When searching for answers as to how
we got here in America - here being a steadily accelerating march
into Democratic Socialism - there is plenty of blame to go around.
Personally, I don’t see an innocent individual in the lot.
Those who consider themselves to be
the most politically astute people in America, conservatives, have
once again been out-foxed by those they call ignorant. Forest Gump’s
momma was right; stupid is as stupid does! Steeped in worthy
principles, yes. Politically astute? You must be kidding…
America has exactly the mess of a
government it deserves because it always has the government it
elected. No matter which partisan group we claim our own, there is
no escaping responsibility for where we are as a nation today. In
reality, our messy government is a precise reflection of our very
But as a lifelong conservative
myself, I want to focus on my conservative brethren in this column.
I want to talk to my own peeps!
Before we can advance a conservative
agenda in America, we will have to figure out how to advance a
conservative agenda within our own party first. Conservatives are
going to have to face some hard realities about how our agenda
became only a fringe side-show in a nation where most of the
population is actually far more conservative than the government it
Conservatives Don’t Know How to Win
So they keep losing and
conservatives have once again positioned themselves, or allowed
themselves to be positioned, to lose again in 2008. The fact is,
they have done both.
Conservatives have proven themselves
to be the most ineffective political constituency in America today.
The track record can be summed up no other way. Although they
represent the principles and values of more than 70 percent of
Americans, they can’t seem to get their act together or lead that 70
percent of the country in a single direction. So, the better
organized minority movement wins.
Unlike their opposition across the
aisle, who not only find a way to give themselves several good
socialist nominees to choose from, but find a way to hand pick their
Republican opponent in each election cycle as well, conservatives
can’t even figure out how to advance a conservative candidate within
their own party.
Now, conservatives can
uncharacteristically blame everyone else if they want, but if this
doesn’t change, the conservative movement is indeed dead in America.
If it’s not our fault, then it’s not within our power to fix it. I
prefer to believe it is our fault for this reason alone.
Over-Ruling RNC Powers
Frustrated conservatives are right.
Their party is currently controlled by liberal-lites running the RNC
and it is very difficult to advance a conservative agenda in this
environment. But they are wrong when they accept no individual
responsibility for how that came to be. If they continue to accept
no responsibility for the errors of the past, then they have no
power to change those errors in the future. Such a move is equal to
To advance a conservative agenda in
today’s Republican Party, we will have to advance it against the
will of the current Republican National Committee leadership, which
is clearly convinced that they must join Democratic Socialists in
the pander war, just to compete with them on a national stage. Are
The Politically Principled Suicide
Conservatives have stepped in this
trap repeatedly over the last several election cycles and as of this
writing, they still don’t recognize the trap, let alone how to avoid
stepping in it again and again.
Conservatives are all about their
principles, as they should be. They are also all about
individuality. They seldom see a need to play well with others in
pursuit of a common goal. They are the most independent minded folks
on earth and they are always firm in their personal belief
structures, so much so, that they will go down in flames before
conceding a single issue, in the name of principle.
As a staunch conservative myself, I
very much identify with the standard characteristics of the average
American conservative. I too am very opinionated, principled and
committed to my beliefs, sometimes to the ultimate detriment of
those very principles.
But as a political analyst, I also
see how these natural conservative characteristics are exploited in
the political process, at the expense of the conservative movement
In short, conservatives have been
repeatedly triangulated on the issues by the opposition. They have
been systematically set up in the primaries, to take the fall in the
general election no matter which direction they turn. Time after
time, the election is over for conservatives, before it even begins.
Then conservatives fight to make themselves completely irrelevant.
Winning Battles to Lose the War
Contrary to common claims made in
the current infighting among conservatives, conservatives never fail
to be conservative. They don’t know how to be anything else. What
they fail to be is united in that effort.
