In an unprecedented statement of unity, conservative and pro-family leaders throughout California have served notice on the California Republican Party (CRP) that if the CRP proceeds to adopt a draft platform that eliminates core conservative principles, these leaders will abandon the GOP and form a new conservative party. As the memo sent Friday to the Party’s leadership [Read it here] states “this is the end of the line for the California Republican Party” if the platform is adopted.
Last month, a group of CRP delegates elected as the Platform Drafting Committee launched a coup, proposing to eliminate the Party’s longstanding support for traditional marriage, abandoned the pro-life movement, and significantly weakened the Party’s position on illegal immigration. The platform coup was engineered by wealthy RINO’s with the backing of liberal billionaire Charles Munger. Republicans may remember Munger as the genius behind the so-called “open primary” and “citizens redistricting commission” that will likely result in the GOP losing numerous seats (and all relevance) in the next Legislature.
[Link to an analysis of the current platform compared to the proposed draft that would gut it substantially.]
The attempted RINO platform coup is actually pretty amusing for its audacity, were it not for its potential to destroy the Republican Party. At a time when Republicans have lost legislative seats and no longer hold a single statewide office, the RINO’s want to turn their backs on the three Republican issues which have actually captured majority support of the electorate. Proposition 8’s preservation of traditional marriage passed with 53% of the vote in 2008 – a huge Democratic year in California. Prop 22 passed with an even larger margin in 2000. Of course, Prop 187’s proposed curbs in illegal immigration also were overwhelmingly adopted. And recent polls show that a majority of Americans (including young people) now consider themselves to be pro life.
So what do the RINO geniuses propose? Eliminate these “divisive” Party positions. Apparently they would prefer to limit the contrast between Republicans and Democrats solely to fiscal issues which, not surprisingly, benefit the billionaires on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley venture capital firms. These are the same people who contribute millions to Barack Obama and Barbara Boxer, and then demand of Republicans that they protect them from higher taxes. It’s an all-too-common phenomenon: the heck with mainstream families, let’s focus on what’s good for big corporations.
It is refreshing to see conservative and pro-family leaders throw down a gauntlet. And they are not issuing an idle threat. The signers of the memo represent some of the most influential and accomplished socially conservative leaders in California today. It also includes national pro-marriage leaders. And it is not “fringe” social conservatives who have lent their name to the effort. The memo is signed by such mainstream Republican leaders as Celeste Greig, John Eastman, Jim Lacy, Brian Brown and Rev. Jim Garlow. Collectively, the conservative leaders who have signed the memo are responsible for pastoring to tens of thousands every Sunday, mobilizing hundreds of thousands to qualify ballot initiatives, and convincing millions of voters to side with their cause.Does anyone seriously doubt that these conservative leaders can mount the organizational effort necessary to create a true conservative party in California?
Either the Republican Party will stand with California’s families and restore a conservative platform, or California’s families will organize a party that WILL stand with them. This is what is at stake when the California Republican Party meets next month in Los Angeles. Will this be the end of the line for the GOP in California?