The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,-Report from the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in KC, MO 9-15-13Submitted by economics31 on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 13:21
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Ugliest,-Report from the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in KC, MO 9-15-13
Just got back from the conference.
The Good: The Ron Paul activists who attend and have made relationships with the party structure are being accepted. We are here to stay and the leadership is accepting that fact. Rand Paul is viewed positively and is one of the poster childern. I had several people tell me that Ron Paul was right and that they wished they would have realized that sooner.
The Bad: There are still those die hard RP haters that have taken 08 and 12 personally. Don't waste your energy on them, but realize they do still exist.
The Ugly: Santorum is building to announce for 2016. He gave a speech that frankly scared me. "We need to hit Syria, use the power of the state to force moral behavior, and double down on making the religious right a political force. (On the good side, he is occupying himself with starting a moral based entertainment company. I hope it's successful and it becomes his main goal to divert his energy away from politics.)
The Ugliest: The flag and the cross are still the litmus test for approved red meat speeches. It is required to honor any past military action and pronounce that morality is the hallmark of the GOP. Phrases like "Our soldiers died for our freedom in Iraq" and "Democrats are morally bankrupt" are common fare.
Overall bottom line is this. The Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, and every other party are really weak organizations looking for the magic bullet that will convince voters to support their cause and bring in donations. We have the answer. It's very simple. It's the Bush campaign of 2000. A humble foreign policy and a government that lets honest people run their own lives.
Here's my plea to everyone on the DP. Please stay engaged in the system by showing up at a central committee meeting, or passing out business cards that list our goals, or canvassing your neighborhood, or what ever you can do to spread the message of liberty.