Well as most of you know, I attended a local Republican Committee Meeting last Monday night. It was a small gathering of the board of the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly, a few guests, the press, and the guest speaker. The guest speaker was Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly. He spoke of restoring the brand of the Republican party.
Many years ago, people heard the name Republican and thought of people for a smaller government, fewer taxes, and a strong defense program. But now, people are confused by liberal Republicans and conflicting views within our party.
When people voted for President Reagan, they knew what he stood for and they respected his views. Now not everyone loved him, but you knew what you were getting when you voted for him. Now we have people within our own party who sound more like Democrats than Republicans! A recent poll indicated that when asked which party was for tax increases, most people said the Republicans! Folks, that is not true! We have mixed the waters so much that when you say you’re a Republican, no one truly knows your stand anymore!
The only way to save face in our country is to restore our brand as Republicans. We must get back to the basics of our party-back to a smaller government, fewer taxes, fewer social programs, a strong military defense, punishment for illegal immigration, and so on. We must reestablish our name as Republicans.
This will take a while, but we must start now. And let me just add that it isn’t going to start with wish-washy candidates like John McCain and Rudy Guiliani. We must have candidates who say, “Yes I am a Republican and here’s what I believe and why.”
Only then will we be able to restore the brand of the Republican party and take a step in helping restore the brand of our country.