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GOP Growth & Opportunity Project Utterly Pointless

I just wasted 30 minutes of my life skimming through the GOP's 100 page "Growth and Opportunity Project" report. And I can say definitively that it is one of the absolute most worthless documents ever created. I had hoped against hope that there would actually be some semblance of "let's really look in the mirror here and make some changes in the way we do things," but little of what I found was even mildly heartening. Especially knowing that the GOP won't actually change in any meaningful way, despite any boring-as-milk reports they may issue. The majority of the document basically says, "Hey, let's go after those people voting that didn't vote for us (gays, blacks, Hispanics), and train people to use the internet. Also let's go on the Daily Show and MTV."

While starting out somewhat strongly by stating that:

At our core, Republicans have comfortably remained the Party of Reagan without figuring out what comes next.


The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself. We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue. Instead of driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac, we need a Party whose brand of conservatism invites and inspires new people to visit us. We need to remain America’s conservative alternative to big-government, redistribution-to-extremes liberalism, while building
a route into our Party that a non-traditional Republican will want to travel.

However, from there it goes straight downhill. There are no actual policy recommendations - only some vague hints that Republicans have to be less close minded and rigid. There is very little in the way of language that would appeal to a liberty-minded individual, or that is indicative of any substantive change in a positive direction as far as accepting libertarian views, and the adoption of true small government and a free market system. Continue Reading

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I got as far as the video with Reince...

every micro expression on his face screamed insincerity. It was painful for me even, to watch his facial muscles strain to produce something that looked like a grin in his opening remarks.

I don't know...

I'm trying not to bash him (too much) and others like him, but I'm taking a wait and see attitude to all of this. The only hope on the political front is Rand Paul, Cruz et al... even with their shortcomings, if they can educate and excite a larger swath of the general public then yes, we may have a shot at salvaging the country.

Other than that, I think we are going down.


is a joke in your town.

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

It's honestly

For those that think

the GOP is "reforming"...seriously just spent 10 minutes trying to read this thing. It reads like a "how to pander handbook".

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

What's one of the books I hear thrown around?

I forget... What's it called?

"How To Earn Friends And Peddle Influence?" (A Second-Handers Guide To Pull?)

I'll bet I could find similarities in both it and the GOP's version, but I agree, I see both as a waste of time.