Yesterday, Charles Krauthhammer, one of America’s wisest syndicated columnists wrote regarding Republicans, “Want to save the Republic? Win the next election! If your conservative philosophy is indeed right, winning will come.”
Maybe, maybe not. The Republican philosophy of smaller, less intrusive government, lower taxes, less spending, reducing the debt, a strong national defense, and a balanced budget is without doubt, far wiser than the democrat alternative; however, the last election proved those views–by themselves–were insufficient to persuade a majority of voters to vote for Romney-Ryan.
In spite of a struggling economy, high unemployment, no Constitutionally required budget by Senate Democrats for three years and proposed budgets by the White House that could not muster even one vote from Senate democrats during Obamas first term, 3.5 million more voters voted for Obama-Biden than Romney-Ryan.
Republicans meeting in the Carolinas this week will either face the fact that their philosoply of governance must be about far more than jobs, jobs, jobs, cutting spending and reducing the debt, or they will lose again in 2014, and again in 2016, and that will in fact, be the end of the Republic. Consider…
- While Mitt Romney and his Republican establishment surrogates were spending millions of dollars carpet bombing Iowa with negative ads about Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, with a box lunch and gas money was winning the hearts of moral and fiscal conservatives as he criss crossed Iowa in a pick up truck. In the final count, Santorum defeated Mitt Romney in Iowa.
- As the race saw one conservative drop out after another while Romney continued to spend millions of dollars violatintg Ronald Reagan’s promise to speak no evil of another republican, Santorum’s numbers began to rise as Romney peeled off the other conservatives who split the conservative vote.
- In the end it was Romney who won enough states by splitting the conservative vote, leaving the moral and fiscal conservatives thwarted once again, and turned off by the Republican establishment’s support of Romney, the carpet bombing liberal Republican.
- And then comes the General Election Vote. While Mitt Romney received nearly a million more votes than John McCain in 2008, and Obama received 5 million fewer than in 2008, the moral and conservative Evangelical vote was down between one and two million votes. They had no inspiring candidate to vote FOR, only one to vote AGAINST. And therein lies the rub, and the instructive principle the Republican establishment must understand if they are to win in the future.
They cannot keep snubbing their noses at moral and fiscal conservatives in America. The numbers tell the story. America is about far more than fiscal matters. It is about faith, traditional marriage and family, honesty, integrity, limited government, hard work, service, and religious freedom; not political correctness, secular bigotry, big daddy government, and intolerance.
If the 2010 elections taught us anything, it is that Amerians want our elected representatives to be people who respect traditional values, life, moral character, fiscal responsibility, the Constitution, and our God granted rights. That is the true conservative philosoply that will save the Republic.
David Crowe – President & CEO – Restore America