We Called for a New Contract for America: We Wuz Right

 

Earlier this year a number of us on Ricochet (and elsewhere) repeatedly called for a clear and crisp national agenda for the Republican Party, something every candidate could rally behind and repeatedly put at the center of every campaign stop and debate.

They failed to do this. And yes, while the Republicans won many more votes than the Democrats (and many more than in 2020), and yes, while there was much more ballot harvesting and other fraudulent activities by the Dems, and yes, while we allowed Trump to still somehow be in the middle of the campaign: This election was a debacle because there was no clear positive message.

“We are not the Democrats” is not enough. Our party needed trumpet blasts of what we actually stand FOR. We all knew it. We said it, time and again. And we were right.

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  1. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    carcat74 (View Comment):

    Stop with the investigations! I mean, does anyone REALLY think heads will roll? Unless it’s the janitor who happened to see something in the trash, I mean. No one will go to jail, or pay a big fine. The poor guy who got 3 YEARS for stealing a COATRACK from the Capitol is all that will happen…..

    I wonder if anything is ever learned from any of these hearings before Congress where they bring people in to testify and face hostile grilling from one party or the other.  Really, have there ever been any new facts learned from any of these?  It always just looks like a show, where senators or representatives can demonstrate to the people back home how tough they are with their questions or tirades.  Maybe sometimes there are interactions where we actually learn something substantial and I’ve just missed those bits.

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  2. Modus Ponens Member
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    carcat74 (View Comment):

    Stop with the investigations! I mean, does anyone REALLY think heads will roll? Unless it’s the janitor who happened to see something in the trash, I mean. No one will go to jail, or pay a big fine. The poor guy who got 3 YEARS for stealing a COATRACK from the Capitol is all that will happen…..

    No, they don’t. The investigations have been one, big, goat rodeo designed to distract us.

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  3. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    I totally agree. While not being a democrat works for me, but its not enough for everyone.

    Also, Lindsey Graham’s aborted abortion bill didnt help at all… It was extremely counter productive (on purpose?) that may have cost the Pennsylvania elections.

    The congressional platform should have been agreed too, and pushed much earlier in the election cycle. As soon as the primaries where complete the Congressional Republicans should have taken a weekend retreat and hammered out a platform that they could all support. (this should happen in every election cycle – even presidential years) This weekend retreat would also have been a great opportunity for some media awareness, debate prep, and candidate education.

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  4. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    carcat74 (View Comment):

    Stop with the investigations! I mean, does anyone REALLY think heads will roll? Unless it’s the janitor who happened to see something in the trash, I mean. No one will go to jail, or pay a big fine. The poor guy who got 3 YEARS for stealing a COATRACK from the Capitol is all that will happen…..

    I couldn’t disagree more. Continue the investigations, get the truth on the record.

    Weather or not anyone is going to go to jail is besides the point, we want the truth out there, so that we can run on it and hold candidates accountable for re-election. This is the other side of having a positive message. We need more than we’re not democrats vote for us… We also need look at what they did! Do you approve of THAT?

    You need the positive agenda to run on but also the effective attack ad. Whats more effective than truth?

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  5. kedavis Coolidge
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Modus Ponens (View Comment):

    There should be a change in how the GOP actually discusses many of the issues when they buy ad time.

    1. “Parental Rights” Point to cases where parents have lost custody of their children for refusing to affirm gender confusion, and tie it to the Democrat party. Keep hitting home the insanity of the Gender Ideology. This was a winning issue for DeSantis.
    2. “Freedom of Speech” Show voters how Big Tech censored and banned dissenting voices. Specifically mention the Hunter Biden Laptop story being removed from Twitter. Also, show footage of the FBI Raids on private citizens who were so bold as to disagree with the Democrat policies.
    3. “Cheap Energy” Explain how gas prices doubled almost overnight when Biden axed the Pipeline. Hang the Green New Deal Albatross around their necks. If your opponent brings up climate change, don’t fall for the trap of debating science. Keep the discussion grounded in common-sense by pointing out which countries actually pollute the most.

    To the extent that you attack a candidate, do it by tying them to the insanity of their party at large.

    Gas prices didn’t double overnight when Biden cancelled the pipeline. You can look up a graph of this. It’s just not true.

    There was some modest increase, and perhaps it was related to the pipeline, perhaps not.

    Gas prices did go up quite a bit this year, and for a while the price was more than double what it was when Biden took office, though it’s dropped lately and is still up about 50-60% overall. Most of that appears connected with the war in Ukraine.

    Basing a policy of a falsehood doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.

    I do agree that Biden’s energy policy has been foolish, and that we’d do better by encouraging oil production and distribution.

    You and BY both apparently choose to ignore some important evidence:  prices started rising right after Election Day 2020, because everyone knew what was coming.  So tying it just to post-inauguration is sloppy at best.

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  6. kedavis Coolidge
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    I have almost nothing in common with the libertarian and so-called conservatarian-types, other than opposition to the Democrats.

    Why the “so-called?” Do you suspect people who call themselves conservatarian of being disingenuous?

    I won’t speak for Jerry, but IMO it’s a lot like fiscally conservative but socially liberal. The reality is that we only ever see the social liberalism enacted.

    My usual notation is that “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” is impossible – maybe some kind of oxymoron – because “socially liberal” is VERY EXPENSIVE.

     

    To answer your question: I believe most people who describe themselves that way are sincere. I just don’t think there’s much of a distinction or difference, especially in practice and in result.

     

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  7. Red Herring Coolidge
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    We were electing congressmen, not a President. it was up to the leadership in Congress to express their vision and platform. They failed. Their only agenda was preserving their power and destroying Trump

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  8. BDB Coolidge
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    Red Herring (View Comment):

    We were electing congressmen, not a President. it was up to the leadership in Congress to express their vision and platform. They failed. Their only agenda was preserving their power and destroying Trump

    Under-rated point!

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