Monday, January 14, 2008

Has Conservatism Come To This?

We hear it all the time - The Republican Party is at a crossroads. There is talk of a new party being formed. Controlling interests want to take the party in different directions. Where did it all go wrong. The Republican Party - the party of Lincoln and Reagan - is a mere shadow of its former self. The contract with America that ushered Newt Gingrich and the Republican majority into power in congress in the mid 1990's has vanished. It used to be personal responsibility, lower taxes through smaller government, peace through strength and a return to the moral gravity that founded this country and kept it on track. Now it's earmarks and the largest government since the Great Society. It's breaking from the party to withhold money from the troops. It's limiting free speech by so called campaign finance reform. It's open borders and closed markets. These days it is difficult to tell the difference between McCain and Bill Richardson. At least Richardson has balanced a budget! Let's face it people, none of the candidates on the right are truly right. They all have issues that do not line up with traditional conservative values. Does that mean we split the party or refuse to vote because there are issues? We can't afford that. The alternative is even worse. The grassroots campaign has begun. Just like the summer of 2007 when we crashed the switchboard on the Hill, we need to let these candidates know what we expect. We need to find qualified people to run for office. We need to reclaim the conservative platform before it vanishes. The alarm clock is going off, don't hit the snooze button.