recently co-authored a column for CNN titled “Republicans, stick to
your principles.” In light of the civil war being waged within the GOP
here in Nevada between principled conservatives and moderate
Republicans, I thought some excerpts from the column would prove
“By January 1977, only 11 percent of citizens younger than 30
identified with the Republican Party. The party had been on fumes for
years, ever since the Great Depression and only challenged the
Democrats for national authority when they screwed up, as in 1946 and
1968, or when Republicans nominated an overwhelmingly popular figure,
such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1952.
“And with the election of Carter, a smart, moderate Democrat from the
South, the prospect for Democratic rule for another generation seemed
bright. The party of Andrew Jackson had smothering control of the
House, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and in the South,
there were states such as Mississippi that had almost no elected
“The only state in the country that had GOP control of the legislature
and the governor’s mansion was Kansas. The other 49 states had partial
or complete Democratic control.
“The old ways of accommodating the establishment by the GOP of the
1930s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s would no longer work. Something else had to
be tried. To conservatives such as Reagan, accommodation was
tantamount to surrendering and they asked themselves, ‘If we surrender
on everything, what is the purpose of having a Republican Party?’”
Despite hang-wringing and teeth-gnashing to the contrary, the
Republican Party nationally in the United States today is nowhere NEAR
as bad off as it was 35 years ago… but the question conservatives
were asking themselves back then about surrendering to the moderates
is every bit as relevant today.
If we surrender on raising taxes, spending more money and growing
government… what is the purpose of having a Republican Party?
Shirley and Gingrich concluded:
“Reagan used to joke that without his principles, without his
conservatism, he would have been just another former actor. He knew
standing one’s ground when one was right was enlightening and
empowering. It is a lesson from history that applies today. Fighting
for principles and losing is always better than surrendering and in so
doing, surrendering one’s reason for being.”
I am so sick of moderates telling us conservatives we have to
compromise and go along to get along.
To hell with that.
Enough of the Surrender Caucus! Let the GOP primaries begin and bring
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at