By “good” I do not mean cheery, or hopeful, I mean “good” as in insightful, useful, because I am not throwing in any towels, I am digging in. My previous post was my rant, and me expressing my fears for the future of America. Now, it is time to do everything I can to fight to save this nation, and turn it back towards the country it can and should be. It looks bleak today, not because we lost the “big game” but because we, as Conservatives, understand the consequences of last night’s results. As Smitty notes, it will get worse before it gets better
Apparently, it has to get worse before it gets better. At least we won’t hear about how we should get rid of the electoral college for another four years.
A broader point that needs to sink home is that, given a choice betweenParty A and Party Mostly A, the country seems to be holding withParty A. The fundamental reform of taxation, entitlements, and the Federal Reserve that are truly required seem too radical for GOP candidates. If voters can’t tell the difference between candidates, it looks like they hold what they’ve got.
The Lonely Conservative has some fine thoughts about what “Forward” will actually mean
I don’t think taxation and entitlement reform is so much a GOP problem, it’s more a voter problem. Like Bill Hoge said:
The country hasn’t hit bottom yet, and like a drunk or addict that still thinks he can handle it, the body politic simply isn’t ready to clean up its act. While 52% of the country probably aren’t all Takers and Moochers, they have enough Enablers to result in an electoral majority. Progressivism has been quite seductive in its appeal.
Does it really matter if the number of takers is 47% or 52%? Either way, they’re taking us along with them on their way to hitting rock bottom. Great.
Ha! Maybe we need a new 12-step, program. “Hi I am am John Q American, and I am addicted to entitlements”
AS The Lonely Conservative notes, Bill O’Reilly was right, we are a changing country, and we are becoming more selfish
I was sort of ticked off at Bill O’Reilly last night but looking back, he was right. We are no longer a traditional nation. Now the people who “want stuff” rule. We’ll be lucky if we end up like Greece, because it very well could get worse.
O’Reilly made good points, but focused too much on the racial aspect. Too many Americans of all colors vote with their hands out, too many Americans vote democratic because they fear they might lose their entitlements. Their fear is largely false, of course, Republicans will not take away Medicare, or Social Security, but Democrats have instilled that fear for so long that many are effectively brainwashed into believing it.
Another factor here is that the constant race baiting, gender baiting, and sexual orientation baiting, has been very good to democrats. How to counter act that is a tough problem, but one we must face and conquer. Over the next four years, we have an opportunity to use the worsening economy, and yes it will get worse, to open up people’s eyes to a simple fact. More government in bad economic times is not as helpful for those hurting as a rebounding economy is. How do we use that as an avenue to garner more support among minorities? Not by pandering to them, but by present Conservatism in a common sense fashion. Too much of the GOP outreach to Blacks, for example, has been way too much about pandering, and sounding as much like Democrats as possible. At some point, Blacks, and single women, and others will have to decide to move to the Right. That will require straight talk from Republicans, rather than tip toeing around in fear that we might offend. Weakness does not appeal to anyone, and it certainly does not win you any supporters.
Michelle Malkin is staying positive, and makes some great points
We have so much to be proud of tonight:
*Diligent Tea Party activists grew the limited government movement and organized — producing winning candidates across the country at the local, state, and national levels.
*A new generation of citizen activists online helped contribute to the vigilant policing of media bias and White House lies on everything from Fast and Furious to Solyndra to Benghazi.
*Conservative women pushed back more forcefully than ever against Democrat femme-a-gogues and Planned Parenthood promoters.
*Small business owners, Republican blue-collar workers, minority conservatives, young conservatives, religious liberty advocates, and growing numbers of Hollywood conservatives all stood up and made their voices heard.
Once again, we have our work cut out for us. We lost this election, but we still live in the greatest country on the planet and we still have many ways to fight for and defend it.
My counsel to you tonight: Please, do not be bitter. Do not fall prey to the Beltway blame game. Do not get mired in small things. Do not become vengeful creatures like our political opponents who voted out of spite instead of love of country.
We still have boundless blessings to count — and to secure.
I remain a proud, unrepentant believer in the American Dream. And I know you do, too. Freedom will endure because we will keep fighting for it. We can’t afford not to, friends.