The rebirth of a great nation…

I believe that today marks the beginning of our rebirth, as a nation. Of course I’m talking about the United States of America. But, I’m not talking about our rebirth, under the leadership of Barack Obama. No, I’m talking about this dreadful loss, by the Grand Old Party. We didn’t loose to Obama. We lost to ourselves.

Somewhere along the way, we got caught up in something that isn’t conservatism. We lost our vision. We lost our principles. We tried to market ourselves, just to keep getting reelected. THAT’S THE WORST THING ANY POLITICAL PARTY CAN DO! Once you set your goal to simply get reelected, you’ve lost your way.

Well, conservatives in America have lost their way.

Is it Senator John McCain’s fault? Heck no. He, and many others in the GOP today, are simply the product of many years worth of work and effort. What is this work and effort? I’m not sure yet. Was this change done on purpose? I’m not sure yet.

This is not an indictment on Obama. I’m really not interested in critiquing him anymore. This article is about our future, as lighthouse on a cliff side, guiding the future of America. It’s about returning to the principles of what this great nation was founded upon.

In the past few days, I’ve just one name mentioned in a variety of places, who seems to be preaching this same mantra. This mantra of change in the GOP. That name is the recently reelected Congressman Paul Ryan. Who is this Paul Ryan? He’s one of the youngest guys in Congress. He’s been there since he was 28 years old, in 1998. What is his mantra? Washington is spending too much money! Ha! Isn’t that one of the basic tenants of conservatism?

I say we take a long hard look at the likes of Buchanan, Krisol, Keyes, Paul, & Gingrich. Those aren’t the only names, but some of the few. We need to promote these men into advisory roles that offer us wisdom, but not leadership. We need new faces. We need new names.

We need to make a targeted effort at bringing together those across the conservative spectrum. Second Amendment supporters are one issue voters. Pro-life voters are one issue voters. Illegal immigration voters are one issue voters. The left has done an awesome job of bringing together their single-issue voters and they’ve made them an army. What does a gay-rights activist have to do with women getting abortions? Nothing! But they’re fighting for the same party.

We need to organize like that. Our pro-lifers need to rediscover why it’s so important that they protect their right to keep and bear arms. It’s time we set out to reestablish our principles and who’s on our team. We all need to know who’s on our team.

It’s high time we get back to the Jeffersonian principles of states-rights and a small government. With those principles comes a federal government reorganizing itself around a basic goal of protecting its citizens, as the primary purpose. Getting out of the way, so that individual states can decide for themselves what is best for themselves.

The GOP has not been focusing on these issues, for quite some time. The GOP has allowed our borders to remain fluid and perforated. The GOP has allowed the handouts to get larger and larger. Too many are dependent on their government to survive. Not enough are forced to pick themselves up and work for a living.

The great thinkers and founding fathers, Jefferson and Adams, were good friends but starkly different in their politics. A wonderful blend of their minds was found in Abraham Lincoln. Why can’t we get back to the foundational principles of those great Americans?

It’s time.

It’s time that we genuine conservatives take up the duty of reforming our Grand Old Party, into the party that it once was. Back into the party that gave America presidents like Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt. It’s time we take back our party from the neocon heretics. Our party isn’t about exporting democracy. If some nation wants our help, in becoming a democratic republic, then let’s help them. But we really do need to let the democracy-making be done by the people of their own nation. We are the real progressives, as we’ve fought for genuine progress since Valley Forge and Gettysburg.

It’s time we set out to actively undo the damage done to our great nation. Much of the damage has been done little by little. Some of it wasn’t supposed to be long term damage. The New Deal set out to help us get out of a desperate time, and it did. But now, we’re stuck with programs that are bottomless pits, for our tax dollars to be poured into.Lincoln Memorial

It’s time.

The next four years is just what we need. We’ll have what we need to regroup. We’ll have what we need to retire the old leadership, and raise up new leadership. We need to look out across the vastness of America and select the right fresh faces for our movement.

This time, we’ll bring to American not the empty promises of Hope and Change. We’ll bring an affirmation that we’re ready to provide again the kind of leadership this great nation demands.

It’s time.

Author: TREVOR

Leukemia survivor. Son of The Most High. Father. Man.

6 thoughts on “The rebirth of a great nation…”

  1. Craig,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment here.

    Your thoughts are well stated, and good for discussion. However, I’m not sure if they fit with the post you placed them on. The post I wrote was specifically about how the Republican Party needs to repair itself and recover from the current wounds.

    Yes, I am a Christian. Yes many of my posts reflect this. However, this specific post was less about Christians in the GOP and more about how the GOP can repair itself.

    Maybe you could comment on that topic.

    Thanks,
    Trevor

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  2. God and Country
    I am disturbed with the fact that a great many supporters of Proposition 8 made secular law the greatest priority of their time and money primarily under the name of Christianity. I think it is important to consider how Jesus himself would handle this situation if he were on Earth today, although I can only make this supposition based on what I have read in the Bible. Jesus and his apostle followers were not about nation. Jesus spent most of his time healing others, blessing the meek, and tending to their needs. The focus of his sermons was always the message of love, since the people of Israel primarily only understood judgment. Jesus assured us that he did not come to abolish the law of the prophets, but to fulfill the law. Did Christ fulfill the law by influencing Roman politics? Did he even fulfill the law by reforming the rules and practices of the temple through legal reform? That is not how Jesus spent his time here on earth. Jesus came and left this earth without reestablishing Israel as a sovereign nation and did not intervene with the politics of the Romans–even though under their rule ALL perversity was for the most part tolerated.

