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Boortz to Republicans: Focus on core issues, or die

Posted: November 14, 2012 - 12:09am  |  Updated: November 15, 2012 - 11:03am

Among the post-mortems written about last week’s elections, the best in my estimation was penned by radio talker Neal Boortz. It boils down to this: Boortz makes the case that the Republican Party is going to kill itself by continuing to put so much focus on abortion, immigration and gay marriage, rather than core issues such as limited government, tax reform, a strong military and the rule of law.

Republicans will die as a national party if they don’t confront the fact, Boortz says, that abortion is never going to be illegal; that gay nuptials aren’t a threat to their own marriages; and that illegal immigrants in the United States are never going to be rounded up and deported.

“If the GOP cannot turn loose of this mindless social conservatism, then you will be relegated to second class status (politically speaking) for the remaining days of this Republic, which may not be all that many,” Boortz writes.

Here's the link to his column: www.boortz.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2012/nov/08/republican-party-let-me-help-you-out/

Give him a read and let me know what you think.


History lesson

Speaking of Republicans, a couple of Columbia County Republicans who have been around a lot longer than I have pointed out that my recent column was incorrect in assigning the distinction of the county’s first elected Republican (in the modern era).

It’s quite an interesting story, and tells a lot about the pettiness that can get entwined in party politics.

As political veteran Bob Beckham notes, the first Republican elected in Columbia County was a woman, Lee Morris. She was elected as justice of the peace from the Evans District in 1980.

Shortly after Morris’ election, state lawmakers saw that many of those county positions around Georgia had gone to Republicans. Their reaction was to rewrite the state constitution to put justices of the peace (and small claims court) under newly created magistrate courts. The chief magistrate was elected countywide, and because Democrats still held majorities even in counties with pockets of Republicans (like Columbia County), the change forestalled Republicans from making inroads. And it put the justices of the peace elected as Republicans, like Morris, under the supervision of elected Democrats.

In 1982, Columbia County elected its first Republican lawmaker when Jim Hill defeated then-Democratic state Rep. Bill Jackson. “The Republican Party was on the move,” he says. “He went door-to-door, worked his butt off and he won.”

In 1984, the remaining dominoes began to fall when Suzanne Scott was elected to the school board (those races were still partisan then) and Otis Hensley was elected sheriff. This revolution by evolution was occurring across Georgia, and the ruling Democrats tried to slow the rise of Republicans by changing elected school superintendents to appointed positions (which Columbia County voters opposed) and turning school board seats into non-partisan posts.

And, as I’ve previously noted, the Legislature dictated that ballots list candidates by order of the party of the governor, keeping the Democrats listed first until after Sonny Perdue defeated Roy Barnes in 2002.

By the turn of the next decade, Republicans had captured a majority on the Columbia County Commission, and within a few years Republicans held every partisan elected position in the county.

And now the rest is history, or one day will be.


(Barry L. Paschal is publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Email barry.paschal@newstimesonline.com. Follow at www.twitter.com/barrypaschal.)

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Libertarian Platform?

Libertarians want core issues such as limited government, tax reform, a strong military and the rule of law. They lose.

Democrats want no values, increased government, increased taxes, a weak military and the code of situation morality. They win.

Republicans are just hiding, hoping to ride out the storm of all time. They comprise the other party in a two party system. Why do they win in CC if they are so out of step with the New America?


The Democrats became

the Socialist Democrats and they know how to buy votes with food stamps and free housing. Compassion or slavery? It is all preconception.


Don't Cave in on Principles

What are we supposed to do...acquiesce to illegal immigration like the Democrats? Agree to government funded abortions on demand? Agree to gay marriage at the expense of our state constitutions? I'll bet if you do ALL THAT, it won't matter one bit. Republicans will never get THOSE votes. I can see emphasizing more libertarian ideas as a way to gain support, but don't compromise your core principles.


Boortz has another book to sell. Core Business

Sadly, someone else has already written this book and will get the royalties. Boortz is just another millionaire lawyer motor mouth who saw the light of radio fortunes. Friggin' with the conservative sheeple. Boortz does not have core values. Neither does Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Austin or Hannity. These men would have worked at a "carnival" fifty years ago like Huckabee. Fascinated with the sound of their own voices. Legends in their own minds. Entertainers and nothing more. Sideshow snake oil salesmen just wanting your dollar.

Boortz would not answer the question as to the fair tax effect on those with retirement funds. Those who had been told by some of these same talking heads to invest in pre tax 401K's and otehr rep tax investment. The Fair Tax, consumption tax , would have double and maybe tripled the taxes of the growing number of seniors who had already paid income tax on their savings. To only be taxes again at 23% when they withdrew and spent same. Boortz was just selling books about a theory he knew would not sell in Washington. So he sold it in the free market, that he loves. Then when it had not hope of selling anywhere else, he announced that all of his procedes would go to charity. What he did not tell was t hat it simply offset his other charitable donations.

Have you seen one major change from their constant posturing. One constitutional amendment. Condescending blather.

These voices appeal to a sincere desire to make a positive difference in a world crumpling around us. For them it is just another Benjamin.