Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two Prescriptions

I've been thinking lately about what it means to be "conservative." Unlike some who believe that it's a dirty word, I think the left would hate us just as strongly no matter what word we use to describe our philosophy.

I believe that there are two guiding principles in modern conservatism, and that as long as we adhere faithfully to them, we will continue to advance the cause of freedom.

Pragmatism: If it isn't broke, don't try to fix it. If it is broke, don't make it worse; make it better!

Simplicity: Sometimes complex problems have relatively complex solutions, but unnecessary complexity can hide ulterior motives.

Looking forward to the 2010 midterm elections and the subsequent presidential election in 2012, I fear for the conservative movement. It doesn't get much more pragmatic or simple than the tea party concept, and yet there is a groundswell of anger towards both parties that may not serve the interest of freedom.

I want just one thing for my country right now: Barack Hussein Obama out of office. I long for the day one of our elected officials will find the bravery to be pilloried for pointing out the fact that Obama took the oath of office in bad faith, but we will probably have to ride out the storm until 2012.

How can we lose? Fifty-nine percent of the American people don't want Obamacare. Fifty-one percent don't think Obama is even doing a good job. The trophy is ours to lose in 2012, and there's a good chance we might.

William Jefferson Blythe Clinton won two terms, each in a plurality with a split Republican vote. In 1992, he won on promises of middle-class tax cuts after the elder President Bush violated his "no new taxes" pledge.

This is our blueprint -- for success or failure. We won't know which one until the 2012 presidential election has come and gone. I would caution my conservative brothers and sisters to adhere to the principles of pragmatism and simplicity through some very trying times which are still ahead.

Running against the Republicans, there is no way Barack Obama can win in 2012. With a third party candidate in the mix, there is no way he can lose.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

9/12 Reflections

In the interest of full disclosure, I was not in Washington D.C. on 9/12. Although I was not able to attend the rally, rest assured readers that I stand with the movement in solidarity.

I have spent the last few days since the 9/12 protests trying to understand just what it was that I saw. Every description of those teeming masses of "we the people" seems to fall short. It goes without saying that the mainstream media is less than enamored of the whole business, but that's no different than any other gathering of "rightwing extremists."


Tax protest? Health care protest? Government-spending protest? I thought perhaps the word "zeitgeist" would be appropriate, but the tea party phenomenon seems to even transcend the spirit of the times. Maybe the tea parties are all of those things wrapped up in one; if they are, I still think there's more to it than even that.

I suppose that in the end, I'm sort of glad that this all escapes me. That means that "it," whatever it is, is bigger than me. "It" is bigger than any one person, including the President of the United States of America. The lefties ignores us at their own peril, and their active attempts to pigeonhole us will like-as-not aid in the permanent dismantling of the Democratic party as an American political body.

The preceding warning applies equally to Republicans. Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John McCain, and anyone else trafficking in the big lie that is "bipartisanship," know this: My first love is God, my second love is family, and my third love is freedom. I have no desire to compromise with whoever seeks to change the very fabric of our nation's founding. Hard to say for sure, but I am sublimely confident that most of my tea party brothers and sisters feel the same way, even if they find it hard to put into words.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Apologies

No, this is not a post about Van Jones and his apologies. Unfortunately, I believe I owe my readers and listeners an apology.

Things have been awfully nuts at my day job the last couple of weeks, and I had to cancel my BlogTalkRadio show with very little notice this week for reasons entirely beyond my control.

I have every intention of returning on the usual day, although I may postpone the show an hour or two depending on when President Obama gives his speech to the schoolchildren.

I don't really think that much more needs to be said about Van Jones or Ted Kennedy that hasn't already been said numerous times in numerous places, anyhow. If you'd like to reflect on those subjects anyway, subscribe to my cinch feed.