Unlike conservatives, liberals are
all about group think and group movement. Liberals are not
independent minded nor are they individually responsible for
anything. They think together and move as one, because they take the
need to unite and their individual responsibility to play an active
part in the group, very seriously. Conservatives oppose this very
notion by nature of being conservative and divided, they fall,
election after election.
The 2008 Republican primaries
provide a vivid glimpse into just how true this is. Conservatives
were very committed to their individual ideas of what conservative
means, so much so that they remained completely divided between no
less than eight primary candidates, each of them more conservative
than John McCain. Divided among the eight, the liberal wing of the
party was able to unite and advance the most liberal Republican
candidate in the race, John McCain.
Now Comes the Triangulation Part
Once the RNC has a candidate who is
almost as liberal as the Democratic Socialists running in the DNC,
conservatives are caught in the very trap they were trying to avoid.
No matter which direction they turn in the general election, they
will be supporting another national shift to the left, even if they
refuse to play any part at all.
If they vote for the RNC leftist who
emerged from the RNC primaries with 35 percent of the Republican
vote, they are voting for a shift to the left. If they stay home on
Election Day, vote third party or write in some non-factor, they are
allowing Democratic Socialists across the aisle to win by default,
just as Clinton did in 1992 and 1996 with less than 50 percent of
the popular vote.
If they cross over in protest and
vote for a Democratic Socialist to teach the RNC a lesson, they have
voted for a giant leap to the left and the only message they are
sending the RNC is that the RNC must move even further left in the
next election cycle to get back those votes that went Democrat in
the last cycle.
Checkmate! No matter which direction
conservatives move now, they are moving the nation left, at odds
with all of the principles and values they hold dear. Stupid is as
Once Triangulated and Cornered
Like a pit viper backed into a
corner, out come the fangs. Now cornered and pissed off,
conservatives have their fangs out and they lash out at everything
that moves. Anyone who failed to support their guy in the
primaries is the enemy now. Anyone who sees the need to at least
block a giant leap to the left in November is also an enemy.
Reality is, only about 35 percent of
Republicans support John McCain. The other 65 percent who voted
against McCain can never be accurately accused of supporting McCain,
only opposing the greater opposition.
But more than 35 percent will indeed
vote for McCain come November. Not because they have some new found
love for John McCain or his many shortcomings, but because they will
be NO part of sitting the First Family of Political Crime,
Presidents Clinton, or the freshman cut-n-run Marxist from Illinois
in the Oval Office.
Isn’t it funny how those who openly
oppose Clinton and Obama are now seen by some conservatives as
liberals, the enemy, when it is their vote or non-vote, of
conservatives to angry to think straight, that will elect the most
Socialist candidate running for office in the name of opposing
This is how fuzzy logic can become,
once cornered in a trap.
How Silly Are We Now?
The infighting among conservatives
has reached a deafening pitch. To see just how dangerous a cornered
conservative can be to his movement, consider these postings at a
well-known conservative discussion board
In reaction to my recent New Media
Journal column titled "Why
Conservatives Must Vote in 2008,” and some of the posters,
hundreds of blogging conservatives lash out against their
conservative brethren. So consumed by rage once cornered in the same
old trap, they lose all perspective of who the real enemy is and
cannibalize their own movement.
