Must Think Outside the Box!
But work within their Party…
Written by JB Williams
Finally and not a moment
too soon, the conservative American majority is beginning to allow their years
of contentment and apathy to turn to intolerance, anger, outrage and
impatience. Now if they can just channel that rage into something productive,
rather than allowing it to corner them into committing political suicide, as it
did in 1992 and 1996.
I have an important
question that must be answered before we can address change of any kind. If
conservatives lack the power to reform their party, (and they wouldn’t
seek third party options otherwise), how can they possibly think they have the
power to reform the entire country?
You will get no argument
from me on the topic of needing new blood in Washington
DC, regardless of party affiliations. The
question is - how do we attract the right kind of new blood without shooting
ourselves in the foot in a blind fit of anger? Conservatives are fed up and
ready to take action, but what kind of action?
It doesn’t take a
rocket scientist or even a calculator to figure out the net effect of staying
home or voting third party alternatives come November. For those who missed the
lesson regarding protest votes in 1992, we got to see it again in 1996. Do we
really need to see it yet again in 2006 or 2008? I’d like to think that
no conservative is that learning impaired.
Of all the reader
feedback I get from across this great land, one theme seems consistent. We are
mad as hell, no longer convinced that just voting the Republican Party line can
get the job done and we are ready for change, but what change and how? Well,
first of all, voting party lines has always been both lazy and foolish. Now
that we live with the fruits of those votes, we can see why.
But the goal isn’t
to just affect change - it is to affect positive
change. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I think I have some
of the answers. First we must eliminate all bad ideas beginning with the notion
of not voting at all, or casting protest votes, a proven disaster. We need to reform
our party from top to bottom. Fixing a V-8 currently running on only 6
cylinders is much easier than building a new engine from scratch….
Face reality, if we had
two great pro-American parties like we once did, nobody would even consider
dividing this country into a multitude of special interest driven fragmented
parties. We only consider such a move because one of the primary parties has
taken a swan dive off the left coast into a sea of socialist endeavors, and the
other has been forced to follow suit, growing accustomed to ignoring their base
who customarily send money and otherwise mind their own business. If there was
ever any doubt that your silence is your consent, there can’t be now.
That should about cover
the idea that conservatives must work within their own party if they hope to
affect positive change. Now for
the thinking outside the box part…
confuse loyalty to principles with party loyalty. Conservatives
(including myself) who support and defend certain principles and policies are
often accused of being party apologists. This is an attempt to divide
conservatives through guilt by association. Our party leaders have clearly lost
focus of fundamental conservative values. Not entirely, but far too much. This
is largely the result of the “big tent” effort to bring a broader
variety of views in under the party tent over the last several elections. In
other words, this was an intentional calculated maneuver. As such, another
intentional calculated maneuver can reverse that trend.
that life (including politics) is cyclical. Someone once decided that
the conservative party was getting too narrow in its principles and sought to
expand those principles to include more moderate views. That decision helped
hoist conservatives into almost unchallenged power. But then those broader
views became too broad in their application and now true conservatives want to
reform the party back to its more conservative roots. As well we should…
Just be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water.
lose sight of the big picture. Despite the areas that demand
attention with much room for improvement, conservatives have still gotten it
far more right than wrong.
their policies have worked miraculously well even through
some of the most tumultuous times in American history. The economy continues to
expand, unemployment is near a record low, home ownership is at an all time
high, they have successfully defended against 9/11 follow-up attacks while
liberating more than 50 million of the worlds most tortured people in the
darkest regions of the globe and eliminated the regimes of two terrorism
sponsor states. They have done a lot right… They just have more to do.
are areas of great concern which demand the attention of all conservatives.
