Speak Out: Where Does GOP Go From Here?

Should the Republican Party stick to its guns, focus less on social issues, compromise more or something else?

Even while votes were still pouring in across the Midwest, West and Richland County, the pundits were already asking:

What's next for the Republican Party.

The "experts" on both Fox News and NBC were asking guests and other "experts" to predict what would happen to the GOP in the wake of a looming loss by Mitt Romney. One that ended up occuring in a rout.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was already questioning the party's "hard-ass" stance before the election, in an article in Politico earlier this week that was posing tough questions for the future of the Republican Party.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said it was time for a Republican Party "recalibration."

What do you think? 

Should the party get softer? Or harder?

Who is the face of the GOP? Who should it be?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Tom Utley November 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The problem with socialism is easy: it is involuntary. Stealing is never OK, even if you are stealing for a good cause. A practical problem with socialism is that it is inherently unstable and leads to bankruptcy. The success or failure of businesses or individuals is how we figure out what works and what doesn't work. If you remove failure, then there is no mechanism to indicate what we should stop doing, and so eventually the entire system collapses upon itself. There is also a problem with prices. In a socialist economy, there is no way to set prices accurately. No central planner can possibly identify the "proper" price for something, only free competition can do that. So you always end up with shortages and surpluses for things as common as bread and cars. I could go on and on with this but I doubt these realities will change anyone's mind. Socialism is a good dream.
JoSCh November 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Socialism isn't universally involuntary, and it isn't stealing. Free economies don't always choose correct pricing, in fact without regulation they often resort to embargo to increase prices. See California rolling blackouts and Enron. There are many, many examples of socialistic economies and components of economies working. Sweden, Canada, Australia, the US military, US highways and infrastructure, grocery shopping, etc. If socialism is a good dream then aren't we wrong NOT to pursue it? Freedom was a good dream too...
JoSCh November 13, 2012 at 05:43 PM
You're wrong regarding regulations because you said "only" as if every regulation makes mega-corps richer, as if every regulation comes with compliance costs borne by all competitors, that all regulations have exemptions. This should be obvious to you. Extreme is a word that means something, and you attempting to define it's acceptable use it is you trying to marginalize my position that is clearly centrist. I don't think a constitutional government is extreme, nor many libertarian ideals. However your ideology that you've presented... wanting to remove every government program, yeah, I think it is.
George Grace November 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
The insurance companies lobbied hard for Obamacare rather than single-payer system, Medicare for all. Obama gave in because of it, the lobbying. And business can't be trusted, the insurance companies will raise their premiums above what people can afford. We already rank first in costs in the world. Remember Glass-Steagal was repealed and that led directly to the 2008 abuses, "derivatives." One more time, you can't trust business, unregulated, to act in the people's interest, only their own.
Paige November 15, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Exactly. We don't need 'moderates'. We need TRUE conservatives who reflect our values.


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