August 6th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
13 years ago

Steele rallies GOP 'legion of shock troops'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="RNC chairman Michael Steele will urge party activists on Friday to keep up the pressure on Democrats."]Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele will tout GOP gains over the last year and urge party activists to keep up the pressure on Democrats as November approaches, according to prepared remarks he will deliver Friday at the RNC's summer meeting.

"In less than two years, we have gone from a demoralized super-minority party to a legion of effective shock troops who are on the offense and making Democrats sweat," Steele plans to say.

Read the full remarks after the jump:


WASHINGTON – The following are excerpts from Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele's remarks during the RNC General Session:

"The time for Washington politicians lecturing Americans is over. Citizens across this great nation are looking for leaders with passion; leaders who are listening. And the American people have been very clear from the pool halls and the church halls, to the diners and the donut shops, in the red-hot Arizona sun and on the cool-blue California beaches, at the Liberty Bell and the Charleston Harbor, they're all saying one thing: Fire Nancy Pelosi! Retire Harry Reid! …

"A lesson long forgotten by those who are pushing through a big government, tax and spending binge agenda that has not healed our ailing economy, nor quote "saved or created" the jobs the American people need, but instead has out of touch politicians stripping away our freedoms. It was in those incredible, heady days of our founding that one of the heroes of that era, Thomas Jefferson, said ""the issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." Ultimately, this question still moves us today. Will we be allowed to pursue our lives, our dreams; to create wealth and a legacy for our children without government interference? …

"Remember, it was about this time last year when Democrats went home for August to find that the honeymoon with the voters was over. That first "summer of recovery" failed to recover anything except the inconvenient truth that the Constitution still mattered and that unemployment was pushing double digits. And then Democrats had the fall follies when the President went all out for Jon Corzine and Creigh Deeds and all he got for his trouble were Governors Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell. And to cap it all off, there was Massachusetts and Hawaii as Scott Brown's red pickup truck and Charles Djou's momentum rolled right over their blue state monopolies …

"When faced with a terrible oil spill in the Gulf, left-wing conventional wisdom was President Obama could use this crisis to demonstrate his brilliant leadership abilities and ram cap-and-trade down America's throat. But a funny thing happened on the way to pick up the prize! Over 60% of the American people disapprove of the way the President is handling the spill and they didn't have the votes for cap-and-trade. And in the highest-ever turn-out for a mid-term election right here in Missouri this week, tens of thousands of Democrats voted against the crowning jewel of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda – the European-style government takeover of healthcare …

"At a time when millions of Americans are out work, when great American companies are under siege, our leaders should be focused on nothing else except restoring economic growth and stability for our job-creating sector. Instead, every single policy proposed by Democrats in Washington has been a job-killer. From cap and trade, to the fraudulent, so-called "stimulus," and now, with the government takeover of healthcare, democrats are committing the worst kind of economic malpractice …

"We all know that our journey to this point has not been easy; and that the road ahead will surely test us-test our resolve, test our ability to remain united. We all remember the headlines from a year ago – that the GOP was finished, that we were nothing more than a "regional" party. Even our good friends at Time Magazine advertised their post-mortem on us by declaring the GOP an "Endangered Species" on their front cover …

"We were no longer going to settle for competing in 15 states – we were going to fight to win in all 50. Where we had ceded states to the Dems, we were now to get out our message, re-establish our grassroots and stand up for freedom. We all made a decision. We would no longer be the party of the politically timid. We would win back the people's seat in Massachusetts, and we did. We would win in New Jersey and Virginia, and we did. We would send a Republican to Congress from Hawaii, and we did …

"We have 88 days. In less than two years, we have gone from a demoralized super-minority party to a legion of effective shock troops who are on the offense and making Democrats sweat. But we can't rest on a successful here or a winning message there. Everything we've been doing, all of it, needs to be ramped up and maxed out in the next three months. Every dollar needs to do the work of ten. Every volunteer needs to recruit 10 more. Every door that's been knocked on needs to be knocked on again and again and again. Sleep? What's that? We can sleep on November 3rd …

