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A Few Reminders for the GOP

JedediahVia Jedediah Bila at Breitbart News

The midterm elections are just around the corner, but I’m already looking ahead to 2016. Why? Because the GOP has a habit of screwing up presidential elections lately. It would be awesome if that didn’t happen again.

So, a few reminders for the GOP right now…

1) Stop talking about Mitt Romney.

He’s probably a nice guy and decidedly business-savvy, but he’s a terrible candidate. He speaks conservatism like it’s a third language and doesn’t have a knack for connecting with or inspiring voters. Comparisons between Romney and Reagan are too hilarious and ridiculous for me to spend time on.

Time for some new blood, please. Preferably some with consistency and charisma.

2) How’s that Obamacare alternative coming along?

If you plan to address Obamacare as an issue at all come 2016, you better have a clear, well-articulated alternative. If not, people will see you as critics without solutions. (Critics without solutions lose elections.)

3) How are those messaging/communications hires coming along?

Hopefully you’ve made some hires, preferably people with personality and the ability to thrive in TV and radio mediums. Policy has to be sold in order to be implemented.

4) How’s that campus outreach going?

Rand Paul aside, I hear crickets chirping.

5) How’s that user-friendly, pro-growth initiative coming along?

You know, a platform of what you stand for that your messaging team can carry throughout the country as they do community outreach? Most people I speak with are very confused about what the GOP stands for these days. Confusion doesn’t inspire confidence.

Has the GOP learned from its 2008 and 2012 mistakes? If they have, they should be ahead of my list. We shall see.

Jedediah Bila is co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

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Joe
6 years ago

Mitt Romney, John McCain, Lindsey Graham are all Republican Party Old Guard and have very little in common with real conservatives that want small government and real freedom. Although Ted Cruz has the guts, determination and intellect does come off a bit abrasive. Mike Lee does not have the personality. I really hope that Mike Pence gets to the front of this strange pack of so called Republicans. Mike Pence is an outstanding conservative, but has the standing, and the personality and the presence to excel in a presidential competition.

JimThompson
6 years ago

Ben Carson for president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KarenFaye
6 years ago
Reply to  JimThompson

He does not believe in personal gun ownership. If he thinks he’ll get votes with a stand like that, he will not. I like him, and think he’s intelligent and passionate about this country — but will not tolerate not being able to own a gun in my own home. Pea shooters don’t stop nuts or robbers these days.

Pastor Dave
6 years ago

I thought that anyone the base became excited about electing, the media forced them out. One by one it happened until someone most Christians will not vote for, Romney, was the one left by the media standing. They knew the outcome of that choice. Someone needs to have people like Michelle Bachman, Rice, Huckabee, etc., stand up and run for election. Sure the ridicule will come from the press, but we may see a conservative president as a reward for their forbearance.

KarenFaye
6 years ago
Reply to  Pastor Dave

As soon as a potential candidate makes it known — the Democratic smear campaign begins. NOBODY will escape the mud and filth they will spread and sling around. Even the squeakiest clean of clean will be accused of heinous activities – and heaven help those who so much as got a traffic ticket!! I think Americans will be hard pressed to vote for another black candidate — not so much due to racism – but “once burned, twice shy” will come into play. Too many Trayvon Martins, Brawley, Michael Browns, Fergusons, and now St. Louis incidents — and nobody can ignore Jesse Jackson now claiming the Ebola patient, Duncan, died ONLY BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK AND WAS REFUSED TREATMENT BY THE HOSPITAL. It never ends, and never will. Racial tensions have escalated back to the 60’s with this administration, and frankly, folks are weary of it. I know I am!

Hopefully, there is a viable Republican candidate out there to help us to ascend from the Hell we’ve been in the past 6 years. In any event, VOTE like your life depends on it. It really does at this point.

Cajun Gal
6 years ago

It is unfortunate Condi Rice is not interested in further political office. She would be amazing as the first woman President. I can imagine her disarming Hillary in the debates. Condi is a positive role model for all girls and women, in contrast to privileged leftists with trust funds. As a white woman I remember segregation in the sixties, Condi excelled in spite of that.

