Are Republicans stuck in the past?

@ZephyrSun (7385)
United States
April 19, 2009 9:22pm CST
Appartently Meghan McCain seems to think so. I think it's great that Ms. McCain is out there drumming for the Republican party, they need a fresh face and actually the more I see of her interviewing and whatnot I really like what she has to say. So what are your thoughts about Republicans? Are they stuck in the past? If you would like to read the story.... http://news.aol.com/main/politics/article/meghan-mccain-gop-civil-war/434547?icid=main|main|dl1|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Fmain%2Fpolitics%2Farticle%2Fmeghan-mccain-gop-civil-war%2F434547
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• United States
20 Apr 09
Well when it comes to gay rights...she is right in some ways. Some want to stick to making them second class citizens. But a lot of conservatives (I am not a republican) believe they should have the same rights as everyone else. As for how that will go...who knows. I truely think the repulican party has bigger problems than that (not that it is not major issue). While a lot of republicans in this country believe in small government and fiscal responsibility unforunately the elected officials do not in most cases. They have become big spenders. The party has forgetten about small government and fiscal responsibility. Which is why you saw them get their butts kicked in the last presential election and the last two senate and house elections. I seems to me that elected republicans and democrats have become much the same when it comes to waste, growing government and spending. I do not see things getting any better for the republican party til the republican elected officials get back to it's fiscal roots. I am not going to start supporting a party just because the support gay rights. I am not going to decide to not support a party because they don't. But I will stop supporting or start supporting a group that actually practices fiscal responsiblity and small government.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Thanks for being so honest about the Republican party. I have asked several conservatives why it is that "Republicans" go with that whole fiscal responsibility yet their elected officals never seem to follow that.
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• United States
21 Apr 09
I agree with Meghan, I think that the republican party is stuck in the past. I think that they have been this way for years now, and no one has had the balls to stand up the leaders of the RNC. It is time that they find someone who will stand up to the leaders, and move them into the 20th century (I would say 21st century, but lets just take it one step at a time).
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Do you honestly think anyone wants to stand up to Rush?
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Both, Republicans and Democrats, are stuck in the past and their corners of the political spectrum. One traditionally promotes this, the other that. When it comes down to it, it's always been and still is same old, same old, nothing changes. It's time for a third party to enter the picture in a more than also ran fashion.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I agree, I am still waiting on my Independent candidate to run as long as it isn't Ross lol Ah, maybe some day.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Apr 09
I think as a party, they are stuck in a commercial ditch. If the republican party has any hope, it will be to actualy start being republican . Take a quick read of the constitution and you can easily find the definition of "republican". It is a reference to the form of government intended by the founders, yet they have gone quite far from representing that in it's propper form, they are nothing more than posers right now.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Guess they had better call the tow truck lol Over the past year I have been incredibly upset with the Republican party for their intolerance and if Meghan is going to get the party going into the right direction...it brings me a lot of happiness. Maybe I can be an Independent again LOL
@aadaam (5)
• Sweden
20 Apr 09
Hard for me to tell as im not a US citizen. But from my point of view, and most people i know here in Sweden, both democrats and republicans would be considerd stuck in the past and conservatistic, seeing as both parties are "blue" (in sweden, being a socialist is considerd being forward).
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@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
20 Apr 09
My honest opinion is when you have people in office for so long whether they be republicans or dems they all get stuck in the past. I believe any public office should not be held for more than a president can hold it. We have people in office for decades pushing the same old bs. Change can be good and change can be bad but we have to be willing to have some changes for our life changes daily. We need realistic open minded individuals that will use the constitution as guidance. Just because someone does not follow the constitution word for word does not mean they are not following it. All writings can be interpeted in many different ways by many different people. I have always had disputes over the bible for when I read it I get what I need out of it not what a priest has told me it meant. We were all brought up to think many things but the one thing I have always believed in is there is only one person that I can ever trust for the rest of my life and that would be myself.There is not one political canidate that thinks exactly what I think, therefore when I run my life I do it the way that makes me feel the most productive. How on earth can anyone of us say that the party we voted for is exactly how I think? Most people have some beliefs from every party running out there a little of this a little of that and so on. Just my point of view.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I like your ideas. I think there should be some sort of term limits like two for Senators and maybe more for House members since they have 2 year terms. I like your point of view, thanks for responding!
