“America Speaking Out” for the Republicans

As I was listening to NPR a couple of weeks ago, I heard of a new website started by the GOP called America Speaking Out. It’s an open forum started by the GOP looking to true and honest Americans for ideas in which to improve their government and America. Because of the open forum format, it allows all Americans, regardless of political affiliation to suggest ideas. Registration is free, and the process is simple: suggest ideas, vote on ideas, comment on ideas, and there is a badge earning system (for some reason).

There is just one tiny hitch, quoted directly from the website:

As House Republicans, we are committed to our principles of limited, more accountable government; economic freedom; lower taxes; fiscal responsibility; protecting life, American values, and the Constitution; and providing for strong national security.

Meaning: “Sure, open forum, suggest whatever you want. Just know that if your idea doesn’t follow party lines, it won’t be considered.”

This means that ideas that probably would benefit the majority of Americans–like health care reform, more taxes, or anything in which the government would be involved–aren’t going to be considered for inclusion, while ideas that probably would hurt the majority of Americans–like tax cuts, decreased unemployment benefits, or anti-abortion laws–will be compiled into a huge bill and taken to Congress.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t bother me. This is a pet project of the GOP. They’re free to do whatever they want with the ideas they’ve been given. And even if this was a bipartisan idea, it’s impossible to take every idea into consideration, because most ideas will conflict with other ideas, and just the sheer amount of ideas that come in must be staggering.

But the thing that bothers me isn’t that they are picking and choosing ideas that go into the proposal to Congress, it was the way they presented the website.

Quoted from an article from Politics Daily:

There was plenty of bashing of Democrats in Congress and the agenda they developed “in the backroom in secrecy with just a handful of leaders,” as Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan put it, and lots of vows that Republicans, by contrast, would listen to the people.

Again, their conference, their freedom of speech, whatever. But if I can be perfectly honest, I think the Republican Party has lost any semblance of class that they once had.

I remember reading about politics of old, and about how even though the different parties had their different ideals, they would still all go out to the bar with each other. There was no bad blood outside of the halls of Congress, and yet somehow, all of that has changed. But that is for another entry.

As far as this new GOP website is concerned, I’m urging everyone to sign up. Yes, seriously, sign up. Submit ideas, vote on ideas, and earn your precious badges. The only stipulation I’m making is that the ideas that you vote positive on and submit are ideas that benefit Americans, and not Congress or the rich. Show the GOP that Americans have class, and are concerned about their fellow man.

I bet that if the website is flooded with beneficial ideas that don’t follow party lines, there won’t be much of a proposal heading to Congress in the fall.

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