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Leadership means service. It does not mean perfection. It is a process whereby knowing the self and learning the skill sets of a good administrator and visionary are paramount. Leadership occurs at all levels of society: from raising children to leading men and women in combat. Volumes of study have been directed toward the movement of populations with respect to opinion, philosophy, and stewardship. Service toward one’s fellow man is the most noble of all human interactions. In order to understand the nature of service, one must examine common service orientations such as who personifies it: dentists, medical doctors, firemen, police, clergy, volunteers, parents, and politicians. In politics, it involves building a representative consensus amongst legislators, making a difference by proposing solution sets through problem solving and enduring the angst of a debate gone wild, or the elation of victory with a bill passage. More importantly, it requires listening. Listening to constituents and understanding their role in the ‘global’ perspective. Leadership is involvement: the prudent application of wisdom for the benefit of the whole, or at least as many as possible while ensuring that those in the minority have a say; it is always active. A great leader never rests!
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|What does it mean to be a moderate Republican:
a. Moderate Republicans believe in community, compassion, pragmatism, common sense, political-fellowship, and, most importantly -- intellectual honesty. This passion is pursued within the broad framework of enlightened Lincoln era principles. Moderate Republicans stand in a crowded room, with the burning spirit of Lincoln in their hearts -- truth, fairness, justice, and limited-compassionate government -- when all others sit during difficult times. Moderates are loyal to serving the greater good -- not an entrenched party leadership. Government, whether limited or expansive, must serve everyone.
b. Moderate republicanism, is an esoteric ideology to many -- a philosophy difficult to define. Extremists and militant social conservatives have succeeded in wrongly labeling moderates as a recent political mutation. Between 1890 and 1950, the moderate wing dominated the party. Moderate republicanism traces its roots to men like U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts in the 1850s. The impact of the movement, however, did not become apparent until shortly after the Civil War. The GOP emerged as the party of free enterprise. And by the late 1890's two distinct groups evolved -- moderate and conservative. The moderate wing called on government to curtail unbridled capitalism that exploited men, women, and children in the textile mills. It also wanted environmental protections and the ending of corrupt patronage in government. These early reformers recognized that some societal problems could only be addressed by the national government. Moderate republicans often see limited government as a useful tool that when operated carefully, like a piece of heavy machinery, can improve the quality of life for all Americans. Moderates and conservatives fall under a broad philosophical framework of Republicanism. Although conservatives are a legitimate branch of the GOP who have made many positive contributions, this wing of the party has allowed itself to be dominated by extremists and social moralists that marginalize Lincoln era principles. Moderate republican orthodoxy includes:
In the twentieth century moderate and progressives like U.S. Senator Jacob Javits were aggressive in their support of Civil Rights legislation. Conservative U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He would have supported the Act had an Affirmative Action provision been removed. Moderates insisted that only the federal government had the authority and political power to end the evils of segregation. Arts funding, programs for indigent children, and assistance to the elderly were also supported by moderate Republicans. Such luminaries as Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower along with Republican presidential nominees Charles Evans Hughes, Wendell Wilkie, and Thomas E. Dewey have championed Moderate principles. Other legendary Moderates include Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York, Gov. Earl Warren of California, Gov. William Scranton of Pennsylvania, Gov. George Norris of Nebraska, U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, U.S. Senator Bronson Cutting of New Mexico, and U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson. Moderates were the first internationalists. The nation, they contended, had a critical role to play in advancing democracy in the world. Conservatives by contrast were isolationist. In the 1940s and 1950s, U.S. Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, leader of the Conservative wing, was an isolationist. Conservatives now call for a strong national defense. In domestic policy, moderate republicanism has become part of main stream conservatism. Moderates were successful in underscoring government's basic usefulness and its social responsibility to help people. No conservative, for example, supports the elimination of Medicare. While everyone agrees that it needs to be overhauled -- no one thinks it should be abolished. Even on tax policy, Moderates were the recognized leaders for fiscally prudent government. In 1944 and 1948, Thomas E. Dewey and later Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, tirelessly criticized the waste of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs. They set the Moderate standard that while government must be compassionate, it must also be fiscally responsible.
In short, conservatives do not have, as history demonstrates, a monopoly on fiscal common sense. Today, the Republican Party has become dogmatic with a tendency to reject intellectual dissent. Moderates have no one to blame but themselves for feeling less welcome in a party that they have contributed to for over a century. Moderates must be militant if they are to re-emerge as a voice of reason within the GOP. But to do so they must be aggressive in re-asserting their place, armed with an honorable history and the intellectual tenacity to offer thoughtful, pragmatic solutions to the pressing social and economic issues of the day. And to do so moderates and progressives must have a platform in keeping with their historic crusade for social justice, intellectual honesty, and nation above party. Here are possible planks reflective of such values:
Moderate Republicans have much work ahead. To achieve such noble goals, they must understand their rich history, be secure in a unique philosophical heritage, and most importantly, be unafraid to fight conservative ideologues. They must work harder at presenting Moderate Republicanism as a legitimate, long-established Lincoln era ideology.
What does it mean to be a conservative Republican:
a. Conservatism is a philosophy which encompasses freedom, morality, and individualism. A typical conservative does not fit the dictionary definition as one opposed to change. Neither does it fit the description of one who wants to go back to an earlier time. Both of these are common misconceptions of critics of conservatism (i.e.. the left). A conservative fits the general description as one who:
| What does it mean to be a founding Father:
a. In the strict sense: Founding Fathers are persons instrumental not only in the establishment (founding) of a political institution, but also in the origination of the idea of the institution. It is applied especially to those involved with the creation and early development of the United States of America, such as the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the framers of the Constitution, referring to such individuals as George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. But it can be applied to other countries as well.
The ideas of the Founding Fathers of the United States were heavily influenced by the European Enlightenment. Expand here…
b. In the more modern sense, becoming a Founding Father or adopting the attitude of one means that one embraces the opportunity to be involved in the Republican process of stewardship and leadership in a community, state, and of course, our country. It means debating issues using accepted protocols, and eliminating empty rhetoric by learning to understand the nature of democracy through the study of history; understanding the original intent of the Constitution of the United States, and working to improve one’s life, not at the expense of others, but for their ultimate benefit. God knows that we can only take with us what he has imbued us with in terms of a soul, intelligence, and the notion of service.
| What does it mean to be a Green Republican:
Hereto undefined: A green Republican is one who understands that environmental management will make a difference in the availability and use of our natural resources for current and future generations. One may infer that it requires investment in renewable energy and recycling of existing consumables. It can be contrasted to greedy living (inefficient and overuse of resources) versus smart living.
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