GOP message: ‘Save the country from socialism!’

An RNC Powerpoint slide obtained by Politico.com

An RNC Powerpoint slide obtained by Politico.com

When you wake up, this will be the story of the day. From Politico.com:

The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on “fear” of President Barack Obama and a promise to “save the country from trending toward socialism.”

The strategy was detailed in a confidential party fundraising presentation, obtained by POLITICO, which also outlines how “ego-driven” wealthy donors can be tapped with offers of access and “tchochkes.”

The presentation was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat in Boca Grande, Florida on February 18, a source at the gathering said.

In neat PowerPoint pages, it lifts the curtain on the often-cynical terms of political marketing, displaying an air of disdain for the party’s donors that is usually confined to the barroom conversations of political operatives.

The presentation explains the Republican fundraising in simple terms.

“What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate…?” it asks.

The answer: “Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”

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142 comments Add your comment

Hayek

March 3rd, 2010
10:04 pm

About time someone stopped the trend to socialism. It’ll be a change from recent behavior, however, if Republicans are up to the task.

Yep

March 3rd, 2010
10:07 pm

When the phrase “we should spread the wealth to those less fortunate” was used in 2008, we should have all recognized that the descriptor progressive liberal actually meant socialist. Shame on us for not being more observant! A simple plumber in Ohio got it. Why didn’t we?

WAW

March 3rd, 2010
10:17 pm

Funny that the Robber Barron Republicans are the only ones still trying to keep the Cold War alive… when it was their savior who sayeth, “Take down that wall”. Guess Newt was too busy with his intern to pass on the word to his slash and burn buddies. Look up the term for a party that is owned and controlled by corporations. People who live in glass mansions should not throw anything.

Ellen T.

March 3rd, 2010
10:23 pm

What a hateful bunch of losers the right wing Republicans are. They are in the hip pocket of big corporations, the insurance industry, and the oil industry. And, of course, it’s a lie that we are trending toward socialism, but the truth never seemed to be something right wingers paid any attention to.

Byron Mathison Kerr

March 3rd, 2010
10:23 pm

I guess those who have lost the ability to actually govern must spend their time politicking.

Jay-Z Stole My Smelling Salts

March 3rd, 2010
10:30 pm

Now if Michael Steele was to dress-up in one of Eldrin Bell’s outfits, with gold epaulets and stuff, then handle some weapons badly, say on some Georgia quail plantation, they could sell tickets to that circus act, right? Cross-dress night with Guiliani’s ball gowns at the Eagle? An evening of lap dances at Swinging Richards with Glenn Richardson’s gas company gal? Amazing Race to Argentina starting in the North Georgia mountains? Wife Swap Day at the Dome… on a desk? Find the love child at the day care center – win a trip to the beach?

These folk need to get a little more creative about their fundraising. Georgia is here to help.

Michelle

March 3rd, 2010
10:34 pm

Socialism is better for ordinary people than fascism. Where will they get the money since 95% of the nation’s wealth is controlled by a small percentage of people? Corporations? So who’s running the country now?

rc

March 3rd, 2010
10:46 pm

WAW,Ellen T
You guys need to do a little fact checking to see who has taken the most money from the insurance companies and major corporations. Just keep drinking the cool-aid folks, will help passs the time while your standing in line waiting for your socialized medicine.

Byron Mathison Kerr

March 3rd, 2010
10:53 pm

To rc, March 3rd, 2010, 10:46 pm:

Socialized medicine?! Heed your own advice on “fact checking,” please.

Cutty

March 3rd, 2010
11:17 pm

“The presentation was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat in Boca Grande, Florida.”

Confused in ATL

March 3rd, 2010
11:19 pm

I don’t see how the phrases “redistribution of wealth” and “spread the wealth” are either new or anti-American. I pay close to $20,000 in taxes every year and only a small amount of the wealth I am forced to hand over to DC and Atlanta goes to operation of the government and common defense. The bulk of it is “redistributed” to the poor (and those pretending to be), to US corporations in the form of corporate tax breaks and free oversees advertising and promotions, to retired government employees who are making almost as much in retirement as they did when working full time, to farmers to grow or not grow certain things, to research labs who perform research in areas I agree with, to research labs who perform research in areas I absolutely do not agree with, for prosecution of people who’ve committed crimes I agree should be illegal, for prosecution of people who’ve done things that should not be crimes, to bridges to nowhere and so on.

