Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Michael "McFly" Steele Stars in 'Back to the Future: RNC Chair Edition'

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has a piece that is currently posted over at Politico that discusses reshaping the Republican Party. Steele believes that America needs the Republican Party now more than ever because the Democrats version of change has been to "push America to the left farther and faster than I think anyone could have imagined."

In response to the policies of the Democrats Steele says that the Republicans should do the following:

First, the Republican Party will be forward-looking – it is time to stop looking backward. Republicans have spent ample time re-examining the past. It has been a healthy and necessary task. But I believe it is now time for Republicans to focus all of our energies on winning the future by emerging as the party of new ideas. Republicans are emerging once again with the energy, the focus, and the determination to turn our timeless principles into new solutions for the future.

Later in his piece to emphasize this point Steele then says this:

The Republican Party has turned a corner, and as we move forward Republicans should take a lesson from Ronald Reagan. Again, we’re not looking back – if President Reagan were here today he would have no patience for Americans who looked backward. Ronald Reagan always believed Republicans should apply our conservative principles to current and future challenges facing America. For Reagan’s conservatism to take root in the next generation we must offer genuine solutions that are relevant to this age.

So let's get this straight, Steele thinks that Republicans need to look to the future and away from the past and the means by which to do this is to...look to Ronald Reagan's brand of conservatism and let it take root in the next generation.

Ronald Reagan "would have no patience for Americans who looked backward," Steele says, and then in the exact same paragraph advocates for Reagan's brand of 1980's conservatism.

Why would anyone take this seriously?

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