Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Opinion: Purging the Republican Party to Save Its Future

[Disclaimer: The views expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect official positions of the RLC.]

By Zach Foster

A bipartisan team of Senators recently gave a press conference discussing their immigration reform bill offering amnesty and citizenship plans for illegal immigrants. Republicans from D.C. to L.A. County are readily endorsing the plan with the hopes of painting the Republican Party in a more populist shade in the eyes of Hispanic voters. John McCain was blatantly honest as to why the Republican Senators were willing to compromise after years of a hard-line stance: “Look at the election.” 71% of Hispanic voters favored Obama.

Despite the temporary relief this pro-amnesty stance might bring to the GOP’s image, trying to appease voters on immigration is merely an attempt to treat a symptom but not the cause of the GOP’s electoral failure. The GOP is ill with a progressing cancer. For years the Party eroded its principles at the beckon of questionable leaders. The only way to cure the cancer is not by treating symptoms, but rather by cutting out the cancer. If the Party is to survive, its members need to steer it back to the conservative-libertarian ideology that made it great, and purge the poor leadership which has been the Party’s downfall.

The 2012 election losses are the blooming flowers planted with the seeds of the Party’s hypocrisy. Republicans spent four years damning and demonizing President Obama for much of what these same so-called conservatives supported in the past. Republicans have been completely blind to the reality that President Obama is only superficially different from George W. Bush.

Both Bush and Obama traded their campaign promises of a peaceful foreign policy for a foreign policy of war. While war in Afghanistan was thrown at the Bush Administration by Al Qaeda on 9/11, the justification for war in Iraq was fictional (though the lives lost were not). The Iraq War is made even more inexcusable by the Administration removing needed resources from Afghanistan for redeployment in Iraq, creating ample opportunity for the all-but-defeated Taliban to recover, regroup, and reoccupy their home country with a vengeance, thus prolonging and intensifying the war.

President Obama campaigned on a speedy end to both wars but instead upheld the Bush-era Iraq withdrawal timeline and extended U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan to 2024. Republicans stalwartly supported the removal of Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2002-03 though they criticized Obama for intervention in Libya, even though Muammar Gaddhafi was a similar despot of the same Pan-Arab socialist militant movement as Hussein. While Republicans vehemently damned Obama for the four diplomats killed by Islamic militants in Libya, they never expressed outrage against Bush for the American soldiers killed and wounded by jihadists in the Philippines.

Republicans who supported the Bush-era socialistic stimulus plans criticized Obama for being a crypto-Marxist over the Relief and Recovery Act and TARP bailouts. Their hypocrisy stands out in their opposition to Obama’s programs even though they’re merely the logical conclusion to Bush’s economic interventions. The Bush and Obama administrations have also proven to be nearly identical in policies regarding the war on drugs, education, the Federal Reserve and monetary policy, and a host of other areas.

The GOP further spiraled into ideological oblivion with widespread support for crypto-Democrat Mitt Romney from the RNC and later the majority of the Party’s registered voters. Meanwhile the one candidate who had a realistic chance of defeating Obama, who consistently polled higher than Obama, and truly inspired tens of thousands of grass-roots activists nationwide to take to the streets and register new Republicans—Ron Paul—was severely marginalized by the RNC and demonized by the propaganda outlet Fox News. The Party settled for flip-flopper Romney who had supported abortion, the TARP bailouts, tax increases, signed gun control bills into law, and designed the blueprint for ObamaCare (which in 2008 he publicly supported implementing nationwide). Why on earth would the Democrats vote for a facsimile of Obama when they had the real one already in office?!

Painful as it is to say, the GOP not only deserved the 2012 presidential election loss but sewed the seeds of its own defeat. They justified their settling for Romney under the Anybody-But-Obama mindset, rationalizing that they were supporting the lesser of two evils. Nonetheless, the lesser of the two is still evil, and unlike the opposition evil who gives the righteous something to rally against, the “lesser” evil drains the good of their purity. So it was with Romney, from the RNC to the county central committees.

