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Changing Congress by 2012

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When I declare that there is something seriously wrong with our government and our legislative process there are few who would disagree. Left and right, Democrat and Republican, more and more of us are convinced that our government is broken and that it no longer serves the needs or the interests of the people. We may disagree on the source of the problem and we certainly disagree on the solutions, but there’s clearly something wrong.

Some of us are trying to find a way to put our government back on track — to once again make government the servant rather than the master of the people. We’re demanding integrity and accountability and a new commitment from our leaders to restore our Republic to its founding values as expressed in the Constitution. This is the mission of the Republican Liberty Caucus and we have a strategy to achieve it.

After a decade which has seen our rights legislated away by the PATRIOT Act, big business bailouts, needless foreign wars and costly occupations, some have abandoned any hope of putting the government back on track. We’re now paying the price for a long series of misguided policies from two administrations. They have wrecked our economy, usurped our rights and sold us out to special interests, but it’s still not too late to save the republic if we can take our government back in the next two elections.

The Democrats are a lost cause. They are drunk on power and are using the government to plunder the people and enrich their allies. They have become the party of government excess. But we can still salvage the integrity of the Republican party and it can become the vehicle through which we change Congress and restore the republic, if we can rededicate it to its traditional values of individual liberty, free enterprise and limited government.

This seems like a monumental challenge, especially if you assume that you need to take over the whole party and replace the leadership to before real change can happen, but it may be more realistic than it seems.

You don’t need to actually take control of the party or its leadership to change its priorities. You just need to elect a nucleus of principled leaders who will influence those around them to make the party what it ought to be.

The reality is that in Congress, as in any organization, most of the members are naturally inclined to be followers. There is powerful pressure to go along with the prevailing attitudes in your party. To bring about change you don’t need to replace everyone in Congress, you just need to change who they look to for leadership and the principles which they find advantageous to follow.

If our representatives in Congress see that the prevailing attitude is shifting, their natural inclination will be to follow whatever appears to be the new dominant trend. If a particular stance seems to be wining popular support and getting new members elected, everyone but the most corrupt will follow that trend.

You can’t do this by introducing an alien ideology. You can’t do it with ideas which members of the party don’t already respect. But if the ideas are those which created the party, the ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Robert Taft and Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and you can demonstrate that you have made them popular again by electing candidates based on them, then the advantage of jumping on the bandwagon will be obvious.

This is the strategy which has given other minority groups influence out of proportion to their numbers. It worked for the religious right. It worked for the neocons. It will work even better for Liberty Republicans, because the ideas they are promoting have a natural appeal to all republicans.

The specific plan of the Republican Liberty Caucus is to replace 20 percent of the Republicans in the House and Senate with principled, pro-liberty legislators by 2012. That means at least 10 Senators and at least 45 Rrepresentatives, on the assumption that the overall number of elected Republicans grow during the next three years.

With the efforts of the tea parties and other groups and the general anti-incumbent sentiment in the country a lot of Republicans will be elected n 2010 and more in 2012. They may not all be Liberty Republicans, but by the time that Republicans return to the majority there will be enough liberty Republicans among them that they will take a position of ideological leadership, which will change the basic character of our government.

This goal may already be in sight. It seems likely that at least 5 Liberty Republicans will be in the senate by the end of this year, with new Senators like Utah’s Mike Lee and Kentucky’s Rand Paul joining returning incumbents Jim Demint and Tom Coburn. Liberty Republicans will also be heading for the House of Representatives, with at least 30 of them joining representatives like Ron Paul and Jeff Flake after November. Similar numbers in the next two year cycle will make the RLC’s goal a reality and lay the groundwork for real change.

With that core group of principled Liberty Republicans in a position of influence we will begin to see real change very quickly. RLC candidates are united in their dedication to reducing the size and the burden of government. They will eliminate unnecessary government departments, programs and spending. They will roll back government intrusions on our liberties as individuals and on the sovereignty of our states. They will work towards tax reform and reduction and sensible alternatives to Obamacare and Social Security. Ultimately they will reasses the war on terror, homeland security and the war on drugs and effect a realignment of government priorities. Foreign policy will focus on free trade and the military will once again be dedicated to national defense.

