With the beginnings of a speech, the Republican Governor of Louisiana angered the TEA Party and other extreme Republicans with the first line: – “We must stop being the stupid party.” “We must stop looking backward.” “We must stop insulting the intelligence of voters.”
He was speaking at the Republican Party’s National Committee’s Winter Meeting. He continued: “We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping,” he told party members. “We as Republicans have to accept that government number crunching – even conservative number crunching – is not the answer to our nation’s problems.”
He criticized comments made by Mitt Romney in the presidential campaign, and suggested that the G.O.P. must change as has the country itself. He went on: Republicans “must reject the notion that demography is destiny, the pathetic and simplistic notion that skin pigmentation dictates voter behavior. We must treat all people as individuals rather than as members of special interest groups,”
He was somewhat obvious in his intentions to be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2016, but established himself as a forward thinking member of his party, which seems to be a minority. He vehemently criticized President Obama’s stimulus policy, claiming it was a “political payback”.
But he continued in his appraisal of the present day G.O.P. Republicans have not only lost elections, he said, but lost issue arguments with Democrats.
“At present we have one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it, and one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can get it under control,” he said, referring first to Democrats and then Republicans. “It’s a terrible debate, it’s a debate fought entirely on our opponents’ terms.”
He showed wisdom and an existence in the reality of our times. Republican must move back towards the center of American thought and values. A country that tends to move to extremes will become self-destructive. If all we have is a two party system, they must find a way to compromise, to work together for the common good. What we have now is a country intentionally divided by the extremists. We deserve better.
Columnist-The Guardian Express