By Joseph Harris
There are some great champions for conservatism on talk radio and the Internet, and true conservatives owe a debt of gratitude for their insight and encouragement. They have captivated the hearts of millions of listeners who highly esteem their words and wisdom. Their influence has made a difference in awakening multitudes from their drugged sleep elicited by the opiate of the modern media.
However, I wish some of them would stop trying to convince real conservatives that the only option they have in an election is anyone with an "R" attached to his name. I constantly hear how the Republican Party needs rebuilding, revamping and revitalizing as was done under Ronald Reagan, arguably the greatest president in modern American history. He did an outstanding job strengthening the party and turning it around. However, looking at Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and others – it is obvious we do not have a Reagan today, and we certainly do not have the same quality of party he had to work with. The Democratic Party went over the cliff decades ago and is incorrigible, with no hope of change. Unfortunately, the Republican Party may have finally reached the same state. This is not Reagan's Republican Party. Times have changed and so have people and their values.
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When something is broken, you fix it. When it is broken beyond repair, you replace it. I am tired of being lied to by Republicans who pretend to be conservative long enough to get into office and then after winning, conduct business as usual. People are finally beginning to wake up to reality.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, "The American people are slow to wrath, but once that wrath is kindled, it burns like a consuming flame." I am hoping and praying this wrath will be kindled into a fire that burns out the corruption in Washington. Yet, we will continue to hear the "wasted vote" mantra, with pleas not to abandon the ship, but I for one am tired of plugging the holes on a sinking ship. I long for a vessel that stays true to course and can weather the storms, based on conservative, constitutional principles, not the platitudes of a party.
Again, I know what Reagan did in his day, but this is a new day. There is a real grass-roots conservative movement that is steadily gaining momentum and has the potential to take back this country, replace the liberals in Congress with sane, common-sense average Joes who know what makes this country work, and repeal the Marxist health-care Frankenstein brought to life on March 21, 2010. This recent problem with government forcing religious institutions to cover abortions through employee insurance benefits is a reminder that Obamacare will spread its tentacles and do what it does best: dictate and control. Obama must not only be replaced in November 2012, but every member of Congress who refuses to repeal this health-care monstrosity must be replaced also.
It is time to face reality and stop propping up this party dominated by liberal elites. Even now, leadership in the Republican Party has accepted the current health-care monstrosity and are going to try and make the best of it, trim it where possible, "make it more conservative," cut their losses and go on. The current Republican establishment has no plans to repeal it.
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There must be a transfusion of some new blood in D.C. Remember, this is the party that ran John McCain – and who in his right mind would consider him to be a conservative? Conservatives who voted for McCain did not vote FOR McCain; they voted against Obama. If a real conservative with or without an R attached to his name, holding to constitutional principles, guided by biblical values, runs for any level of office, I can vote for that person in good conscience – and the vote will be based on principles, philosophy of government and the candidate's value system, not on the letter following the name. If the Republican nominee for president turns out to be a quasi-conservative, then every real conservative should support a third-party conservative, if that candidate is a true blue conservative. Solidarity among all real conservatives would produce a winning vote, not a wasted vote. True liberty means freedom to vote conscience guided by principle, and not follow the dictates of the elite ruling class of any party.
The Republicans proved their impotence when, as the majority party for a brief time a few years back, they made no real substantive changes. The changes made were superficial and short lived. Had they really grabbed the bull by the horns (or should I say donkey by the ears?), acted like real conservatives who were concerned about this country and not their own careers, they would have established policies to cut spending, restore liberty and limit government. They also might still be in power, since they would have won the respect and loyalty of true conservatives, who are tired of being lied to, taken for a ride, driven off a bridge and left to drown, in a Kennedy sort of way.
Real freedom-loving, God-fearing, patriotic Americans are sick of liberalism, but are also now just as sick of faux conservatives. The Republicans had their chance, but blew it. The authentic conservatives left in this party are the ones with enough character and sense to see that they need to stop clinging to a name, heritage and tradition and be guided once again by principles, not platitudes. It is time to reject those who only want another term in office and a lucrative retirement. Time is short, freedom is shrinking, and November is coming. It's now or never. If a real change is not made in November, then it's over for this nation.
Joseph Harris has been a college professor and pastor since 1987. His writings have appeared on WND, Sword of the Lord, Intellectual Conservative, Conservative Daily News, Canada Free Press and Land of the Free.