It may sound like a utopian vision, and certainly the whole agenda will not be implemented overnight, but it starts with electing enough Liberty Republicans to form a voting block in both houses which will change the direction of the Ccngress.

If you want to be part of that change, you can help by spreading the word about the Liberty Candidates endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus and demanding reform and accountability from your other elected officials. Every Liberty Republican who is elected brings us one step closer to reclaiming our nation for liberty

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  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    The *Republican liberty Caucus* is going to decide, which Government programs and departments are unnecessary?

    Most likely unnecessary for them. The party of money…

    JD- If there’s a program or department that serves this *Caucus*, then you can bet on it remaining.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I really hope that one of these, phone banks, will call my husband and me. Maybe they will lend to small businesses and individuals so that we can get this economy growing again.

    :)Wouldn’t that be great!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Know this, Dave, the lenders and corporations are all waiting until Obama’s presidency is over, at the expense of the American people.

    But, what these lenders and captains of industry fail to realize, is that the people they are hurting the worse are the same people that will vote against the GOP and any other apparition disguised as a, *political party*.

    JD

  • kurt brigliadora

    Yes we know that!…Its always at the expense of the american people. We need a “Romney” in office, someone who can run a business…and BALANCE the books, keeping the people in the best interest,not the greedy political hacks or hags.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I do agree with you on one point, Dave. We need to use our military to defend at home, and stop invading other countries.

    Unfortunately, this seems to be one of the GOP’s core beliefs, and they will not give up their, war profiteering easily.

    JD- On a lighter note, was that a Donkey I heard in the background? :D Good luck! and I’ll see you later…

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Romney? I’d choose, Paul, if I didn’t have any other choice, rather than that, Ken doll!

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    The *Republican liberty Caucus* is going to decide, which Government programs and departments are unnecessary?

    I can give you a long list if you like, but it should be quite obvious if you go down an itemized budget.

    Most likely unnecessary for them. The party of money…

    Since I’ve been doing campaign work I can now laugh at this statement and enjoy the farcical nature of it. The Democrats have so much more money and so much more corporate support than Republicans that it’s actually funny to hear someone say something like this.

    JD- If there’s a program or department that serves this *Caucus*, then you can bet on it remaining.

    You’re right. We’d keep the Justice Department (or at least a smaller version) and the Treasury to mint money.

    I really hope that one of these, phone banks, will call my husband and me. Maybe they will lend to small businesses and individuals so that we can get this economy growing again.

    I think you missed the concept, but if you’re concerned about small businesses and personal finances I assume you’ll be voting Republican in November, so that’s good.

    Yes we know that!…Its always at the expense of the american people. We need a “Romney” in office, someone who can run a business…and BALANCE the books, keeping the people in the best interest,not the greedy political hacks or hags.

    One thing I can absolutely guarantee is that the RLC will never endorse Mitt Romney.

    On a lighter note, was that a Donkey I heard in the background?

    A goose, actually. They can’t stand to hear other people talking and not chime in.

    Dave

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    It’s been a long time [never, maybe?] since I saw someone lionize Robert Taft as someone to model contemporary policy on.

    It seems likely to me that the election of tea party extremists will cause both private and very public divisions within the GOP. People like Sharron Angle are not fence-menders by nature. And religious wackos like Angle make up more of the “liberty” movement than secular libertarians would prefer to admit.

    Much of the “liberty” movement [hate that disingenuous and misleading moniker] has a core of negative, not positive energy, exemplified by the unpleasant ugliness of Dave Nalle’s own rhetoric on these pages during the last year or so.

    These people want to tear down. They don’t want to build up. They have a mindset built on anger and even hate. This kind of energy makes me nervous, quite apart from the questionable policies that are espoused.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Since I’ve been doing campaign work I can now laugh at this statement and enjoy the farcical nature of it. The Democrats have so much more money and so much more corporate support than Republicans that it’s actually funny to hear someone say something like this.

