Conservatives are like the biblical Jews who wandered through the desert for 40 years until that generation's flawed leaders had passed from the scene. Conservatives are not going to get to the political promised land until we get new leaders. And until those Republican politicians who brought plagues onto Americans are gone, voters will refuse to buy whatever Republicans are trying to sell.I'll take Rubio instead. If you are interested, there is a short interview with him by National Review's David Freddoso here, or you can buy his book from a few years ago, 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future.
To paraphrase cartoonist Walt Kelly's character, Pogo: We have met the enemy, and it is big-government Republicans.
Conservatives should be under no illusions about the massive challenge ahead of us. We face a very popular President Obama, with a radical left-wing agenda designed to punish and silence all opposition, and at taxpayer expense. Mr. Obama and the Democrats have available massive financial revenues, and Republican opponents are leaderless, dispirited, confused and without an agenda or principles.
Most of the establishment institutions of our country are arrayed against us: the mainstream media, entertainment industry, higher and lower education, the legal community, organized religion and big business, including Wall Street.
Conservatives, though, have been here before. Against these same forces, Republicans won three presidential elections in the 1980s by landslides and swept into control of Congress for 12 years starting in 1994. Republicans did it with conservatives paving the way for boat-rocking political leaders such as Ronald Reagan, who could say about the Soviets: They lose; we win.
Leadership starts with each of us. We should cease looking to Republican politicians for leadership.
We have a party and a country to save, and the Republican establishment is part of the problem, not the solution. Conservatives must not wait for orders from headquarters: Rush to the sound of the guns.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Richard Viguerie is close to my thoughts here,