Republicans will occasionally recommend conservatives read the leftist Saul Alinski’s book Rules for Radicals with the idea that they’ll use the left’s own tactics against them. Frankly, the GOP needs to clean its closet before going after the left, and Alinski isn’t the model to follow. If the GOP is to survive, every leader who cheer-led for Romney and marginalized the libertarian faction must repent or be purged the way Lenin purged weak elements from the Bolshevik Party: relieving them of their posts and barring them from ever holding office again.

The Party must also hand over the reigns of leadership to the libertarian-leaning Republican Liberty Caucus. It’s time for the Party’s failed leaders to back the dented car gently into the driveway and hand the keys to an adult. The Party needs to return to the venerable, principled platform that made it great throughout much of the twentieth century. The GOP opposed entry into World War I, championed civil rights and social equality for decades, was chosen to bring peace with honor in Korea and Vietnam, and supported a gold standard because un-backed currency was merely paper fraud that devalued working men’s hard-earned dollars.

The Party can once again find the ideological balance between the paleoconservative philosophy of Robert Taft and Barry Goldwater and the libertarian philosophy of Murray Rothbard and Albert Jay Nock. The GOP can once again be the party of the people. Now is the time for the libertarian faction to shine, restore the Republican Party, and preserve its future so that we can do the same for our republic.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Eric Rall Candidate Statement

Eric Rall is one of two candidates running for RLCCA Secretary. The views expressed in the below statement are Mr. Rall's and do not necessarily reflect official positions of the RLC.

Eric Rall's candidate statement:

I am Eric Rall, and I am running for RLCCA Secretary.

I have been a member of the RLCCA since 2008 and a board member since 2009. I've been most active in legislative review, ballot measure endorsements, and revisions of the RLCCA's bylaws. As Secretary, I would continue this work, and I would focus on:

   1. Helping the rest of the RLCCA board continue function smoothly.

   2. Continuing to improve outreach and communications, particularly by using our website, blog, and our planned newsletter to publish analysis and recommendations for grassroots involvement based on our official endorsements and the work of the legislative review committee.

My visions for the RLCCA is to raise the profile of libertarian voices as a part of the Republican coalition, and to help libertarian-minded citizens get involved in the political process in order to make a positive difference. We've made a good start over the past few years, but there's a lot of work still to be done.

Pepper Draper Candidate Statement

Pepper Draper is one of two candidates running for RLCCA Secretary.  The views expressed in the below statement are Ms. Draper's and do not necessarily reflect official positions of the RLC.

Pepper Draper's candidate statement:

The greatest danger to our Liberty Caucus and Liberty Movement comes from within. Traitors are now endorsing Romney and Reince Priebus instead of our Liberty candidates including Ron Paul who was  a certified Write In candidate in California as a result of my work and the work of more than 500 liberty loving Plaintiffs in our 50 State Write In Case, and California voters . Traitors in effect also blocked the nomination of our Liberty Candidate Mark Willis for RNC Chairman.

The most important responsibility of our Statewide Officials must be to speak out clearly against these traitors and to remove traitors from our Liberty Caucus in accordance with the Bylaws which provide for Removal for Just Cause.

We can never compromise the core values of our Liberty Movement. I did not hear my opponents voice on this critical issue.  I have experience not only as a Plaintiff in national Liberty Cases, but also as a State Delegate and Precinct Committee Member in my former State of Arizona where without compromise we successfully installed a liberty State Party Chairman. We never allowed the establishment to bully us.

Traitors who endorsed Romney and Priebus have made it known they are willing to betray us again and again. I will work to stop and exclude them while giving them a second chance if they cease this conduct.

Vote for Pepper Draper if you want Liberty in California to stand by the core values we fought for.

Monday, February 13, 2012

2011 State Legislative Scorecard

For Immediate Release - Tuesday 14 February 2012

Contact: John Dennis, Chairman RLCCA, contact@rlcca.org

Republican Liberty Caucus of California Releases 2011 Legislative Scorecard


California, February 14, 2012 - Today the Republican Liberty Caucus of California announced the release of its 2011 State Legislative Scorecard. The RLCCA took positions on 31 bills during the 2011 legislative year. Fifteen of the bills dealt with matters relating to economic liberties, the other 16 bills dealt primarily with civil liberties. The scorecard assigns each legislator a civil liberty score, an economic liberty score, and a combined total score.

