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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Closed for Repairs - American Patriot Robert Dole Calls for Republican Reforms on Fox News

We just love this slogan coming directly from a respected Republican leader. It's good advice to his political colleagues.

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Senate Majority Leader gave his fellow Republicans a piece of advice
“I think they ought to put a sign on the National Committee doors that says closed for repairs until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agenda.”

Frankly, there's nothing wrong with the Republican's old ideas, if they'd just stick to them.  Instead of being focused on their tried and true principles to support efficient government through fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and minimal business regulations, the Grand Old Party is a storing house for stupid right wing ideas. Republican activists are involved in moral and social issues that make no sense whatsoever.   

Although Republicans stand in opposition to improving and protecting social safety nets like Social Security and Medicare, theirs is the political party that pushed through the Medicare Part D expansion.  This expensive add on to the Medicare benefit is a cash cow for pharmaceutical companies, which, of course, are very big businesses, that often support Republican candidates.

Part of the "repairs" Republicans need include shedding their attachment to stupid ideas, not supported by science.  They must fumigate their party of candidates who think creationism is a viable theory about how the earth was created, who speak about whether or not rape causes pregnancy (it can and does) and whether or not a zygote (fertilized egg) is human (we just don't know).  Republicans must also admit that guns really do kill people and support modifications to the Second Amendment to protect public safety.  

To save their Republican party from extinction, they might consider  the wisdom of President Calvin Coolidge (1924-1929).  "If we wish to erect new structures, we must have a definite knowledge of the old foundations," he said in his March 4, 1925 inaugural address.

In other words, repairing the Republican Party means going back to its political foundations.  They must open the tool box where the conservative movement was crafted and immediately fix the right wing plumbing that consumes so much wasted energy. At the same time, Republicans must attract intelligent political candidates who understand how to inspire enlightened leadership.

"Closed for Repairs", means Republicans must build a new and progressive road to support American prosperity. Rather than obstruct progress, they should support what's good for America and take credit for any subsequent success.

Of course, there's also a concrete interpretation of "repairs". Republicans must be willing to invest in building national infrastructures, like roads, bridges, schools and airports.

Unless Republicans take the advice of sage politicians like Robert Dole, as well as others who issue similar warnings, their political life expectancy can be counted by the number of votes it takes to put them out of power.  As a matter of fact, the sooner we vote the GOP out, the faster our nation can repair the damage caused by their senseless obstructionism.  

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