Stand on the Platform

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Senator John McCain has a job approval rating of 30% in Arizona, and that fact should speak volumes to the broken wing of the Republican Party.  Karl Rove and the rest of the Beltway GOP have been driving the party’s car into the campaign ditch by continuing to do the same moronic thing and expecting different results.  Sen. McCain insists that, despite what he refers to as the “bogus” poll, voters in his state like him.  Newsflash to McCain, Karl Rove, and the rest of the Beltway GOP: being liked by voters is not enough to win elections in 2014; upholding the Republican Party platform is what it takes to win 2014.

Platform Republicans will be the winners in the 2014 election because the actual planks of the Republican Party platform appeal to a majority of voters across America – especially the demand to fully repeal Obamacare.

Yesterday’s Republican win in Florida’s 13th Congressional District proves the point. Democratic candidate, Alex Sink, clung to the losing strategy of defending Obamacare.  Sink promised, “to keep what’s right [with Obamacare] and fix what’s wrong….”  Republican candidate, David Jolly, defeated Sink by standing on the Republican Party platform demanding Obamacare’s full repeal.  Both parties poured a combined total of $11 million dollars into Florida’s race in what became a referendum on Obamacare, and quite possibly a strong indication of which way the 2014 midterm elections will go – if Beltway GOP leaders will listen.  Sink’s ship was sunk – even after outspending the Republican winner 3 to 1 – because she clung to a losing model.

Americans HATE Obamacare.  They don’t want it fixed.  They want it repealed, just as the party platform demands. The question is: are the Beltway GOP and Karl Rove listening to the American people?  Beltway GOP attacks on Platform Republicans must end, and instead, a strong stand on the platform must be made.

Obamacare is the national disaster that woke the Silent Majority, recruited millions into the ranks of the Tea Party, and propelled into office leaders like Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul against the odds and the pundits’ predictions. A majority of Americans agree with the Republican Party Platform – especially its call to fully repeal Obamacare.

Clearly communicating the Republican Party platform to average voters should be a key component of any Republican campaign, but once elected, Republicans must continue clearly articulating the party platform, using the bully pulpit to educate the public about the Principles of Liberty and the correct application of those principles to specific situations as they arise. Ronald Reagan did that.

That is a winning strategy.

The reason McCain’s poll numbers are drastically low is because he has repeatedly voted against the Republican Party platform, and has then had the gall to attack Republicans who actually uphold the platform.  Attacking Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul, who uphold the party’s platform, is a losing strategy.  Those candidates who oppose the Republican Party platform will be served the pink slips they so well deserve.

Tim Keller
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Tim Keller has taught American History, World History, government, writing, speech and related courses at both the high school and college level since 1997.
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