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Five Issues I Look to See Addressed by Potential Republican Candidates

There are 5 policy issues which I believe ought to be priorities for grassroots Republicans. These are not libertarian suggestions that don’t translate to the social conservative or constitutionalist. These are 5 issues that I believe every American ought to regard as the most important issues facing our government and our society today.

First, we must begin rolling back federal spending. We have a dangerous problem with debt in this country and it will take a while to fix our economy, so the assumption that “new revenue” will solve any of our problems is absolutely absurd. Regulation, Taxation, and a convoluted monetary policy in America has stifled our economy and debilitated our economic growth. Therefore, we must begin cutting federal spending immediately. Simply slowing the growth of government (The Republican Strategy) has merely served to slow the onset of a looming catastrophe. Reducing spending is the only way to guarantee a reduction in our debt.

Second, we must repeal ObamaCare. I’m not interested in the line “repeal and replace”, because I’m not sold on the idea that Republicans would replace ObamaCare with something better than the imperfect system we had before. Of course I would like to see a free market for health care, but I don’t see the advantage in that for our politicians who serve special interests above all else. Just repeal Obamacare – stem to stern. Then we can argue over what comes next.

Third, we must secure the border, deport any illegals discovered in the normal course and routine of law enforcement, end 100% of all subsidies and programs aimed at foreign nationals living in the United States illegally, and enforce all of our federal immigration laws.

Fourth, we need a modern foreign policy and doctrine which deals with the rise of Islamic Statism, Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, and Chinese aggression throughout the South East Asian seas. Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all done a terrible job dealing with these problems, which is why they are as out of control as they are today. I have opinions on what we should do, but I am not qualified or knowledgeable enough in this area to make a good case; therefore, I am open to hearing new strategies and doctrines, and am looking for candidates to offer these to the public during their campaigns.

Fifth, we need to address Welfare and Social Security reform. We will not survive our current welfare system. I would like to hear how our candidates intend to address these problems. I am open minded with regard to how we tackle these problems, because any effort to tackle these problems will be a huge improvement over our current unwillingness to do anything.

Now, I’d also like to see support for an Article V Convention of the States and the introduction of the Fair Tax, but I know the Republican Party isn’t there yet and that these two issues are too controversial at present to be valuable in the campaigns. If any candidate can campaign on these five issues, they will have my vote. A refusal to address any of these issues will cause me to be concerned with a candidate’s campaign and I will continue looking for someone with the courage to tackle the difficult issues.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

3 Responses to “Five Issues I Look to See Addressed by Potential Republican Candidates”

  1. Gary Porter

    Implicit in your five “issues,” but something I would like to see explicitly discussed, is the question of what is the proper role of government. We have ignored this question for far too long and to continue to do so will lead ultimately to our demise as a great nation, perhaps even as a nation itself.

    No candidate unwilling to provide a cogent answer to this question will ever get my vote. And any candidate who sees government as the solution to all our problems should be booed off the stage.

    • Gary, I completely agree. However, a one-liner like, “Government is not the solution, Government is the problem” is easy to say, difficult to mean, and almost impossible to quantify in terms of policy. However, if the candidate understands that most of our problems are actually caused by the government, they will be offering solutions to those problems. I want to hear the solutions, the problems, the philosophy. If one candidate stands out as willing to do this, then that is the candidate I’ll vote for in the primaries.

  2. Mike Wilburt says:

    The five points Steven Brodie Tucker noted are good, solid, boiler-plate conservative positions. However, I am not optimistic that the establishment media will allow good, solid, boiler-plate conservative positions to be reported and discussed fairly. I include nearly all of social media within the establishment camp.

    The field of announced, and likely-to-announce, Republican candidates is certainly strong. It’s the best roster of viable (not perfect) candidates that I can remember. And, in my opinion, with some notable exceptions, they are very articulate and well informed. They are good at standing up to and fielding questions from the media, staying on message and defending their positions.

    Obviously, the media will focus on Bush and Christie. The media wants a leftist Democrat and a moderate, left-leaning Republican to be the race in 2016.

    But overall, the strong Republican field has the advantage of championing conservative principles and actually spell them out to voters in a articulate, informative and convincing manner. Cruz, Walker, Rubio, Fiorina and Paul are fearless in front of the media. They are all very strong speakers.

    This will change the debate. Christie, Bush, Graham, etc will not take on the media, They will blur the edges to appeal to whom they believe is a broader audience. They are simply wrong. This will not change the debate. The win will come by clearly defining the issues and espousing and endorsing conservative solutions. The goal is to bring out the real Americans who stayed home in 2012.

    Steven Brodie Tucker’s highlighted issues are excellent. Obviously the challenge will come during the debates and the endless campaign we are just now entering. The mere presence of Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina will significantly weaken the media’s charges of the GOP being xenophobic, racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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