October 2010 Editorial Winner

Advice to the GOP: Keep clean rhetoric on your side of the campaign

J. Leland Gourley, Oklahoma City Friday

The Republican Party is well ahead in the national political races in this year's campaigns. The election is the GOPs to lose.
If winning is the party's desire, they should be certain they don't do something silly or stupid and turn victory into defeat.
The GOP can, and should, state their case strongly and effectively, without the use of vulgarity and hatred.
Respect the Democrats as humans, with right to their own opinion, and give them credit for believing they are right. Do not question their integrity, just their judgment.
It's a matter of words. Words that are strong, yet decent.
What the Republican Party stalwarts ought to be doing is to sanely state their case for better government than, they believe, we get now.
Our country is in serious danger in many ways.
We merely exacerbate the problem instead of solving it, by the use of intemperate language that makes the problems more serious and more difficult to solve.
Let us emphasize we do not imply the party should be less assertive on its stands on the key issues that are imperative for a safe future for America.
Using name-calling and other vilification of Democrats, and other liberal extremists, actually harms the Republican stand for bold, sensible policies that can lead us back to recovery. Tell the public in plain, decent rhetoric that the country faces extremely serious days ahead if we do not take positive steps to create a climate of encouragement, for instance, to the segment of our society that can create new jobs.
Give the public the facts of the direction the national Democrat party is leading us. Tell the voters the effective solution the GOP proposes to stop our downward direction and speed up the recovery.
We don't have to resort to dirt and hurt, to make a point that can save the winning position.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Pati wrote:
I am a voter who wants major change from the diitecron of increased size and scope of government under the Obama administration (and also the Bush administration both administrations increased the size and power of the federal government).But I'm not satisfied with the GOP's pledge to America. Why?I strongly support minimal government and fiscal conservatism, but I also I care very deeply about environmental issues I think sustainability is the #1 challenge facing America right now. I also think sustainability and our economic woes go hand in hand. We are in the hole economically because we have been living unsustainably. The ballooning national debt is probably the biggest example of unsustainable living it's borrowing from future generations the same way polluting the environment is borrowing from future generations.The GOP's pledge to America does not even mention sustainability or the environment. I do not understand why the GOP and conservatives in American cannot band together with the goal of protecting the environment? Why let democrats and liberals own this issue?I explained in a recent blog post that I think that there are just as many (if not more) ways to approach sustainability from a conservative perspective.Where does this leave me? Is there anyone I can vote for? I'm forced to support a fringe, third-party candidate who probably has next to no chance of winning. That's why I'm trying to get the debate going among conservatives and liberals liberals need to address the fiscal conservative issue, and conservatives need to make a commitment to sustainability. The two go hand in hand!

Fri, September 21, 2012 @ 9:51 PM

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