Written on Saturday, November 10, 2012 by Marilyn Assenheim
This isn’t going to be another dissection of the presidential election of November 6th. What is necessary is to put a stop to the clueless questioning and finally say what should have been obvious decades ago.
To begin with, Governor Romney was a wonderful choice for president. Reasoned and successful, both in the private sector and in public service, Governor Romney embodies everything America used to consider a “success.” Hard work, ability plus a generous spirit equals rising up the ladder. This week’s catastrophe should inform us, once and for all, that this view is no longer true for most of the voting public. It is safe to say that if this vision was still the majority’s belief and Governor Romney still could not win the presidency for a moderate right, no one could. The key word is “moderate.” And that is the 800 pound gorilla in the room.
Erasing the American Idea didn’t take place overnight; modern roots of the Progressive vision begin with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, 1913 -1921. As far as long-range plans go, nine-plus decades certainly qualify. Since that time, the left has engineered an all-out campaign to redefine the American way. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is still revered as the savior of America, perceived as having bodily lifted the nation out of the Great Depression. It doesn’t matter how many experts wave their arms in negation. It doesn’t matter that FDR’s programs proved to have prolonged the financial hardships of the nation. Had it not been for America’s entry into World War II the United States would, inarguably, have endured economic misery for years longer entirely due to his meddling. Lyndon B. Johnson’s ruinous “Great Society” supplied another nail in the nation’s coffin. In 1979, under Jimmy Carter, the United States Department of Education came into being as a cabinet-level entity. A Republican House found this unconstitutional but the Department of Education opened shop, nevertheless, in May, 1980. The Democrat Party never shifts “moderate”. Why do we?
Progressives have had a mortal lock on education and social services for nearly one hundred years. Republicans have been satisfied to “go-along-to-get-along,” during that entire time with reluctant and anomalous breaks for the likes of Ronald Regan. The left’s successful programming of America should, therefore, come as no surprise. The incumbent president has lifted his leg against the tree of state and made good on his promise to “reform the nation.” Obamacare, his entitlement contribution to the trend, continues to rip at the Constitution he will swear to uphold, once again, in January. And he’s just getting started. The population of this country has been sufficiently dumbed-down (a recent poll actually states that most believe, even after four years under this president, the blame for America’s woes rests with George W. Bush) and made dependent enough to get him reelected.
What is a surprise is we are surprised; Conservative principles have been abandoned for election-driven expediency for decades. Conservative principles are ridiculed with impunity by a radical left and a toothless, appeasement-motivated Republican party, alike. Republicans have long been contemptuous of their conservative base. For decades, Conservative Americans have been urged to kow-tow to the left by Republicans and to “take back our party” by Conservative pundits. And what is there to show for it? Conservatives like Mia Love are denied election and Allen West has lost his seat. Not only have we failed to reclaim the Senate in 2012 but entrenched, discredited Democrat Senators are returned to office for another six years. The 2013 Senate is now going to be littered with an enhanced crop of Democrat fruit bats; candidates so leftist and flawed (Elizabeth Warren springs to mind) that their own party didn’t think they had a chance. Not to mention a continuation of our imperial presidency. We’ve reaped a blood-bath. And Republicans wring their hands, “looking for answers.” Today’s answer is “we didn’t get out the base.” One doesn’t wonder why. Conservative principles are “radical”? Who says? Conservatives should have made the Republican Party as irrelevant as it has deserved to be, long ago.
A political party’s primary objective eventually becomes its own survival, regardless of why it got started in the first place. If a majority of the population can be persuaded to support that objective, that party’s work is done. The “renewable resources” our reelected president is always yammering about? That’s our current constituency.
It took 100 years to get here. It will be decades before things can begin to turn around; there’s nothing left to lose. We need to unleash our deep, Conservative bench, even if it takes several election cycles. Presuming, of course, that America can survive the next, four years. And that is one heck of a presumption.