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I posted this on my Myspace blog and asked anyone who considered themselves a member of the Republican party or a conservative to read it. After some of the posts I've read I think that maybe some of you here might like to read it:
I dont know if you knew, but Sen. Barack Obama won the election back on the fourth. I'll be the first to say that he was the wrong choice, and I am greatly dissappointed in the American electorate. I made the argument time and again to many many people, but ultimatley it proved to be not enough. I'm not sitting here to whine and complain about the election results. What I am doing is stating where we go from here.
When the primaries were gearing up there were many many many voices within the GOP stating that we would need a candidate who was a moderate Republican, so that we could win over moderates and independant voters. That narrative, along with a highly premature exit of the primaries by Gov. Romney, resulted in Sen. John McCain becoming our nominee. Now don't get me wrong, I believed whole heartedly that Sen. McCain would have made a great President. McCain's dedication and genuine love for the country is unimpeachable. The man is a freaking hero. However, the narritive that lead to his nomination has been proven, as I warned during the primaries, incorrect.
The GOP has lost its way and forgotten what made it great. The Neo-Conservative movement within the party departed from the Fiscally Conservative principles that used to be the crux of the party in favor of heavily favoring social conservative causes. Case in point, when the GOP gained control of the Congress, they started spending like crazy. And when we go to choose a candidate for President who would represent us to the nations electorate, we choose a man whose record shows greater favor to so called bi-partisan works at the expense of real conservative values. Now there is nothing wrong with reaching across the aisle to Democrats to get things done. There IS something wrong with CROSSING the aisle and betraying conservative principles to get things done on the Democrats' terms (ie McCain-Kennedy; McCain-Feingold).
Immediatley after the election I heard a flurry of people from the GOP side beginning to blame Gov. Sarah Palin for Sen. McCain's defeat. This is a total waste. Gov. Palin was one of the rare good moves that the McCain campaign did. It should not be the VP pick's job to energize the base of a party, that should be done by the nominee, something my fellow GOPer's and I found it hard to do. Gov. Palin represents the direction that the GOP is going to have to go (with a few tweaks) if we are to survive and move the country back in our direction.
Gov. Palin is a staunch conservative unlike Sen McCain who prides himself on being a moderate. When Sen. McCain and PE Obama were put forward the American people saw one person who had very strong beliefs (albeit completely liberal and thus WRONG) and one person who didnt appear quite as strong in his convictions. Sen. McCain was kind of Conservative, and kind of not. I warned back in the primaries that if the GOP attempted to become a kind of Democrat-Light that it would not end well for us, and it didnt.
I heard the name of Pres. Ronald Reagan invoked several times this year, and I found it curious, considering the person who represented the great Ronaldus Maximus the closest was Gov Sarah Palin, the very person who is recieving much of the blame for the loss. Gov. Palin did not lose this race, Sen. McCain lost this race. I still believe that this country is largely a Center-Right country. That can be seen in the fact that PE Obama's campaign outspent Sen. McCain's campaign several hundred to one, along with 90% of the media just short of activley campaigning for PE Obama and the results were still as close as they were.
If we had a candidate that would be able to stand toe to toe with PE Obama and create a sharp contrast of every single issue, it would have given a much clearer choice to the American people. There was not a true conservative in the Presidential race this year, there was one in the VP race. People don't vote for VP's.
Republicans, we need to overhaul our party. We need to get back to our Fiscally Conservative roots, we need to stay strong on National Defense, we need to stay strong on Illegal Immigration, we need to stay strong protecting the rights of the unborn, we need to stay strong protecting citizens' absolute right to gun ownership. We dont need to make the extremes of our party the mainstream as the Democrats are doing. We dont need to take on the issues like banning of teaching evolution that hurt our credibility and make us seem extremist. We need to get the Federal Government the hell out of peoples lives!
The point is my fellow Republicans, that we have alot of work to do, and it starts now.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
-John Stewart Mill