One Face of the GOP Passes; Who Are the “Faces” Now?

Jack Kemp was one “face” of the Republican Party at one time and we mourn his loss.

He was important because he believed in people and in their right and responsibility to make their own decision.  An out growth of that was the importance of letting people have their own money to support their own decisions.

But Kemp also believed some people needed help some of the time.

His ability to transmit his character and his beliefs from the football fields, through Congress and during his time at HUD made him an icon Republicans today can learn from….

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From Politico:

This is a personal note because Jack was a personal friend, but the bigger message of Jack’s life is one his fellow Republicans must take to heart. It was a message of inclusion, of support, of compassion, of a belief in government that was limited but not absent; that rewarded individual accomplishment but understood that some among us need the help of the community; that adherence to religious values comes from internal commitment, not from being imposed by others. Jack was both color-blind (he did not distinguish based on race) and color-sensitive (he saw the ways in which minorities were harmed by bigotry and discrimination and worked, in congress and in the cabinet, to overcome those inequities).

Read it all:
http://www.politico.com/arena/
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Read the Washington Post on Kemp:

In Mr. Kemp’s 1979 book, “An American Renaissance: A Strategy for the 1980s,” he adopted John F. Kennedy’s idea that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

But he said he was made aware that it was not universally applicable, and recognized a need for government help for those whose boats had sunk.

Mr. Kemp was regarded as an unusual sort of Republican, combining fiscal and social conservatism with support for civil rights, affirmative action and rights for illegal immigrants. He called himself “a bleeding-heart conservative.”

Read the entire article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy
n/content/article/2009/05/02/
AR2009050202501.html?hpid=topnews

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Who Are the “Faces” of the GOP Today?

 

By Marc Sandalow
The Examiner

Michael Steele has a mouth that roars.

During his first two months as chairman of the Republican Party, he threatened primary challenges for congressional Republicans who voted with President Barack Obama, dismissed Rush Limbaugh as a mere “entertainer” and told GQ magazine that abortion was a matter of personal choice.

Reporters — some armed with a notebook in one hand, gasoline and matches in the other — clambered for interviews.

Many Republicans rolled their eyes when Steele talked of bringing GOP principles to “hip-hop settings.” Some scratched their heads when he derided the stimulus bill as a wish list of folks wanting “to get a little bling-bling.” Others seemed bewildered when he offered “slum love” to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com
/local/The-trials-of-Michael-Steele-
44099702.html

http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/05/02/jack-kemp-1935-2009/

Related:
Is Any System Or Party “Dead” Because of Corruption? Or is Corruption With Us Always?

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Republicans Search For New Common Ground With Voters

The Washington Post

A group of prominent GOP leaders yesterday launched an effort to improve their party’s sagging image, hosting an event at which they did not directly attack President Obama, rarely used the word “Republican” and engaged in a healthy dose of self-criticism.

At a pizza restaurant in Arlington, where they officially unveiled the National Council for a New America, party leaders attempted to portray Republicans as sensitive to the concerns of average Americans and to shake off the “Party of No” label that Democrats have tried to affix to the GOP.

House Minority Whip  Eric Cantor (Va.) rejected the idea that yesterday’s event, the first in a national series, was about “rebranding” the GOP, but it gave the impression of a party looking for a fresh start. Cantor, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney sat on stools and lobbed criticism at “Washington” and “liberals.” They took few shots at Obama as they pledged to start a “conversation” with voters around the country.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy
n/content/article/2009/05/02/AR2
009050202082.html

http://hotair.com/archives/2009
/05/02/breaking-jack-kemp-rip/

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