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November 11, 2008

Michael Steele (Conservatism Needs a Positive Flow of Energy)

Filed under: Politics — SwittersB @ 7:33 AM

Michael Steele makes some good points in his WSJ piece. How to move beyond tired talking steele_michael_marylandpoints. How to fix perceptions of fat cats and greed. More voices like this must emerge. Perhaps Mr. Steele would be a good selection for the RNC…or a new party. It cannot be the ‘same old’ any longer. Even the name Republican is tainted, perhaps for good. Regardless, these are the voices stepping up. What are Steele’s credentials? Where does his Conservatism lie? No more Neo drivel please! We need to learn more about Steele, Jindal, Palin. 

Over time, our principles morphed into baser motives. Continued political dominance grew more important to those who led us than the noble vision most of us originally signed on for. And to maintain power we turned to the controls of government — we became the party of big government. We behaved like Democrats.

True, the country has changed and our party must adapt. However, it is wrong to believe we must change our principles or become conservative-lite. After all, the voters did not suddenly become liberal; but they have lost any sense of confidence that the Republican Party holds the answers to their problems.

Most Americans today see a Republican Party that defines itself by what it is against rather than what it is for. We can tell you why public schools aren’t working, but not articulate a compelling vision for how we’ll better educate children. We’re well equipped to rail against tax increases; but can’t begin to explain how we’ll help the poor. We exclude far better than we welcome.

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