Many conservatives are presently beset with a case of the jitters. Several red flags have come into view as the GOP primaries are less than a year away, and the 2012 Presidential election moves ever closer.
First, conservatives worry that the Republican Party will once again cave to the northeastern liberal establishment and select what has become known as a ‘RINO’–Republican in Name Only. The fact that the most liberal daily newspapers in the country play up the candidacy of these persons is in itself even more cause for alarm.
For example, many in the elitist establishment believe that it is a foregone conclusion that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President. There is no other explanation for this other than the elitists consider Romney to be one of their own. Liberals love his Romney-care program in Massachusetts. The fact that this is nothing more than ObamaCare on the state level meets the approval of the liberal elitists in the mainstream media and in the sector of the Republican Party that does cartwheels over non-conservative politicians, such as McCain, Romney, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins.
And then there are the ‘anybody but Obama’ people whose attitude is that even if Noam Chomsky ran against Obama, they would vote for him. Such a notion is sheer folly. Conservatives cannot succumb to the pressure to simply acquiesce to the notion that ‘as long as we get rid of Obama it is a victory.’ Really? Think about it. How about Jessie Jackson? Ward Churchill, the Marxist extremist professor? How about a Lindsey Graham-Lisa Murkowski ticket?
Under normal conditions, the ‘anybody but Obama’ mantra would have some validity. But not in today’s political climate where the most questionable candidates get all the money and recognition from the elitists.
Conservatives in 2008 held their noses and voted for McCain, that is, those who did not vote for a write-in or a conservative third party candidate. But McCain would have lost even worse than he did had he not added Sarah Palin to the ticket. Palin is the one who brought the energy and excitement to the ticket, as her crowds far out-drew those of McCain. Conservatives liked her too, and many decided to vote for McCain only because of Palin.
The GOP made the mistake of giving us McCain in 2008. Most conservatives have no intention of going along with the elitist wing of the GOP this time. We learned a painful lesson in 2008. The Party base will not get too excited about another RINO, leading to lukewarm support and deep suspicions. If they do that again, you can bet the farm that Obama will get reelected.
Second, conservatives worry that such a RINO candidate will do nothing but split the Republican Party, leading to another victory for Barack Obama. The elitists worry that a true conservative will never get elected. They said the very same thing about Ronald Reagan, who faced deep opposition among the elitist faction of the GOP. But Reagan proved that a conservative who can articulate and sell the conservative message, along with a positive, can-do attitude and an abiding love for this country, can beat any Democrat. Reagan did it twice–both landslides.
People often say that ‘well, the Reagan era was in 1980 and things have changed since then.’
But not when it comes to conservative values. Since Obama was elected, there has been a distinct conservative resurgence. Voters, even in the vast middle ground, appear to want someone who holds firm to our traditional values as a nation, the Constitution, small government, low taxes, cuts in government spending, and a strong defense. They also do not want social conservatives banished to the kooky corner of the Party. Reagan embraced social conservatives. But he also embraced many other types of conservatives–fiscal, conservative libertarians, and the William F. Buckley group that provided the intellectual foundation for conservatism.
Words no longer mean a thing when it comes to so many politicians. Beware conservative-sounding candidates whose record belies their rhetoric.
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