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Confusing GOP and Conservatives

In reporting the recent efforts of the Romney campaign to “reach out” to conservatives the establishment media can never seem to grasp that, unlike Democrats and liberals, Republicans and conservatives are not the same.

While conservatives have, for more or less the past 48 years, chosen the Republican Party as the most convenient vehicle through which to seek elective office, the Republican Party has by no means adopted the conservative agenda as its governing philosophy.

This regularly results in media confusion and reporting that equates the goal of the Republican political party, mere control of the levers of government power, with the goal or goals of the conservative movement. This error not only reflects a shallow understanding of the conservative movement generally, but it prevents the establishment media from seeing the most important and compelling elements of the current presidential campaign.

Let’s be quite clear – the goal of the conservative movement is to hold the government to constitutional principles, no matter what political party is in power, and in the process rejuvenate our society and culture.

This is why movement conservatives remain so deeply skeptical of Mitt Romney’s candidacy for President. They look at his record as Governor of Massachusetts and the policies he espouses and see no commitment to the kind of transformational change the conservative movement has been working for the past 50 years to achieve.

Conservatives also look at the endorsements Romney has garnered from such establishment figures as former President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and most importantly from business-as-usual Washington insiders, such as lobbyist Ed Gillespie, and they see advocates of positions they often opposed, not friends of the transformational agenda that won the Tea Party wave election of 2010.

Surveying Romney’s record and agenda, and most importantly the people he is likely to bring to Washington to implement his agenda, movement conservatives see little likelihood a Romney administration will differ from a Bush administration, or a McCain administration, or a Dole or Ford administration.

As long as the media assumes Republicans and conservatives are the same they will never understand or insightfully report why grassroots movement conservatives are prepared to back a movement conservative alternative to Romney all the way to the Convention floor.

Not the Same

The Socialists, called liberals, who make uop the Democratic party are not the same as the JFK that my parents voted for. He had plans to get us out of Vietnam and eliminate the Fed. I would voter for him if he wqas running today. The Republicans who evilved from the liberal founding fathers who created the public morphed into the RINOs who toss control of the government to the major corporations years before JFK got here. After the folunding fathers, Liberal used to mean reading Playboy and going to anti war demonstrations. Conservative used to mean keeping things the same. The Tea Party is comprised of JFK Democrats and Founding father Conservatives. They both support and uphold the Constitution. Today's Democrats (closest to Nazi )  and GOP are not what createdc this country and made it successful.

When are people going to get

When are people going to get it through their thick skulls, Dem or Rep, they have all been suckling at the teat of the Federal Reserve and increasing the money supply with either side of the isle programs or mandates or wars... whatever it takes to 'expand' for 'the peoples benifit'. There is no difference, there is no diff, they will spend more than taken it! That is the definition of liberal.

"In reporting the recent

"In reporting the recent efforts of the Romney campaign to “reach out” to conservatives the establishment media can never seem to grasp that, unlike Democrats and liberals, Republicans and conservatives are not the same."

It's simple Richard. The republicans reached out to conservatives because they are not the same. Everybody knows that. The republicans antagonezed women, so they might need the conservatives. Next, tell us something unique that conservatives want, that doesn't sound crazy. That sounds inviting. Just do it. 

GOP Republican

They useed to be the same as Conservative but now the GOP and Republicans are the same as Democrats. Republican used to be someomne who supported the Republic. Now it RINO.

Richard: Why won't you help the Conservative Party USA?

Dear Mr. Viguerie:

The key point of your article is correct. The media confuse true conservatives with Republicans. However, I've been imploring conservative pundits like you to assist and promote true a conservative organization like CP-USA (www.conservativepartyusa.com) for two years to no avail. 

You rightfully rail against the GOP moderates and RINO's but refuse to help us. CP-USA officially endorsed Santorum in December when only 3% of the Republicans in Iowa supported him. Of course the rest is history. The Senator was kind enough to conduct an exclusive interveiw with us in Feb to show his appreciation. 

Please give us some assistance and a platform. CP-USA believes the major two parties have failed America. That's especially true for the GOP since they always profess to be conservative and yet continue to nominate people like Romney, McCain, Bush 41 and Dole. 

Please contact me at hmhervey@cp-usa,.org

Thanks and Regards,
H. Hervey
Chairman 

There's only one true conservative GOP candidate...

Ron Paul. GOPers often cite the Constitution dealing with liberal policies, but FAIL when passing or endorsing the Patriot Act, NDAA, warrantless searches, foriegn interevention, the FED, bailouts, deficits... The GOP should just dry up as a former wing of the Big Government party and usher in a third party which WILL follow EVERY aspect of the Constitution, and not just what it thinks it ought to.

Right on all counts

I am a conservative Libertarian and have never belonged to any Party even though I vote, holding my nose, 99% for the R candidate. This is not that I like the R candidates, but more that I detest the D candidates. As both Parties (D & R) move farther and farther to the left (Marxist D & Socialist R) of center; what are Conservatives and Libertarians to do?

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Richard A. Viguerie confuses neo Conservatives with real Conservatives!!

Confusing GOP and Conservatives

There is a logical flaw to asserting: "As long as the media assumes Republicans and conservatives are the same they will never understand or insightfully report why grassroots movement conservatives are prepared to back a movement conservative..." while at the same time failing to support the candidate who is most consistent on constitutional principles, individual liberty, free market sound money and balanced budget. How can that be? The reason foisted is that "Ron Paul can't win". By that logic, the GOP takes precedence over the conservative movement.

Oh the hypocrisy

Agreed. The media did a good job in twisting Ron Paul's words, stamping their own image onto him, and kicking him "out of the race" for the higher paying propaganda. I agree with this article, but you made a good point...

Confusing GOP and conservatives

As long as Republicans will not admit there's a difference the media will never acknowledge the difference. It's in their interests to manufacture a difference between big government democrats and big government republicans.  

Does Romney Even Know What He's Selling?

I'm not so sure that he does.  If he does, he surely doesn't seem to believe in what he's selling.  Why Should I?