Colman: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS TO CHANGE

The title of this article is accurate, especially in California.  The Party in this State has been protecting Biden supporters that have votes in the CRP—while taking out GOP nominees, exclusively all conservative. The Initiative s Committee of the Party, ALL appointed by the Chair, Jessica Patterson was so weak, it could not protect Prop. 13 with a recommendation of a NO vote on Prop. 19.  Instead, they wimped out with no recommendation—which helps those wanting to kill Prop. 13, even the GOP has no problem with it they will say.

To win, our leaders and elected officials need a backbone.  Leaders Lead. Say YES to Prop. 13, say NO t tax increases.  Say Yes to jobs, say no to special interest laws killing jobs.  As President Reagan aid, “we need to speak in bold colors not in pastels”.

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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS TO CHANGE

By Richard Colman, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views. 7/29/20

The Republican Party, in California and nationally, drastically needs to change.

 There was a time when the Republican Party had fine candidates like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Earl Warren (as governor of California from 1943 to 1953), Dwight Eisenhower (president from 1953 to 1961), and Ronald Reagan.

 In California today, the Democrats control all state-wide elected offices.  Also, by overwhelming margins, the Democrats control both houses of the state legislature.

 In 1952 and 1956, Eisenhower won landslide victories for president.  Eisenhower’s slogan, which used Eisenhower’s nickname, Ike, had a memorable slogan, “I like Ike.” 

 As president, Eisenhower was a centrist.  While he did not expand such New Deal programs as Social Security, he did not favor repealing popular New Deal programs.

 Ronald Reagan, as governor of California (from 1967 to 1975) and as president (from 1981 to 1989) knew how to win elections.  Reagan was affable and had a great sense of humor.

 One of the most well liked Republicans in recent years was the late Jack Kemp, a former professional football player and later a Republican Congressman from the Buffalo, New York, area.  Kemp called for a “big tent” Republican party, a party that embraced such groups as African-Americans and Latinos.

 Another excellent Republican figure was Senator Howard Baker from Tennessee.  Baker was an open and likeable figure.  Baker was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966.  He listened to people.

 In recent years, the Republican Party under President Donald Trump has become a party of protectionism, xenophobia, and nastiness.  Only a few elected Republicans are willing to challenge Trump’s obnoxious behavior.

 Not all of the Republican Party’s troubles are due to Trump.  But Trump has set a tone for Republicans, a tone that has caused problems for other Republicans.  As president, Trump’s approval rating has stayed close to 40 percent.  If Trump were a better politician, he would be an overwhelming choice for re-election.

 Trump has criticized the “deep state,” meaning the gigantic bureaucracy that exists within the federal government.  He has also criticized the nation’s immigration policies.  But the criticism has been leveled in a way that irritates many Americans. 

 Normally, the Republican Party stands for free trade, less government bureaucracy, and free markets.  The party was founded as an anti-slavery party.

Today, the party has become narrow minded.  Trump himself insults not only Democrats but fellow Republicans like Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas.  Some people would argue that Trump has insulted more people that Don Rickles, the late comedian.

In 2018, Trump, as president, referred to African countries, Haiti, and El Salvador as (expletive deleted) “_______ hole” countries.

 In 2015, when campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best . . . They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crimeThey’re rapists.”

 While Trump may have legitimate concerns about immigrants, he could have used more diplomatic language.

 During Trump’s time in office, the annual budget deficit went from $585 billion to $984 billion in 2019, up 68 percent.  The estimated deficit for the 2020 fiscal year is $3.8 trillion.

 In foreign policy, the Republicans under Trump made a huge mistake by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  To counter the power of a rising China, TPP originally involved assembling a group of nations to offset Chinese hegemony in the Pacific region.  TPP originally involved such nation as the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam.  In 2017, Trump withdrew U.S. participation in the TPP.

 Too often, Republicans seem mean.  Such criticism does not apply to Eisenhower and Reagan.  During their respective presidencies, the U.S. stayed out of war.  (When Eisenhower became president in January 1953, the Korean War was still raging.  By July 1953, an armistice was arranged, and American participation in the war ended.  For the rest of Eisenhower’s presidency, the U.S. did not have any wars.) 

 Today, the U.S. is fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 When Reagan became president, the national debt was $1 trillion.  When he left office, the debt was nearly $3 trillion.  Today, that debt is over $26 trillion and climbing quickly.  Reagan helped arrange for the demise of the Soviet Union.

