Obviously, I am alluding to the “act-outs” on the part of various Republican Senators in the debate over withholding funding for ObamaCare. John McCain of Arizona seems to be the leading proponent of “just lie down and let them run over us…it won’t hurt long!” He goes so far as to point out that we lost the last election so therefore we have little or nothing to say about how things are done in this nation today. Now that is an attitude that should get the man fired real quickly. McCain had nothing good to say about Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s “lone-man” stand against funding ObamaCare in the Senate. Most other conservative Senators followed his lead openly criticizing Cruz’s efforts to resist this train-wreck which has been shoved down America’s throat.
It seems that Washington has a new philosophy on the conservative side of the aisle…”if you cannot win, then don’t fight!” I do not know about you but I expect them to fight even when they know they cannot win…fight, fight, fight for what is clearly our conservative orientation. Any damn fool can win a fight when the cards are already stacked in their favor…that is not when the fight is needed. Is that the same philosophy we want our men and women of the military to embrace in any coming conflicts in which they engage? I would surely hope not for we will most certainly lose anything that we attempt with such a mindset.
We seem to have a conservative base in Washington which is searching for some “new magic” to attract the “cheese line voters” (the ones always looking for freebies), blacks, Hispanics, and the undecided independent voter. On top of that, they have that statistician Karl Rove, who is left over from the Bush Era, spouting his thoughts on how to please those very groups and gain a new voter foothold. The strategy associated with that direction apparently is to “not rock the boat” on any issues of the present so as to not take a chance of offending these groups. Even the most insane person would have to ask, “Who the hell came up with that line of thinking?” I know….Karl Rove!
Let us get our ducks in a row on conservatism. You either believe or you don’t…how clearly do we have to say it. Six out of 10 Americans believe the federal government is too large and out of control. I would say that is a pretty good platform from which to shout the conservative cause so that more can hear it. Conservatives believe in fiscal responsibility, smaller government and less intervention at the federal level, States Rights, the Rule of Law, along with respect for and adherence to the Constitution…the framework of our government. That is not something you believe on Tuesday and Thursday and then abandon the rest of the week which seems to be what the majority of Republicans are doing at the present.
Let us also understand some other aspects as conservatives then maybe we can get on with our business of righting this nation’s ship. First, by abandoning our conservative focus for what appears to be a wishy-washy, non-committal approach, we gain nothing with the hand-out crowd, the black sector, or Hispanics. Why…because they are not listening. The liberals gained their attention long ago with the promise of chickens in every pot. Romney was right when he pointed out that that 47% of America was not going to vote for him so why spend money on the effort? How can you uphold fiscal responsibility by giving away the house during a time when over forty cents of every federal dollar spent is borrowed? What are you going to do…explain things better? You forget…they are not listening! If you want listeners, speak at a level and strength to attract those four million conservative voters who stayed home in the last election because you once again trotted out a “middle of the road pony” who had difficulty gaining their credibility. Convince conservatives first and then go from there!
The independent voter is one who holds out to the last minute before they make up their mind. They claim to be people who listen then vote their conscience. They claim to have intelligence which means they should be perceptive. If we, as conservatives, cannot put our message out clearly, factually, and frequently in front of the voter, then how can that “independent voter” have any faith that the conservative side of the aisle has any dedication in what it believes? You actually think that the more you remain silent the greater the odds that you will attract that 30% faction of independent voters? If you do, then it is no wonder that we have problems winning elections. The conservative side of the aisle has got to get a set of cahonies and speak its mind clearly to the American people if things are to change from the current path.
America has been distributed to the right of center in its thinking for decades upon decades. That trend is evident in the recent poll which found that six of ten Americans find the federal government too large and out of control. The votes are out there for a conservative victory at the federal level yet we have a Republican Party bent on hiding its beliefs from the public and going soft on liberal opposition in the hope of gaining new voters. At one point I believed that Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi were two of the stupidest people in Washington but I now think the Republicans in general are giving those women a hard race for stupid.
Ultimately what is happening here is that it is becoming apparent that the “Washington Establishment” made up of both sides of the aisle is bent on serving itself. That “establishment” has no real disagreement when it comes to holding on to powers gained and spending money over all God’s Creation in the name of gaining votes. To even discuss dismantling any of the status quo would be treasonous to that “establishment”. In other words…”To hell with the American people and their future welfare, let’s take care of our power base.”
I am not convinced that winning elections changes anything from the conservative perspective. Seldom have the Republicans made good use of the powers of the victor when the opportunity has arisen. Instead, they waffle while the Left cries about the unfairness of their voice no longer being heard. You see the Left can use the same argument whether it is in power or not because it plays so well to those who are not willing to put any skin in the game; it plays well to those looking for a handout; it plays well to those wanting us to turn our heads to their illegal entry into this country. In the end, our current conservative representation in Washington is too afraid to act when in the majority and too afraid to act when in the minority…how can we win if we cannot fight?
The best support system the Left has for making an impact in the 2014 mid-term election cycle right now is the current batch of Republicans in Washington. The American people do not see them standing unified nor do they see them standing on the principles conservatives identify with in their lives. Instead, they see a group of career politicians more concerned about guarding their power base and influence than they are about carrying out the “will of the people”. Until that perception is changed, Republicans are going to lose more and more ground in the election process by default rather than preference. That is not to say that American are not attracted to conservative views but to say that the current crowd of “so-called conservatives” in Washington today, with few exceptions, really suck at getting a message out based on conservative principles.
Our nation and the structural documents which were designed to guide it were crafted from a conservative perspective and certainly meant to be executed in a conservative fashion. Government was never meant to become too large; too powerful, and too expensive. The Founding Fathers never intended the Federal Government to be the “focus” of the people. Most Americans with conservative values understand these points. It is just too bad that we do not have the same understanding among the crowd elected to represent us in Washington. Win, lose, or draw, when it comes time to fight for your principles…you fight. You don’t check the odds for winning and then fall silent. There will be a coming day of reckoning as far too many Americans realize that we cannot save this nation as it was intended without some complete and abrupt changes at the federal level.
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