Fellow Conservatives, I started this web site four years ago in November 2008, after the worst defeat for Republicans since the beginning of the Reagan era. My reason for starting it was very simple: The Republican Party had to reinvent itself because we had lost touch with mainstream America. That has been my goal and that is what I have endeavored to do both in my writings and with the writings of my colleagues.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only person that reacted to the 2008 massacre. A groundswell started after that election which led to the formation of the Tea Party and additional strong conservative grass roots movements. It started when the general public got sick of the stimulus, the deficit spending and then the passing of Obamacare, the largest attack on our freedom in this country since its inception. About four months ago, the Supreme Court in a surprising 5-4 decision determined that Obamacare was Constitutional; a decision I still cannot reckon intellectually, but I and the rest of the country have to accept.
That anger generated by the 2008 election and the ramifications of it led to the Republican sweep in 2010. The far swing to the left by Congress and the President, to echo a famous Japanese Admiral after Pearl Harbor, “did nothing but wake a sleeping giant.” We had proven we were still in the majority in the country. We had proven this country was still center-right. We took over the House and almost succeeded in taking over the Senate. And, we would have if we didn’t nominate two candidates that were complete mistakes in Delaware and Nevada.
At the state level, we turned many Governorships and Legislatures red for the first time in decades. Blue states such as Wisconsin and New Jersey had Republican governors who vowed to change the way the system works. Both Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Chris Christie in New Jersey proved that actions led to success and the system began to change.
Then, we got lazy.
After a hard battle for the nomination, Mitt Romney became our standard bearer to lead us back into the White House. He chose Paul Ryan as his running mate.
And, we got lazy.
The excitement generated after the 2008 election and 2010 Republican sweep just doesn’t seem to be there. I can tell you just from the hits generated by this blog that there is a malaise. People seem to be more concerned about peripheral issues in this election than about the economy and foreign affairs. In fact, I can tell you that even with the attacks on the US Embassies this past week, any article written about foreign affairs generates almost no readers. Meanwhile if we write something controversial or something with a title that reeks of yellow journalism, the numbers are through the roof.
This sort of malaise is not going to win back the White House.
Right now, the poll numbers are not good. Mitt Romney is not generating the excitement Barack Obama generated in 2008. And, to be frankly honest, no one expected him too. As Charles Krauthammer said, all Romney has to do is be Romney to win. But, it’s not working. Right now, the polls show a defeat for Romney is in the works. The most unpopular President since Jimmy Carter. The most left wing President ever. The worst economy since the Great Depression – And, a collapse in his foreign policy right in the election season. This shouldn’t be happening. We shouldn’t be losing.
So, my dear fellow Conservatives. It’s time to get mad. It’s time to get as mad as we were when the Tea Party formed. It’s time to get as mad as we were when Obamacare passed. It’s time to get as mad as we can in the next seven weeks. The energy of the anger will spread and it will cause us to come out to the polls in record numbers and defeat Barack Obama. We must win in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina to even have a chance. We are only ahead in one of those states right now – North Carolina. So, if we don’t get mad now, we will have another four years of the current occupant of the White House.
Get mad and get mad quick. If not, I can guarantee you this country will not be the same in 2016.