Lots of exciting things in the works today, including some wonderful news pertaining to an exciting project I am spearheading with Houston a.m. talk show host Kevin Price, of The Price of Business. Along with a talented, dedicated team of devoted writers, we’re doing our part to awaken a sense of American pride and exceptionalism within the electorate, based on factual information about our country’s Founding Fathers, documents and events.
I’ve often stated that what really ails America will not be solved by one or two election cycles. Indeed, as many others have written, the election of Barack Obama says far more about voters than it does about the man himself. Years of educational and cultural indoctrination — with its deeply entrenched entitlement mentality — will not be easily undone, which is partly why each 2010 race must be evaluated on its own merits.
As a three-legged stool (fiscal, social, peace-through-strength) conservative, I would like nothing better than to have every district represented in D.C., and on a state level exclusively with candidates who share that same brand of Reagan conservatism. Unfortunately, that’s not reality. The suffocating embrace of the nanny state is such that in avowedly liberal states like Massachusetts (which has traveled a long way from the austere work ethic and morality code of the Pilgrims), a “Scott Brown Republican” is the closest thing to conservative that could trounce yet another establishment Democrat. And yes, I’ve been disappointed in Brown’s voting record so far, as expected, although he’s still a much better option in the senate than Martha Coakley.
In the NY-23 congressional race last year, the Republican Party machine circumvented the will and participation of the people and wrongfully anointed extremely liberal, Republican-In-Name-Only Dede Scozzafava as the “next in line” (a longstanding tradition the GOP needs to jettison, pronto). Newt Gingrich was wrong, wrong, wrong to support her, and in this case, rallying around Republican-turned-Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman was the only thing to do. Sarah Palin, Fred and Jeri Thompson, and the Club for Growth all bucked the establishment by publicly supporting Hoffman, who nearly pulled off a victory. Had the Republican Party done the smart thing by endorsing him from the start, we’d have another voice of sanity in the United States Congress at this very moment.
Speaking of Palin, her endorsement of — in her words — “commonsense conservative” Carly Fiorina over Chuch DeVore (the Reagan Republican in the race) incited an indignant firestorm among grassroots conservative activists, but this looks like another case where pragmatism and strategy necessarily took precedence over idealogical purity. If defeating far-left Barbara “Ma’am” Boxer was the ultimate goal, polls indicated Fiorina was the best candidate for the task. Would I have preferred Chuck DeVore? Absolutely. But the question is, would Californians feel the same way?
Which brings me back to my original premise: the real problem in America today is a populace that doesn’t fully understand and/or appreciate its history, nor comprehend that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” means actually pursuing those things through individual effort — not expecting the government to provide them for you. Dumbed down by Hollywood and a pop-culture agenda that has succeeded in large measure by using social issues to tar Republicans as all-white, all-male, repressive “fascists” who hate gay people, oppress women and subjugate minorities, it’s no wonder so few people even know that the Democrats have controlled Congress since January, 2007.
Thus, we’re dealing in many instances with entire voting blocs (hello, FL-19!) whose political philosophy is about as deep as a puddle, and can be summed up rather simply: Republicans=Evil, Democrats=Good. Forget the complexities of conservative versus RINO; Roe v. Wade as an example of anti-Constitutional, judicial overreach; and the fact that supporting traditional marriage in and of itself does not render someone a “gay-hating homophobe”. Such folks are so blinded by emotion that they cannot see the Jihad for the suicide bombers. While the Right and the Republican Party sat back and allowed the Left and the Democrat Party to control the narrative, the United States Constitution became the casualty.
About three weeks before the 2008 election, I attended a free screening of The Third Jihad, sponsored by the Florida Security Council, an anti-terror organization. While waiting in line, I struck up a conversation with several nice Jewish women — all in their 60s and 70s — and thus, well beyond child-bearing years. When asked about the election, although they had some reservations about Barack Obama, all they could obsess about was Sarah Palin’s latest campaign rally, during which she upheld her strong pro-life convictions. Never mind that Palin also railed against Obama’s radical associations with Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers, and cautioned about the need for a robust offensive against Global Jihad. The sole focus of the debate that night centered on whether or not (God forbid!) Roe v. Wade would potentially be overturned should McCain-Palin make it all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Donning my Tenth Amendment hat, I attempted to approach the topic from a federalist perspective. Taking the emotion out of it, I calmly explained that — should their worst fear come to pass — should McCain appoint a judge to the Supreme Court who would help overturn Roe, the matter would simply return to the states, where it always belonged anyway. In spite of my best efforts, they didn’t budge. Apparently “a woman’s right to choose” trumped everything, including national security, in the eyes of these women. I never did get to ask them after the chilling documentary, if their vote had been swayed toward the right; how anyone could’ve voted for Obama after watching that film is beyond me. Then again, I am a “right-wing radical” who believes life begins at conception.
Thus, the importance of the forthcoming 365 Days of Liberty devotional, which will offer readers a daily lesson on the United States Constitution and the miracle that is the United States of America. It took years for the cancer of progressivism to poison our culture, and we won’t change it back overnight; it will take a steady, gradual and unrelenting effort to break the spell of public education and the entertainment industry. In the meantime, we must make the very best choices from a practical standpoint when it comes to supporting candidates. Yes, I abhor the concept of “the lesser of two evils”, but if we can emerge with a few more true conservatives in the House and Senate to outnumber the so-called “moderates” I’ll consider that a victory. At least until hearts and minds come fully into alignment with the Framers vision for the USA.