I read your post on election 2010; let’s all get energized, organized, and go for the prize! Rah! Rah! Rah! Lets gear up for one more election, one more heroic, hopeless attempt to stop the sweep of collectivism. Yet we face the same issues (only more advanced) that Reagan first warned us about more than 40 years ago. Meanwhile, more of our freedom has been lost, and our nation has come to the brink of disaster. What do you propose Moe? One more election cycle? Two? Eight more years? Ten? And will that really solve it? Did ’94 solve it? Listen Moe; I’m not criticizing you, and I want to be with you. I can be with you. I’ve been in the election trenches, as we’ve lost a lot of ground, but I’m still willing to work.
But I need one thing. One thing to give me hope. I need one thing to get me back in the battle. I need a line in the sand. I need to know that there is some point at which we will say, “ This line you shall not cross.” This place we will stand and fight, no matter the election result, no matter the cost. I need to know that we have a leader, somewhere, who knows that our freedom isn’t subject to votes of congress, or executive order, or even to elections. Someone who says, I will not continue to surrender freedom, bit by bit, until all is lost. Show me that line, and I am with you!I am no defeatist; I think we can still save this nation. But we have lost so much liberty already. Others have chronicled it so I won’t here; attacks on speech, property rights, 2nd amendment, the highest proportion of taxes ever, even the freedom to teach our children. Our nation now teeters on the edge of not one but two crises; complete financial collapse, and the threat of a devastating terrorist attack. All the while we have election after election. Moe, what is it about the election trends of the last forty years that gives you such hope for the next?
In truth, looking at the next several elections, conservatives may well be out of power for a while. In fact it is most likely that 2010 will do nothing to change party control of the government, short of (insert miracle here). And if this election is an indication, the press will be all out for Obama in 2012. Your post reminded me of Carl Roves’ 11-13 WSJ piece, though he painted a more defined picture of what we face:
“…Since World War II, the out-party has gained an average of 23 seats in the U.S. House and two in the U.S. Senate in a new president's first midterm election. Other than FDR and George W. Bush, no president has gained seats in his first midterm election in both chambers.
“In politics, good years follow bad years. Republicans and Democrats have experienced both during the past 15 years. A GOP comeback, while certainly possible, won't be self-executing and automatic…”
So if historical trends hold for 2010, we will succeed in gaining back less than we lost this year alone, not to mention last year. We will be nowhere near a majority in the house or the Senate. Well if this is the good news...
Moe, what is the end game here for us? I noticed in your post you don’t even mention a goal! Not in terms of numbers of seats, or a timeline for regaining control of the House or Senate, or most of all addressing the crushing problems we face. Probably because the prospects are too dreary! To quote Rove, “…None of this will be easy.” Indeed! Even a historic win like in ’94, when Gingrich’s Republican revolution won back the house gaining 54 seats, would leave us short today in the house alone, not to mention the Senate
When will someone stand up and say, This date but no longer? This much taxes but no more? I do not say abandon elections. But I do say this: We conservatives are the keepers and the guardians of the sacred ideas and principals that set men free and built our nation. It is up to us to keep them from extinction. Our rights precede government; in fact authorize government in the first place. We need to remember the words of the Declaration, that when a government is destructive of our rights, it is our right to alter or abolish it.
Yes we must vote. Yes we must organize. But we must also be ready and willing to do more than vote when voting no longer works. Our founders went to war over far less encroachment on freedom than we have today. Abolitionists defied even the highest law of the land in fighting slavery. Dr. King believed in our principals; above all, that all men are created equal. When he saw that freedom could not be gained at the polls, he led all believers in liberty into the streets to win it there.
We need to organize, and yes we need to vote. But we also need to start talking about the next step too; to rattle the saber, and to let it be known that we won’t just roll over!
We need to draw a line in the sand, and say, “This line you shall not cross!”