"My fellow activists, we stand for American greatness-a proven exceptionalism. We stand for peace through strength. We stand for a government that gets out of the way of the American entrepreneur. We stand for an economic recovery that, when unleashed with lower taxes, limited regulations, reduced spending and smaller government, will bolster the confidence of America's job creators who will create an avalanche of new jobs …

"We are about to embark on the next step to fulfilling the promise of American greatness, a promise that dates back to the first Tea Party and our fight for Independence. In 1775, the patriots of the Second Continental Congress gathered in a room smaller than this one, and wrote what just as easily could have been penned today: "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us" …

"We can do it. I know, because we have done it before. A generation ago, Ronald Reagan had the audacity not just to hope, but actually to get off the golf course and do the hard work to turn our country around; to insist on, not apologize for, America's greatness, and to recommit America to its founding principle–freedom. On November 3rd, I look forward to waking up knowing that, once again, "It is Morning in America. Let's get to work! Fire Pelosi!"


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Can't we all just get along?


    You nearly destroy this country, you put us in the financial toilet, you put us in two illegal wars, you invaded a country that we weren't at war with - and you say YOU'RE demoralized??

    The only thing you're demoralized about is the fact the American people took our country back! We put an intelligent person in the White House. We ousted the neo-dictatorish GOP. We're kicking up our heels in jubilation.

    August 6, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. don

    I truly pity the "troops" who could be rallied by Michael Steele. TGIF

    August 6, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Can't we all just get along?

    Then there are the shock troops the Red Army used in WWII...

    That goes into communism....

    The GOP just can't decide which part of the spectrum is wants to land on - the fascist or the communist side.

    August 6, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. hypocricnnation

    I Love It When Republicans Try To Steal (Or Is That Steele?) Credit For Victories That Had Nothing To Do With Them (Or Him!). What Better Way To Grandstand Than At Somebody Else's Accomplishments (Or Expense!).

    August 6, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Here's the part of the Steele speech that goes unwritten: "And we haven't produced a single specific policy idea along the way. Our strategy has been simply to block the president at every turn, even by reversing positions to do so. Our strategy has been to root for failure and more pain for America, and cross our fingers in the hope that fear and frustration and disillusionment will give us back power we don't deserve."

    August 6, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    Shock Troops, Brown Shirts, Doberman Pincers in "Animal Farm"; PLEASE keep Richard Steele as RNC Chairman.

    August 6, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Black Viper

    Yes because we are expert in lying, disinforming and scaring white folks to vote against their own interest.
    We never have any good platform to advance the countyry into the new generation.
    Name calling and resurecting old divisive social issues is our only political strategy we have.

    August 6, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. doug

    Sorry Mike but it is not a big deal to make Micheal Moore-on libs sweat. When they start spewing lies, aka their gums flappin and their double chins vibrating, they naturally sweat, it is not that they are all out of shape, but a being that is completely consummed with hate and has to lie all the time is going to rain buckets of stench.

    Sorry, the facts aren't pretty, much like lib women, Reno, Kagen ETC. When you look like that or can only get women who look like that you become full of hate and attack nice, decent, attractive on the inside and outside people like Palin and Bachman. Even a pretty lib is always ugly on the inside, otherwise they would be a Republican.

    August 6, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. CNNbeatsFOX

    Legion of Shock Troops? Michael Steele using Nazi imagery to describe the GOP. Call this a Freudian slip.

    August 6, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Steve in Denver

    Shock troops you are. "Afghanistan is Obama's war. Didn't he learn anything from history? No one in 1000 years has successfully invaded afghanistan." That was a shocker.

    I hope I am detecting a trend of the voters wising up to the republican fraud. The voters seem to be catching on to how much your party represents the lunatic fringe.

    August 6, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Mike Webb

    Shock troops , appropriate.

    August 6, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Chaco

    A" legion of effective shock troops?" I think that Hitler had the same delusion while he sat in his bunker. You had a good run GOP, time for the US to turn the page to reality.

    August 6, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Ted

    Steele is a buffoon. The dems are sweating from laughing so hard at what a complete incompetent ignorant idiot Michael Steele is. Spending RNC donations on a lesbian bondage club, telling the world that Obama started the AFghanistan war, all amazing things from this jerk.

