Proving more than good on their word, RI took time on their own to review the questions of UlstermanReport readers and emailed me their responses. This certainly has made my job much easier! Thank you so much to RI for doing so, and of course, thank you to the many great questions posed by readers to Republican Insider. Here now are their responses to some of your questions:
CapitalG Wrote: The GOP never fights back against the media smear machine. We are portrayed as racists but there is nothing in the GOP platform about race. It seems like Republicans in general are largely beyond race as an issue – which is a sign of TRUE equality.
RI: You are totally correct there CapitalG. The Republican Party isn’t hung up on race. That is a Democratic Party thing. Unfortunately, the Democrats are given a lot of help by the Mainstream Media in helping to create a portrayal of Republicans that simply is not true. Just look at the most recent convention we had. We are a party with prominent minority figures who are governors, members of Congress, or high ranking administration officials. Basically where Democrats view individuals on their race, Republicans long ago viewed them on the merits of their character. That is why this new media and sites like Ulsterman’s are so important. And also the help of intelligent and well informed readers like yourself. Republicans need you to stand up to the false portrayals of racism that the Democrats and the media put out there. Just remember though, you have to remain respectful when you do that. Nothing hurts the party more than people calling themselves Republicans who act in a way that only reinforces the negative stereotype.
Connor M.L. Wrote: Long time reader, first time commenter. Quick question for Republican Insider. It was mentioned somewhere that you have libertarian leanings. What do you think of the Ron / Rand Paul wing of the Republican party? Are some of their positions more likely to find a place in the party platform now that moderate/liberal Republican candidates have lost two consecutive presidential elections?
RI: Love this question Connor! I am pretty familiar with the Libertarian movement in America. At least over the last 10 years or so. I don’t want to speak negatively of any of the more prominent Libertarian leaders, candidates, whatever people want to call them. I’m very pleased with the leadership of Republican Senator Rand Paul. He is doing a really fantastic job of incorporating simple conservative values back into the GOP. I guess in a way, many of the things people call “libertarian” values today are actually mainstream “conservative” values we saw during the Reagan era. A lot of those values are shared by a Americans who call themselves Republican, Democrat, or Independent. So yes, there is a lot to learn from the Libertarian movement. In fact, on a personal level, I’m very comfortable describing myself as a “libertarian-leaning Republican”. Less government. Period.
Penny Wrote: Did Obama steal the election? Was there voter fraud? And if there was why don’t Republicans do something about it?
RI: I was pretty sure this question would come up Penny, and I will do my best to answer you as honestly as possible. I know a lot of people are upset about some of the stories out there about voting percentages and other things of that nature. They have every right to be upset too. Let me just say that to start. So do I think Barack Obama stole the election? I don’t know. I’ve read some of what Ulsterman said about it. I noted how his White House Insider pointed to some very specific counties if Florida that are now tied up in a controversy involving Congressman Allen West. (Who I really admire by the way) It certainly seems possible and I can tell you that the subject is being discussed by Republicans. It’s just a matter of how to prove it. A lot of these precincts in question are controlled by Democrats, so it’s not an easy task to find real answers. So is it possible? Yes. Do I know for certain there was “stealing” of the 2012 election? No. And we may never find out. I wish I could give you a more positive answer but I don’t have the power to force others to tell the truth or admit to a crime. None of us do. If you’re looking for someone to confirm a conspiracy, I’m not that person. But as for so many people out there who are angry at the possibility there was election fraud, I totally get that. I’m right there with you. That is why Voter I.D. laws are so important and that is where there are some Republicans and some Democrats saying they are willing to work together to try and come up with a solution. Unfortunately, we have a president right now who wants nothing to do with Voter I.D. laws. Wonder why, huh?
Red923 Wrote: I have voted Republican since I was old enough to vote 20+ years ago. I will not vote Republican again unless there are drastic changes to the party. What are you doing to change the party from the inside and oust the old blood that’s destroying the party?
RI: I think your question Red923 really gets to a big problem the Romney campaign ran into this election cycle. There were a lot of Republican voters who for whatever reason, didn’t get out and vote. Now I know some are saying that’s not true, that there was election fraud or whatever. I’ve gone over the numbers and while there are areas with some odd voter result numbers, overall, the facts do point to a whole lot of Republicans who just didn’t vote this time. As a party, we have to ask ourselves why that happened. I’ve already made it clear, or tried to make it clear, that I believe it’s because the party has lost its way ideologically. We have to stand up again for basic and easy to communicate conservative principles. Those principles still appeal to a whole lot of Americans. I am convinced they still appeal to the vast majority of Americans. Liberty. Opportunity. Less government. The right to keep more of what you earn. The party needs to communicate these things much more effectively. People want to feel like their political party is standing up for their values. Republicans have just not done a good enough job of that for some time. That needs to change and I’m working to make that change happen, and there are more like me who are doing the same. So don’t give up on us just yet Red923.
Cnservativemama Wrote: Thank you for considering our questions. I’ll comment on the same line that I made my comments about before, because it really struck a nerve with what I’ve noticed in the last two elections. The line you said about bringing Reagan’s playbook to the 21st century.
This starts with presenting it to the new generations, with giving them a stance they can be proud of, one they can wear with pride. I think before we can sell the message the right way, we need to know that we all view it the same. And I have serious doubts with a lot of the Republicans I see in politics today base their views on true conservative principles. They are not showing themselves to be the party of Ronald Reagan. We need the politicians who ARE.
