Loyal to Principle, Not Party
By: Guest Authors
By: Joseph Harris
There are some great champions for conservatism on talk radio and the internet and true conservatives owe a debt of gratitude for their insight and encouragement. They have captivated the hearts of millions of listeners who highly esteem their words and wisdom. Their influence has made a difference in awakening multitudes from their drugged sleep of the opiate of the modern media.
However, I wish they would stop trying to convince real conservatives that the only option they have in an election is for anyone with an R attached to their name. I constantly hear how the Republican party needs rebuilding, revamping and revitalizing as was done under Ronald Reagan, arguably the greatest president in modern American history. He did an outstanding job in strengthening the party and turning it around. However, we do not have a Reagan today and we certainly do not have the same quality of party he had to work with. The Democrat party has long been reprobate and incorrigible with no hope of change. Unfortunately, the Republican party may have finally reached the same state. THIS IS NOT REAGAN’S REPUBLICAN PARTY. Times have changed and so have people and their values.
When something is broken, you fix it. When it is broken beyond repair, you replace it. I am tired of being lied to by Republicans who pretend to “fix” the party long enough to get into office and then after winning, conduct business as usual. People are FINALLY beginning to wake up to reality. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The American people are slow to wrath, but once that wrath is kindled, it burns like a consuming flame.” I am hoping and praying this wrath will be kindled into a fire that burns out the corruption in Washington. Yet, we will continue to hear the “wasted vote” mantra, with pleas to not abandon the ship, but I for one am tired of plugging the holes on a sinking ship. It’s time to sign on board to another vessel, one that stays true to course and can weather the storms based on conservative, constitutional principles, not the platitudes of a party.
Again, I know what Reagan did in his day, but this is a new day. It is time to get out of the past and stop smothering out a real grassroots movement that is steadily gaining momentum and has the potential to take back this country, repeal the Marxist healthcare Frankenstein brought to life on 3-21-2010 and replace the liberals in Congress with sane, common sense average Joes who know what makes this country work, and then safeguard their new found power with term limits. I constantly hear how a third party will split the conservative vote and elect liberals. The split vote will come because some conservatives will not shut up about the horrors of a third party, and keep encouraging real conservatives to vote Republican instead of conservative. If the vote is split, donâ€™t blame real conservatives who vote their conscience based on principle, not promises.
It is time to face reality and stop propping up this party dominated by liberal elites. Even now, leadership in the Republican party is ready to accept the current healthcare monstrosity and try to make the best of it, trim it where possible, “make it more conservative”, cut their losses and go on. They cannot be trusted to repeal it even if becoming the majority party once again. Not without a transfusion of some new blood. Remember, this is the party that ran John McCain, and who in their right mind would consider him to be a conservative? If a real conservative with an R attached to their name, holding to constitutional principles, guided by Biblical values runs for any level of office, I can vote for them in good conscience, and the vote will be based on principles, philosophy of government and value system, not on the letter following the name.
The Republicans proved their impotence when, as the majority party for a brief time, they made no real substantive changes. The changes made were superficial and short lived. Had they really grabbed the bull by the horns, (or should I say donkey by the ears?) acted like real conservatives who were concerned about this country and not their own careers, they would have established policies to cut spending, restore liberty and limit government. They also might still be in power, since they would have won the respect and loyalty of true conservatives, who are tired of being lied to, taken for a ride, driven off a bridge and left to drown, in a Kennedy-sort-of way
Real freedom loving, God fearing, patriotic Americans are sick of liberalism and just as sick of faux conservatives. The Republicans had their chance, but blew it. The authentic conservatives left in this party are the ones with enough character and sense to see that they need to stop clinging to a name, heritage, and tradition and be guided once again by principle, not platitudes. It is time to reject those who only want another term in office and a lucrative retirement. Time is short, freedom is shrinking and November is getting closer. It’s now or never. If a real change is not made in November, then itâ€™s over for this nation. America, prepare to meet God.
Joseph Harris is the Vice President of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS. The writings of Joseph Harris are based on his beliefs and views and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and views of Southeastern Baptist College.