William
6 years ago

I STRONGLY disagree about Mitt Romney. He was the best candidate for the job in the last two elections! And , He did not lose in 2012; election fraud cheated America and if we don’t either enforce election laws or take action to stop this behavior, we will lose our Feedoms to the likes of Mr. Obama for years to come.

michael
6 years ago
Reply to  William

Well, Mitt did have Romneycare in his state, & his own state voted for Obuma at that.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago

If you read Jedediah’s article and then go straight to PaulE’s comments you will have gleaned all that’s necessary to understand about the GOP. Those two together have the big picture of Republican failure in a rather large nut-shell.
Who could add more? “Not I,” said the Shadow.

KarenFaye
6 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

I don’t think it’s as much Republican failure as it is Democratic success through intimidation, cheating, and lying. Anyone can win an election when the cards are stacked in their favor! Now we have over 47 million on foodstamps — do you really think they will vote Republican and cut their own subsidies???? Not going to happen! The Dems know that dependency means votes – and they’re now working on getting many more millions of votes by legalizing the Illegals who are choking our “Dole Rolls” even further by flooding our ER’s; and holding their hands out while giving birth to their 6th or 7th child. I think the Republicans “failures” are by default — they just aren’t as crafty, wiley or crooked as their Democratic counterparts. The Dems post a 5.9% unemployment figure ONLY BECAUSE Obama promised it would be that by Nov. 4th — come hook or by CROOK, his predictions come true!!!! The drooling Obama(phone) lovers fall for his rhetoric every time because behind his shark’s smile is the promise of more and more benefits from their “Gubment” and fearless leader.

michael
6 years ago
Reply to  KarenFaye

Yep, many from the devil’s party will lie, cheat, & steal to get in or to stay in, just like the snake in the tree that influenced Eve.

D.A.
6 years ago

I’ve been of the opinion that the gop leadership has ‘blown it’ in recent years, but lately I’m not so sure. The primaries were a letdown, Scott walker is struggling, and in my state a bushian moderate is cruising to easy reelection.(Ohio). I’m finding it increasingly difficult to avoid the conclusion that the electorate has largely accepted the progressive program. If this is true, the best we can hope for is democrat lite for the foreseeable future. In other words, the temporary forestalling of socialist disaster, by slowing down our headlong rush to mimic Europe. The bottom line, the irreducible political realty seems to be that voters lust after other people’s stuff and support pols who promise to steal it for them. Boy would I love to be wrong.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  D.A.

I’d love you to be wrong, too. But we are on short time to fix, so don’t give up yet. I appreciate your comments and observations and understand your pessimism, but hang in there. I don’t like the idea of hanging alone.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  D.A.

I know exactly what you’re talking about D.A. I find it incredible here in the northeast, that as more and more disastrous Progressive regulations and taxes are layered onto the economy, people still don’t seem to connect the dots between cause and effect. All they see is the “Progressive vision” the Democrats keep promising is “right around the corner”.

They don’t see that six years of anti-business, anti-growth, anti-investment Progressive policies have produced the weakest recovery since WW2. They don’t see that, as a result, the labor participation rate in this country is the lowest since Jimmy Carter.

They don’t see how as we adopt more and more Progressive policies, exactly like those already in place in southern Europe and in several South American countries, we are beginning to look exactly like those countries from an economic perspective. Again, they can’t connect the dots in front of their face. They don’t see that most of southern Europe is mired in under one percent GDP growth year after year. That job growth in private industry there is dead, with government jobs being what most young people aspire to. That Socialism has been and continues to be a colossal failure for the people living in every country that has implemented it. Only the ruling elite at the very top benefits from it.

Meanwhile here, the people just keep buying into the ridiculous notion that the next round of punitive Progressive taxes and regulations, all in the name of “economic fairness”, “social justice”, and whatever other nonsensical terminology the left chooses to use that day, will magically begin to encourage business owners to invest and hire more workers. All while the same business owners have less money to invest in their businesses and the prospect of even more regulations make hiring additional staff completely uneconomical. Critical thinking is non-existent in much of the public under the age of 40 at this point. Simple logic seems to be too complex for them to understand as well.

