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article imageOp-Ed: To Win the White House, Republicans Can't Act Like Democrats

By Mike White     Aug 19, 2013 in Politics
If the Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they have to do one thing: quit acting like Democrats. One would think losing in 1992, 2008 and 2012 would teach a lesson. If it has, the party apparently hasn't learned.
If the Republicans want to claim the White House in 2016 they have to do one thing: quit acting like Democrats. It seems like too many in the party are too slow to learn. One would think that after nominating moderates John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 and losing both times, as well as United States President George H.W. Bush going back on the central theme of his election by raising taxes and then failing to be reelected in 1992, the party would learn. There are always those in the party, however, whether candidates for president or members of Congress, who want to try to work with the Democrats instead of taking a stand and being different. To those in the party who want to act more like Democrats instead of conservative Republicans, how many times will you lose before you learn?
Let’s start with Mitt Romney. He ran for president as a conservative and took conservative positions on the issues. If he had been elected, he might have been forced to govern as a conservative, if he had plans of being elected to a second term. Before he ran for president, however, he took moderate or liberal positions on many issues as the governor of Massachusetts. Many Republicans knew this. While many knew he would still be better in the White House than President Obama and voted for him, many knew of his past and stayed home on Election Day. As Rush Limbaugh pointed out on his radio show, three million Republicans stayed home that day.
According to, although Mitt Romney ran as a pro-life candidate, that was not how he governed as Governor of Massachusetts. He had his own state-operated health system, although he often spoke against the health care President Obama supported, commonly called Obamacare. Governor Romney’s insurance allowed a mother to pay a co-pay of $50 toward the cost of an abortion. According to the website, the healthcare premiums in Massachusetts are the highest in the nation.
According to the, there were other things about his record Governor Romney did not want the public to know. While he ran for president as one who wanted lower taxes, in Massachusetts, he raised fees on the middle class, raised fees on mortgages, college students and buying a boat. He didn’t even want to talk about Romneycare, even though polls showed most in his state actually liked it.
Let’s consider John McCain. As NPR pointed out on its website, he was booed when he spoke before the Conservative Political Action Committee. Why? It could have to do with his moderate or liberal positions on the issues. He opposed the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003; even though when he ran for president he wanted to make them permanent. He called Christian conservatives, many of whom like to vote Republican, “agents of intolerance.” He wanted to overhaul the campaign finance system. He opposed a Constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage.
Let us consider the first President Bush. No source needs to be cited. Americans remember the promise he made continually that when Congress would push him over and over to raise taxes, he would reply, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” After he was elected, what did he do? He raised taxes. Anybody wonder why Bill Clinton beat him?
Do the Republicans ever learn? Not only are moderates nominated for president, but too many in Congress want to compromise with the Democrats. It may happen on issues like immigration or amnesty for illegal immigrants. Some believe one of the things that made America great was immigration, legal immigration. It may happen on abortion or gun control. It may happen on taxes.
“There’s a popular movement,” quoted conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh as saying. “We’re going to moderate our stand on immigration, maybe be for amnesty. Moderate our view on abortion. And that’s why we’re losing.”
Some may point out voters picked George H.W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
That’s why America needs people who will stand up and tell the truth, people like former President Ronald Reagan, people like those in the Tea Party, the kind of people who won’t back down when they are demonized and lied about, like President Reagan was, like people in the Tea Party are today. The country needs people who will stand and tell the truth. When that happens, more often than not, the better candidate usually wins. President Reagan served eight years. The Tea Party was a major force in helping conservatives be elected to Congress in 2010. It has helped Republicans be elected to the Senate who stand up for the truth, like Ted Cruz in Texas.
Of course when they do this, conservatives need to be prepared. Liberals will say conservatives want little children to starve. They call those in the Tea Party “racists.” If you can’t win an argument based on facts, attack your enemy.
Compare the presidency of Ronald Reagan with President Obama. According to, when Reagan was elected, unemployment was more than ten percent. When he left office it was 5.3%. The national unemployment rate was 7.4 percent as of August 2, 2013, according to When Barack Obama took office, unemployment was 7.8 percent, according to There just need to be enough people to point out these kind of facts and how conservatives like Reagan governed. Conservatives will win. The words of President Reagan need to be repeated.
"It is not my intention to do away with government,” the former president said in his first inaugural address, as quoted on “It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it. This Administration's objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy. "
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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