Republicans legislators earned scores in the range of 89 to 60, significantly better than Democratic legislators who scored in the range of 41 to 15. The scorecard also assigned a score of 35 to Governor Jerry Brown, based on whether or not the governor signed or vetoed each bill. Republican Assemblymembers earned an average score of 77, compared to an average score of 71 for Republican Senators. However not every bill was voted on in both houses.

Top scoring Assembly members include: Chris Norby (89), Allan Mansoor (87), Steve Knight (86), Dan Louge (84), Mike Morrell (82), David Valadao (82), Beth Gains (81), Diane Harkey (81), and Kristin Olson (81). Top scoring Senators include: Joel Anderson (80) and Ted Gaines (80).

“America in general, and California in particular, cannot solve its problems unless we rediscover the appropriate role of government in our lives. That role is to protect our liberties, no more, no less,” said RLCCA Chairman John Dennis. “The new RLCCA Legislative Scorecard highlights those legislators who understand the role of government, and points out those legislators who have failed voters. It’s a terrific new tool as the RLCCA helps build the market for the ideas of liberty.”

Civil liberty highlights include SB-888, which would have banned protesting near funeral ceremonies. The RLCCA opposed SB-888 in defense of the freedom of speech and assembly clauses of both the California and federal constitutions. SB-888 was vetoed by Governor Brown after it passed both houses nearly unanimously. Another highlight was SB-914, which would have required state law enforcement to obtain a search warrant prior to searching through a smart phone or other portable electronic device during any arrest. The RLCCA supported SB-914 in defense of the Fourth Amendment’s recognition of the right to be secure in one’s person, house, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches. SB-914 passed the Assembly unanimously and passed the Senate with strong bi-partisan support, only to be vetoed by the governor.

Economic liberty highlights include ABX1 26 and ABX1 27. ABX1 26, which the RLCCA supported, ended redevelopment agencies, allowing their monies to be used for other purposes in cash strapped California. ABX1 27, which the RLCCA opposed, would have allowed redevelopment agencies to be reconstituted by localities that wished to continue funding them. “In these two bills, it was curious to see large numbers of Republicans opposing private property rights and supporting the so-called redevelopment agencies that are in fact eminent-domain-wielding, property-tax-funded collectivist wealth redistribution schemes,” said Dennis. Both bills passed, but ABX1 27 was later ruled to be unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court.

Also noteworthy were partisan voting patterns. Excluding abstentions, Democratic legislators exhibited remarkably similar voting behavior: 35 out of 52 (or 67%) in the Assembly and 17 out of 25 (or 68%) in the Senate cast exactly the same vote on every bill on the scorecard. This voting pattern can be clearly seen in the chart on page 6 of the scorecard. “It is almost as if over two-thirds of elected Democrats are letting the party leadership make their decisions for them, rather than individually considering the merits of each bill,” said Dennis. While Republicans voted similarly on many bills, such lockstep voting was not present.

The complete scorecard is available online as a PDF at:
http://www.rlcca.org/y/2012/files/2011_scorecard.pdf.

The RLCCA works to advance the ideals of individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise within the State of California and the Republican Party. The RLCCA supports candidates and policies that uphold these principles in order to secure a free and prosperous future for ourselves and our children. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

RLCCA December Newsletter

Welcome to the December 2011 newsletter of the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. It has been a while since our last newsletter. Our eventual goal is to send out this newsletter on a monthly basis. If you have ideas for newsletter stories, or would like to get involved with the RLCCA, please email contact@rlcca.org.



Ron Paul Delivers Los Angeles Keynote Speech



Ron Paul spoke to a fired up crowd at an event hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The event was on September 17 at the California Republican Party fall convention in Los Angeles. Over 500 activists cheered Dr. Paul's message of free markets, individual responsibility, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.