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
20 Apr 09
I don't think it's entirely a "stuck in the past" issue. I think as younger republicans enter politics and older ones retire you'll see the party's position on social issues like gay marriage change. Right now, most democratic politicians oppose gay marriage as well because it's largely a generational issue. The bigger issue is that far too many Republican politicians aren't representing the party appropriately. Fiscally, the most basic republican issue is lower taxes and lower spending. Right now 40% of the garbage earmarks and pork we deal with were authored by republicans. That is ridiculous. It wouldn't be a big deal if it were something like 15 or 20 percent, but 40%, in a congress with 41 republicans, means that they are just as bad, if not worse, than the democrats with regards to pork spending. I think a lot of this happens because that pork goes to their constituents getting them reelected at the expense of the nation as a whole.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Apr 09
If this country does not stop fighting over which political party is better or more up to date or more evil or whatever we will never get out of this mess. Name calling and blame passing never fixed anything. I am not going to join in on the fault finding and name calling. It is a total waste of time and detrimental! It is time to all pull together and just fix the whole mess and stop arguing and trying to put the blame on someone. I DO NOT CARE WHO IS TO BLAME or Who is out of Date. I just care about who is going to get us out of debt and keep us from becoming a Socialistic/Communistic country patterned after Italy or some other European State. THIS IS THE USA. I am PPROUD to be AN AMERICAN. I don't want to be a European! I may vacation there but not live there. Shalom~Adoniah
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Your comments actually brought me to laughter. I don't know how many times on this board I have been called Unamerican because I have said that gays should have the right to marry, that people should question the government and elected officals, and even from saying that protesting the war is one of rights as Americans. If you cannot guess those all came from a conservative. So as a liberal I tend to get upset about this whole American Unamerican thing... We are Americans (liberals) as long as we believe the way that conservatives believe. We will never stop the divid as long as there is no respect for other's beliefs.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Everyone has a right to their opinions. That is what freedom is all about. That is what this country is all about. But when money is spent on insane things and we are told that this is good for us, I say No. When we bail out a private company and Congress fires its CEO and then it is going to go bankrupt anyway and not have to pay back the money, I say NO. When the put excons and gang members in the military and then paint the whole military with the same brush, I say NO. When they start labling a political group as extremests and possible terrorists, I say No. But this is Bipartisan. This is not just one party doing this. So you cannot point fingers. This mess that we are in is also Bipartisan so once again you cannot point fingers. So my first response stands. We all need to pull together to get out of this mess and stop the blame game. Laugh all you want; its good for the soul! Shalom
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@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
20 Apr 09
I won't be bothered with reading what she has to say. I will just say that I am not currently a fan of the Republican Party. Are they stuck in the past?? Who cares. The people that supported Republicans for years are now being pooped on because her husband lost an election. They lost an election because they nominated McCain. McCain was one of the most liberal leaning Republicans. So she is saying they need be more like her husband? So they can lose again? The Republican should look and see who voted for them. Perhaps they should listen to those people. However, I know they won't because the Party only cares about getting votes and not really doing what they were elected to do.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Well it was actually his daughter that made the comments not his wife. I do believe that your last comment applies to all political parties.
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• United States
20 Apr 09
I don't think they are stuck in the past, there is a tradition of values that don't change to accomodate fly by night participants. The democrats are stuck in the past, they have been the same racists since the right to vote came about.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Those racist Democrats are most generally Southern Democrats that vote Republican.
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