I have no choice where this money is going. Do you? All I know is that money is being taken away from me and given to people/organizations/agencies that I like and to those that I do not like. If giving money to the public is socialism then we’ve been a Socialist country ever since the passage of the 16th amendment legalizing the income tax in 1913.

How does helping the poor and under-insured get insurance tip the scales from our current system to Socialism? How is regulating the insurance companies any different then what the FCC does to broadcasters, the FAA to airlines or the SEC to public companies (well,in theory, at least)?

I’m confused.

Used to be Disgusted

March 3rd, 2010
11:20 pm

Republicans are useless pieces of crap.

Jay

March 3rd, 2010
11:35 pm

Republicans are a bunch of jerks. Day one of Obama the just say no party don’t want to see our president do well. Its not about this country its about a black president in office. The JUST SAY NO PARTY AND TEA PARTY AGENDA IS TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE HE FAIL. No matter what he does or say, the republicans agenda is NO NO NO. A bunch of rich ass jerks,and racist.

Piso Mojado

March 3rd, 2010
11:36 pm

With the GOP, it’s still all about fear. Litmus test for conservatives sitting at your computers reading this – what is the textbook definition of “socialism”. If you don’t know (and I suspect most, if not all, of you don’t), I have a suggestion. Go find out and commit it to memory. Then you’ll be able to draw your own conclusion, rather than being told what to think by GOP party hacks. Also, your blogs won’t read like they’ve been written by a bunch of uneducated red-state fools who can offer nothing more than idealogically-driven, accusatory nonsensical jibberish.

I also suggest conservatives research Venezuela President Hugo Chavez’ nationalization of the Bank of Venezuela. This will help you understand what really happens when ANY president nationalizes ANYTHING.

Nocumentum

March 3rd, 2010
11:56 pm

Please save us from right wing Republicans trying to save us from socialism. What a bunch of pathetic scumbags!

Don

March 4th, 2010
12:21 am

Socialism? Obama gave billions to banks. How is that socialist? He cut taxes. How is that socialist? He does intend to raise taxes on the rich – back to the rates of the mid 90’s – hardly a socialist period. Republican politicians are morons, as are the people who listen to them.

Mike

March 4th, 2010
1:42 am

Wow, I am always amazed at how closed minded and hateful the progressives are. Your vents make the Republicans look tolerant and open-minded compared to you.

Just amazing……..

Mike

March 4th, 2010
1:46 am

OK folks, let me simply point out one thing. Much of this debate is pretty simple. Do you want gevernment making decisions for you (you MUST purchase health care insurance, what is in that that insurance WILL be detemrined by a bureaucracy in DC, etc) or do you want those decisions made by PEOPLE instead of BUREAUCRATS?

The socialism charge is perhaps stretching it a bit, but the principals being debated are clearly more big government vs less. Any those who think Republicans are in the pocket of “big business” and that Democrats are not are so ill informed as to be frightening.

Artatlarge

March 4th, 2010
3:13 am

The biggest difference in the parties in this case is that the Right want to coddle their insurance company benefactors, while the Left want to help average Americans get affordable insurance AND healthcare.
The mandate requiring insurance will lower prices for everyone…the young and healthy who don’t think they need insurance end up in ER’s after accidents and illnesses, raising costs for all. If premiums are going up because healthier people forgo insurance in an effort to save money, requiring them to buy it will lower premiums. The plan also includes subsidies so that the poor can afford to buy insurance too, another way to lower premiums.
“Death Panels” already exist in the form of the insurance companies. Care is already rationed, bureaucrats already decide things for you, and your care is merely an expense to a company whose main motivation is pure profit.
Let the Right whine, lie outright, foam at the mouth, whatever…Democrats will do what is right, and the Right will only do what results in profit and power.
Grassley, McCain, Hatch, etc…all lying hypocrites now decrying their own methods and their own ideas in an effort to ensure the continued bankruptcies, physical suffering, and deaths of tens of thousands of American people.

DirtyDawg

March 4th, 2010
3:32 am

Do you right-wingers actually believe this crap, or are you just willing to go along with the lies because you hate him so much? Given the current state of affairs in the political discourse, and judging from the tactics of the ‘right’, I have little hope for the future of this country. Just know this, we won’t allow you to take us down without a fight. So it it’s a fight you want, be assured you’ll get your wish.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

March 4th, 2010
6:29 am

Look in your toilet, and you’ll find the mind of a typical Republican.

