(c) 2012 William E.
As soon as Fox News called Pennsylvania for Barack Obama, I knew Mitt Romney was
Not that I ever thought Romney was the best representative for America, because
he wasn't. That's precisely what the election proved.
But it didn't prove that Obama was better by any measure, and he cannot
rightfully claim any mandate.
It's just really hard to beat Santa Claus among children clamoring for free
goodies, especially if you're not firm in your principles.
Simply put, we lost because throughout this entire campaign season - not just on
election day - conservatives did not show up in sufficient numbers in States
where it counted. The
final figures show that voter turnout was down enough to spell our doom. And
our choosing Romney was ultimately to blame.
The old saying is that we get the government we deserve. By both action and
inaction, Republicans got the nominee they deserved. And by extension, America
got the government she deserved. Shame on us.
So over the next few years, we have to brace ourselves for the facts that more
jobs will be lost, more businesses will close, more hard-earned wealth will be
confiscated and transferred from those pulling the wagon to those riding in it,
more of what makes America what she is will be denigrated and eroded, and more
innocent babies will die inside - and halfway outside - their mothers' wombs
until we are again given the chance to elect better representatives of who and
what we are.
From the moment Pennsylvania fell until sometime the following Friday, I
consciously avoided almost all opinion and news sources other than non-election
But now my period of mourning and grieving for our country is over. Now it's
time to get back to work.
Hopefully we'll all finally learn some lessons and move forward based on facts,
Fact one is that this country is and remains a fundamentally center-right
country, and we need to recognize, accept, and fully embrace that.
We need to stop denying it and apologizing for it and stop living in fear that
we will be slandered as uncaring, hateful, or racist for simply expressing
opinions or advocating policies based on tried and true principles, common
sense, knowledge of both history and human nature, and the original intent of
the Framers of the Constitution.
Then we need to aggressively and decisively rebut those who - like the
garden-variety reprobates they often are - run over us by lying, slandering and
pandering against us.
And as much as TEA Party types and others would like to maintain that they are
non-partisan or bipartisan, fact two is that the Democrat Party is fundamentally
liberal and the Republican Party is fundamentally conservative.
Modern political history has clearly shown that the Republicans - the only
viable (but often only nominally) conservative party - lose when they nominate
moderates and liberals, and win when they put forward conservatives.
The first order of business is that in the US House of Representatives, the GOP
needs to elect new leadership. Our worry should not be that John Boehner
sheds tears, but that he sheds principles.
Overall, Paul Ryan is a good candidate for leadership, but he needs to
fearlessly proclaim what he truly feels. As his late great mentor Jack Kemp
said, "A rising tide lifts all boats". That is simple fact, and it should be
Mike Pence, who in one of Tuesday night's bright spots was elected as Indiana's
next governor, would have been a great choice in the uppermost echelons of
leadership, but the GOP missed that chance.
I'd bet that in a few years, Pence will be transitioning from being another
successful Hoosier governor to a top GOP presidential contender for 2020. (2020
- just think of the slogans that year will inspire!)
Next, the House leadership needs to reclaim its rightful and Constitutional
power of the purse and refuse to fund Obamacare or any other unconstitutional
act the Left puts forth.
As one blog commenter recently
put it, "(T)hey
too took an oath (which none of them have taken seriously for decades, but they
still take it) to uphold the Constitution. It’s not an oath 'to uphold Supreme
In the Senate, the GOP needs to resist Harry Reid's newly announced plans to
modify the rules to limit the minority's right to filibuster and to add
amendments to proposed legislation. If those minority protections are lost, the
Republican senators might as well retire.
If Reid succeeds, this will not just impede our ability to block egregious
legislation, but even worse, it will fatally impact our ability and duty to
block Obama's horrendous Supreme Court nominees and international treaties,
including the anti-gun small arms treaty and the anti-sovereignty treaty on the law of the sea.
One only has to look at the grossly unqualified and disgusting Supreme Court
appointments Obama has already made - Sonya Sodamayor and Elena Kagan - for a
preview of his next nominees. These two have no real respect for the original
intent of the Framers. And lately, they don't even pay it lip service.
As Alan Gottleib of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) recently put it,
"Elena Kagan's lifetime of actions lay bare a clear intention to subvert our
Constitution and its founding principles, thereby rendering her UNFIT FOR DUTY
as a Supreme Court Justice [capitals his]."
We really should pray for the good health and long life of the justices,
especially Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Roberts, and Kennedy.
They're certainly not perfect, of course, but if any of these five leave the
court in the next four years and the Senate cannot or does not fully and
forcefully oppose Obama's typical nominees to replace any one of them, the
court's present majority will be lost.
With that loss, our country will be drastically and negatively impacted for
a generation or more. And if Obama gets to replace two of them, I would truly fear for our
country's survival. That's not an alarmist fear, it's a logical concern based on the very goals
Obama has espoused for years.
Another simple but important thing conservatives need to do is join the National
Rifle Association with the goal of extending their influence and reducing their
level of compromise in the arena.
While in my heart of hearts I prefer the "no compromise" gun rights groups such
as Gun Owners of America, the SAF, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms
Ownership, no gun rights group is bigger and more influential than the NRA, and
no group trains more police officers, or trains more Americans in gun safety.
(Disclosure: I am an official NRA recruiter, and you can join the NRA or renew
your membership through their home page
or through my affiliate link, for which I
would be personally grateful).
The NRA has been endorsing Sen. Harry Reid because he has been considered a
"strong supporter" of gun rights, but I believe his pro-gun stance has been
solely for political expedience, not based on principled conviction.
Besides, if he promotes Senate rule changes that further enable judicial
candidates who will work hard to limit and even turn back our rights to
self-defense, what's the point of endorsing him for the correct votes he happens
silver lining in Tuesday's results is that Obama can no longer blame George
W. Bush or anyone else for the performance of the economy.
It's all on him now. He owns it, and as a lame duck -
perhaps the lamest of ducks in many years - he will bear the full blame of his failed
and failing policies as they continue to cast decline and decay on the
America we have known and loved.
But it is an America we can still restore if we'll just hold fast to the facts of
history and human nature and get out there and vote. Every time. It truly does
make a difference.
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