I chalk up almost all of this woeful ignorance and apparent apathy to the world beyond their immediate presence (they are incredibly self-absorbed) to the very successful job the Progressives have managed to do in terms of the indoctrination process used over the last 40 years in our public schools. This November will be a test to see if there are enough rational voters out there to actually effect positive change by re-taking the Senate. If we succeed, we have to immediately begin working towards two goals:

1) The 2016 elections with a real fiscal conservative heading the ticket.
2) Actively working to take apart the Progressive machinery controlling the public school education process, at all levels, and restore proper education standards in our schools.

If we fail to re-take the Senate this November, then there won’t be much of a country left by 2016 anyway. I’m not being pessimistic, but simply realistic of what another two years of Obama un-checked will do to the country.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE, you have again said it so well that there is little room if any for improvement. I would like to say though that in educating anyone or informing them where the problem lies beyond what you have so aptly expressed, they also be exposed to the evils of regulatory or admisistrative law. This is one of the most harmful of the central planning mechanisms we must face in order to reign in an out of control government.

D.A.
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Ken burns recent hagiography of the progressive St. Franklin frosted my Cheerios. I mention this not so much to complain, but to lament the fact that so few of us see the new deal in other than the light of glowing success. This colossus had eight years; from immaculation in 1933 to pearl harbor to get the economy moving. He failed. He blamed big business, small business, the weather, you name it. Never was the progressive dogma called into question. The kleptocracy was established in which one ate another mans bread and castigated him at the same time. The people loved it. Envy, lust and hate work very well as the motor for political advancement. Our current president seems intent on expanding on St. Franklins work, thereby guaranteeing his own canonization. The thing is, we’re not on the threshold of a decade like the fifties with which the poison of socialism can be diluted. The dose makes the poison, and were at the point, like most of Europe , where any further increase is likely to be fatal.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  D.A.

D.A.,

I also found the Ken Burns so-called documentary on FDR nothing more than simply a re-cycling of the same old Progressive propaganda that has existed for decades concerning the man and his policies. What an incredible waste of time and expense to simply repeat the lies of what a great President he was.

The truth is FDR was a complete failure and his progressive policies did nothing but cause nearly a decade of pain and misery for the nation. He micromanaged every aspect of the economy with disastrous results. Rationing, price controls, production controls, farming controls. You name it, he micromanaged it. His public works programs were classic examples of massive government controlled projects created for self-aggrandizement. He taxed anyone who could have provided true economic stimulus, via private sector business investment and job creation, into complete submission. Who in their right mind would invest in anything with a 90 percent federal tax hanging over their heads. Everyone just hunkered down and hoped they could survive the reign of terror somehow. Manufacturers, banks, railroads, shipping companies, everyone was terrified of what the next progressive pronouncement from FDR would be. Who would be his next target for special government oversight. Just one colossal progressive screw up after another, but he had the public fooled into thinking it was all good and any day now things will start to get better.

D.A.
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

He had them fooled because he changed the dynamic between citizen and govt. They wanted to be fooled. It’s a bit like a clerk undercharging. There’s a brief flash of joy that you’re about to get something free. The small voice of ‘ do unto others..’ Is easily drowned out. It takes an effort to call this error to the attention of the clerk. It’s perhaps easier when it is realized that the money may come out of her pocket. When the victims of inter generational theft are anonymous, it comes down to principle. The evil genius of the P movement is the clever use of human weakness to advance their agenda. As we’ve seen even at this site, people want to remain in the dark if they think they are making out; if they are getting out of the contract between govt ant citizen more than they put up. Hence ferocious resistance to entitlement reform from all sides. It quickly becomes a philosophical problem. Since basic human nature is unchanging, this means we struggle with the same dilimnas over and over.

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  D.A.

