The Future? Part 1 – Race Relations & Immigration

    Our biggest long-term problem is the party’s race relations. For decades now Republicans (and even conservatives in general) have very successfully been labeled as racists and bigots. Yes, this is very largely because our opponents have driven this message to the public, but ultimately it is our fault for not working hard enough to selling ourselves and our accomplishments in this area.

    Dumping the “moderates” overboard

    With the election over I’ve seen in multiple forums the idea that moderates are the problem – that we shouldn’t nominate them or suffer them gladly. If only we were ideologically pure we’d have won and driven off Obama. I can’t abide this. The great failing here was not one of conservatism itself, but nor were the “moderates” to fault, or even the liberals. The | Read More »

    Can we now dispense with some myths?

    We got the results I feared. I was hoping for a different result, but in the end the pollsters were again correct and it was a 5 point win for Obama, with a devastating down ballot result. When you end the night being glad that Ted Stevens might eek out a victory, that is a bad sign. So here are some things that I think | Read More »

    What Indiana???

    Another election over and another tough year for Republicans. Indiana one of the most reliable Republican states in the past has just given its 11 electoral votes to Obama, but why and how? I have been coming to this site now for years and after every election I see the exact same entries, but no one seems to understand. Indiana itself is not a Republican | Read More »

    The Reason we lost this election is quite simple!

    We conservatives lost this election seven, six and five years ago because we did not stand up and fight for our principles when the Republican President and the then-Republican-majority Congress presided over the largest increase in the size of the Federal government since FDR’s New Deal. We lost when we denounced opposition to the way the GWOT was being conducted as opposition as being unpatriotic. | Read More »

    What to focus on next

    Judging from the 2006 and 2008 crushing defeats, it’s obviously time to rebuild the GOP. Where do we start? Again 2012 isn’t the answer. It won’t matter who the nominee is in 2012 if we don’t work for it starting tomorrow. Here is my list of priorities going forward. Senate leadership I like Kyl better than McConnell but really I think we need whoever will | Read More »

    Where do we go from here?

    Two must read posts tonight, Neil Stevens’ points and Dan McLaughlin’s h/t to Rove — It begins with the base. Now for a point of my own. We must stand strong as conservatives and libertarians and not give up. In doing so, we must buck up our remaining GOP Senators. The pressure they will be under to capitulate and not filibuster, to go along to | Read More »

    Will You have a Friend in Penn

    Penn State… here’s what CAN happen, You vote to Spread the weatlh, the tourists just don’t come.. They can’t afford the gas, nor hotels (that will probably close) or the shoefly pies. The Amish living starts to get clearer, not that natural resources are bad in any way. Horses are cheaper, much more work.Candlelight will cost less than the electricity increases and taxes will rise | Read More »

    A Post-Election Plan, Part One

    Like you, I am hoping and praying that McCain-Palin win the election Tuesday. I am certainly more optimistic now that the polls are tightening and the Campaign has finally hit its stride. However as a Chess Master I know the importance of looking far ahead, and that is something that is very important in politics also. It is so easy to get into the heat | Read More »

    The Next Steps for Conservatives

    While I’m unwilling to concede just yet that Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States, it would be foolish to deny that possibility. Even if John McCain wins, the status of Conservatism in the GOP and politics generally is troubling at best. Politicians and The People, with few exceptions, seem determined to abandon sound, proven truths for the warm, fuzzy rhetoric | Read More »

    What Fred Says…

    Federalism and the future

    Looking forward, I feel that conservatism (and liberalism, although it is not the focus of this work) is at a cross-roads. Many worry about the youth and their embrace of the siren’s song of modern liberalism, and yet manage to miss one of the key facts that will need to be dealt with going forward. Times are changing. This is not 1980, nor is it | Read More »

    How Governor Sarah Palin is Superior to Senator Barak Obama in leading this nation into the future

    Dear Editor Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is the best future leader for this nation, not Senator Barak Obama. Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is also would be better at leading our nation in the future after a McCain Presidency than Senator Barak Obama would be in leading our nation in the future starting in January 2009. | Read More »

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    View From The North

    I don’t know how many Redstate readers are familiar with the name Kevin Chilton but he is the head of Air Force Strategic Command. He is truly committed to the defense of the US and its allies. He has taken on the quiet issue of revitalizing the US “new” Triad. Most importanly he has called repeatedly for a renewal of strategic forces – missiles, bombers | Read More »

    Country & Western

    For months now here and over on Stand Strong America, I have been beating the drum on the importance of Senator McCain’s pick for Vice-President. In doing so, as I researched and polled grassroot conservatives for the ‘ideal’ candidate, it became plainly evident as far back as May, that the best choice for Sen. McCain to make was to call upon Governor Sarah Palin. The | Read More »