What a waste

March 4th, 2010
6:38 am

Looks like the leak of a powerpoint slide says–albeit more bluntly–what has been apparent to anyone actually paying attention since the second year of the G.W. Bush administration: Republican fundraising and get-out-the-vote drives function almost entirely on inciting fear. Fear of someone taking your guns. Fear of homosexuals. Fear of onrushing Godless socialism. And on and on. When people voted these Republicans into office, America (1) sank into unbelievable deficits, (2) got sucked into two expensive and endless military conflicts, and (3) repealed long-established banking regulations that destabilized our financial institutions, requiring a costly bailout in order to prevent the contagion from spreading into a full-out depression. Not that surprising that the GOP wants to talk about something…anything…to divert attention from their policies and mismanagement.

Ocean of Wisdom

March 4th, 2010
6:39 am

‘Socialism is the equal sharing of MISERY!’ …Sir Winston Churchill

‘Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money’ …Margaret Thatcher

STRIVE to be SMARTER than the EVIL controlling PARTY of SLAVERY, the democrackkks WANT you to BE ! ! !

James

March 4th, 2010
6:46 am

The more the radical right wing anti-American anger factory propagandists spout this “red under the beds” meme the more independent voters who actually decide elections will move away from the right. Partisan hackery and agenda driven fear-mongering at its worst.

WAW

March 4th, 2010
6:57 am

Saw a new title for the GOP… “Corporation Republican” That says it all!

jerry

March 4th, 2010
7:14 am

this is dumb all the gop is doing is taking advantage of peope who do listen to the new and then they hear socialisn socialism what do you think they are doing the republicans got us into the situation we are in now

jerry

March 4th, 2010
7:14 am

Enter your comments here

Stand Watie

March 4th, 2010
7:29 am

Don’t you just love the irrational comments from libs, dems, socialists, marxists, anti-Americans (oh, excuse me, I repeat myself).

Bill

March 4th, 2010
7:36 am

Who is going to save us from the GOP? I am a lot more frightened by electing people to govern who don’t believe in government than I am by the “socialism” boogeyman.

My Solution

March 4th, 2010
7:39 am

We need a new new party called the Republ-crats. Take the good from each and leave the rest behind. Furthermore, our country will collapse onto itself before anything is actually solved. The only way to solve our problems is make it affordable for honest folks to run for office in such a way they don’t owe the big boys and favors when they get there. How about a “CSPAN2″ where all who are running have free access and are not allowed to use any other form of media, other than public speaking, to run for office. Wishful thinking I know but do really think anything is going to change otherwise? Honestly?

Bill

March 4th, 2010
7:43 am

This is typical of red herrings used by people who lack ideas. When you have no policies of your own to promote, or you don’t dare be honest about them, you simply call people names.

The fact is, Every country in the world exists somewhere on a continuum between capitalism and socialism. There are no true capitalist countries (although we are near that end of the spectrum). At the other end of the spectrum, Russia and “Red” China have clear capitalist tendencies. Most developed nations, which are pleasant and prosperous places to live fall somewhere in between.

IF Obama nudges us a tiny bit in that direction (that is the very most he could do), it is nothing to fear. You probably won’t even notice except for all the hyperventilating on Fox News.

Catana18

March 4th, 2010
7:43 am

When Obama talked and talked and talked in 2008, many people in America did NOT pick up on what he meant by his “kind” wishes such as: “spreading the wealth”, etc. due to sheer ignorance. Most Americans know zilch about world history because, for the most part, they don’t care about what happens other than at home, and because they aren’t avid readers. Most Americans just sit each night for long hours in front of the tube and inhale the garbage from sitcoms created to keep America stupid. Another good chunk of us decide each night to have a six pack and pass out, or do drugs…..again, both are great for keeping one totally stupid. So when a clown like Ob rolls around calling himself “a democrat”, you’ve already handed over your power to recall, conceptualize, evaluate or analyze. You are now completely weak and disabled and your brain is fried. You’ve become a perfect clown and follower….blind as a bat and a complete puppet! Very few of us were able to read between the lines and knew exactly where he was headed, but no one else listened because we were crazy. Well, there we have the results only 14 months later. God Bless America!…..because we’re REALLY gonna need it now!