Agreed.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

D.A. and PaulE, and what hero might rise to the fore if we go into decline as bad or worse than that of the 30’s? The way things are going, soon we may be faced with the elimination of all these social support/economic support programs when the nation at last runs out of other peoples’ money, and no one will loan to the U.S. to cover the short-fall.
Should we fail to return to the chains of the Constitution to reign in government over-reach, we will be faced with a new dark age, darker even than that of 1300’s to 1500’s.
If America does not get away from Empire status in time, she will become just another failed empire. We started down that path with pushing for pure democracy. Then we wanted the world to become democratic. Nation building became the excuse for war. Soldiers were expected to become social and community organizers, not warriors. Rules of engagement limited their ability to protect themselves and they were second guessed in their actions by desk bound superiors who had risked nothing.
That is where we stand today as regards the world at large. We are the biggest, baddest, over-bloated baby on the planet and all we can do is whine, because our leaders at all levels have sold us out.
It is time to get out of the United Nations and all it’s attendant bodies.
It is time to attack tax exempt provisions that pick winners and losers.
It is time to call it like it is and stop allowing our language to be changed or obstructed through political correctness.
It is time to replace every progressive in our government. This equates to replacing socialism or communism not so light.
Now how do we start? How do we get away from Admin. Law?
They have used change of culture to begin the change of government that brought us to this point. It seems that the way to combat this is to begin the slow process of changing it back to moral standards and reasoned conduct that benefits everyone involved, and keep on working to return our social existance to being facts based, not based on emotion or whim.
There is no way that we can be assured that anything will restore America, but if enough of us devote the time, effort and, of course money, we may in fact make some small advances that just might take root and grow with time.
But time is running out and something must be done soon to start making headway.
All is not lost unless and until we stop working to return this country to the principles of fair and open dealing with every other nation, but no compacts that place us at the mercy of actions by others, like treaties that if they are attacked, we must treat it as though this nation had been and take action to defend them.
We must be willing to defend ourselves from enemies, both without and within. We need to be bold enough to tell the truth that the likes of Obama, Reed, Boehner and Maconnel are enemies of the State. That so is Shummer. We need to be able to ask them direct questions and refuse to allow obfuscation in response.
And as a start, why not ridicule such unreasoned positions that seem so contradictory as to actually be ridiculous, like the position expressed by,”Hug a tree, kill a baby, save the whales.” And like the pro abortion, anti- capital punishment stance. Do not be apoligetic when confronted, but instead, if attacked, walk away like progressives do when confronted with reasoned thought. Hey, it’s worked for them; it just might work for us.
We must insist that the first actions in any confrontation be in the best interests of our nation and our people, and stop trying to police the world while our internal police agencies have become surrogate military used to suppress the people. We must refuse to be suppressed.

D.A.
6 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Yes, conservatives have a hard time becoming activists, hence we are often labeled grim faced reactionaries hopelessly clinging to outmoded ways of life. I believe one of the puzzle pieces usually left out of discussions is that when basic conservatives get into office and see first hand what robotic sheep their constituents are they lose respect and fall into the pattern of simply manipulating the flock like their colleagues do. They see that goodies buy votes. They see that people really don’t care where the goodies come from, so they talk conservativeese during campaigns only to become more dem lite with every passing week. Finally you end up with a chameleon who is trusted by no one except those who expect to get stuff via his tenure and influence. The other side has been a party of activists for decades winning victory after victory to the point that given the current trend lines we can expect to be in a fenced preserve in a few years. Again the big question; can progressivism be defeated with the current tools, or is a fundamental transformation needed . Can conservatism become messianic (small m) before freedom is lost for good?

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Ivan,

I’ll try to answer your concerns in sections. Sorry of this will be a bit verbose, but you’ve covered a lot of issues.

Section 1: Entitlements and subsidies

You state “The way things are going, soon we may be faced with the elimination of all these social support/economic support programs when the nation at last runs out of other peoples’ money, and no one will loan to the U.S. to cover the short-fall.
Should we fail to return to the chains of the Constitution to reign in government over-reach, we will be faced with a new dark age, darker even than that of 1300′s to 1500′s.”

The reality is none of the so-called social support / economic support programs are financially viable over the long haul without significant reform. Simply because of the way they were initially designed. They were never intended, at least from the way they were initially sold to the public and financed, to accommodate the number of people for the length of time, in many cases on a permanent life-long basis, that they are currently being for and projected to be used for going forward. Yes, I get no one wants to hear that at some point no one will loan us any more money to pay for programs that will eventually consume the entire federal budget, but that doesn’t change fiscal reality. We currently borrow over 40 cents of every dollar we spend spend every day, each and every day of the year. That number will climb to over 75 cents in approximately 20 years. The amount of money this nation would have to borrow on a weekly basis to keep everything funded is far beyond any projected demand by the foreign investment community. When foreign investors cease lending us money, by buying our ever-more worthless Treasury securities, those programs will all quickly grind to a halt. So it is far better for people to realize that any reform started now, will mean far less draconian that what will have to happen down the road. We will be forced to live within our means because even outright total confiscation of all private assets will not keep the federal government funded more than a year or two.

