Get Back to the Party of Taft, Coolidge, and McKinley
Not only has the Republican Party gotten away from its roots, but most of the base don't even know what the roots are! The republican party of Bush/Dole/Bush/McCain bears little resemblance to the great men of a century ago.
1. Throw the Neo-Conservatives under the bus (and back up and make sure you run them over again).
We need to wake up to the fact that the cold war is over, and gone is the impetus for interventionism. From Lincoln to Hoover, excepting the Spanish-American War, and the intervention in China, the Republican Party followed the sage advice of Washington. We stayed out of the affairs of the world. We concerned ourselves not with the affairs of Europe and Asia. We need a return to the Monroe Doctrine. We need to realize the obvious. We live in North America! Let the Europeans defend themselves. Let the Koreans and Japanese defend themselves. We've done it for far too long. In spite of what you hear nightly on Fox News from Kristol and Krauthammer, America has no vital interest in the Middle East.
2. Cut the head off of the immigration monster.
Today's immigrants aren't assimilating, and are going to destroy America. We are in the process of becoming what T.R. called a tangle of squabbling nationalities. You don't become an American by showing up. We need to stop repeating liberal myths about immigration to show we don't hate immigrants. Yes, most of them are hard working, but most of them do NOT want to be Americans. They come simply to make more than they otherwise would. THAT is why they vote democrat, because the democrats promise the most benefits. We need to completely seal the Mexican border, get rid of ALL government benefits for those who cannot prove their citizenship, deport anyone who comes into contact with law enforcement that is here illegally, and limit legal immigration to 100,000 fluent English speakers a year.
3. End free trade.
Again, most Republicans have no idea that theirs was the party of the tariff until Eisenhower. It was during the era of high tariffs and Republican dominance that the U.S. emerged as the wealthiest nation on earth. Between 1860, and 1912, the country voted for a republican president 11 of 13 times. We began that period with half the economy of the newly free trade nation of Great Britain, then the largest economy in the world. We ended it with twice Britain's economy. What did every Republican of this era have in common? Support for a high tariff.
4. Repeal the Johnson Amendment.
Lyndon Johnson's great contribution to the tax code is the reason American churches, and other non-profits cannot openly endorse candidates without losing their tax exempt status. It has done wonders for the secular left in the culture war. Repealing it should be a top priority.
Yes, the country didn't tear itself apart because of something called the Immigration Act of 1924. We essentially ended immigration from all nations the immigrants of which didn't have deep historical roots in the United States. That is to say we had exactly the kind of time-out we so desperately need today. Tell me one thing, why do we NEED to make legal immigration easier? Why do we need more unskilled workers?
gaol oriented commented
How many copies of The Turner Diaries do you own? 15% of America's population was foreign born in 1910 vs. 10% today, and they didn't really assimilate all that well either, hence the formation of a million different Little Italys. In the 1700s, people were worried about the culture being hijacked by Germans, then it was the Irish, and then the Italians and the Poles... <continued below>
gaol oriented commented
but wait, what's this? The country didn't tear itself apart in some vicious culture war? There are plenty of studies showing that immigrants are a net economic benefit, at least after a generation or so. A better course of action than reactionary and xenophobic restrictions is to make legal immigration easier and help Mexico develop more indigenous industry through aid and protectionism.