Where Is Conservatism Headed
By: Ken Hughes
Is conservatism hanging on by its fingernails or does it have a chance to resurface? Is self motivation and hard work to difficult for todayâ€™s young man and women? Does it take the government to morally bailout society from todayâ€™s deprivation? Is morality something the government is capable of instilling? As the country sinks lower into what may turn out to be the worst rescission since the 1930â€™s, the â€œMe Generationâ€ is alive, flourishing and demanding more for less. What todayâ€™s younger generation doesnâ€™t understand when they look too government for solutions their looking in a mirror? We the People are the government, We the People ultimately pay.
Deep within the bowels of the Republican Party thereâ€™s a new conservative movement ready to surface. The enemy of this new movement isnâ€™t Democrats itâ€™s old guard Republicans unwilling to share power. The Republican Party canâ€™t survive with those old Mustache Peteâ€™s in Washington in charge. Thereâ€™s been a lot of talk about a new third party a new party wonâ€™t change anything. Whatâ€™s needed is a revamp of the old Republican Party the Republican Party has accomplished too much for to long to be discarded as though it were garbage. The traditions established by Lincoln, T. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan needs to be revisited if a conservative platform is ever going to be the goal of any future Republican Party.
There are a number of young Conservative Republicans in and out of government who are ready willing and capable of reestablishing the Goldwater / Reagan conservatism back in the party. It will be a fight they can win if they direct their efforts to the people and leave the politics to the old Mustache Peteâ€™s to pick over. Congressional politics has become little more than a sporting event between congressional political parties any regard for the publics interest has been long forgotten.
Politics has always been a dirty business, today itâ€™s a vile dirty business. I canâ€™t recall in my 50 years plus being involved in politics when a candidate and their family has ever been as despicably treated as Sarah Palin and her family. Till now children have always been off limits, that all changed with Sarah Palinâ€™s acceptance of a position on the McCain ticket. The McCain straight talk express didnâ€™t have enough momentum to make it out of the station until Sarah Palin showed up and took the liberals the media and the country by surprise. That gave McCain an unfair advantage no one was prepared for. Ergo all the old traditional gloves came off and it truly became a campaign of nastiness at least on the Obama side and ambivalence by McCain.
Sarah Palin brushed these inappropriate comments aside as if they had no effect on her whatsoever. She went on campaigning for the McCain ticket as though she didnâ€™t have a concern other than their winning the nomination. On the other hand the Obama loyalists whined and complained when Palin pointed out several flaws in Messiah Obamaâ€™s armor. John McCain Sarah Palinâ€™s supposed mentor stood in the shadows and allowed all the trash to fall on his running mate and said nothing. Is this what any truly devoted conservative Republican can expect from the RNC in the future.
The most recent national campaign proved beyond any doubt the Republican Party canâ€™t be reformed from the top down. All meaningful reform must come from the villages, counties and states across the country. New conservative blood must be tapped and put up for election. Barack Obama didnâ€™t win the nomination because he was the most popular candidate he won because he was the only alternative to the Washington establishment.
Conservatives have two years to prepare for taking back the house and senate. In order to do so they must abandon the old slash and burn rhetoric and concentrate on honestly informing the voters of the facts and do so in a way itâ€™s believable and not mean spirited.
Voters today are more concerned because their interests run deeper than in the past. Today itâ€™s their ox thatâ€™s likely to be gored not their employers.
Voters have had 230 years of political manipulation, now theyâ€™re demanding their constitutional right to share in the decisions the government makes on their behalf. The days of the media providing all the information are gone. Today information is all around us there are choices to the facts we accept and those we disregard. The voters are no longer bound by the opinions of a few decision makers. Candidates are no longer bound by the party line and realize there are options for independent thinkers.
There are a number of qualified Republican Governors who if so inclined can resist the pressures from Washington and the old guard and reestablish a new conservative movement within their respective states that will change the Republican Party of the future. A new Republican Party needs leadership but from within not from Washington. The old congressional Mustache Peteâ€™s have had their day itâ€™s time to send them home and bring in some 21st century thinkers.
Let us all pray the Republican Governors are listening to the voters and not the Washington elite. If everyone pitches in we can change America [back to the future]