Section 2: What I’ll call foreign policy and defense

You state “If America does not get away from Empire status in time, she will become just another failed empire. We started down that path with pushing for pure democracy. Then we wanted the world to become democratic. Nation building became the excuse for war. Soldiers were expected to become social and community organizers, not warriors. Rules of engagement limited their ability to protect themselves and they were second guessed in their actions by desk bound superiors who had risked nothing.”

I’ve stated my views on foreign policy and national defense here previously, so I’ll just briefly summarize. We, as a nation, have an obligation to safeguard our own national interests both here and abroad. That does not mean we the policeman ‘ defense force of the world. That means we look out for our own interests. We currently don’t do that. We are, for all practical purposes, the entire military force for NATO. The other countries of NATO have largely chosen to abandon their own national military spending in favor of creating huge social welfare state programs for their citizens, because they expect the United States will do that role, for free, for them. The same holds true for most of our other military alliances we have around the world. Very few of our so-called “partners” have the ability to project any sort of credible military power. That includes to either defend their countries internally or beyond their own borders, much less supposedly “come to our assistance if we are attacked” as these defense treaties state. That is why the Democrats can constantly harp on the fact that our defense spending is more than most of the rest of the free world combined. So we have to change that dynamic. Since I don’t expect any of our allies to suddenly develop sane national defense policies themselves, at the cost of reducing their spending on the social welfare state programs, here’s my suggestion:

We tell these countries that they have a choice and it is indeed a real choice. They can either build up their own defense forces to protect themselves and honor their defense agreements with us or they can pay us annually the full operating and on-going maintenance costs for having our men and equipment stationed either in their countries or off their shores to safeguard their nation. It’s a simple choice. Since none of these countries can or will cut back on the socialist policies that they have put in place to keep their citizens “content”, that leaves them with either paying us or we pull out. I do mean fully pull out. No special deals. No exceptions, because we, as a nation, can no longer afford to subsidize the rest of the free world’s decision to abandon their own military preparedness and expect us here in the United States to pick up the tab anymore. Given the growing threat from Putin’s Russia, China , numerous Muslim extremist groups, etc., they have no choice but to pay. They may have been foolish to prioritize the creation of huge social welfare states, but their not stupid enough to think they can survive without someone to protect them from a military perspective. Given our defense budget is largely made-up of supporting bases, personnel and equipment off-shore, we could trim the portion of the defense budget the American taxpayer actually pays for by hundreds of billions of dollars a year. That’s major savings, while not jeopardizing our global defense posture, Our allies would merely be paying their proportionate share of a bill they should have been paying all along.

Section 3: What I call Getting back to some semblance of reality

You state” That is where we stand today as regards the world at large. We are the biggest, baddest, over-bloated baby on the planet and all we can do is whine, because our leaders at all levels have sold us out.
It is time to get out of the United Nations and all it’s attendant bodies.
It is time to attack tax exempt provisions that pick winners and losers.
It is time to call it like it is and stop allowing our language to be changed or obstructed through political correctness.
It is time to replace every progressive in our government. This equates to replacing socialism or communism not so light.
Now how do we start? How do we get away from Admin. Law?
They have used change of culture to begin the change of government that brought us to this point. It seems that the way to combat this is to begin the slow process of changing it back to moral standards and reasoned conduct that benefits everyone involved, and keep on working to return our social existance to being facts based, not based on emotion or whim.
There is no way that we can be assured that anything will restore America, but if enough of us devote the time, effort and, of course money, we may in fact make some small advances that just might take root and grow with time.
But time is running out and something must be done soon to start making headway.
All is not lost unless and until we stop working to return this country to the principles of fair and open dealing with every other nation, but no compacts that place us at the mercy of actions by others, like treaties that if they are attacked, we must treat it as though this nation had been and take action to defend them.
We must be willing to defend ourselves from enemies, both without and within. We need to be bold enough to tell the truth that the likes of Obama, Reed, Boehner and Maconnel are enemies of the State. That so is Shummer. We need to be able to ask them direct questions and refuse to allow obfuscation in response.
And as a start, why not ridicule such unreasoned positions that seem so contradictory as to actually be ridiculous, like the position expressed by,”Hug a tree, kill a baby, save the whales.” And like the pro abortion, anti- capital punishment stance. Do not be apoligetic when confronted, but instead, if attacked, walk away like progressives do when confronted with reasoned thought. Hey, it’s worked for them; it just might work for us.
We must insist that the first actions in any confrontation be in the best interests of our nation and our people, and stop trying to police the world while our internal police agencies have become surrogate military used to suppress the people. We must refuse to be suppressed.”

