By Paul Hsieh
The November 14, 2008 Wall Street Journal printed my LTE supporting the November 7, 2008 OpEd that former House Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey wrote on the future of the Republican Party.
His piece was: "'Compassionate' Conservatism Was a Mistake"
My LTE (no longer available online) read as follows:
Compassionate Conservatism Is Dead. What's Next?
Dick Armey is right. Americans still want small government. Voters in Colorado rejected three tax measures to provide more social programs "for the children." But they also resoundingly rejected the antiabortion Amendment 48 (which would declare a fertilized egg a legal "person") and defeated pro-life conservative Republicans Marilyn Musgrave and Bob Schaffer.
This indicates that the Republicans would do well by turning away from the divisive "social conservative" agenda favored by the religious right and instead reaffirm limited government, fiscal responsibility and individual rights.
Otherwise, the Republicans will continue to alienate many young and independent voters and continue to lose elections.