Well, that’s what we keep hearing from liberals in every media opportunity to speak or write.
Who are we hearing it from? Democrats …….. and some Republicans. Not quite as directly as Democrats, but it’s there.
[At this point, let me stop and say I'm not a member of any political party, and the two major ones disgust me. But I will refer to Republicans in the light of where they should be as clearly defined conservatives. That because the reality is one major party or the other will likely win most national elections.]
Right after the presidential election, this banter started. It’s as though a close popular vote election, involving an incumbent, was some sort of accurate litmus test as to what Republicans should be. What Republicans should be is clearly defined conservatives. Not liberal Democrat clones.
Mitt Romney’s performance in the election has been disparaged and debated. But he gave an incumbent president a sweat producing run for his money, coming close to unseating him. Republicans kept control of the House. So let’s define what Republicans and their candidates should actually be in the future to win national elections.
- Conservatives are for free markets, job creation by businesses -not government, and minimal taxation.
- Conservatives do not tolerate tyranny for one second
- Conservatives will tell terrorist nations that threaten our citizens abroad that not one shred of their military capability will be left intact if Americans overseas are intentionally put in harm’s way. Conservatives would mean it, not just use it as a camera op.
- Conservatives believe in individual rights with minimal government interference. The Bill of Rights is their foundation of individual rights.
- Conservatives believe in the U.S. Constitution as the solid foundation for the governance of the U.S.
- Conservatives do not pander to a large class of people who vote on the basis of what the government will give them.
- Conservatives believe in minimizing redistribution of wealth from those working to those who won’t.
Now obviously, people will read this list and want to throw in a thousand more things. But this covers conservatism in principle, if not in detail. From these principles, all the details should be worked out.
It will take a conservative for president to win elections, not printed copier versions of liberal Democrats.
It will take a candidate for president that stands up and tells the country what real conservatism means.
It will take a candidate that will be able to overcome the effects of the last couple of decades of Republicans becoming increasingly more liberal. That’s what is a large contributing factor to the mess we’re in now as a country.
Possibly the most important factor? This will be a candidate that has a history of showing more legitimate concern for his/her country than for getting or keeping his/her political job.
No, the presidential election doesn’t even come close to indicating that Republicans need do adjust to Liberal principles.
It means they need to outright reject them.
Their candidate needs the spine to pull together everything above and make it public. That may be the biggest hindrance to finding their candidate.