Detailing the Path to Suicide
Tuesday evening the Republican primary election season kicked off in Iowa where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled off an eight vote win over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The pathway now leads to New Hampshire where Romney looks to be almost a sure winner.
However, as the trail of primaries head south, down the Atlantic Coast, one thing is for sure – the GOP needs to think about working in unison or they will never defeat President Barack Obama in November.
Defeating an incumbent president is one of the most difficult and rewarding tasks in the political game; it takes a perfect storm of events to occur to just have the opportunity. We are on the verge of this rare occurrence. The economy is near the bottom. The president's polling numbers are low, and the angst of the average citizen is desirous for change...however the media, with its spin, would like you to believe differently.
Every Republican candidate, bar none, who has graced the stage for a GOP debate, is more qualified to be president of the United States than Barack Obama. The media, however, has lead the charge to discredit each of the GOP candidates, opining that it is a "poor field," second tier candidates" or "typical establishment candidates," so much so it is even being repeated, at times, in GOP circles!
Do not be fooled! It is the press that chooses not to remember the meteoric rise of a second tier Democrat candidate in 2008 who became the 44th President of the United States. It also shies away from the litany of mistakes and deluge of red ink that was created by this previously little known junior senator from Illinois. It only focuses on today's Republican candidates and diligently works to create divisions within the Republican Party. It is succeeding.
In article after article, the media points out, with glee, the differences in the GOP candidates. The press dwells on the mistakes, gaffs, misstatements and personal lives of the would-be challengers to President Obama because they have no reason to care about Ronald Reagan's "eleventh commandment." Each slanted article is fueling the fire to divide and conquer the Republican Party by using their own "ideals" as the weapon of political implosion.
Republicans are ideal oriented – and I am thankful for that. Most claim the lofty mantle of being a "conservative" while invoking the name of Ronald Reagan – that is okay, too. They demand change in the name of conservatism which has a root meaning of "promoting the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society." (I'm all for this, too.)
Conservatives who are not registered as Republicans, and Republicans who believe their party is not conservative enough, should take a look at the GOP Party platform. I voted for this at the 2008 Republican National Committee convention in Minnesota and challenge you to browse through it! You might be surprised...perhaps you will even work to hold GOP candidates to upholding these principles of the party. (http://www.gop.com/2008Platform/)
The GOP is a broad thinking conservative party, on a national level, more than most believe. There is a multiplicity of conservative philosophies within the party, but unlike the members of the Democrat party we are being duped into limited inter-party tolerance. A fact the press continuously works to its advantage.
It is unbelievable, but true, that many "conservatives" would rather be disemboweled in the town square (meaning take another four years of President Obama) than join forces with others in fighting a common enemy. There is no political glory in having your enemy place your head on a pike at the gates of the White House... trust me, it is still a loss – and everyone just ends up looking at the bloody heads for four years.
The next 10 months will decide the future of our country. Our incumbent president is treading water and appears destined to be a one term resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The only thing stopping the moving vans from pulling up to the White House’s front gate will be uncompromising conservative voters with media-induced martyr complexes.
Gen. George S. Patton once said: "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." Politics is like war, it is a zero sum game where you either win or lose. Staying home and resting on principle is not fighting a political hero's battle – it is only suicide.