"This article was written by a
self-important self-flagellating idiot. My conservative vote did not
count for a whole lot in moving forward a conservative agenda
whenever I voted for guys named George Bush. Now, this clown blames
conservatives for being SO POWERFUL as to being blamed for allowing
the Democrats to takeover congress. What I did at the polls in 2006
had NOTHING to do with the Republicans losing the congressional
majorities. And if the Hillary the Republicans greatest hope for
retaining the WH does not get the nomination, my conservative vote
will have little to do with the 2008 election.” – Freeper by the
"I think the RNC is going to be very
surprised at the vote total for conservatives that do NOT coattail
for McCain.” – Freeper,
"If I vote my conscience, none of
the current GOP or DEM candidates will get it. If I decide to hold
my nose, McCain will get my vote. IF I decide to hold my nose. Your
telling me that if I don't vote for McCain is voting for Hitlery or
Obomba is not making me think of voting for McCain.” – Freeper,
"Just more McCainite
fearmongering they think they can bully us with. Sorry, but my
greater fear is we get another Arnold Schwarzenegger. A Hillary or
Obama might give us a GOP majority in ‘10.” – Freeper,
"At what point do you just realize
it’s over. Nobody thinks the Rat party is going to go back to being
a southern, agrarian, pro-slave party. The shift to a big
government, elitist, urban party was incremental and permanent. The
shift of the Republican Party BACK to a big government, elitist,
country club party is permanent. The majority of the party is not in
control in which case the majority should leave the system in which
we get screwed.” – Freeper,
These are but a few from hundreds of
comments. Not all of them are self-defeating like these. The issue
isn’t whether or not these posters have a valid point, but rather,
what is the productive nature of their point? Can anything
productive come from the massive infighting underway with the
conservative base of the Republican Party? Anything positive for
conservatives I mean?
"The McCattle have already
surrendered and become democrats.”- Freeper,
- This comment on the basis of opposing Obama and Clinton?
Have conservatives really lost sight
of who the real enemy is here? Do they really accept no personal
responsibility for how we got here, or what happens next? Are they
really throwing in the towel, not just for the GOP, but for the
nation, or are they simply having a momentary temper tantrum?
Most disturbing to me when reading
comments on a conservative discussion board like Free Republic, is
the fact that you will rarely read a comment based on a productive
idea of how to change what every conservative is indeed upset about.
Hundreds of complainers and
finger-pointers can be read at Free Republic and countless other
conservative blogs. But for all the principled opposition to what is
happening to our party and our country, where are the conservative
ideas of what to do about it? These kinds of comments are
suspiciously absent among conservatives at present.
Conservatives are supposed to be
part of the solution, not a part of the problem. Yet they seem
unable to move beyond their rage to a place where productive
solutions can emerge. I expect this kind of emotionally charged hand
wringing and indiscriminate lashing out from liberals, but from
conservatives too now?
If the Conservative Movement Is Dead
There is but one reason.
Conservatives failed to unite to move their agenda forward. Divided,
they have fallen. Continuing to divide will only worsen the problem,
not provide a solution.
My grandfather was a WWI veteran and
although he passed many years ago, he remains one of my heroes
today. He repeated the following advice so many times as I was
growing up, that there was no way to wash it from my memory.
He would say, "If you have
nothing productive to add to the conversation, say nothing at all.
That alone will be more productive.”
Conservatives are getting their ass
handed to them by an anti-American minority and the best response
they can come up with is to beat on each other in a fit of rage and
further divide their foot soldiers? Well, they bicker and divide at
their own demise…
Three Undeniable Realities
1) McCain sucks! But one of three
candidates will sit in the Oval Office for the next four years,
McCain, Clinton or Obama. When faced with three dangerous attackers,
and only two bullets left, shoot the two most dangerous attackers
and go hand to hand with the least of the threats remaining. To
address none of the three is certain suicide.
2) Most Americans are far more
conservative than the governments they elect. The socialist minority
will continue to win so long as conservatives fail to unite in
3) Conservative principles are not
welcome in any socialist country. So, stopping Democratic Socialists
from sitting in the Oval Office at any cost is a must.
Or, we could spend the next seven
months regurgitating all the well-known ways that John McCain is a
horrible Republican alternative to the completely unacceptable
Democratic Socialists he’s running against. It won’t change
anything, but you can sound more conservative at cocktail parties by
showing how smart you are to recognize this reality.
McCain was indeed a ten o’clock two.
But he’s fast becoming a two o’clock ten! Unless conservatives want
to go home and take a cold shower and wait another four years for a
date, they will have to dance the least ugly girl at the party this
two bigger threats and going hand to hand with the lesser McCain is
the best they can do in 2008. But then they will have to do a better
job of uniting on principle in 2010 and beyond.