What we have Ivan is basically a nation that has been systemically infiltrated, over the last 100 years, by people (whether we want to refer to them as Progressives / Socialists/ Communists), who have incrementally introduced changes over that period of time designed to bring about the gradual transformation of this nation from a capitalist-based Constitutional Republic with strong limits on what the federal government can do to it’s people without their consent to a European-style Socialist Democracy, where the central government has virtually unlimited power over the people. Of course the process will not stop there. It never does in any country that has ever gone that route. It only takes a matter of time before what you see is the ultimate outcome of Socialism in countries like Argentina, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and other financially and culturally collapsed countries. Everything you list is a direct outgrowth of Progressive policies introduced all along the way to accomplish that transformational goal.

Now we are at the very tipping point where about half the country agrees, at least to some extent, that we’re heading towards a very bleak future in only a few more short years. The other half thinks this is the dawn of a new golden age of endless freebies and “social justice and economic fairness”. Where their only personal responsibility is to vote every two, four or six years for whichever Democrat is on the ticket. Do we need to make massive changes to turn the country around? Of course we do and very, very soon. Anyone who thinks we have decades to turn things around is kidding themselves. We have until 2020 or 2024, at the latest based on the rate of change taking place. The real question is are there still enough people left in this country, that want a nation of opportunity or are there more that simply want “more free stuff”. That’s what this election in November is really all about. We’re at the “do or die” phase for the Republic. D.A. pretty much summed up the challenge we face when he said “Can conservatism become messianic (small m) before freedom is lost for good?”

Charles W
6 years ago

Same ole, same ole. Come on now. Jeb Bush, promoting Common Core, Mitt Romney, who is whishy washy. Lets get some one in there that is for the people, not the GOP

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Charles W

What a radical concept huh? Yet that is the sad truth we have to deal with.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

What? another bush baby? I’m a Texan, native born, and I do not want any more bushes in my backyard nor in yours. Chop bushes off at ground level and then spray roundup so they don’t grow back.
Must admit though that Obama just did it worse, but the bushes gave him a head start, and that ain’t about pre-kindergarden, either.

WT
6 years ago

Wow, spot on. We get it, why can’t the RNC? It baffles me to no end. Reince Priebus needs to go. We need someone who has both passion and leadership skills. Republicans need to stop their defensive, ‘turn the other cheek’ posture and start leading with everything leadership embodies!

Nan
6 years ago

Seems to me the GOP has to make some serious changes within, and soon. Please stop underestimating our intelligence by assuming that all voters will be influenced by superficialities — good looks or wealth or color, or that women will unquestioningly vote for a woman, or that a candidate who expresses strong opinions on immigration, welfare or whatever, might be offensive to some. We need candidates who are clearly dedicated to upholding the Constitution, who will support traditional American values of personal responsibility and the rewards of hard work. Don’t even consider presenting us with anyone who calls himself a Republican but whose real agenda aligns with the Democrat/Progressive program.

And the GOP needs to school every one of its candidates to downplay the negative campaigning that is so pervasive — and so toxic — in elections at every level. We voters need good information, not dirt-throwing. Right now the Senate race in my home state will probably go to the Democrat incumbent, in large part because most of the Republican’s ads consist of bashing his opponent instead of telling us what he would do to make positive changes, to lift our country out of the mess it’s in. We’re ready for change, but this time it must be only for the better of us all.

