This continues number 4 of the things we need to do. We need a clear platform going forward and we are on plank number 5 of that platform. Please see Part 1 and Part 2 for more information.
E. Solve illegal immigration. There are no easy fixes to illegal immigration. One side would have you believe that every illegal immigrant is here for the American dream the other side will tell you they are all criminals looking for hand-outs while driving drunk. Both sides are wrong. Illegal immigrants span the socioeconomic scale. Some are rotten no good criminals, but last time I checked we grew those here too. Some are decent hard-working people trying to do what is best for their families. Some are running from something, some are running to something. We need to have compassion on these folks and deal with them as people, not as numbers. There needs to be a comprehensive plan which looks at all the issues not just the hot button issues. Yes they committed a crime by coming here illegal, but not all of them are career criminals hell-bent on killing you and your family while selling drugs and running guns. We also need to know how many there are, some say 12,000,000 some say 20,000,000. We need to know. Many of them have been here decades and have a life here, some of them got here yesterday. What is the solution…that is a whole other article, but the questions need to be asked and answered and the problem solved. We cannot continue to refuse to enforce the laws on the books or be hamstrung by cries of racism by those who think we should give California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas back to Mexico.
F. End discrimination by stopping Affirmative Action Initiatives . I know a few people in the oil and gas industry. All major players in the industry recruit workers right out of college to remain competitive in the industry. I know someone who does this work, and they were instructed not to recruit any white males. They were also told to specifically look for women and blacks. They were additionally instructed to avoid Asians. Hmmm, does this sound right? If I were an Oil and Gas company I would look for the brightest and best individual to help my company remain competitive. If they were black, white, Asian or Hispanic or whatever, I would seek to hire them. Quotas impede excellence and competition. Conservatives believe in equality of opportunity, liberals believe in equality of resources. In America we need to forward the idea of equality of opportunity and eradicate the idea of equality of resources. When a company refuses to recruit an individual because of the color of their skin or what equipment they have between their legs it is wrong; it makes no difference if the individual is male or female black or white. Affirmative Action is discrimination.
G. Fix foreign Policy. Republicans need to embrace the rugged individualistic principles that have shaped Americans and caused them to prosper for over two centuries. We need to export these ideas to our allies and the people of our enemies as well. We do not do this by supporting nations that support and shield terrorists, like Pakistan. We do not do this by inserting ourselves in the struggles of countries like Lybia and Syria. We must help the nations of the world by staying out of their business. This may sound simplistic but consider the alternative. We have been involved in one war or another for the entire 20th and 21st centuries. When does it stop? It stops when we concern ourselves with building our nation and not the nations of Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, or any other country in the world. Their problems are their own, they do not concern the U.S.A. We are not the police of the world and we are not its daddy. We must end all forms of foreign aid to all but a select few countries. We need to stop arming and enriching countries that we may eventually face on the battlefield.
H. Become Self Sufficient. The United States has the natural resources to be self-sufficient. We must produce all of our own energy, and we can. We must do our own manufacturing, and we can. We must re-establish fair trade with China and we can. We must increase our exports, and we can. We must encourage manufacturing on American shores with tax credits, and we can. We must get the federal government out-of-the-way to do all of these things, and we can.
These are seven main points in a platform that can help conservatives wrest control of this country from the statist Democrats. I truly believe that most Americans would agree with a platform like this, and the message needs to begin now. Unfortunately there are not very many Republicans trying to advance such a platform because the word conservative has come to describe someone who is mean-spirited, hates the poor, loves the rich, and hates everyone that is not white. For far too long we conservatives have allowed the liberals to define who we are. We have lost, utterly lost the public relations battle, and it is time we started to fight fire with fire. Conservatives need to call a spade a spade and not be afraid of being call racist, bigot, homophobe. I was encouraged that the AP has taken the word homophobe out of its style book and is encouraging their reporter not to use it.
Conservatives must take the fight to the liberals, and we must take our message to the people.