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  1. Embrace Alternative Energy

    For too long, we have rejected support for new energy technology on an ideological, anti-environmental basis. But encouraging new technologies through tax incentives should be a cornerstone of the Republican tax-reduction pitch. Energy independence is important, and the "Drill, Baby, Drill" cants this summer made us sound close-minded and backward-looking. We must include all options.

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    • New Brand, Logo, and Slogan

      Smart advertising starts with a brand that's hammered home time after time (along with tagline).

      The public perception is we are the Grand Old Party (GOP). That needs to GO. We should be known as Republicans or come up with a new name altogether. If we keep the elephant, it needs a sleeker new design...desperately!

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      • Think Urban

        We elect very few Republicans from urban districts, and, as a result, the party has few urban policy ideas and very little credibility on those issues. We can't afford to keep ceding that ground to Democrats; the demographics are against us. I believe that traditional Republican free market ideas can be melded into revolutionary and attractive urban policies (beyond vouchers) if the effort is made. Our new focus should be on attacking our opponents where they're strongest.

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        • Seed Republican "Boot Camps" in every county

          The liberal media and schools do not properly train our youngsters about the ways of the world and Our Values. They are left to find out about the world by themselves, which is unstructured and undisciplined.

          Every parent should be able to send their kids (from about the age of 7 to 18) to a Boot Camp to teach them the RIGHT way of doing things. This can even become a school requirement if we can get local governments to support it.

          The bootcamps can happen in the summer or all year round, but it is important the kids live…

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          • Abolish the ATF and all gun laws!

            Repeal 1986 Machine Gun Ban
            Repeal 1934 National Firearms Act
            Abolish ATF
            Repeal Brady Handgun Violence Act of 1993
            Repeal Gun Control Act of 1968
            Repeal any other gun laws

            What part of "shall not be infringed" can the government not understand?!

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            • Employ Mike Huckabee to help "Re-brand" the GOP

              Mike is an effective communicator to all age groups. He has a conservative message but is making it cool as well. One has only to watch his show on FOX News Channel to see how he interacts with the younger crowd. Mike speaks with conservative values but in a tone that is appealing to younger people. His show is successful because of this.
              The GOP needs a new brand. Get rid of the old standards in branding and move to a more inclusive younger brand. Do this with effective communicators such as Mike Huckabee.

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              • endorse gay marriage, legalize drugs and prostitution.

                If the Constitution assures the pursuit of happiness for all Americans and states that all humans are created equal, then homosexual men and lovely lesbian ladies should have the same rights as anyone else.

                And in these tough times, legalizing and then taxing goods and services related to the legalization of prostitution and recreational drugs would be a HUGE source of income for the federal govt, thereby lowering taxes on the struggling middle class.

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                • Entitlement Reform "The Rise Up America Plan"

                  Make the Poor Rich and America Wealthier

                  The Rise Up American plan does for the poor and middle class what the "Trickle Down" Theory did for the rich - it makes them wealthy. It is a simple concept, It redirects the 15.3% presently paid to the government by individuals (and in the case of employees, their employers too) in the form of payroll taxes into personally-owned investment accounts that will grow into millions over the their working life. The funds are invested in safe indexed stock funds whose annual rate of return has been averaging over 12% for the last…

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                  • Start an "I am Republican" campaign!

                    Simply put remind everyone of who republicans really are! Though it may not seem so we are of different races, religions, and age groups all committed to the principles of conservatism: limited government, fiscal responsibility and social conservatism.

                    I am: young, educated, a professional, a catholic, a Native American, a voter, a parent, an entrepreneur, an educator. I am republican.

                    Its important to embrace all people who STRONGLY share our common principles and values and there are more of us out there then you think!

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                    • Demand 9/12 Candidates be the standard

                      Communicate the commitment of any candidate for any office to the 9 principles and 12 values that have helped make America great. Make this the standard for the party. Give them something to say that will have meaning!
                      http://912candidates.org

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                      • Separation of Marriage and State

                        The United States were founded on the principle of individual liberty and responsibility. For this reason rights are afforded only to individuals and not to groups of people regardless of whether they are a group of two people or a large corporation.