Michelle

March 4th, 2010
7:47 am

Sociaiism?
You mean like taking over banks, automobiles, healthcare, student loans, deciding pay, redistributing income, supporting union takeovers. You mean no growth, lost jobs, declining competitiveness like most socialist states? You mean growing government payrolls and power?
Why should we think that is a bad idea?

Road Scholar

March 4th, 2010
7:47 am

As some posters believe, they state that liberals are hateful, misinformed, and stupd. Well, where is the benefit in spreading fear to get your point across? Especially fear based on half-truths and outright desperate lies.

So, if you don’t want socialism and want to only do what you personally feel is right, don’t pay your taxes, take any benefits of medicare, unemployment, medicaid, student loans (for that sake don’t go to school- all schools are subsidized), be defenddd by our troops, don’t ride on the roadways, fly the airways, ride the trains… all which uses “socialized” money from Federal and state taxes. I guess you can just stay at home…oh, wait the water and electricity and gas is all regulated by socialists. Just sit home in the dark (which you already are) in the cold/heat, and eat raw food. OOPS! the food is regulated and subsudized; I guess you’ll just have to go hungry!

Aren’t we in this together?Or are you in favor of conservative anarchy?

A True Patriot

March 4th, 2010
7:51 am

Folks, we need saving alright but it’s not from Socialism itself……it’s from what driving us to Socialism…..and it’s spelled…..OBAMA. All you young people that are crawling up his legs to kiss his A$$ and annoint him the second coming will be the ones most disappointed if it’s allowed to happen (which I doubt because True Americans will not let it happen and will take up arms to ensure it doesn’t happen). You Tea Partiers, conservatives and everyone who loves America, get out and vote on November 2nd and lets rid ourselves of those who are trying to destroy us.

Tim

March 4th, 2010
7:51 am

@Mike–Decisions about your health care are currently being made by corporations whose interests are making money for their stockholders, not your well-being.
@Stand Watie–We liberals stand for that most American of ideals–E Pluribus Unum. The right, on the other hand, appears to stand for the principle that has put millions of Americans out of work and came close to tanking or economy–greed.

Go OX`

March 4th, 2010
7:54 am

My man OX will save Georgia from socialist liberalism. He will re-segregate the schools and stop those communist agitators from using our water fountains and our public accommodations. My man OX is the only one who will stand in the doorway and say NO to the liberal leftist communist socialist threat.

Ox today, Ox tomorrow, OX FOREVER!

kitty

March 4th, 2010
7:54 am

How laughable. Like the GOP hasn’t done the same things. It was Bush who did TARP, not Obama. It was Bush and the GOP that created MEdicare Part D. It was Bush and the GOP that created more goverment with the DHS and NOW they complain about socialism and growing government. Hypocrites.

Glenn

March 4th, 2010
8:04 am

How about saving the country from corporatism ? Do you love freedom or having your pockets lined more ? Your bringing socialism on yourselves ?

ASC

March 4th, 2010
8:13 am

Transparency. Bipartisanship. Open door policies. Lies. Simple diversions for simple voters. Now look what you’ve done.

Forced agendas of ulterior influence, and rewarded patronage for the entitlement class. We cannot all work for the government or be government supported in our non-work. Somebody has to do something to produce, sell and service something. With the government as the standard all these people know, it is no wonder private industry flourishes in America.

We just abhor moments when the government starts expanding and believes it can perform at that level. May I offer the examples of the USPS, your local DMV, any city or county tax office, and dare I bring up that grifter Charles Rangel?

TRUTH

March 4th, 2010
8:18 am

Amazing. Even when the facts have been laid before a lot of you Republicans, you try too spin it to make some facsimile of rational behavior. You have been hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray. By the very party that you support. There is no movement towards socialism, that is a lie brought to you by the special interests who have invested heavily in your party. (Not saying that Democrats have not enjoyed some of that loot, either). But, they have made a concerted effort to scare and mislead, and divide. YOU drank that kool aid because they played on your fears of race, government involved healthcare (Medicare for the seniors), more recently Jim Bunning’s stance against extending the jobless benefits that are sustaining so many Americans. Still confused on that one, as it served no one’s best interest.

Our government is broken, and its been at the hands of the people in this story and by the special interests and those in congress who take that money for themselves while screwing us. Its a shame and a mockery of this nation. WAKE UP. This administration is trying to move us in the right direction. Seriously. They are. But as long as you allow these manufactured fears to bind you, we’ll remain in a state paranoia and shrillness.

