The Compleat Republican

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I have said for the longest time that whoever does that, whoever articulates conservatism with passion, with love, cause that’s love of country, with good cheer. Conservatism is inclusive. Somebody who can articulate it happily, proudly, with good cheer cannot be beat.

Rush Limbaugh

Since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, conservatism and the Republican Party have been synonymous in the mind of Americans. Conservative principles including God given rights, individual freedom and responsibility, duty, honor, obligation, and the Rule of Law have been what most Americans believe in. This is not to say that Republican politicians, both the elected and non-elected ones, have agreed. Nor is it to say that the majority of Americans have rewarded Republicans for this association.

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Duty is not collective; it is personal.
Calvin Coolidge

Frankly, Republicans didn’t always deserve the people’s vote. George H. W. Bush ran as a conservative, but after we read his lips he raised taxes anyway. He didn’t have convictions to back up his conservative rhetoric, and in 1992 he even dropped the rhetoric. That’s why he lost to the combination of Clinton and Perot. In 1996 the GOP somehow selected Bob Dole to run for President against Bill Clinton, and the decidedly moderate Dole was whipped by the much more vital Clinton. In 2000 George W. Bush, who ran as a three legged conservative who could reach across the aisle to Democrats, barely won against Al Gore and his vote fraud operation in Florida. In 2004, still buoyed by war time patriotism, Bush beat the Democrats’ compromise candidate, the winter soldier and widow chaser John Kerry. And in 2008, John McCain, the king of reaching across the aisle and attacking Republicans from the Democrat side, despite picking a vice president who outshone him, ran the worst campaign I’ve ever seen and ended his last debate by endorsing Obama for president. He lost.

Every time a candidate runs as a real, 3 legged conservative, he wins. Every time a candidate runs as a middling kind of Democrat-lite, he loses. Even though many Americans are on the dole that doesn’t mean they have changed their mind. They still want to become rich. They still want the government to get out of their business. They want the government to stop prohibiting lemonade stands and mandating chicken nuggets in every kid’s lunch.

Media

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
Calvin Coolidge

But this isn’t the story we hear from the media. The media obfuscates reality, as we should expect given how hostile it is to conservatism and how it favors the socialist, progressive, fascist, racist, tribal, islamist, anarchist, and communist currents of the modern Democrat Party. There is a revolving door for journalists who want to join Democrat administrations whenever they want. Journalists are in the inner circle of the Democrat Party. They are not only biased. They are partisan true believers in the modern Democrat agenda who will forgive any crime committed by a Democrat and pursue any baseless rumor against a Republican.

Still, Republicans in power believe they have to answer to the media. They have not comprehended the fact that most of the media sees itself as an arm of the Democrat Party. They will always distort and misinterpret Republican words. Frankly speaking, the media is useless to Republicans and should be wiped off Republicans’ shoes the way smart people scrape off dog droppings. But Republicans in power have not grasped this truth. And so they continue to chase moderation, as if moderation were a way to electoral success instead of a one way ticket to irrelevance.

The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.
Calvin Coolidge

If bold conservatism clearly articulated always wins, then we know mush-mouthed middling positions always lose. Listen for the Republican who speaks real conservative positions the most clearly, and choose him or her as the Republican standard bearer. Don’t try to appeal to Democrats. The modern Democrat Party has lost its way and thrown out all the old fashioned Democrats. Now it’s so similar to the communist party that the Communist Party of the USA hasn’t run its own presidential candidate since the 80s. The 2008 Democrat platform and the 2005 communist program were identical for all practical purposes.

Republicans need to focus on articulating conservative ideas clearly. Go to Burke. Go to the Constitution. Go to the Declaration of Independence. Go to Montesquieu Tocqueville and Coolidge and Goldwater and Reagan and evoke the uplifting idea of individual freedom as a bulwark against the grasping, thieving, spying, taxing, regulating, all-powerful strong arm of the autocratic leviathan that America cast off almost two and a half centuries ago.

I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.

Calvin Coolidge

And that’s really what it’s about isn’t it? Do what you know is right. Stop second guessing yourself because you want to ride the wave of popularity. If you’ve made it to the end of this, you are conservative enough that you know what is right and wrong. Do what is right.

And one more thing…

The great Winston Churchill was once invited to give a talk about his secret to success. He came on-stage at the commencement of this talk and said the following.

Never give up. Never. Never. Never.

Then he walked off stage. They say that brevity is the soul of wit. It is also the soul of memorability.

We can all remember Churchill’s lesson this year, next year, and for the foreseeable future until a hundred years of intolerable acts and usurpations are overthrown. I don’t mean every single law passed in that time must be overthrown, but they all must be inspected and at least considered for repeal.

It’s a sure thing the tools of tyranny won’t give up until they are defeated and driven out. So, no matter how long we are in this fight for our lives and fortune and sacred honor, whether we are in it for another year or another 80, we must never give up.

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bobmontgomery
February 19, 2012 10:52 pm

“Still, Republicans in power believe they have to answer to the media.”
Realizing the people are about fed up with the media, Gingrich turned on them in S. Carolina and won the primary because of it. Learning from that, Santorum is now not taking any guff from them and doing quite well.
Your theme of being true to principle, self and mission is sound advice indeed.

eburke
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February 21, 2012 7:55 pm

This is spot on and timely, beagle. Once again, we conservatives allow the idiots in the MFM and the wussified GOP Establishment panic us into thinking that social issues are losing issues, mainly because they’re so paranoid of not looking ‘enlightened’ at their brie and champagne cocktail parties that they don’t see that fiscal issues and social issues are inextricably intertwined.

Bell’s article was a tour de force, made even more so by the fact that he’s FisCon through and through and not a SoCon.

Thanks much for penning this piece. It’s a must read.