 Reagan had an optimistic outlook.  He, like Eisenhower, made Americans feel good about their country.

 From 2003 to 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a movie actor and a Republican, was governor of California.  In 2006, he won re-election as governor easily.  Schwarzenegger was a moderate governor and was well liked.  Schwarzenegger supported stem-cell research.  While he was not a supporter of gay marriage, he did support civic unions.  He was a flexible politician and was willing to compromise with a Democratic state legislature.

Right now, it looks as if Donald Trump will lose the 2020 presidential election.  The tragedy of Trump is that he did not try to expand the appeal o the Republican Party.

 Richard Nixon, a Republican, was overwhelmingly re-elected as president in 1972, winning 49 states.  Nixon, first elected as president in 1968, imposed wage-and-price controls in August 1971.  The goal was to reduce inflation.  In February 1972, Nixon made the first trip ever made by an American president to China.  In May 1972, Nixon became the first American president to visit the Kremlin in Moscow in the Soviet Union.  In the Kremlin, Nixon signed an arms control agreement with the Soviets. 

 Before the 1972 election, Nixon, in October 1972, appeared to end the Vietnam War.  However, the war did not end until January 1973.

 In 1972, there was a group called Democrats for Nixon.  Nixon was able to expand his base.

 In 1984, Reagan Democrats appeared, showing that Reagan was able to expand his base.  In his 1984 bid for re-election, Reagan won 49 states.

 The time has come for Republicans to put forward imaginative candidates who can expand the Republican base and win elections.

 Republicans have done it before.  They can do it again.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Rico Lagattuta says

    The Republican party as a whole is in shambles. They have been in shambles, especially in California for over 30 years. Don’t kbow who wrote this pittyful article but it must have been either a lefits liberal or a Rino. Really disapointed Steve Frfank posted this article. Not like you!

    • R Caldwell says

      My sentiments exactly! I’m a life long Republican but I’m very dissappointed in our party in California. This article espouses the liberal verbage we hear all the time on the news. I’ve followed Steve Frank for a long time and am shocked he would post an article like this.

  2. Concerned Citizen says

    The Republican party does not exist anymore. They all appear to RINO’s (Rebuplican in name only). They are a disgrace to the party and to the nation. Most won’t even back the President on anything.

  3. russelll gray says

    This article was a disjointed, rambling piece of journalism (sic). Smattered with some facts and convoluted with opinions that were at best disingenuous if not just plain,….. well you get the point.
    Steve your work has always been excellent, this addition is not one of your best days.

  4. Sebra Leaves says

    Thanks Richard, for reminding everyone how to reach out to people with a friendly helpful hand and work together to heal and unify the country. Hopefully the public will remember soon how to help one another and do what it takes to stop the spread of the virus and return the country to a friendly, healthy, empathetic role in world affairs. We all deserve a break from bad distressing news.

  5. Really??? says

    This quote is absolutely false “…The goal was to reduce inflation. ….” No Nixon made it clear that wage and price controls were put in to tell the Democrats to shut up. He did what they wanted to prove it would fail.

    The Unions in particular hated him for it. It was their push to “increase” wages after lobbying for control that dd them in. The general public saw the failure and supported him for exposing it.

    Regarding Vietnam, it was the Democrats that (violating federal law) that negotiated with the Communists outside of the Paris negotiation. Democrats told Ho, and Giap, they could have the country if they would give false promises. It was the Democrats who blocked Nixon’s move to adhere to the Paris Accords that stated the US would come to the aid of South Vietnam if the Communists invaded. It was the Democrats that gave that country to Communists

    The voters voted Republican because of Democrat failure.

    Mr. Colman’s comment “Too often, Republicans seem mean.” is interesting. The evidence is clear the Democrats have become the permissive parent who states anything is OK. Zero discipline and standing for the rule of law.

    It is time for Republicans to stand for solid values and state rioting, looting, open borders, no bail crimes, etc. are not what wen stand for.

    Pointing out that Brown lied about the gas tax, and Newsom doubled down on stealing it for other purposes. Making it clear that Slick said the HS rail was dead and the funded $2.0 Billion for more will disgust most voters. Standing strong to Stop Voter fraud is something most Democrats will back.