Dan
6 years ago

This is an excellent article, as usual for Jedediah and as far as it goes. Would the candidates be committing political suicide if they also addressed their plans for tax reform, real economic recovery, border security, debt reduction and job growth? I don’t think so and I don’t think it is too early for Republicans to have a unified platform to talk from during the mid-term and Presidential elections. I know it would be difficult to do, especially so close to the mid-terms, but if they don’t do something different than the last few elections I’m afraid we’re in for more-of-the same after 2016, and then the damage could be almost, if not completely, irreparable.

Don
6 years ago

You have articulated in one article what the entire Republican establishment has not done in four years or longer. I wish they were literate enough to read this article and take it to heart because you are exactly on point and express what I hear the people out here saying. The Republican establishment seems to be content with doing what they can to stop the Obama radical agenda and I really appreciate it. But they will not succeed in changing it unless they actually DO something other than this and come up with their own agenda of reform. You can’t make change if you don’t get elected. You can’t get elected if you don’t project what you want to do. Any candidate could get elected if he or she had the right platform.
Good article.

Tod Times
6 years ago

Well, I’ll be darned? I guess this is what happens when I post something without reading it all the way down? Here I have a block to write in, but I cannot think of anything pertinent to say? All I know is that Jedediah’s comments should be taken to heart. We may not like anything about the Obama administration, but the GOP had better wake up and figure out how to effectively use the social media sites. Educating the voters is what is needed. But as an old blog writer myself, I can tell you that your messages must be short and concise, never more then one page. The public as a whole is fickle, and the 18-35 year old demographic is so important. Attention spans on the internet are short, which makes proper blog size writing so important. To the candidates, whoever they might be, I would tell you to not try and be something you are not. Meaning, if you are a nerd, then be a proud nerd, and be honest! After the most secretive and manipulative administration ever, the public will spot a phony a mile off. The old adage of trying to be all things to all people is something that very few can pull off efectively. In short, Be Yourself!
Another thing that comes to mind is the fact that a solid base is there for the taking? The kind of base that will vote, and if properly motivated could be the source of a lot of campain help. I speak of the so called evangelical voters, who by Dr. Ben Carsons numbers, almost 45% of them stayed home in the last election. You really need these voters! Lastly, The primaries should not become so divisional that all the other side has to do is use our differences against us. UNITY!

Chris
6 years ago

“She loves animals, fitness, superheroes, and organic foods.” Take me to your leader! Why is it that conservatives have attractive AND intelligent women. (Sorry for playing to the stereotypes of the conservative man but I always state the obvious first.)

Amen Jedediah. Let the entire philosophy ring clear and let the voters decide.

Keep going!

HAM
6 years ago

I agree with Matthew. There is time after the 2014 election to start considering the Republican presidential candidate. Our energy needs to be concentrated there right now. I also agree with Jedediah that Romney should not be considered even if some are regretting not voting for him in 2012. He had his moments but was not a good campaigner and I believe he would have been a much better president than Obama. I voted for him unlike the narrow minded millions of Republicans who didn’t. We have to vote with our brains instead of with our emotions. We can not allow this Democrat/Socialst administration to continue to pull our country into Socialism. Vote Republican in November even if you have to hold your nose.

w
6 years ago
Reply to  HAM

I am tired of those who impose a “purity” test on all candidates and will not vote for a person if they only agree with them 90% rather than 100. They stayed home two elections in the past and gave us Obama. Granted McCain was a lousy candidate and never should have been in that position but republicans tend to look for the next old guy that people know about and put him in and then we lose. If the candidate is one you agree with 75% vote for him. He is better than the other one that you can’t support at all! Stop staying at home and righteously announcing the candidate isn’t good enough and giving us someone that destroys the country!

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  w

Well said W.

JHG
6 years ago
Reply to  w

This is EXACTLY the root of the problem. I wish Conservatives were as eager to get their butts to the polling places and vote as they are to complain and look down their noses at “good enough” Republicans. Even McCain could not have done 1/4 the harm we got with Obama + Reed + Pelosi!