    The truth is the Word of God, and its central focus is LOVE. There is no love in politics. Supporters of Yes on 8 sacrificed thousands of hours of their time, and close to 40 million dollars–all for political ideology. Does this change in law change anything in the hearts of man? Does it cure California society of homosexuality or any other supposed perversity? Does it save the family, when there are millions of single unwed mothers and divorced families? Will it prevent my children from knowing that there are thousands of same-sex couples out there, and many who will continue to chose to live monogamously as if they were married even if the law now prevents it? What did all of that time and money really accomplish? It confirmed to homosexuals and to the rest of the world what they already knew–that they are mostly hated by people who call themselves Christian.

    Is this of utmost importance? Is this the highest priority in sharing the word of God? (Mat 25:14-28) What if that over 35 million were spent on sheltering the homeless or feeding the hungry? What if supporters of 8 used their time to help someone in need rather than imposing the judgement of God onto others through law. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s. God rightfully owns EVERYTHING, but as far as we are concenred, the only thing we rightfully own and therefore rightfully can give to God are our own lives. Use your talents wisely. Is it better to put Christian lipstick onto a secular nation, or to show your neighbor that they are loved by God and part of his divine creation? Is it better to impose the law and judgment of God onto society through secular laws or to use all of your efforts to communicate the ultimate law and the center of God’s divine power, which is LOVE?

    “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
    to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
    to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
    7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
    when you see the naked, to clothe him,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
    8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
    then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
    Isaiah 58:6-8

    34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:34-36

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  3. I think Paul Ryan needs a leadership position in Congress. A lot of people admire his ideas, and he is young, fresh and energetic. His roadmap is something that should be receiving a lot of attention and it is not. That is the future of conservatism, solving the problems, not delaying them for our children. That idea of feeling good you mentioned Kevin is something that can be countered with a rebuttal of our nation will not survive if we keep up our current ways in entitlement spending.

    I think Paul is the future of our party and we need more people like him. If we can’t find more like him, we need to promote him to a leadership position, a senate seat or a vice-presidential candidate or even presidential candidate.

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  4. Kevin, thanks for your comment.

    In recent years, John Piper has been used by God to change and effect me in ways I’d never have dreamed. I am blessed because Piper is blessed. Your having shared his thoughts is right on and true. Thank you.

    On the conservative politics side, I think we need to focus less on getting back to the Reagan era, and more on getting back to the fundamentals of conservatism. Yes, they are one in the same. BUT, young people don’t care about ‘ol Ronny. Those of us in our 30’s and up are cool w/ Ronny. But not the kids. The kids are what lefties have done right.

    When we sit down to create our strategy, we must also be thinking about a strong organization effort. If one thing has shown us, a massive grassroots effort can do it. But we can’t sit in our meetings for 4 years, and the magically appear. Lord Barry was working on his Hope and Change 6+ years ago. He launched his presidential campaign when he spoke at John Kerry’s nomination, for crying out loud!

    Look at Prop 8, in California. (State constitutional amendment permitting only marriage between man and woman) That won because of two reasons. The deep pockets of the Mormon Church, and a MASSIVE grassroots effort. Even in the very conservative Central Coast of Cali, I had a dude and his kid walking door to door, encouraging us to get out and vote for Prop 8. This happened in every rural area and every urban area, and everywhere in between.

    We need to support college conservative efforts and groups. We need to support high school conservative efforts and groups. We must go in to lion’s den and deal with the lefties on the turf they’ve taken control of. They don’t own the hearts and minds of the young, they’ve just convinced them that they do. Let’s change their minds.

    Lord Barry didn’t need to actually engage on the issues. He knew that everyone under 30 was voting for him. That had been secured before they were born, when the lefties moved the front line to the classroom.

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  5. Trevor:

    Great post.

    Being from Wisconsin, I proudly voted for Paul Ryan yesterday and was happy to see that he had held his seat. (In this state, a Conservative holding a seat ANYWHERE is always an iffy proposition!) I was even happier to see him interviewed saying the very things you are saying here.

    There is something that concerns me, though. Everything he is saying is true. Everything you are saying is true. We need to make the tough choices…to get back to the America we knew under the Ronald Reagans of the past.

    The problem is, that doesn’t sound/look fun or good or exciting.

    America showed yesterday that they aren’t interested in making responsible or difficult choices. They are interested in feeling good. The problem is, when you strip away the good feelings that Obama projects, what are we left with? But, too many Americans listen to his speeches, hear him say he wants to basically take care of them and they assume it will just happen. They don’t care how, or what it will do to the rest of the country.

    What will it take for those people to come to the realization that running a country takes more than the ability to make people feel good about themselves and feel that their difficulties aren’t their fault or responsibility.

    That said, I watched a short video by Dr. John Piper the other night that put it all in perspective for me. It’s not Barack Obama that we serve. We serve Jesus. And no one will be put in power anywhere outside of God allowing it. Sure, it may get difficult here and we may not understand why, but I’m comforted by the fact that there’s someone in charge of it all and won’t let someone take the reins who doesn’t fit His will.

    Kevin

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