Brent Bozell: ‘It’s Time the GOP Step Up or Move Aside’

By Michael W. Chapman | May 18, 2011 | 8:24 PM EDT

Brent Bozell

( – America is at a crossroads and the Republican Party must show bold, courageous leadership at “this moment” to keep the country from sliding further down the path to European-style socialism, said Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica. “It’s time the GOP step up or move aside.”

“The GOP leadership, and most especially its presidential candidates, need to get with the program,” said Bozell in a post at the ForAmerica Web site on Wednesday. “If the GOP is incapable of articulating a vision that returns America to Constitutional conservatism, then maybe conservatives should start thinking the unthinkable: a new party.”

Bozell noted that the Founding Fathers faced a similar crossroads: submit to the British or fight back for “freedom, individual responsibility and the pursuit of happiness.” Today, he said, President Barack Obama and the radical Left are pushing America deeper into welfare state socialism through “ObamaCare, bailouts, and calls from Democrats for trillions of dollars in new taxes to pay for evermore reckless federal spending.”

The Republican Party, meanwhile, is “gliding,” said Bozell, with weak leadership by many senators and “growing indecision” in the House of Representatives despite the electoral victory in November 2010. In addition, some GOP leaders are issuing “bold” statements only “to defend their own leftist records, or to attack the few Republicans who are putting forward serious proposals to save America,” he said.

“Conservatives are fed up with this nonsense,” said Bozell. “The American people do not want ObamaCare and they do not want NewtCare. The American people wholly reject the individual mandate [to buy health insurance], whether it comes from Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich.”

Concerning the criticism leveled on Sunday’s Meet the Press by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich against current House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) plan to reform Medicare and his budget for fiscal year 2012, Bozell said, “Is the Ryan plan perfect? No -- but it is serious, and it is bold, and it is courageous, and it would reverse the slide to economic ruin and socialism set by President Obama. Paul Ryan deserves the highest applause from conservatives, but rather than acknowledge that he is busy pulling the arrows from his back.”

“There is no luxury of time to debate and discuss and, as usual, postpone the tough decisions,” said Bozell.  “They are upon us. Will we continue on the path to European socialism, or will we once more be a nation based on individual freedom, a virtuous and principled society and limited government? It’s time the GOP step up or move aside.”

ForAmerica is a non-profit group organized to educate Americans about this country’s principles and values. Brent Bozell, in addition to being chairman of ForAmerica, is president of the Media Research Center, the parent company of 
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
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