Charles
6 years ago

Ms. Jedediah, You are good, dang good. If we don’t have someone who has pratriotic boiling blood, Who can deliver that sermon on the mount, we will lose again… May God Help us find someone who has Wisdom and Knowledge to use that Wisdom. May God Bless You Jedediah Bila…… A Viet Nam Veteran

PaulE
6 years ago

An outstanding article. Very well done and not just limited to the 2016 elections. Everything you’ve said is also largely applicable to the 2014 midterms as well. You’ve nailed a lot of the major points where the GOP leadership is falling down on the job in both articulating a strong set of reasons for the public to consider voting Republican and doing any sort of effective out-reach to grow the base. That we have to spend each and every day doing much of the messaging work that the GOP party should be doing is a disgrace.

GOP insiders pushing for Romney to give it a third try or looking to Jeb Bush as “the obvious choice going forward”, if Romney won’t give it another go, need to read your article every day. They need to realize they’re repeating, yet again, the same losing strategy they’ve been pushing for the last 14 years now. Better yet, fire all these incompetent consultants who have been pushing this no-win game plan and bring in fresh blood and new ideas. Fully back and run a REAL fiscal conservative, who actually believes in and can solidly defend the founding principles of this country. What we DON’T need is another faux conservative moderate, who can only smile blankly into the camera like a deer in the headlights of an on-coming tractor trailer (Romney) or someone who actually agrees with 90 percent of the Progressive Democrat’ agenda (Bush).

To answer your question of “Has the GOP learned from its 2008 and 2012 mistakes?”, I would have to say no. If they had, you wouldn’t have needed to write this article and we wouldn’t need to have to respond to it. We the People are so far ahead of where the GOP leadership is in terms of what the correct policies and over all direction should be of the Republican party it’s scary. We’re literally having to drag the GOP leadership, kicking and screaming, to get them to try and do the right thing and they fight us every single step of the way. What’s wrong with this picture?

Chuck
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Is Bob Dole still alive? Is he on the short list for the Repubs this time??

Ivan Berry
6 years ago
Reply to  Chuck

Don’t think so, but THE dole is.

Matthew
6 years ago

I agree with Jedediah on almost everything but we should not be worrying about 2016 until after the November elections. It is imperative that the Republicans gain control of the Senate. If Harry Reid and the Democrats maintain control of the Senate a lot of really bad policy is going to become law. Do you want someone like Eric Holder appointed to the Supreme Court?

Vote for the Republican candidates in your state. Unfortunately, you sometimes have to vote for the better of two poor choices.

Joe
6 years ago
Reply to  Matthew

Matthew, and I agree with your assessment about Jedediah’s article. However, even if the Republicans fail to take control of the Senate, obama will face a deadlocked Congress. The main advantage to having the Senate on the Republicans side is to get good legislation to the President’s desk for his signature. If he uses the veto on Republican initiatives he will become the president of no. That would help the Republican candidate in 2016.

About Jedediah Bila, she has all of the qualifications to be the President of the United States. She is brilliant, charismatic and good looking. Unfortunately, her appearance is a disability. Fifty percent of the population would regard her as being a threat. I have no idea what that threat would constitute, but I have talked to more than one woman that made such remarks.

If I had to criticize woman in America about their political views it would be their reluctance to trust another woman in such a powerful elected position. I point to Margret Thatcher as a role model for women. Thatcher was head and shoulders above the men during her tenure.

Come on women, you know that you are just as smart as us guys. Do you really think that the likes of Carter or obama can’t be put to shame by a capable woman President? Our bodies are just machines that carry our brains around. At the risk of censure I say to American women, use your brains and seriously consider another woman for the job. Lord knows that some men have shown us that they were not up to the task!

BARRY
6 years ago

Seems I hear much more from Pelosi and Reid then Boehner or McConnell. The are many times that I try to guess what the GOP platform is. The best I can come up with is that they are not Democrats. As a conservative this result is not good enough for me to back them.

The other problem is that I can not really support any of the democrats.

We are so screwed.

Melvin Lankford
6 years ago

I agree. The GOP has been in reaction mode for the last two presidential elections. You don’t win my loosing the initiative. Americans are starving for leadership. Get out in front and stay there.

Regarding the mid term elections, the GOP can’t set back and say they’ve got this.it ain’t done yet. No matter how badly the Dems have screwed up, too many voters can’t see it. As said above, have solutions. Take a leadership roll and stau there. Don’t assume you’ve won because you clearly see your message. You can bet the uninformed haven’t.

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