    August 6, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. The Other Dale

    Shock Troops? Is Steele seriously wanting to liken Republican with Nazi Stormtroopers?

    No wonder the Republicans are wanting to get rid of him.

    August 6, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Dano

    If only the GOP felt as strongly about helping America recover from the worst economic meltdown in decades as they do about attacking the President we might actually make some headway. Instead they continue to stonewall all efforts by Democrats and openly pray for them to fail hoping to help their political careers. How unAmerican and utterly pathetic the GOP has become.

    August 6, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |

    Shock troops, how appropriate for a party that really isn't truly conservative but more in the fascist mode. True conservatives believe in limited government, not only in your fiscal life, but every other aspect; religious, sexual, recreational, etc. Ever since the GOP got southernized and adopted the religious social conservative mantra they want government to legislate morality and monitor our private lives. Yup, sounds like shock troops to me. Reason why I deserted the party 25 years ago and became politically homeless

    August 6, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Brian Dodge

    ""At a time when millions of Americans are out work, when great American companies are under siege, our leaders..." in the GOP, having voted for bailing out Wall Street, are voting against LOANING money (yah know, the kind of program where the government gets its money back) to small businesses on Main Street.

    "Over 60% of the American people disapprove of the way the President is handling the spill..." and Republicans are hoping that no one knows that under laws from the Reagan administration, the STATES are responsible for managing oil spill response. The State of Louisiana fired half the people in the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, and cut their budget. It's not just that Republican Governor Bobby Jindal was unprepared(their response plan had pages of "this section to be completed later", i.e. after the, um, 'oil' hit the fan) but in fact had DE-prepared the state by "fiscally responsible cost saving measures" of getting rid of pesky safety inspectors and useless disaster personnel.

    August 6, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. RAG

    Would these "Shock Troops" be the same as teh troop of briwn shirts who surrounded the vote recounters in the Broward County court house in November of 2000 and threatened them with physical violence.

    Face it people, the electorial process is not sacred to the GOP. Bush was President with the same legitimacy the Julius Caesar became Consul – there was not unsuborned magistry left int he land to say he wasn't.

    Legally, America didn't exist between 01/20/2000 and 01/20/2008. Barack Obama restored the Republic. Do you want to let the GOP do it again?

    August 6, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. aunt Bea and Opie

    Nice analogy uncle Mike,legions of mindless,twolegged turnips,marching in lockstep.Mr. Greenjeans would be proud of you.

    August 6, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. guest

    Shock Troops? Its very sad that instead of working together as Americans, the GOP are now "shock troops" fighting valiantly against the best interest of the American people so they can return to the majority.

    There are reasons why the GOP became the super-minority in the first place


    August 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Keith in Austin

    The increasing fervor regarding the GOP is primarily the result of the ongoing failures and unpopular legislation that Democrats are forcing against the will of the American People.

    It's time for some Conservatism in Government!

    August 6, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. BobH

    Instead of having a party of "shock troops" dedicated to "making Democrats sweat," wouldn't it be nice to have a party of legislators dedicated to doing their jobs?

    August 6, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    The last time a bunch of shock troopers took on the US, The Greatest Generation rose up and put them down. I see a repeat.

    August 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, what are the ideas other than to take back the majority? What are these "shock troops" supposed to do anyhow? The problem is that they support businesses without regulation when the businesses rarely clean up after themselves or behave ethically. Why should we trust the business community to totally police itself and be responsible? There have been too many mistakes they have made.

    August 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Anne P. CA

    Oh, we are shaking in our tracks, Steele. You're scary alright, but not for the reasons you think. We are scared because the thought of voters out there who seem to have amnesia and forgot who got us into this mess in the first place. That's what's scary, the fact that they believe your lies when the GOP has proven time and again, to not be for the middle class!
    The whole push back on health care reform is an example where your lies have convinced the less informed it's a bad thing. Who pays for the uninsured now? We all do and those who can't connect those dots are simply in a fog. My insurance goes up because of the number of claims that go unpaid for. Face that, folks!

    August 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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