A few weeks ago I was asked if I thought there would be some type of compromise in the debt ceiling debate. I replied, “I hope not!” The truth is I know the Republicans will cave in because there simply aren’t enough of them that have a strong conviction for conservatism, which tells me that we have far too many Republicans pretending to be conservative. These pretenders are easily recognizable. They are always the first to move to the center to find compromise even though the center is now located firmly to the left. They are the first to jump out of the rank and file to cut bad deals behind closed door. They are more concerned with their own influence and power than representing their constituents or states. They’re always looking for a way to run away from the conservatism they profess to embrace and they have been playing this game for years. If only they had the same conviction for conservatism as Democrats have for progressivism, Obamacare wouldn’t have made it to the floor of the Senate or House of Representative. The truth is the Democrats’ conviction for progressivism and their unwillingness to bend or compromise has served them well.
The Democrats have managed to successfully pull the ideological center in America to the left because they stand firm in their belief that big government is the answer to all our problems. They embrace the concept of the ends justifies the means and will say and do anything to shamelessly advance their cause. They do not care who they steamroll or hurt; all that matters is their agenda. They will use any method or process to spread their poison. There is no compromise in their mindset; it’s a one way street. As flawed as their ideology is, they embrace it and believe in it and this is why they have been successful. This is how they managed to garner so many votes in the 2006 and 2008 elections. They did whatever it took to win and if they meant portraying themselves as center-right politicians so be it. Americans tend to turn away from wishy washy politicians and gravitate towards those who they believe stand for something. They tend to be pulled towards people who are strong in their convictions and firmly believe in what they are peddling. This is how it always has been in America and how it will be in the future.
I believe in conservatism because it embraces the individual and dismisses the collective. It reduces the size of government and protects individual liberties. My conviction for conservatism is strong and anyone would be extremely hard pressed to move me from my position. I’m 100 percent sold on it. The problem in Washington these days is there is a large number of Republicans who are not sold on it. This is why they are so quick to turn their backs on conservatism. Ronald Reagan was really the last true conservative President and he ran on solid conservative platform. He beat Jimmy Carter and pounded Walter Mondale in 1984 in a landslide victory. He stood by solid conservative principles and did what many did not think he could do, win. Ronald Reagan attracted a variety of voters from all walks of life. He cut across the political spectrum and advanced the conservative message during a time when people were uncertain about America. He didn’t believe in the wishy washy, he championed the bold colors of his political philosophy. Folks this can indeed happen again if the Republicans stand firm in their convictions and embrace conservatism instead of discarding it at the first sign of trouble.
We need to feel good about being conservative. We need to be strong in our conviction for conservatism. Ronald Reagan blazed this trail for us and laid out the roadmap for success. Maybe it’s time we follow his example and lead from the front instead of from the rear.
Liberty forever, freedom for all.