Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Dream Conservative/Republican platform.

Taking a cue from paT, I shall now present you with my 'dream' platform for the Republican party, that also happens to jibe with my own personal wants. Ready? Here goes.

Social Flexibility. Fiscal Conservancy. Protection of Sovreignity.

That's it. Seven words, that, if followed, would gurarantee a healthy Conservative majority til the end of time.

You want me to flesh it out? Ok. We'll start with social flexibility. It's time for the Republican party to have a bloody, messy, public, and very final, divorce from the Conservative Christian lunatic fringe. Just dump em. We don't need em. Dump the bible jumpers, and announce to the world that we don't particularly care what you do in your free time, so long as it doesn't interfere with the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of any non-consenting adult. Want to be a retarted dope-head? Go for it. Kill somebody while driving and high? Prepare yourself for a long stint in PMITA prison.

See how easy that is? Do it on your own time, and don't hurt anybody else, and we don't care. Cause mayhem and destruction, go directly to jail.

Next up, Fiscal Conservancy. Cut the pork, cut taxes, balance the budget, get it freaking done. Spend Federal funds on Federal programs. When the feds are done with the cash, send the rest back to the states. I'd mention Fair Tax, among other things here, but i'm trying to keep this brief.

Protect the Sovreignity. This is easy. Defend the country, from foreign invaders, near and far. Keep the US as the shining example of freedom in the world, and intervene when necessary to protect our sovreignity, as well as the sovreignity of our allies.

That's it kids. Seven words, easy to follow, easy to understand.


Patrick Armstrong said...

That's not a platform, that's a mission statement. It ain't even a conservative or a liberal mission statement either; its an American one. I agree with a great deal of it, and I think a vast majority of Americans (left and right) would as well.

A platform is a series of positions regarding what you want to do to achieve the goals outlined in that mission statement. I have given two planks addressing the 'protection of soveriegnty' issue, that I think went over pretty well.

But you are right in the idea that those seven words guarantee a healthy Conservative majority - the current political makeup of the nation reflects that - until the conservative coalition is subsumed by the folks who hate social flexibility , who do not practice fiscal conservancy, and who think protection of soverignty means never ending war.

Oh, wait....

S.A.W.B. said...

Hate to tell you, paT, but that is, in fact, a platform. A base, if you will, to build the support from. Your version of a platform is what pigeonholes the left as brainy and wordy, and ends up leaving potential votes behind.

When you ask a candidate how he/she will make the platform happen, then you let them expound on social flexibility, fiscal conservancy, and the protection of sovreignity. Don't make the explanation the platform. Planks don't fit on a button, or a bumper sticker. Platforms do.

And, for the record, I have never pledged any form of undying support for the current incarnation of the Republican party, mainly for the issues you bring to light. If, however, they Republicans were to marry themselves to this platform, I would be more than happy to fall right in line.

Patrick Armstrong said...

Well, I'm at least 50% right. You are 100% right, this is a platform, it is also a mission statement. Both can describe the above.


So what I've been writing about isn't the Dream Democratic Platform at all, but two Dream Democratic Planks.

I shall henceforth change the names, as I have lost this battle of the English language, and surrender the field to SAWB. Take a bow.

Two parting shots: I maintain that those ideas are still American ones, not the exclusive property of conservatives. I also would like to point out (since my conservative friends are now the king of 'platforms' and I am the jack of 'planks') that you can't spell plank without p-l-a-n.

S.A.W.B. said...

I'm not disputing that the RDP is an American platform, what I am getting at is that if the Republicans will come out and adopt such a thing first, then they can claim the Democrats are just coat-tailing when they say that they like the idea too.

It's the great political catch-22. Kennedy used it against Nixon in '60. If the Republicans would wise up, they'd use it now, because it would leave the Democrats with the following choices;
come out in favor of the Republican platform, thereby alienating their voting base for following the conservatives, or come out against it, and galvanize 90% of the voting populace against them.

But it will only work if the Republicans will grow a collective spine and put some follow through behind the rhetoric.

Patrick Armstrong said...

That is the problem isn't it? They've been talking about the RDP for years. (Though, by my estimation, it was 10 words: Tax Relief, Defend the Country, Defend the Family, Encourage Business)

And the Democratic response has been pretty much exactly as you described. The only way out of it, as far as I can see, is for Democrats to respond with "you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?" Which would be very effective Democratic campaign strategy right now, IMHO.

Oh yeah, that and actually delivering where we can deliver and generating actual planks to flesh out such ideas.

Dante said...

"actually delivering where we can deliver"

This more than anything else is really what makes me scratch my head about the current Democratic leadership. Seems to me like they're out there opposing that black is black and white is white just to be contrary. As "brainy and wordy" as the left may like to be, they should take the time to crack open a few history books and read up on how minority parties successfully take (or retake) power. Benjamin Disraeli's success in the British House of Commons would strongly suggest that Pat's idea of delivering where you can deliver can actually work, even if it means temporarily conceeding a few points on your overall agenda.