    Make it clear Democrat Tax & Spend is hurting both the middle class and immigrants is a winner.

    No Mr. Coleman, I for one cannot accept your conclusions. Democrat Light is not the way.

    • Totally agree. The problem with the Republican Party is that there are too many RINOs with no conviction other than enriching themselves. At least the crackpots in the other party stay together to defeat the fractured Republicans. The first thing that we can do is get rid of the loser left wing consultants that want everyone to vote for Biden. The second thing that we can do is get rid of GOP. That is a signal by the media that we are out of touch. Really? What’s out of touch about “The Grand OLD Party?
      The swamp deep state of both parties is only interested in enriching themselves, and like the Democrats, think the rest of America is comprised of gullible “little people.”

  6. I am ready to stop my subscription to this newsletter. With all the good articles you have done I can’t believe this CR*P! Take a drive around and tell me how many Biden signs you see? I can’t see any and I live in a predominantly liberal area! But I see a lot of Trump signs and American flags on houses that weren’t there in previous years. Regardless of personality, Trump has done more for this country than the last 4 presidents put together. I can’t believe you posted this article. He is going to win in a landslide as long as there is not voter fraud.

  7. Nancy Cochran says

    As an elected member of San Joaquin Republican Central Committee and their executive committee, I have seen how so-called Republicans undermine our best Republican candidates, having them run against each other in primaries, so the Dems can retain their control of California. Our state Republican leadership has been a major factor in keeping Dems in power by preventing the endorsement of our conservative candidates and endorsing the weakest GOP candidates. Consultants (and you know who you are) play both ends against the middle, and collect consulting fees. I have seen this happen from local up to state GOP leadership.

  8. Antonio C Amador says

    As a Conservative Republican running for The House of Representatives, I have never read so much bullshit from a so called Republican. Coleman misses many points, starting with his defense of ‘globalist’ trying to protect the TPP. Xenophobia, nastiness, give me a break. As a lifetime conservative, registered as a Republican with extensive law enforcement background, the folks coming to our country illegally, from Mexico are more than job seekers. Yes Dorothy, we have ‘human traffickers’ that trade in rape of children. We have fentanyl from China passing through the south, (think 60 plus thousand dying yearly in our country), of course, from illegal drugs passing through the southern border. I don’t want to be made to “feel good”, I am proud of our President for getting things done. I am of Mexican descent as is my wife, and we are proud supporters of President Trump. He will not lose, even with the help of the Rhino’s of our party. Remember your choice, Biden socialism or ‘can do’ attitude of our leader. God bless.

  9. Both thumbs down on the opinions in this article.

  10. I’m very surprised at Mr. Coleman. Prior to this, he was always right on. He says that Pres. Eisenhower was a centrist.. President Eisenhower oversaw “Operation Wetback,” wherein over a million illegal immigrants were returned to Mexico. Today, Conservatives could only dream of another “Operation Wetback.” At present, America’s history is being erased, our society is being dissembled, our economy is being destroyed, our Constitutional-guaranteed individual freedoms and liberties are being stripped from us, our police are being violently attacked, and most of our big cities are looking like war zones.
    Most of the Republican lawmakers are spineless wimps who don’t even stand behind the president. And you’re bothered by some of Pres. Trump’s tweets and responses to the constant verbal assaults he has to deal with? There’s probably not another man in this country who could accomplish all the good he has done under the constant verbal assaults with which he has had to contend.

  11. Richard Colman says

    To those of you who made comments about the above article, please see my piece of July 22, 2020. Writing about the Democrats, I said: ” In the Democratic Party, there are extreme elements that want to seize private property, redistribute income, increase taxes, and bankrupt the nation.” The July 22 piece received no comments. The current Republican Party is having trouble winning elections. As Vince Lombardy said: “Winning isn’t the thing. Winning is the only thing.” Dwight Eisenhower balanced three federal budgets. Donald Trump has not balanced one budget. Republicans need to win elections. In 2016, Donald Trump did not even win the popular vote. –Richard Colman, email:

  12. Antonio C Amador says

    Richard Colman, have you heard of the Constitution and the Electoral College. If popular vote (democracy) mattered more than fairness to protect the minorities, then we should just sit back and let New York and California decide who our president should be in to perpetuity.

  13. Richard Coleman who are you? On the GOP Committee?

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