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December 5, 2008 at 1:40 PM

GOP family values

Something to scare with everyone

As the Republican Party sinks ever further out of power, it is enlightening to listen to the explanations from the party faithful: the war, the economy, President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain, “President-elect Barack Obama’s use of technology to organize and energize his base,” yada yada.

What no one seems to want to talk about is the problematic coalition that makes up the GOP power base — a coalition that conflates conservative social values, conservative fiscal values and conservative governance values. This three-headed monster has something about it to scare nearly everyone.

I’m fed up with being told I have to choose between a “tax-and-spend” socialist nanny state (Democrats) and a “fiscally-conservative” theocratic nanny state (Republicans.)

Republicans need to get “family values” out of their policy statements and back into the hands of families. They need to focus their policies on fiscal conservatism and limited government.

They are failing to accomplish these latter goals because they are losing too many voters on the “family-values” issues. Family values don’t come from a political party; they come from family. A political party needs policy based on the instruments of democracy, not on the dogma of theocracy.

— David Rogers, Bellevue

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