Like you, I was horrified by the results of November’s presidential election. And I was dispirited. And not a little angry. I’ve not been sure how (or even whether) to continue a political blog because it seemed so pointless and that all our work was for pretty much nothing. But then I remember that it was apathy, even more than ignorance, that got us into this mess, and slinking back onto the couch in disgust really isn’t the answer (tempting though it is). Worse is staying home and not voting at all (that is not in the least bit tempting. To me, anyway.).
So then I started thinking about what went wrong for conservatives and what went right for leftists, and I had these inchoate thoughts swimming around amidst the other emotions and thoughts. There seem to be a few of key problems on the conservative side, and these are being heightened and played quite ingeniously by leftists.
First, I think we really need to figure out what we want. Do we want more government and less freedom? Do we want what we have now, to maintain the status quo in terms of the government-freedom ratio? I was talking with a friend the other day, and he laughingly brought up the time when we, in Florida, could buy drive-thru beer, wine, even mixed drinks. I’m not talking about bottles and six packs, here, I’m talking about draft beer. In a cup, in your car. Sounds nuts, right? Even I think it sounds nuts. But then we got to talking about other Floridian responses to new laws, particularly the seat belt law that coincided with serial killer Ted Bundy’s death penalty appeals. The bumper sticker of the day was “I’ll buckle up when Bundy does” (referring, of course, to Florida’s electric chair). He did. We did.
And no, I’m not saying that we need to all be drinking drive-thru brew, with or without our seat belts. What I am saying is that we adapt to encroachments on our liberty, so much so that we are (or least I am) horrified at the thought of not only buying a glass of wine in my car but of leaving “park” without my seat belt on. Frog meet pot of water.
The more laws we have, and this is the foundation of regressivism, the fewer freedoms we have. Regressives are about totalitarian control, right down to who can have children and how many they can have. Remember, it was progressives who brought us prohibition, eugenics, and a host of other equally intrusive and/or downright evil threats to our lives, our liberty, and our happiness.
When it comes to the economy, we seem to agree that the entitlement culture is a big big problem, but then we defend massive programs that will bankrupt us if they are not reformed. I’ve written recently about entitlements and how I think that conservatives are essentially shooting themselves in the foot on this one. Part of that, I think, is that we tend to get defensive when “called out” as hypocrites by the left. We are not hypocrites for taking social security, medicare, etc. Were the first wave of feminists hypocrites because they still depended on their fathers and husbands? Were the Founding Fathers hypocrites before the American Revolution? They rejected tyranny but lived under it, after all (so goes the crazed leftist logic on entitlements and conservatives). You get my point. Any change requires living in the existing condition until that change occurs.
When it comes to politicians, we want fiscal and some of us want social conservatives . . . so much so that we are willing to let die-hard commies be elected if we can’t have our way. Obama did not win by a landslide, nowhere near one, and he definitely would have lost if conservatives–yes, conservatives–had their act together and not played into the hands of the leftists (newsflash: they have their best interests at heart, not ours). Some conservatives, especially libertarian-leaning ones (by the way, I lean libertarian with the noted and huge exceptions of foreign policy and defense), voted for “anyone but Romney” not “anyone but Obama.” This boggles the mind, and has had me spinning since November. I just didn’t get it (actually, I’m not sure that I do now, and yes, I’ve read all the crap about how they are practically the same person, blah blah blah. What tripe!).
Then I read J. R. Dunn’s article at American Thinker, and it sort of clicked for me. We need to break out of this mindset that we must have the most pure conservative on every issue or on our own pet issue. If we don’t, we will continue to lose, and worse, our losses strengthen the very people who are destroying this nation. Let’s look, as Dunn does, at the Akin horror show. I was right there with everyone calling for that silly silly man to withdraw from the race, so I’m not pointing fingers here, or if I am, I’m including myself at the end of my pointy pointy finger. I must have tweeted 30 (or more) Akin-related tweets that mocked him, urged him to withdraw, etc. And I was right. He should have withdrawn. But I was also wrong because guess who won that race, Air Claire Corrupt Lying Commie McCaskill. Yeah, that’s a much better choice than some guy who doesn’t know much about the woman’s body or how to answer questions and avoid obvious errors and is guilty of general idiocy. Um. No. It’s not better. It’s a thousand times worse. She’s a freaking communist, people (including myself here, what the heck was I thinking?).
But that’s the ploy, right. The left hammers on one slip, one thing, until conservatives are beaten down, backed into a corner that is painted for them. But look what the left does, it rallies around pedophiles, tax evaders, philanderers, liars, fake Indians, druggies, drunks, murderers . . . you name it, and there is some Democrat in Congress or at the state level who is up to his or her eyeballs in that crime. Crime, people, not stupidity–actual crime. No wonder they are so gleeful when we turn on some numbnut who made a stupid statement, they are laughing all the way to tyranny.
Now, I am in no way saying that we should send our own list of criminals to Congress nor that we need to moderate our own views or values, but what I am saying is don’t listen to them anymore. It’s not even hypocrisy from them; they truly believe that a murderer or a pedophile is better than a conservative. But here’s the thing, we have to stop caring what they think. I think that a screw up like Akin is ten times better than Air Claire, but they clearly don’t care what we think, and pandering to their standards is killing not only us but our country. They are heavy into Alinsky, right? And they are busily holding us to our own impossible standards, and it’s working. Like a charm.
Second, once we figure out what we want, we need to work for it in every area of our lives. Where’d the TEA Party go? Are you working in your community to keep that fire alive? Our Second Amendment rights are under attack; this is far bigger than the 0CareTax, so where are the rallies? Are we waiting for a bill to be introduced? If so, fine, but plan on rallying because something IS going to happen on “gun control.” Count on it.
And what about those of us who are appalled by the leftists’ repeated victories in the culture war? Are we still forking out our money for their propaganda? Financially supporting actors and companies who hate us, our country, and everything we stand for? What about those of us who are appalled by what is happening in our schools and universities? Are we involved, making our voices heard? Or are we doing what generations of conservatives have done (up until ’09, anyway) and sitting on our couches muttering in impotent frustration and anger?
Third, we need to focus our attention on 2014. If we lose the House, it’s over. Heck, it may well be over already as so many conservatives proclaim, but it doesn’t look over to me.
But it will be if we don’t stop this litmus test stuff and start supporting candidates who may not be perfect in every way but who are . . . yes, I’m going to say it, better than the alternative. That is really all we can do now that we’ve lost so much ground; we don’t have the luxury of choosing the very bestest conservative the planet’s ever seen for each and every office (or for any office). Does that mean that we have to “compromise our principles”? Sure, I guess so, if you want to think of it that way. I prefer to think of it as electing people who are not known communists. Because guess what, our choices are often going to be some nutter like Akin versus the corrupt commie Air Claire or a moderate like Romney versus the corrupt commie Obama. By sitting home or voting for some obscure loon who will never ever win (what the hell was that guy’s name again?), we are electing corrupt commies. We, conservatives, are doing that. Let’s not.