Click here to watch video of the event...



RLCCA supports "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" signature gathering



The Republican Liberty Caucus of California announced its support for signature gathering for the "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" ballot measure. If placed on the ballot and passed by California voters in 2012, the measure will end marijuana prohibition under California law, while legalizing commercial production, as well as small-scale cultivation for personal use, and sales to Californians 21 and older.

The measure, also known as "Measure 1490 (11-0011): Marijuana Legalization", has been cleared to circulate petitions in order to qualify to appear on the ballot in 2012. To qualify, the measure must obtain 504,760 signatures by December 19, 2011. The measure's authors are currently collecting signature pledges and recruiting volunteers for their petition drive, which began on November 1.



Read more...



RLC Attends Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Reno





RLCCA Secretary Parke Bostrom and RLCUT Chair Darcy Van Orden represented the RLC at the 2011 Liberty Political Action Conference (lpac2011.com) in Reno. Bostrom and Van Orden introduced interested attendees to the role and mission of the RLC: promoting individual rights, limited government and free enterprise inside the Republican Party. RLC endorsees Congressman Ron Paul (TX), Senator Rand Paul (KY) and Senator Mike Lee (UT) were among the speakers at the conference.

Coming in January...



Our January newsletter should contain our 2011 California Legislator Scorecard, details about our plans to attend the Spring 2012 CRP convention in Burlingame, and an update on the activities of our local chapters in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego.



The RLCCA works to advance the ideals of individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise within the State of California and the Republican Party. The RLCCA supports candidates and policies that uphold these principles in order to secure a free and prosperous future for ourselves and our children. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

RLCCA supports "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" signature gathering

California, October 4, 2011 - The Republican Liberty Caucus of California
announced its support for signature gathering for the "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" ballot measure. If placed on the ballot and passed by California voters in 2012, the measure will end marijuana prohibition under California law, while legalizing commercial production, as well as small-scale cultivation for personal use, and sales
to Californians 21 and older.



The measure, also known as "Measure 1490 (11-0011): Marijuana Legalization",
has been cleared to circulate petitions in order to qualify to appear on the
ballot in 2012. To qualify, the measure must obtain 504,760 signatures by
December 19, 2011. The measure's authors are currently collecting signature
pledges and recruiting volunteers for their petition drive, which began on November 1.



Any registered voter in California is eligible to sign or circulate a petition. We urge our members and other concerned Californians to pledge signatures, help spread the word, and consider volunteering or donating to the campaign. Signup to pledge, donate, and volunteer at regulatemarijuanalikewine.com. After Nov 1, petition forms will also be available at that website to print, sign, and mail back.



Passing this measure would be a major step forward for personal liberty.



California law would recognize that marijuana, like wine and beer, is an
agricultural product with legitimate uses which adults should be trusted to
enjoy responsibly.



Organized crime would lose its monopoly on the marijuana business.
Law enforcement resources would be freed from the burden of enforcing
prohibition and made available to protect the public from more serious
crimes.



Medical marijuana patients would enjoy improved access to their medicine.
Californians would be able to enjoy responsible recreational use without
violating state laws.



State and local government could collect hundreds of millions of dollars in
new sales tax revenue without raising tax rates.



Passing this measure would also serve as a positive example to other states,
and would increase pressure on the federal government to recognize the
rights of the people of each state to decide matters such as this for
themselves.



Please support the ballot measure volunteering today at
www.regulatemarijuanalikewine.com.



The RLCCA works to advance the ideals of individual rights, limited
government, and free enterprise within the State of California and the
Republican Party. The RLCCA supports candidates and policies that uphold
these principles in order to secure a free and prosperous future for
ourselves and our children. Learn more at www.rlcca.org.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ron Paul Delivers Los Angeles Keynote Speech

Ron Paul spoke to a fired up crowd at an event hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California. The event was on Saturday September 17 at the California Republican Party fall convention in Los Angeles. Over 500 activists cheered Dr. Paul's message of free markets, individual responsibility, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.





Later on Saturday, Ron Paul won the CRP's straw poll.