We say social! You say ist! Social! Ist! Social! Ist!

Consider the lid blown.

I am going to say some things here, some things that may make some ambitious conservatives upset, some things which may make a fired radio geezer host take anonymously to a message board like a 13-year-old burning through the hours on their 1998 AOL account and make a ridiculous kerfuffle about my political sensibilities because they feel professionally threatened. Generally speaking.

One of the top stories today: RNC draft rips Bush’s bailouts.

“Republican Party officials say they will try next month to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and congressional Republican leaders of embracing “socialism,” underscoring deep dissension within the party at the end of Mr. Bush’s administration.”

Read as: “Some Republican Party officials are going to politically fellate the Democrats in an effort to seem relevant; they’re also going to toss about one of the most misused terms of the past year as a way to help them jockey for power within a party that lacks an identity.”

“‘We can’t be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms,’ said Solomon Yue, an Oregon member and co-sponsor of a resolution that criticizes the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Republican National Committee Vice Chairman James Bopp Jr. wrote the resolution and asked the rest of the 168 voting members to sign it. “

Read as: “I mean, I know most of the Republican Party, with the exception of a few, totally ignored it when the Democrats fought against oversight on FDR’s antiquated and truly socialist housing act back in the late 90s; I know we didn’t make much of it when Maxine Waters lied through her teeth and said that there wasn’t anything wrong with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac; I know that we kept mostly silent when Democrats were sticking their hands into the private sector to tell automakers how to manufacture products which run on more expensive and proven less efficient forms of energy. We can’t pretend to be a party of small government, free markets, and lower taxes when we’ve essentially stuck our heads up our backsides these past several years and didn’t fight the Democratic measures which created this mass economic chaos. Also in creating this draft, we are demonstrating our inability to define a bridge loan and differentiate between that and a true bailout. In an attempt to hoist himself to the catbird seat, Vice Chairman James Bopp Jr. wrote the resolution and asked the rest of the 168 voting members to sign it.”

“The resolution also opposes President-elect Obama’s proposed public works program and supports conservative alternatives,” while encouraging the RNC “to engage in vigorous public policy debates consistent with our party platform,” said Mr. Bopp, a leading attorney for pro-life groups who has also challenged the campaign finance legislation that Mr. Bush signed.”

Read as: “The RNC rightfully opposes Obama’s New New Deal while making an intentionally vague and rhetorical statement about debating public policy consistent with a platform they are unable, as of yet, to define.”

This made me smile:

“The RNC usually plays a policy role only every four years when it frames the national party platform, which typically is forgotten quickly.”

If you don’t want criticism of the party, don’t set the party up for it. Also, there is no point in being a blind party loyalist because, by the very nature of such a role, you are committed to the progress and preservation of the party; by resisting constructive criticism you are limiting the strength and scope of said party.

“North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth said it’s time for the RNC to end the disconnect between what the party platform says and what elected Republicans do.”

Read as: “North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth said it’s time for the RNC to stop pushing forth moderate officials who are nominated based upon broad appeal and not because they reflect the core values of the truly conservative base.”

Emineth goes on to say that it’s time to engage in policy issues (which, um, durr, we have, dude) and was correct in saying “Frankly the way we view the platform is a joke. We work hard to drive our principles into the platform, then candidates ignore it.”

You know why they do it? Because we let them. Because we had a chairman who said “No, noooo. It’s cool babies, let’s just stick this moderate in the presidential race, mmkay? Then we’ll look cool, because, you know, compromise is all about sacrificing your core convictions.”

Contrast this:

“White House spokesman Tony Fratto defended the Bush administration’s actions, saying, ‘We understand the opposition to using tax dollars to support private businesses we also oppose using tax dollars to support private businesses. But this was the necessary and responsible thing to do to prevent a collapse of the American economy.'”

with this:

“Mr. Bopp, a social conservative who has served as counsel to pro-life groups, said, ‘We must stand for and publicly advocate our conservative principles as a party 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.'”

I completely get both points of view. I feel your pain. [/nonaccusatory fist-knuckle point.] However. What is the most basic, boiled-down definition of a conservative? One who conserves. Conserving life. Conserving liberty. Conserving the economy. That is exactly what is happening here. Do I like the bailouts? Bells no! Do I like how some ambitious RNC hopefuls – these same people who were nowhere to be found in the headlines when people like Bush, Bond, and even, ugh, McCain, were sounding the alarm about the impending collapse of the housing market due to the free-houses-for-everyone regulations – are now hammering away at the party in an attempt to control it? If you think that these cats aren’t using this issue to leverage themselves into greater positions of power, I have a bridge to sell you.

The RNC messed up by allowing the idea that we need a moderate to win the election take root within the party mentality. They messed up again by sniping at the younger women within the party. Here they are messing up yet again by attacking each other and those whose positions they want as a parlour trick for the constiuents. I trust the criticisms fo those who’ve remained consistent throughout, those who identified the problem and railed against it from the get-go.

I’m praying that this party gets it right soon because the alternative is scary.

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