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Published: Thursday, April 24 2014 7:59 p.m. MDT

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liberty or ...?
Ogden, UT

So let me get this straight Republicans need to become more inclusive never mind we believe that all should be treated equally under the law regardless of gender, race , sex, religion, or ethnicity. While democrats play race politics because we don't create special exemptions for different groups or see everything through the prism of race. We believe that our wives and mothers should be respected should they choose to work or stay at home and raise their kids but leftist femenists look down on them if they choose to stay home and that somehow Motherhood is inferior to occupation and call conservative women every sexest, disgusting insult. We believe all who wish to come here should follow the same law as anyone else and be legal to enjoy all the benefits of being openly welcome in American society but Democrats say we should discriminate against the law abiders and create corrupt exemptions for law breakers. We believe that whether rich or poor you have the right to the fruit of your labor. Democrats believe if you have succeeded more than others that it is OK to rob you through legalized theft. Who needs to be more inclusive?

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

As a life long conservative, disenchanted as I watched the Party taken over by the extreme right wing, I took heart in the comments of Gov. Martinez, Ms. Lockhart, Day and Mr. Reyes. I felt like maybe there is reasoning at the grass roots level! Unfortunately the conference will be capped off and keynoted by one who in my opinion is the voice of anything other than that which resembles reasoning. At least they tried!

Esquire
Springville, UT

Won't happen. The extremists in the GOP and right wing radio will never do the right thing.

ljeppson
Salt Lake City, UT

So here comes Ted Cruz, the Tea Party Express, come to end Social Security and Medicare. And the GOP wants diversity? They don't want seniors I can tell you that. Speaker Lockhart has denied health care to thousands of Utahns and she wants diversity? Speaking as a senior I can tell you the GOP has long since lost my vote.

play by the rules
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

Why don't Republicans just become Democrats and quit believing in American Exceptionalism, abandon the pursuit of excellence for mediocrity, punish innovation, reward criminal activity, promote corporate welfare, spend money we don't have, create an oppressive federal government. Oh wait, the GOP is already becoming the Democrat light party! If Republicans acted more like small government libertarians support would be through the roof right now.

Karen R.
Houston, TX

@ Ralph West Jordan

I felt much the same: Heartened at the tone of reason and inclusion, and then brought back to reality by the mention of Ted Cruz.

I remain hopeful, though, that this is only the current state of reality, and that the pendulum will begin to swing back towards moderation in the near future. Even better if women are leading the way. Then I can once again feel that the GOP has something to offer me as well.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Better to not saddle up with radical ranchers.

ordinaryfolks
seattle, WA

If Republicans wish to engage with minorities in this country, then they ought to think about policies that will not hinder these same minorities in pursuit of the American dream.

Woman ought to be paid the same wage as men when doing the same work. Racial minorities ought to be afforded the same rights to vote, work and be educated as the white majority. Gays/Lesbians ought to be able to marry, live and work as do their heterosexual siblings.

None of these are Republican goals. Republicans block laws to ensure that woman get equal pay, that racial minorities are protected and that homosexuals be treated equally.

Just by talking nice about the "others" in politics will not get you more votes. People want to know they will be treated the same.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Yeah good one, the party that embraces Clevon Bundy is going to be "inclusive."

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

"GOP leaders told divisiveness on race, gender 'unacceptable'"

Uh huh.

Divisiveness is what propels the Modern Republican Party, and it makes super-stars out of demagogues who would have been laughed out of Congress (ala Joe McCarthy) back when Eisenhower was President.

This divisiveness is based largely on the startling growth of the Right Wing entertainment industry. The onslaught of exaggeration, lies, and misinformation produced by these entertainers directly resulted from the revoking of the Fairness Doctrine during the Reagan Administration.

It’s all about money now. Rush Limbaugh is not out to inform you. He wants to reinforce your prejudices and please you, so he can stay on the air and make millions in advertising revenue, and sell books full of fabrications.

FOX “NEWS,” . . . Designed by Rupert Murdoch to propagandize, also makes a lot of money (ala Professional Wrestling).

So what we have in the GOP are a bunch unthinking Right Wingers soaking up all this nonsense while ridiculing doubters as “uninformed.” Opposed are the more reasonable Republicans who don’t think quite as simplistically.

Thus the division within the GOP.

kiddsport
Fairview, UT

GaryO: Your comments remind me of an old Spanish saying about Communists: "Tiren la pedrada y esconden la mano." Translation: They throw a brick and then hide their hand. If you were to analyze current comments coming from the Democrat party, you would see that true divisiveness is their stock in trade. Who is it that attempts to paint conservatives as racist? Oh yeah, that would be Democrats. Who is it that promotes class envy? Right again- Democrats. Who tries to play women's advocate while underpaying their female staff? You guessed it- Democrats. The only unifying characteristic of the Democrat party is their constant divisive rhetoric.
What truly unifies conservatives? The desire for freedom for all and liberty from oppressive overburdening government. That is the message we bring to all races, social classes, genders and ethnic groups, as citizens of these United States.

kiddsport
Fairview, UT

@ljeppson- where did you get the notion the Tea Party wants to end social security and Medicare? Must be from CNN or MSNBC. The Tea Party wants to end waste and corruption in all facets of government. Take for example the billions of dollars Hillary Clinton's State department has just "lost." Everyone talks about eliminating waste approaching half of all government expenditures but no one seems to get around to doing anything about it. Maybe we should call it the Government WasteWatcher Party. That is what the Tea Party is all about.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

#1... What party ISN'T "divisive"?

#2... Who gets to tell either party that it's "unacceptable"? The Governor of the great State of NEW Mexico???

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If you ask me... both parties are divisive in various ways. And I don't know if a lady in New Mexico gets to tell everybody in either party what they can/can't do.

The GOP may be more divisive than the other party... but BOTH do their share of dividing.

How about the Obama Administrations attempts to vilify and divide the nation against the 1%-ers??? They are Americans too you now. They don't need to be vilified and divided out so we can go after them... (As Democrat groups have done).

Nobody's white as snow on divisiveness...

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Kiddsport –

“Who is it that attempts to paint conservatives as racist?”

Many self-described Conservatives do a fine job painting themselves as racists. They don’t need help from other people.

“Who is it that promotes class envy?” Ha! Now you’re just being silly. Greedy and irresponsible “Conservatives” have no class to envy.

“Who tries to play women's advocate while underpaying their female staff?” Uh . . . I don’t know? Is the correct answer . . . Bad People?

Unifying characteristics of the Democratic Party include pragmatism, practicality, and a desire to see our government progress in its ability to provide for and “promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” as stipulated in the Constitution of the United States.

Yes, I know. Quite a few Republicans believe responsible governance is a bad thing.

Democrats disagree.

In fact, most Democrats feel a great debt of appreciation to the Founders for giving us a workable government . . . That ideology-bound "Conservatives" despise and disrespect.

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