Because I found myself typing mini-posts in response to the comments on my last post, I thought I’d just do a follow-up post in response to the many insightful and thoughtful comments as well as to some of the comments and arguments I’m seeing around the blogosphere, on both the left and the right.
We keep reminding BO and his traitorous horde that we are a center-right nation. I think, though, that we need to fully grasp what that means ourselves. The operative part of “center-right” for BO is “right,” but the operative part of “center-right” for us is “center.” The American people are mostly in the center, right in the dead center of the political left/right extremes. (Well, okay, BO also needs to grasp the “center” part.) But we know that we are center-right country, we say it ourselves, and we need to keep it firmly in mind when considering the future of our nation and how to undo the extreme damage inflicted by the triumvirate of tyranny (all are, we should also note, still in power, even if that power is substantially less now than it was a week ago).
If we read the last two years as a call to a far right agenda, we’re sadly mistaken and are going to do exactly what BO and his cronies did: get in power, misread completely why we’re there, stir things up, anger the nation, and get booted out on our butts. That’s not a good plan. The conservative ascendancy is real, don’t get me wrong, but there would be tremendous overreach if we started talking about issues that we know for a fact the majority of the country are “moderate” on (i.e. vaguely in favor of or against or ambivalent enough not to support massive change). This is simply fact. There is too much that we can do, that we do have the power to change, for us to push too far, too fast.
Social vs. Political/Fiscal Conservatism (hint: these two things are not reconcilable)
I’m not seeing this here as much as out in the right blogosphere, but here’s the deal. We are a center-right nation (see point above), and we’ve been rudely awakened to just how much socialism has already achieved a strangle-hold on our nation (even before BO), but undoing it all will be a process, just as putting all that in place was a process. We’re not going to be able to undo it all overnight, or in four years, or in eight, or even in twelve or twenty. We need to accept that and work with it rather than against it. Working against reality isn’t going very well for the far left, and I don’t think it’s going to work well for us, either.
The call for social conservativism will, to my mind, be the quickest way to ensure that we lose not only indies but also a good-sized chunk of Tea Party people who responded to “Taxed Enough Already” but will not respond to “Let’s repeal Roe v. Wade and Ban Gay Marriage.” One of the things about being a conservative that resonates for me is that we refuse to do what the far left does: if we don’t like something, we don’t do it, and we teach our children not to do it. You know that old saw about leftists: if one is a vegetarian, they want to outlaw meat for all. That’s not what conservatives do or should do: we don’t make something we don’t do a crime or tax it into disuse. We don’t give false choices (as BO constantly does). We believe in liberty and freedom, and yes, that means that some people will be free to make choices we don’t like. Deal with it, says the conservative.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams (October 11, 1798)
The way to approach social conservative values is not not not through laws and taxes and other leftist tools of manipulation, enforcement, encroachment on individual liberty, and oppression. The way to social conservative values is through homes, schools, church, community, towns, cities, and states. Get God and country back in our society and culture, reject every attempt to silence or marginalize Christians and patriots. Fight for the freedoms spelled out in the Constitution, and the rest will fall into place. We, the people, are responsible for our society, and society is not government, and you cannot legislate morality. We know this when we think of the leftists busily dreaming up laws to control everything from how much salt we eat to which healthcare plan we have to buy to get into Heaven (or something), but we forget this, too easily, when it comes to legislating our own morality.
Not just no, but hell no. This would be a tremendous mistake for 2012, but as I’ve said previously, I don’t think it’s off the table for all time. I do think that the conservative movement would do well to simply get the GOP back on track; we already have the party that we’d create, it’s just been allowed (by the people, remember, we put them there) to go off the rails. We screwed up–we didn’t pay attention, we were complacent, we were “fat and happy,” and we were cowed by PC bs. GOP establishment did what any pol would do, they took advantage of our looking the other way; any new or third party would do the exact same thing unless we held their feet to the fire and remained engaged. We need to fix what is broken, not walk away from our mistake. And we are doing that now with the Tea Party movement and the conservative ascendancy; I see no reason to entertain the idea of a third party and every reason not to (read: “BO, a two-term president “–*shudder*).
2010 and 2012: The one-two punch that sends progs packing . . . for good this time
It took dems two cycles to get their supermajorities in Congress and the WH, and it’s going to take two cycles for us to take them back. But we have to stay focused and not get drunk with power and lose sight of important priorities, of the pressing matters that need attention (and repeal) with 2012 Republican victories–this is the only window of opportunity to repeal that healthcare monstrosity. And I think we can meet the challenge, but we need to pull together and stay together just as we’ve done for the last two years. And we can do that. No problem.