Mar 18, 2009

Republican Leadership Needs To Listen (Read)

Okay, I’ll face the facts. The odds of the Republican leadership reading this blog are slim at best. I doubt that there is anyone at the RNC scanning through these blogs that might remotely say, “Hey, this Texarkanagop.blogspot.com blog has some good ideas.” But what can I say, I’m going voice my outlook whether they listen or not.

First stop sending out polls with obvious questions to the Republican faithful asking what we can do to improve the party or what Republicans should do. I mean do you think questions like “Do you think America should focus on a strong defense against terrorist” is going to draw a “No” answer? Really, let’s get down to the core values. If you want to know what the problem is with the Republican Party, don’t ask the Republican Party. The loyal Republicans will have different views about what cost the elections, what we should do, and how we can improve. That’s great, but without the miracle of Ronald Reagan’s resurrection, I doubt any of the Republican faithful have a clue as to what is wrong with the party. Get yourself a list of Democratic donors, young voters who supported Obama, and Republicans who have left the party for the Independents or Democrats. Once you have that list, ask them what is wrong with the party. That is the only way to get an unbiased answer to the question of what is wrong with the party.

The second thing the party needs to do is stop pointing fingers and do something. So many of the Republican representatives are busy pointing fingers at the Democrats that they never take time to do anything. We have to be a party of action, not talk. I believe Reagan would tell you that talk without action will get you nowhere. What if he had just run around in 1980 and said, “We have an economic problem” and then never did anything about it? He would have been a one-term president and he would have faded into history like so many others. Take action. AIG is a prime example. Republicans need to be pushing for legislation to punish groups who take government money and abuse it. American’s are struggling to make payments, buy groceries, and just survive from day-to-day, but groups like AIG aren’t trying to help the economy, they are trying to help their own employees.

Finally just spend a little time on the Internet. For example, read the blogs (like this one), read some outrageous ones, and work at the core. If you pay attention to the small groups like The Miller County Republican Committee in small towns you’ll hear the truth. As I have mentioned before, this group has already increased by ten plus members. That may not sound like a lot, but if you multiply that by all the various small groups around, imagine the voting power and support the party could obtain through supporting the smaller groups and just listening to what they have to say and what they see on a daily basis.