                        I believe the most sensible and fair solution for those who are for or against Gay Marriage is to take steps to remove marriage from the grasps of government. All people should be free to enter into any type or style of personal relationship with any other consenting adult and it is not the responsibility of government to…

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                        • Support Newt Gingrich's ideas - They worked before

                          Newt Gingrich got America's attention with the "Contract For America" when he was speaker of the house. He now has "American Solutions" which has many positive ideas for the future.

                          We need a new contract and not be afraid to tell the world about it. Restructuring the party is a good idea, but bold, smart ideas are the one's that will get and hold people's attention now and in the future.

                          1. Champion a new tax plan - "Fair Tax" or "Flat Tax". There are no real pluses for the existing 67,000 pages we currently deal with in our outdated,…

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                          • Humble foreign policy

                            No preemptive strikes. No secret wars. No coercive nation building.

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                            • Shadow government

                              One of the great things that the British parties do when out of power is create a "shadow government", with the same ministers that exist in the real government. Their entire purpose is to shadow the debate in the ruling party.

                              Do the same here: if Obama puts out a detailed health care plan, don't just sit there and yell "Socialism!" and fire up the base. The base will *not* be enough for the future.

                              Instead, have the shadow government put out a detailed counter plan. Explain *why* it's better, not in terms of hot button labels but in terms…

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                              • Recruit 5 million new online activists

                                Build the GOP's activist network with 5 million organically collected new activists with e-mail and/or cell phone numbers for text messaging

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                                • Stop Accepting PAC and Lobbyist Money

                                  The Republican National Committee needs to deal with some very basic facts. First, less than 2% of the RNC's money came from PAC's and lobbyists in 2008. Second, 69% of Americans believe corruption is a major problem in Washington. Third, 44% of Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle corruption.

                                  By refusing to accept PAC and lobbyist money, the RNC will powerfully show that they are committed to real change. This move would be a powerful counter-argument against what will be a protracted and ugly battle over what to do with Senator Ted Stevens. It would also help rebuild…

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                                  • Build a national Facebook-esque Website

                                    Currently the websites between local, state, and national GOP parties are very disjointed. I was dismayed to go to my county website to find that links were out of date and there was no RSS feed. We need to have a nationally built website where Republican candidates from the Presidential to the County Commissioner have a place to showcase themselves. It would include all the latest automated tools for connecting supporters for each candidate.

                                    Furthermore, it should be easy to navigate between local, state, and national candidates.

                                    This would give consistency and a united front to reinforce the GOP brand.…

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                                    • explicitly disown the idea of a total ban on abortion

                                      Any reasonable limitation that the GOP proposes on abortion is stillborn because the majority of the party has explicitly endorsed the idea of a total ban on abortion. As long as you have this as your stated goal, Democrats will not agree to any compromise since they see it as an attempt to undermine existing abortion rights. Many European countries have common-sense limitations on abortion that don't exist here because of this attitude.

                                      Limiting abortion to the first or second trimester, or requiring some sort of counseling before one is performed should not be controversial. But this type of reform…

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                                      • reestablish the New England branch

                                        The party is as good as dead in New England, and there isn't enough local talent to rebuild it alone. The few local Republicans that win office find themselves completely out-gunned and unprepared. We need financial and organizational support for candidates at the local level so that we can build a viable bench of locally-grown national candidates.

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                                        • Defeat Liberalism by Name

                                          Stop pandering to the Democrats! Our last candidate wrote legilsation with the most liberal democrats to make friends, and they stabbed him in the back.
                                          Not mentioning Jeremiah Wright? Bill Ayers? Khalidi? Attack these people for who they are, and be proudly pro-American conservatives! The "big tent" is FINE in the general election, but NOT in the primaries or in the direction of leadership. The Dem Party does this (ask Lieberman if you doubt it!) and look where they are.
                                          You cannot strike a truce or an accord with enemies who want you dead at all costs. The Democrat party…

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