If Republicans Were Smarter, They'd Be Republicans
The Republicans did not lose the election because of Sarah Palin. Nor was it because of an overwhelming turnout. Nor was it due to the desire of so many Americans to see "Change." The Republicans lost because they forgot what it meant to be a Republican.
Ronald Reagan said, "The heart and soul of conservativism is libertariansism."
Barack Obama said in his victory speech, "The true strength of our nation comes...from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope."
Liberty? Opportunity? These are not Democratic ideals. They were Republican ideals, until the Republicans decided to rip the "heart and soul" out of their party to promote a neocon agenda of "security and safety." Without their heart and soul, they got their asses handed to them by the asses, er, donkeys.
To rub more salt into the wounds of the Republicans, Obama also said this about the Republican Party:
Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity. Those are values we all share.
Self-reliance? Yeah, like using tax money to "help people pay their mortgages" as McCain proposed? Individual liberty? Sure, unless you don't think you should have your 4th Amendment rights violated to use a ticket you purchased from an airline. National unity? There has rarely been a time in our nation's history when we've been more divided than leading into the election.
Why? Because the Bush Doctrine of "you're with us or against us" didn't just apply to foreign nations. It applied to anyone who wished to use their first amendment rights to criticize government policies. If you didn't agree with the government, you weren't a "patriot." A "patriot" is one who stands for the ideals the Republicans were founded on and seemed to have forgotten--not someone who turns a blind eye when the government begins to overstep its bounds in order to keep us "safe."
If the Republicans want to understand why they lost this election, it isn't hard to figure out. They forgot who they were. Or as Ron Paul said in a debate in which he was laughed at and booed, "The Republican Party has lost its way." They forgot to promote the values, that as Obama said, "we all share."
If R's want to get back into power, we have to be smart enough to be Republicans again. The beauty of this is that this time, many of the people they will turn to to run for office while espousing these ideals will actually believe in them after they are elected. It won't be about winning an election, it will be about Restoring our Republic.
Just as Reagan ran on these ideals after a massive liberal was in office, there will be a new Reagan who emerges. And the country will be ready for it. This time around, the Republicans were just too stupid to listen to a man that was screaming it all along. Instead, they had to hear the words from the Democratic President-elect.
--This statement is courtesy of John Armstrong--