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I heard the idea somewhere and found it true on an anecdotal (yeah >_<) level, just based on my observations of those who sympathized with or belonged to either party. I guess it depends how you define cohesive/infighting, but as someone with more practical political experience, what do you think? (feel free to ignore, long answer, I know)

Take a look at our primary season. In 2008 there were a TON of Republicans in our primary…for Democrats there were really only 2 front runners and the absolute second that a candidate was chosen the party was lock step in supporting him. In 2012 we had a huge field again (because, hey, why not do the Democrats work for them and attack each other and drag up controversies to be used in the election) and even after Romney was picked as the candidate we had pundits and prominent members of the party who did not come out to support him. They were still claiming he wasn’t conservative enough and doing half the job of the Democrats for them.

Democrats know how to take marching orders, Republicans are really bad at that.

Right now we certainly have more infighting as we have numerous Republicans being primaried by Tea Party candidates who are bound and determined to take as much attention and money as they can…which only ends up hamstringing us in trying to get more Republicans in the senate. 

sincethisisadream asked:

Hello! I went to the California College Republican Convention this past weekend and they said a lot of interesting things, one of them being that we don't need to change the policies, but the packaging. Like right now, the Republican Party is "The Party of No," but we should work on repackaging it to be "The Party of Hard Work." We don't care what your race, gender, sexuality, religion, but if you're willing to work hard, we welcome you with open arms. What do you think?

I agree, we need to do some rebranding. As Andrew Breitbart said “If you can’t sell freedom and liberty, you suck!”

Our ideas are great ones, we just have to sell them to people in a way they will understand and buy. 

Of course while I understand that rebranding is the key, I suck at it. I’m a nitty gritty, semantics, hair splitting, minutiae of politics type of person at heart and that’s hard to sell to people. So I do my best and encourage others to find the right packaging.  

Interesting Story: I just spent the last hour skimming through several decades of Democrat and Republican Platforms

Not only can I not find this magical time where Republicans supposedly switched platform ideas with Democrats and started rejected liberty and individual freedom for everyone (indeed the Republican party has, since it’s beginning and right up through the 60s [the civil rights movement and where I stopped skimming for now] included the importance of civil rights for minorities and women in their platform), but I also have found that (especially in the 50s and 60s) the Democratic platform contained almost more blaming of the Republicans than it did actual party platform information. 

Republicans used their platform to talk about their party ideals and their solutions, Democrats used their platform to blame Republicans for everything rather than focusing on their platform. 

From the skimming that I did (obviously I’m not going to do an close reading of every word this afternoon) NEITHER party had a specific section on “Civil Rights” until 1952, but the 1948 platforms for both show a distinct difference in how the parties dealt with equality.

One of these platforms offered solutions and plans, one offered lip service.

Republican 1948 Platform:

Lynching or any other form of mob violence anywhere is a disgrace to any civilized state, and we favor the prompt enactment of legislation to end this infamy.

One of the basic principles of this Republic is the equality of all individuals in their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This principle is enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Constitution of the United States; it was vindicated on the field of battle and became the cornerstone of this Republic. This right of equal opportunity to work and to advance in life should never be limited in any individual because of race, religion, color, or country of origin. We favor the enactment and just enforcement of such Federal legislation as may be necessary to maintain this right at all times in every part of this Republic.

We favor the abolition of the poll tax as a requisite to voting.

We are opposed to the idea of racial segregation in the armed services of the United States.

Democratic 1948 Platform:

The Democratic Party is responsible for the great civil rights gains made in recent years in eliminating unfair and illegal discrimination based on race, creed or color,

The Democratic Party commits itself to continuing its efforts to eradicate all racial, religious and economic discrimination.

We again state our belief that racial and religious minorities must have the right to live, the right to work, the right to vote, the full and equal protection of the laws, on a basis of equality with all citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution.

We highly commend President Harry S. Truman for his courageous stand on the issue of civil rights.

We call upon the Congress to support our President in guaranteeing these basic and fundamental American Principles: (1) the right of full and equal political participation; (2) the right to equal opportunity of employment; (3) the right of security of person; (4) and the right of equal treatment in the service and defense of our nation.[1]

Up into the 60s I can still not see this magical switch between party platforms and ideals that shows Republicans becoming racist. 

But please, here’s a link to the platforms, please let me know if you can find that point of reference somewhere. Maybe I missed the key year. 

What Circular Firing Squad? Conservatives Still Agree On Much


The MSM is, naturally, cheering on the infighting, not so subtly proclaiming it a shattered movement with no clear goal.

Circular firing squad and internal squabbling notwithstanding, perhaps now is a good time for a reminder of what conservatives — whether grassroots/Tea Party or GOP ‘Beltway’ establishment — still have in common:

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Thus, I ask you — are conservatives really that fragmented?

And, should the current circular firing squad be treated with ridicule, or praised as the sign of a movement that does not march lock-step? 

What you call a circular firing squad, I call the sign of an intellectually vibrant movement. 

Let’s focus on what unites us rather than divides — 2014 awaits.

Survey says Republicans have more orgasms. - Naked DC

Republican Lead the Polls—In Orgasm

Yep, you heard that right. Republicans—and conservative Republicans, for that matter—reported the highest frequency of orgasm of all of the survey respondents, despite having the least amount of sex. More than half of those who identified as conservative Republicans said they reached climax almost every time they had sex, compared with just 40 percent of liberal Democrats. Sure, these answers are self-reported, but the survey was conducted anonymously online. What reason do they have to lie?

There have always been compelling reasons not to have sex with liberal Democrats – all that crying afterward probably leading the pack – but there’s at least one compelling reason, now, to seek out the opposite: when it comes to seeing things through to the end, you can trust your satisfaction to the party that believes in personal responsibility in all aspects of it’s endeavors

CNN Anchor Asks Rand Paul if He Would Consider Switching to the Democratic Party—This Was His Simple Response | Video | TheBlaze.com

“No. I’ve always been a Republican, and I’m one of those people who actually is a real lover of the history of the Republican Party from the days of abolition to the days of civil rights. The Republican Party has a really rich history,” he said.

“In our state, I’m really proud of the fact that the ones who overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democratic Party, so I am proud to be Republican. I can’t imagine being anything else,” he added.

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Paula Deen (Democrat)

The Food Network star campaigned for Obama back in 2008, and invited his wife Michelle to cook with her during an episode of Paula’s Party. Later, she said she “just loved” being around the First Lady, and praised her platform: encouraging kids and young adults to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise.



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