There has been a lot of talk these days about how the GOP can get back into power in our federal and state governments.
Most of the discussion seems to center on the notion that the Republican Party needs to be a bigger tent, to come more toward what the media euphemistically describe as the center of politics, meaning further left.
Considering the people who call for the “big tent” are mostly liberals and RINOs, the idea should be rejected by conservatives out of hand, despite the pressure to win. The Republican Party for years has compromised on its supposedly conservative principles, and look where it’s gotten the country.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the path to victory lies not in further compromise with modern political fads but in standing strong for core American values and giving the American people real leadership.
The recent example of Sen. Rand Paul should be taken as more of a sign than any opinion poll. By taking a principled stand on a pressing moral issue, being clear about why he was doing it and what was at stake, and refusing to back down and allow business as usual to rule the day, Paul got a straight answer from an Administration that likes to operate in the shadows. It’s likely Paul actually forced a change in what was the hush-hush real plan of the Administration to give the president even more unconstitutional power.
By simply standing on principle, Paul won respect from across the political spectrum, even people as far out on the Left fringe as Jon Stewart and Van Jones.
At a leadership conference in Lakeland, Florida, last week, Sarah Palin carried a similar message, urging conservatives to continue to hold to God, guns and the Constitution.
She encouraged conservatives to take back the country not by compromising their principles but by “infiltrating” the culture, particularly Hollywood and the world of sports.
“Get out there and influence culture,” she said. “The future of the country depends on what you do. … Our foundation will crumble if we choose to ignore it.”
She blasted the current “bloated, corrupt and out-of-control” politics in Washington, D.C., and said that conservatives need to lead by example, not by moving left.
“Cling to your God, your guns, your Constitution!” Palin said. “God deserves so much better than what we give him. … What has happened when we can’t say his name in public?”
Palin, of course, was thoroughly scourged and crucified by the media when she was the vice presidential candidate in 2008 and the only sign of a pulse in the McCain campaign. The media’s Obama boosterism has fixed Palin as a pariah in the minds of many on the Left, illustrating the perils of being conservative in politics.
But Palin’s right that if conservatives would make their presence known and get involved in key aspects of the culture, the media would not get away with its current behavior.
There really are no news media anymore, just failed corporations trying to squeeze money out of the public by producing “news” that corporate suits think the public wants to hear. The media are like remoras; they’ll swim where the shark goes.
If the Republican Party wants to win, it will start standing up like men instead of lying down with the dogs. If it can’t do that, then this country desperately needs a new conservative option.