Wow, I really got that wrong!
Prior to last night I was laboring under the assumption that there were still enough people in the United States who understood Free Market economics and they would elect Mitt Romney as the next President.
Less than 24 hours ago I believed the polls were wrong and there was a large silent majority of people who were fed up with rising government handouts and they would elect someone who would implement fiscally conservative policies that would put America back on the path to success.
On Tuesday I hoped there were enough people in the US who were sick of the divisive leadership of Obama and they wanted to bring Americans together again and stop this class warfare rhetoric of the Left by giving people like Elizabeth Warren a resounding defeat.
I was really, really, really wrong.
In politics, Assuming, Believing and Hoping can lead to disappointment and I learned that valuable lesson last night.
Starting in 1976, it took the American people 4 years to realize that Leftist policies were bad for our country but with similar Leftist policies being implemented over the past 4 years, the American electorate sent a message last night that they liked the past 4 years so much, they want more of it. That means our country is on firmly on the path that leads to Greece-like meltdowns. And the end of that path is not pretty.
So here is my take-away from last night’s election – The American people have changed their views on fiscal and social issues and I have made the decision to dedicate my time, over the coming years, to push the GOP to strengthen its message in the former and change its message in the later.
The nation has reached a tipping point where there are enough people who are addicted to government freebies that they will vote for a Democrat (who promises to keep those freebies coming) every year no matter what the issues are. I’ll admit that the Left’s plan was masterful and genius – Slowly, over decades, convince a large segment of society that they are dependent on the government (Food Stamps, Welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Unemployment Insurance) and then use them as guaranteed votes every two years. When Conservative candidates try to show people how to break the chains of government oppression, the Left trots out their class warfare tactics and then proceeds to demonize the people who are successful. Of course those arguments aren’t true but they tug at the heart strings and win elections for the Left.
History has proven that free market capitalism is the best economic system to provide people from all socio-economic levels with the best possibility to succeed and improve the quality of their lives. I will never stop fighting for this and will continue engage anyone who brings their class warfare drivel and tell me the wealthy need to pay their fair share. As an aside – You’ll notice that the Left never tells us what the definition of a ‘fair share’ is nor do they provide mathematical proof that taxing the wealthy will improve the nation and bring down the debt.
Right now, people have forgotten what a real economic recovery looks like and how much better they’d be under a limited government/Free Market but once we can get fiscal conservatives elected then people will be won over to this philosophy as their livelihoods improve.
But before fiscal conservatives can govern, they must be elected and this brings me to….
It is obvious that social issues such as legalizing gay marriage and amnesty for illegal immigrants are not fringe issues. They are embraced by a significant portion of our population and you can no longer choose to sit on the sidelines on these issues. Like it or not, many people voted against Republican candidates yesterday because of the GOP’s official stance on these 2 key issues.
Don’t believe me? Go find one of your Left leaning/Independent friends and ask them this hypothetical question. “Would you have voted for Mitt Romney if he had run a campaign where he repeatedly stated that he was for same sex unions and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Even though Romney was very moderate on social issues, he was painted with a broad brush by idiots like Akin and Mourdock who just couldn’t resist talking about rape and abortion. This hurt him and people who only casually pay attention to the issues only remembered these stupid comments and tagged them with Romney because he also had an “R” at the end of his name.
I have said before that I have absolutely no issue with gay marriage/civil unions (live and let live, just don’t force a church to go against its beliefs and perform them) and I am in favor of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants so it’s not a far stretch for me to advocate Republican candidates who yield to social issues and stand firm on fiscal ones. In my opinion, this is what the GOP must do in order to field candidates that can govern and eventually rescue our country.
But there’s more to it….
That’s not to say that we stop hammering the MSM. We must hold them accountable because in some respects they are the real enemy to prosperity and not the Leftist candidates.
That’s not to say we change our religious beliefs with regard to social issues. We can evangelize the rest of America in hopes they are moved to our position but the political podium is not the place to talk about what the Bible says/doesn’t say about gay marriage.
That’s not to say we stop picking candidates that are political fighters who are willing to play in the dirty world of national politics. When Romney tried to talk substance/economics/issues, the Left talked Big Bird, Binders and Class Warfare. We must recognize that we lost the messaging war in this election so in future elections we have to get our hands dirty, participate in less intellectual aspects of politics and use political judo against the Left via Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
That’s not to say we don’t continue to hammer Leftist pundits over the coming 4 years. We should use every opportunity (Unemployment Rate, Stock Market, Gas Prices, Debt, GDP, etc.) to show how their Keynesian policies are failing America.
The nation has changed and if the GOP doesn’t recognize this then they are dead as a relevant party and there will be nobody to help stop the slide off the fiscal cliff (the real one, not that fake one being talked about right now). I have kids that are 8 and 11 years old so “Going Galt” is not an option for me. I can’t just sit back and watch Liberals destroy America and laugh when they finally realize that their policies are wrong for a society. I have to keep fighting to reform America and put it back on a path to fiscal prosperity so I’ll have a country worth handing off to my children when they get my age.