"To RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, President George W. Bush, Senate Majority Leader William Frist, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention:
As a concerned American and a committed moderate, I urge the Republican Party to renew its allegiance to the proven, common sense values which unite America.
Instead of partisan ideology - which increasingly has led moderates to leave the party - what’s needed is a speedy return to the pragmatic, problem-solving mainstream. Here’s how the President and Republican-majority Congress can send that clear signal to the nation:
stop weakening environmental law, and once again protect our air, water and public lands as Teddy Roosevelt and other great Republican leaders intended;
restore fiscal responsibility, with “pay-as-you-go” budget discipline to end record deficits that jeopardize economic growth;
put the health of millions first, and clear the way for embryonic stem cell research;
appoint mainstream federal judges, and respect the Constitution;
make America safer, and protect cities and towns, still vulnerable three years after 9/11, by securing chemical and nuclear plants and shipping containers;
rebuild our alliances with real partnerships, and restore America’s standing in the world.
By returning to the mainstream in these ways, the Republican Party party can regain the trust of a divided nation and earn a vote of confidence in November."
(Note: I’ve written before about how the GOP has been hijacked by the Coulters, Limbaughs and Savages… the hate mongers… as well as the Jerry Falwells, George Bushs and Ralph Reeds… the religious fundamentalists.
In contrast, the Democrats offer up a moderate candidate- John Kerry. Despite the hype from the GOP, Kerry is a true moderate, and is in the middle ground of the Democratic Senators… not the most liberal, but also not the most conservative, he falls roughly in the middle.
Can you imagine if the Democratic Party chose a hard line liberal like Ralph Nader as it’s candidate? That’s essentiually a mirror image of what direction the GOP is going: championing hardliners and extremists, rather than moderates who can appeal to the mainstream. Moderate Republicans like Arlen Spector are slowly being forced out of the party, in favor of extremists like Rick “God Hates Fags” Santorum).