The cornerstone of conservatism, limited
government, is showing signs of wear and tear. A Republican
president and his Republican congress now have the distinguished honor of being
the biggest federalist social spenders in US
history. The basis of conservatism is an anti-federalist approach to personal
freedom and liberty. Too many republicans in Washington
today have lost sight of this reality. They need to refocus their objectives or
retire from the battle field…
Another bedrock principle
of conservatism is our national sovereignty
and security, both of which are under great attack today. We have
laws intended to preserve and defend American principles from within our
borders, at our boarders and beyond our borders. All of these defenses are
inadequate to defend national sovereignty and security today and they must be
fixed. But before we can fix them, we must first fix what is wrong in the minds
of too many Americans, namely, the belief that America
must assimilate into some One World Socialist Order at the direction of foreign
entities, rather than continue to be the world leader via promoting real
freedom and liberty for all.
Since the beginning of America’s
history, America’s primary export has been freedom, liberty and
remains the most desired residence on earth because it is the bastion of hope
as a result of these three basic beliefs, which embody religious, economic and
personal freedom. We have immigration problems today in part because we have
not helped lead other nations to solve their own moral, economic and
humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile, socialists working from within our own borders
threaten these very things on our own soil.
These areas must be
addressed. Socialists Democrats are not ever going
to address any of these problems because they don’t see any of these
things as problems. They see all of these problems as only
opportunities for growth of their federal dependency party. If they are to ever
be fixed, true anti-federalist conservatives will have to do the fixing. But republicans
must first be convinced that the American people insist on having them fixed.
the problems is great, but without a cure, it only adds to the frustration.
Conservatives must work within their own party, but they must also learn the
think outside the box when it comes to the cures. They must restore their party
before they can effectively restore their country.
to popular opinion, politicians do listen to the people. But which people?
Which voice has been louder over the last 60 years, the voice demanding more
and more from the federal government, or the voice demanding less government?
An easy question to answer, wouldn’t you say? And as a result, the
politicians on both sides of the aisle have responded over and over to the
never ending demand for more government intrusion into private conditions and
half of America now believes that the primary function of the federal
government is to care for the personal daily economic needs of every American.
The founders surely disagreed, as do I. These ideas are flatly
“un-American”, in that “freedom” and
“liberty” are based entirely upon on the right of self-determination,
including economically. Redistribution of wealth by whatever means for whatever
well intended purposes, remains a socialist principle. Yet many Americans
believe in it today and that’s where the problem begins.
From there on, the
wrangling over who has the greater need
and what is the greater good
ensues and because acting in self-interests alone means we will never agree,
the federal government must grow in order to supply all demands for
On another front, as a
moral conservative, I am firmly anti-abortion. But as a true political
conservative, I am even more anti-federal government. I am astounded by the
fact that so many self-styled conservatives demand that our federal government
engage in such a personal and private matter.
What these self-styled
conservatives must some day realize, is that the same thing that drives them to
demand federal engagement in the private decision of abortion, causes the left
to demand federal engagement in issues like gay rights, social welfare, gun
control and so on. Both demand federal resolutions to personal problems and
require the never ending growth of the federal government expected to respond.
What I’m getting at
here, is we have exactly what the people have demanded, a bigger and more intrusive,
ever blossoming progressive
bureaucracy, operating more and more independent of the governed as it becomes
more and more powerful itself. This is the very problem anti-federalist founders
like Jefferson warned us about more than
200 years ago.
Party alternatives secure only minority party victories. Staying home on Election Day in protest has
the same net affect. Working inside the party
will only work if we can think outside the box.
The voice of reform must
become louder than the voice to continue on our current path to
self-destruction and that voice must first be heard by our own representatives.
We have plenty of evidence, even recently, to prove that once that voice
becomes loud, clear and convincing, politicians will react, even if in their
In this regard,
don’t waste your voice, your vote, or especially your money. I encourage
you to take some time to read my two part column on this subject, The
People Still Have Power and The
People Still Have Power- Part II.
If you really want your
country to move in the right direction, move your party in the right direction
first. If we don’t have the power to move our party, we don’t have
the power to move the country either. Stop looking for an escape route and
start confronting these issues head on and never give up on this country. With
all its flaws, it remains by far the best country on earth and its potential is
limited only by its peoples willingness to make tough
choices and confront tough battles.