There are many on the right side of things who are convinced that those who advocate for limited government and fiscal responsibility will never again win a national election. All it took to reach such a state of despair was to lose one election in 2008, and then fail at the often times difficult task of removing an incumbent President. They forget the absolute shellacking the political left received during the 2010 midterms, and further forget that we’ve faced this same exact circumstance before. “Woe is us,” seems to be the hue and cry from the right, “why are we fighting amongst ourselves?”
I have three things to say that hopefully will calm down the political right’s version of Chicken Little, who seems to be the most listened guy in any room that he’s in, be it left or right. One, this civil war needs to happen, and it’s a good thing. Debates about who we are, what we believe in, what direction are we going to lead once we do win elections, are all worthwhile arguments. The party establishment needs to know that there is only so far towards Democrat Lite that we’re willing to be cajoled into following, and that distance is short indeed. The voting base needs to understand that our principles will get us no where should we not win sufficient numbers of elections to actually reach a position where we can lead, and make our leadership mean something more than a protest vote. With the talking points of both sides being mentioned, it is better to have this internal debate now, rather than August of 2014 or August of 2016, when it will cost us more than just a few nasty news paper clippings. Yes, one of Ronald Reagan’s great strengths was that he was able to build a coalition, but at the same time, he was not wishy washy in what he beleived, and he was not the political equivalent of Democrat Lite either.
Two, this Obamacare disaster is the gift that not only keeps giving now, but will continue giving for the duration of its status as the law of the land. It is not going anywhere, and every day brings more and more discontent for those inflicted with its consequences. The economics of this crap sandwich of a law will only get worse as time goes on, and by November of 2014, or November of 2016, anyone who put their name on this will be chased from town via pitch forks and torches. Here’s the kicker, no matter how earnestly the whole world of media tries to play up the whole Republicans are really to blame for this nonsense meme, the fact remains and is widely known that not a single Republican at any level anywhere supported this fiscal and societal sink hole. No matter the lengths the Democrats are going to, trying to extricate themselves from this beast, they own it, and they own it all. Barack Obama, doing his part by claiming it as his signature achievement, has doomed his party to another midterm shellacking. If this is still in effect in 2016, it’ll hang around the Democrat nominee like a malevolent albatross, pissing off every American ahead of time, most especially for those who were able to get health care prior to the government providing it for free and suddenly can not afford it once it is free. Unlike in 2012, when inexplicably the GOP refused to put this ill conceived law front and center as a major campaign issue, the American Public will not give them the chance to skip it during the next two national elections. Obamacare will be a major discussion point for its duration, and the anger with which it is regarded will only get worse, the longer this public policy canker sore is allowed to fester.
Three, we really are not in the electoral wilderness, despite the best attempts of many to convince us otherwise. First of all, we did win the House of Representatives. Officially, we are the majority party in this country, despite claims to the contrary. the House, is the people’s representation in our national government. We also hold the majority of governorships, and state legislative bodies. That is in itself important, as the back bench, or tomorrow’s leadership will most likely come from this source of future leaders, as it has for most of our history.
Harken back to the ancient days of 1990. George H.W. Bush was President, he enjoyed a record breaking 70% job approval number, he managed to buck the trend of Presidents in mid term elections by actually gaining seats for his party, and the big political question fresh on the heels of Reagan and Bush having just won the Cold War was how on Earth did any Democrat ever hope to win back the White House. The answer given then, (delivered by a man named Tom Foley, who was at the time our House Speaker,) was that they held an overwhelming advantage in the governorships and State Legislative Bodies around our fruited plains. Two years later of course, one of those referred to people won an election to become our 42nd President, and his wife is still a pimple on the American body politic to this day.
I am not suggesting that victory is automatic, guaranteed, nor even easy. I am just suggesting that tales of our demise have been greatly exagerated. Defeat of ourselves by ourselves is a far greater existential threat to the small government side of things than is any of the formidable weaponry aimed at us by the political left. One of their most powerful weapons is convincing us to just give up the fight, believing that we can not win, no matter how hard we work. Demoralization is the enemy, and those shots are mostly friendly fire.
Obamacare in a nutshell: