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 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.
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.