I recently joined the Ning site for Rebuild the Party and have read and heard quite a bit lately about rebuilding the Republican Party, particularly by making more effective use of the technology available. However, before the party’s infrastructure is renovated, its foundation needs to be fixed.
For the last eight years, the Republican Party and the country have been led by a big-government moderate, and the party’s most recent presidential candidate was selected by independents, Democrats, and members of the old media. Bush ignored conservatives, and McCain insulted us.
If the Republican Party wants to gain and retain power (the reason for its existence), it must first rebuild the foundation out of conservative principles. This foundation should rest solidly on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
I believe the key passage from which all other conservative principles grow is found in the Declaration of Indepencence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . . .
That passage clearly definies the purpose of government: to secure our rights–not to meet any or all of our needs and wants.
In order to secure its future, the Republican Party must return to these basics and invite back the conservatives it abandoned in its lurch to the left the last several years.