence anyone who disagrees with them, using fear to get people to do what they want).

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Cathy in AZ

    Nothing the GOP does surprises me. Their complete lack of any reasonable thought is simply amazing. I simply don't have the words to respond to yet again, UTTER NONSENSE from the RNC – when will someone in this party have the GUTS to stand up and say ENOUGH!

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. GOP Clowns

    What a joke! Obama is no socialist, he is a moderate democrat. I think the GOP should investigate why they allowed their party to be taken over by fascists.

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. JJC

    By their own definition the republicans are also socialist. They don't want to get rid of medicare/medicaid. And they had a big hand in expanding these programs. I guess they only want their own socialism. They only use this word because it bring up fears in Americans. It cracked me up to see people in town hall meetings saying that they didn't want Obama's socialism because it might lessen their medicare. Give me a break. Only the old and young should get free medical help, but the middle class hard working Americans don't deserve it? Hypocrits.

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Rob

    Basically the Republicans just want to destroy everything. They destroyed America. They are trying to destroy Obama with lies. And, now they are destroying themselves. Maybe they can finish themselves off before 2010 if we are lucky. Go Gopers!

    November 23, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Nice Guy

    It's easy to mislead a nation who reads at sixth grade level. Americans think of the old Soviet Union when they hear socialism. They don't think of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada nor England. They are our allies. Those old mean socialist(sarcasm). Lord help us.

    November 23, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    You have to give the repubs credit. They know they're going to win in a landslide next year no matter who runs against the dem incumbent. Might as well get your house in order now and promote the far right candidate, since that's the person who'll be taking over the seat.

    November 23, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Terry M. Clark

    In the dictionary:

    socialist economy (noun) : an economic system based on state ownership of capital .

    This is the direction that the present administration has been heading without forethought or pause. Stae Owned Banks, Car Companies, Health Care, and the Defense Industry, what is next??? What is left???

    Once the Health Care System is ran by the state, then innovation and new medical technics will be regulated away. There will be no motivation for improvement, because with the government it is always the lowest bidder who wins!!! Not the best or most creative.

    November 23, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. thomas

    The GOP needs to take off their tinfoil hats,quit accepting BRIBES from Banks, Oil, Big Pharm, Insurance companies and actually do something besides point at the democrats and shout silly propaganda.

    By aliening themselves with the extreme right ring they are alienating us TRUE CONSERVATIVES. Stop being the party of NO and put some legislation out their that will help the people you are supposed to represent, not the people who represent $$$. Repeal the 2005 credit act written by the credit card companies, make a REAL energy policy that doesn't fund terrorists with big oil money and enact fair trade policies not the "free trade" BS that ship american jobs to slave wage countries.

    November 23, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Tom

    For what it's worth Charlie, it was the Republicans in the south that pushed desegregation, not the Democrats. It just so happened that Johnson was a Democrat in the White House, but he was opposed by his party on this issue.

    November 23, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Nick

    This is funny. They call it anti-socialism, but they're making a list of ideas to dictate the way they think. Sounds like a brainwashing dictatorship to me.

    November 23, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Right Leaning Independent

    Not sure that you need a resolution but I would agree with the 10 points they have listed! These are points that most folks with common sense would agree with but than again there are not many folks in Washington with common sense. Anyone else read them before you posted??

    November 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. PacificView

    It will be great with the "unoffical" Republicans are out of the caucus and the party becomes as small as their ideas are.

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

    God forbid a politician votes his/hers conscience! Gotta keep 'em in line and what better way to threaten independent thinkers than with money$$?? The repubs should be ashamed of themselves.

    November 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. JR

    things are starting to get a little crazy...don't you think?

    November 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Truth Matters

    Geez, they have put so much energy into idolizing Ronald Reagan that it seems they now believe their own hype. I won't be surprised if they start talking about digging him up and sending him around the country with Paris Hilton, (whoops, I meant Sarah Palin).

    November 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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