    Dose anyone have some smelling salts? I’m about to pass out!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    does

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Gee, Dave, you mean to tell me that the GOP can really help the people get back to work?

    if you’re concerned about small businesses and personal finances I assume you’ll be voting Republican in November

    What are they waiting for?

    Here is the truth of the matter:

    They are afraid that if they participate in this country’s recovery now, then Obama’s presidency will be a success, leaving them out in the cold.

    :D I would have sworn that was a Donkey.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Quite cynical, Jeannie. Are you suggesting the GOP is sabotaging the country for no other reason than to assume power?

  • zingzing

    “Are you suggesting the GOP is sabotaging the country for no other reason than to assume power?”

    isn’t that always how it is? they’re out of power right now, so they do their best to make sure that whomever is in power can’t get things done. since they’re the only other alternative, they’ll get voted in. to some degree, the dems play the same game when they’re in the current republican condition. it’s the only way that those without “power” can exert any power. the dems have to concede certain republican points if they want any chance at all of surviving the coming elections.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Again, I’ll have to say it’s very cynical of you, zing, and of Jeannie too. So the next question is, what are the grounds for your hope of the American version of democracy?

  • http://loftypremise.blogspot.com/ Tommy Mack

    If the President said that we need to bring an end to the horror of wife beating in this country, the GOP would claim that wife beating is a God given right and a staple of american justice.

    The undershirt lobby and Fox would concur.

  • zingzing

    “what are the grounds for your hope of the American version of democracy?”

    that the dems won’t repeat the mistakes that the republicans are currently making. what the republicans are doing right now is ridiculous. if the dems use their strategy, then the reps will come back with more of the same and it will spiral downward from there.

    if the dems prove they’re better than that, maybe the republicans will be shamed into actually trying to work toward a better america rather than another term in office.

    also, people realize what a bunch of crap fox news is. its ratings fall and its influence wanes. and the tea party eats itself alive.

  • Mark

    Rog and jeannie, nothing unusual here. As Reinhart and Rogoff document in detail in their book This Time is Different, “Indeed, political disunity is often a key driver of sovereign defaults and financial crises.” p53

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Only Tommy Mack in his infinite wisdom can possibly understand the meaning of his own utterance. And whatever the wisdom, I don’t care to discern it.

    I hope it helps.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    You go Zing! :D

    Roger, are YOU the devil’s advocate today?

    I’ll work on your essay assignment…

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    I’ll have to check out that book, Mark.

    Roger, I understood, Tommy… this is how they work. Just like, Dave, telling me that the party of money is the Democrats.

    I think I’m seeing a blend in Washington. Not of bi-partisanship, but corruption.

  • Zedd

    Dave,

    Nice video. Very scenic. You look better on video. Great delivery. You don’t come across as mean, crazy, pervy or weird like a lot of folks on the right.

    The super sized problem with your goals is that they don’t articulate what that does for anyone. Okay, small government… what does that do? Its a nice thing to say and a nice slogan, especially for people that want to be a part of something bigger than themselves but what does that do? This is your biggest obstacle. Tell us what world you want for us and maybe we will bandwagon. Otherwise it’s just something to say but has absolutely no meaning.

    Good luck.

    Oh and do put that fb picture on. The pervy Satan/assassin look isn’t good PR wise. Satan cant lead anyone anywhere but hell. Just say’n.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    These people want to tear down. They don’t want to build up. They have a mindset built on anger and even hate. This kind of energy makes me nervous, quite apart from the questionable policies that are espoused.

    I think this inclination to tear things down is understandable since most of our problems come from the massive edifice of unnecessary and abusive government which we have built up. Wanting to tear that down is a natural inclination and it’s necessary before we can build back something better.

    Dave

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    The ugliness of the rhetoric accompanying this “natural inclination” just may haunt you later.

  • http://loftypremise.blogspot.com/ Tommy Mack

    No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!

    Ronald Reagan

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Dave,

    Are you for, Sharon Angle?

    Because, I’m very curious as to why a woman, that claims to be so religious, would not want to reverse the gambling and prostitution laws in the state of Nevada.

    Yet, she wants to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, the Departments of Energy, EPA, Education, and Agriculture.

    JD

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Yes, she said faze-out Social Security, not privatize.