RI: Love the way you put your question Cnservativemama. Your first point is really so important to the future of the party. We must do a better job of appealing to the youth. The next generation of voters. Democrats have done a lot better job of that than we have. Now they have a lot of help in that of course because the media, and pop culture are so biased toward the liberal side. But just like Reagan conservative appealed to so many young people in the 1980′s, I think the Republican Party can do that again. And it starts with the candidates we elect to office, just like you said. “True conservative principles”. Those principles do appeal to a lot of young people if they are presented in a way they can understand. That gets me back to this new alternative media thing I keep talking about. Sites like this help to cut through the mainstream media bias, right? It allows someone like me to talk almost directly to someone like you. That kind of thing is so important. Your opinion matters! It really does. For example, let me tell you that I took your entire question along with a few others into a committee meeting just hours after I read it. It was really that good. I sat down with a group of strategists and said “Listen to these people!” And you know what? More and more of us are really starting to listen. I can’t promise it will happen overnight. I wish it would. But I can promise things are changing inside the Republican Party for the better.
USA4ever Wrote: Why won’t the GOP play to win, cutthroat style, like the Dems always do? What are the chances Obama is impeached for Benghazi , et al.? Does Boehner, McConnell, Cantor know we true conservatives can’t stand them in the least and want them removed? Is there any Republican in Congress willing to tell Obama and Jarrett to shove it?
RI: I don’t believe Republicans need to lower themselves to the patheticly low standard Democrats have set. We just need to go back to basic conservative principles and that will win elections. If you want the party to cheat, lie, and steal, I’m not the one to talk to. Now regarding Benghazi, there is a whole lot there that hasn’t come out yet and I’m going to leave it at that, ok? Let’s see what the process uncovers and then decide if we are satisfied with the outcome. I will say that impeachment of a president is very unlikely. If that is not the answer you want I’m sorry, but as I’ve already promised many times, I’m not here to satisfy people’s hunger for conspiracies. I will tell you the truth though, so hopefully that appeals to the majority of you. Now on “Boehner, McConnell, Cantor” I am not going to get personally negative on a fellow Republican. I will say that I’ve already made it clear on my feelings that the Republican leadership in its current form is not representing conservative values nearly as well as it needs to and leave it at that. For now. Finally, I don’t feel any need to tell President Obama or Valerie Jarrett to “shove it”. I do feel the need to make sure their brand of progressive socialism doesn’t extend beyond another four years. The 2014 midterms are going to be a big help in making sure that doesn’t happen.
Tamminator Wrote: What plan do the Republicans have to stop massive regulations from being implemented under Obama? Oh, and will you tell the Republicans to stop CAVING on things? Fight Obama on EVERYTHING. Show the conservative side that you mean business, and we will VOTE FOR YOU.
RI: We need a very strong showing in 2014 Tamminator. Imagine if Republicans had not lost control of the House and Senate in 2006 and 2008? All of Barack Obama’s agenda, or at least a whole lot of it, would not have been implemented like it was. That includes Obamacare of course. So, if you want to stop Barack Obama and his administration from throwing down a whole bunch more regulations then we need the votes to stop it, or repeal it. That means we need conservative Republicans to win in 2014. That’s what I’m working very hard now to try and do, but I need the help of people like you. Talk to everyone you know and take just a little time here and there to explain what real conservative values are. Keep it simple, and people will listen. Maybe not all of them but some of them will. When you compare conservatism to liberalism, conservatism wins almost every time.
Bunny Wrote: My first question is: Has anyone…ANYONE…in the GOP noticed that the issue of abortion or as the liberals like to say ‘A woman’s right to choose’ is ONLY brought up as an issue every 4 years and then dropped like a hotcake after the national election?
RI: Like the way you think Bunny! You have the mind of a good political strategist! I 100% agree with what you are saying here. Just look at the Tea Party movement that was so influential during the 2010 midterms. It wasn’t social issues that made up the Tea Party nearly as much as it was basic conservative economic principles and the idea none of us want a big centralized government telling us what to do with our own healthcare. It’s about liberty. So topics like abortion or immigration, those are things Democrats use to “muddy the waters”. This time around it was the fake “war on women”. The sad thing is it worked because the Republican Party allowed it to work. There was far too little discipline inside the party and between the candidates and we have to work to prevent that from happening again. Personally, I find the current president’s views on abortion to be just plain scary. America has never had a president so willing to kill a life outside the womb as this president is. Republicans had a way to present those facts in a clear way that I think would have been very effective, but they didn’t do it. Part of that was we had a national candidate whose own past views on the subject were unfortunately, contradictory and so I think their campaing took it off the table. And notice how the media did not want to raise the issue once the primaries were over. Liberals know that if the subject of abortion is presented truthfully, Democrats suffer. The position that Barack Obama holds on the issue is not about a woman’s right to choose. Barack Obama supports killing a child that is a living breathing human being outside of the mother’s womb. The fact that such a man was not elected once but now twice as President of the United States makes me very worried.
bill o’rights Wrote: If we are to assume that the Progressives are Marxists–Marxists who have infiltrated the Democrats’ ranks:
Could we not also assume they have done so within the Republican Party? And, if so, would you characterize the RINOs in D.C. as closet Progressives?
RI: I would characterize Republicans who don’t actually support basic conservative values of liberty, freedom, free markets, and self determination as being better suited to joining the current Democratic Party. Hope that makes my position clear enough to you.
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