WAKE UP.

Not Mike

March 4th, 2010
8:21 am

Mike, why do you pay for your car and home insurance? They are mandatory. Do you protest that every day?

Road Scholar

March 4th, 2010
8:28 am

Willis

March 4th, 2010
8:44 am

The Republicans are all a bunch of hypocrits. They want less government but want to keep all the military bases in Georgia open and running at full speed. They want the government out of our private lives, but won’t let me buy a 6-pack of beer on Sunday. They fuss about the deficit, but don’t want any taxes, except for the less well off. They don’t like “earmarks” but our two Republican senators got millions for Georgia pet projects. The list goes on and on.

They enabled the worst president of modern times, George W. Bush – acting as nothing but a rubber-stamp for his legislative hallucinations for 6 years, and now want to blame the nation’s ills on the Democrats. Don’t worry folks, they’ll soon be back in power and then the real problems begin again.

Intowner

March 4th, 2010
8:50 am

When Facism comes to America it will be carrying a Bible and wrapped in the Flag.
Sinclair Lewis was right. Again.

woodshed guy

March 4th, 2010
8:50 am

Ah yes, the old fear tactic. The boogie man will get you. You’ll pay me because you are afraid not to tactic. The red flag of socialism and it will make you go blind if you don’t quit. Fairy tales. When in hell are they going to start talking about the important things? The same old same old won’t work with the people this time around. I think the people will actually think about who they will vote for before they get to the poll booth. And that is something THEY should fear.

Publius

March 4th, 2010
8:55 am

Is public education socialism? Are public roads socialism? Environmental regulations socialism? Is the FDA socialism? Consumer Products Safety Commission? Federal Reserve Bank? USDA? FAA? FDIC? etc, etc., etc.

LET’S HAVE A RATIONAL DEBATE ABOUT WHAT A GOOD EFFECTIVE DEMOCRACTIC GOVERNMENT LOOKS LIKE, NOT A BUNCH OF MEANINGLESS LABELS THAT ACCOMPLISH NOTHING FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD.

Proud American

March 4th, 2010
9:11 am

The GOP have turned out to be bitter and hateful individuals who can’t get their way, so they their only recourse is to spread untruths. God help you. Remember that God also loves Barack Obama and he will also protection him too. No matter what you feel about him. The GOP is sad.

ASC

March 4th, 2010
9:12 am

Everything has a tag on it, everyone comes off script from their talking points and can only bas the other team. This is a team sport apparently.

I view this as nothing about some third person or identity, it is about changing to what I grew up understanding which is that I had opportunity. To make good decisions or bad, to succeed in school or not and I had influences to help me choose the right way based upon consequences, not from governance.

Government has bolluxed this country in ways unimaginable to generations and all along it has attempted to subvert the role and place of families instilling what was and is valuable and right about growing up here as opposed to somewhere else where these choices are dictated. This administration just happens to be very novice at political leadership or projecting what Americans are proud of through each of their own histories and the subsequent cohesive strength that it provides this nation.

Through my childhood I learned and experienced that national service is right because so many, for whatever reasons cannot. I experienced that doing for others who are short of fortune is a good use of your energy. My parents were the best source of answers to my questions as theirs were to them. Spending part of my life in service did wonders for my civics clarity compared to that required 8th grade class.

The federal government has few roles to you at your house, on your street. Most of the complaining has to do with state or local government (beer on Sunday), its not as simple as “Government” vs people. As it should be, most of our federal needs are discrete, but become center stage by way of the form of the election process and general desire to speak toward subjects of supposed greater import.

You elect these buffoons in spurts of election cycle passion, forgetting the reach of influence they are capable of once in office. Instead of hanging at the coffee shop, or whatever “third place” you need to assemble your friendships, and complaining or fomenting hatred of the other team you ought to be spending the same amount of spittle-tinged conversation over what these office holders are doing once you put them there. Or volunteering your time, money or effort in your own community.

DannyX

March 4th, 2010
9:21 am

Nixon gave us the the Environmental Protection Agency. Reagan created a new cabinet position and ran up huge deficits. W gave us socialized unfunded Medicare D, created a new cabinet position, and led us into 2 unfunded wars.

You didn’t expect Republicans to run on their record did you? Scorched earth is all they have.

By the way, The Georgia Bulldogs football team is a socialist operation.