In the last two presidential elections, mainstream Republicans—as opposed to conservatives—allowed the Democrat Party to shape the dialogue, obfuscate on the issues, and control the rules of engagement. By selecting presidential candidates who had the popular appeal of day old oatmeal and who could not articulate a compelling case for conservative principles, mainstream Republicans allowed the Democrat Party to do the unthinkable: claim the moral high ground in political discourse. To allow the party of abortion, entitlement, and class envy to succeed in claiming the high ground on economic and moral issues is a failure of monumental proportions on the part of the Republican Party.
Barack Obama’s two electoral wins represent, more than anything, a clarion call to conservatives that they need to reclaim control of the foundering Republican Party and retake the moral high ground from the Democrats. Too many moderate Republicans—I call them Rogressives as in Republican Progressives—want to concede victory to Democrats on social issues and just focus on the economy. Let me state in the strongest possible terms that surrendering the moral high ground to Democrats, even as a short-term expedient is a mistake. Republicans who are ready to cave in on the major moral issues of the day in hopes of winning more of the secular-humanist vote in America are short-sighted, wrong-headed, and ill-advised.
Those members of the Republican establishment who think ideological dilution of conservative principles is the way to win the White House should read History of the United States written by Noah Webster. In this book, Webster wrote: “If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will be corrupted…If government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” Webster wrote these words in 1832, but he could have been referring to the last two presidential elections. In fact he was prescient. What he said would happen “If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office” is precisely what has happened.
Even a cursory examination of its party platform in the recent presidential election reveals the Democrat Party to be morally bankrupt. Four issues formed the core of the Democrat Party’s national platform: 1) Making abortion legal through all nine months of pregnancy, 2) Legalization of same-sex marriages in all 50 states, 3) Removal of all references to God from the platform document (the word “God” was put back in against the will of those attending the Democrat National Convention and loudly booed when it was reinstated), and 4) Refusing Israel the right to locate its capital in Jerusalem (as if the Democrat Party has the right to tell another sovereign nation where to put its capital).
These four items formed the core of the Democrat Party’s political platform, and they continue to be goals of the Party. With these goals of Democrats widely-known, the national Republican Party still failed to claim the moral high ground in the last presidential election. Further, it did an abysmal job of portraying the Democrat Party as the morally bankrupt organization it is. The Democrats served up a big fat softball on moral issues and the Republicans not only failed to hit it out of the park, they did not even swing at it.
It is imperative that true conservatives—those who are both economic and moral conservatives—join forces to wrest control of the Republican Party from the hands of milquetoast Rogressives. A good way to start would be to recommit to holding the line on the big moral issues of the day. Mainstream Republicans are focused so intently on winning the next presidential election that they have lost sight of the real goal. They are like the tennis player who is so focused on the scoreboard that he loses sight of the ball—a sure formula for failure.
The real goal should be reaching out to Americans of both genders and all races and helping them see that the best principles for them personally and for America in general are conservative principles—economic and social. Conservatives offer Americans opportunities to improve their lives economically while bettering their lives morally. Liberals offer Americans the slavery of entitlement and the continual erosion of human worth and human dignity. Surely real conservatives can do a better job of conveying this message than Rogressives in the Republican Party have done in the last two presidential elections