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May 20, 2009

Republican Study Committee of Colorado

According to their website, the “Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) is a voluntary association of elected Colorado legislators that formulates, supports, and communicates legislative actions and positions consistent with its vision and Declaration of Principles. Modeled after the Republican Study Committee of the U.S. Congress, the RSCC provides long range planning and continuity between legislative sessions, helps identify and prioritize content on issues supported by the RSCC, fosters better coordination with groups that support Republican core issues, and increases the potential for national and state-to-state sharing and coordination of legislative information.”

The following video provides information about the RSCC:

In the second paragraph of their “Declaration of Principles,” “Members of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado [state that they] agree with the national Republican Study Committee in [their] dedication to a limited and Constitutional role for civil government, a strong national defense, the protection of individual and property rights, and the preservation of traditional family values.”

The RSCC is on Twitter at RSCColorado, and I was pleased to learn through an update today that “RSCC members are joining the Patrick Henry Caucus this week” [link added].

Maybe there’s hope for the Republican Party in Colorado after all.

January 6, 2009

First Fix the Foundation, Then #Rebuild the Infrastructure

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.

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