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.