Reviving the Conservative Movement

I recently wrote an article titled “Top 5 Politicians to Revive the Conservative Movement,” and since the internet is full of opinionated individuals I got a lot of people arguing with my choice of politicians. I don’t know if the title is confusing, or if they chose to read the names and not the explanations, but I didn’t pick who I found to be most conservative. I picked individuals that will play key rules in the conservative movement’s revival. Huckabee, while not completely conservative, is a wonderful communicator and fighting for the Fair Tax which reveals he is much more fiscally conservative than most people think. Romney is a big name, capable of raising a lot of funds and moving to the right on all the important issues. Paul, he is a reminder of the GOP’s fiscal conservative roots and we should all listen to him. Jindal and Palin are both young, ambitious conservatives that are the future of this party.

Now that the recap is finished, and I hope you understand my point a little better, let’s talk about the actual revival.


The state of the nation four or eight years from now is going to be dramatically different than what we see now. With a steady growth in government spending and taxes it’s going to be hard to bring us back down. Once certain programs are put into effect it is almost impossible to reverse or change them. Welfare and SSI are great examples. With this in mind how can a conservative expect to fix these problems? Will we have no choice but to vote in a moderate that can win the hearts and minds of a nation spoiled rotten with government benefits? I really think, due to the side effects of government debt, that we can win the country back.

I foresee a lot of people becoming disgruntled with Obama’s policies and tactics used to pass his plans into law. A little over 50% of America voted for Obama but I don’t see nearly that many being satisfied with his work. Being a typical Democrat Obama is going to prop up the minority at the expense of the majority. Obama is also ready to reward people who don’t pay their mortgages and people who are responsible and pay theirs will not be too happy about it. The nation will soon become one that rewards failure. We have already seen that with the bank and private industry bailouts and I expect to see much more in the near future.

We Need a Voice

 

For the movement to regain it’s respect around the country it must have honorable individuals speaking for us. Huckabee was my main choice because of his uncanny ability to speak to almost any demographic. Huckabee stands out as a politician, he’s a happy-go-lucky individual that prides himself on vertical politics as he calls it. Many people may be miffed to hear me say he is a respectable voice for the movement and I understand why. Huckabee has had issues with illegal immigration and taxes. He has made much ground with me by supporting the Fair Tax, a plan so conservative most Republicans don’t even support it.

Aside from Huckabee there has to be more leadership from individuals like Jindal, Palin and Romney. These three people are most likely to run in 2012 and most likely to be on top. These individuals need to be out front and center long before the presidential race begins. We can’t rely on them having only a few months to pitch their plan to America. This time around the GOP nominee needs to be clear and to the point about what they will do. No more dancing on pins and needles like McCain did. Speak to the core, forget the moderates, conservatism attracts everyone if it’s following precisely enough.

We Need a Plan

 

McCain’s problem was that he couldn’t stand still long enough to clearly explain his plan for America. While Obama stuck to his plan the entire time McCain couldn’t make up his mind. He suspended his campaign late in the game to support the bailout? At the last debate he brought up a sudden plan to buy bad mortgages? These were some of the reasons people couldn’t allow themselves to vote for McCain. Add that on top of his inability to energize his own party and you have the epic failure that was his campaign.

We can’t be vague this time around. People want answers and they want to know them in the clearest manner possible. Obama ran an almost Reaganesque campaign, constantly speaking about middle class tax cuts. Obama was talking about cutting taxes and McCain was talking about Obama raising taxes. No one had a clear idea what McCain was going to do with taxes or anything else. There has to be a clear message sent out about what we will do on issue A-Z. We can’t attack the Democrats and ramble on about their spending habits anymore. Talk about our spending cuts, talk about our tax cuts; if the person plans to actually do that.

We Need Integrity

 

This is very important. I don’t want to see any compassionate conservatives running for President in 2012. I’ll see it anyway, I just hope the majority decides to stick to the constitution and conservative principles before their need to act out of compassion. No more neoconservatives, we need presidential candidates that speak to the core of the conservative movement without liberal tenancies. I understand there are no perfect conservatives, some of the people I list as important don’t fit the bill that well. Please recognize the difference between influential politicians and presidential hopefuls. There are plenty of politicians that can help the movement by being around and being a leader. The individual that runs for president does need to be as conservative as possible, and in that mold, Huckabee would not work for me.

The American people fell for Obama because he is eloquent and speaks to those that have been struggling to find a way out of the rut. Now that Obama is in power it’s clear that he lacks integrity. I don’t want someone that is going to talk pretty and forget about his promises as soon as he’s elected. I don’t want another President Bush, someone that used to be conservative until something convinced him to throw away our personal freedoms and free market. We need integrous people who aren’t the typical politician. Someone that we all can really put our trust in. I guess that’s almost too much to ask for.

We Need Unity

The last important factor that will lead to a revival is also the most important; unity. We cannot expect to make a comeback if we do not bound together. I often find myself disagreeing with other conservatives, that’s just who I am, but I will always come together for the right cause. I understand that no politician is perfect. I will unite around anyone who is at least integrous and 80% conservative enough for me. You may read one article of mine and disagree only to read another and cheer me on. We’re all different, we really can’t expect each other to agree all of the time. Reagan said that a “person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor” and I happen to abide by that premise.

We must all find a way to unite with those we sometimes disagree but typically agree with. If we can swallow our dislike for McCain and vote for the good of our country there is no reason we can’t all get behind a Sarah Palin or Bobby Jindal even if we have some key disagreements. We must have tough standards, we should never allow the RINOs to take over again, we should be able to find a middle ground with most conservatives though. I have good feelings about the movements future. So many people are debating what a real conservative is and that is a good thing. Once we all decide what we think a real conservative is lets do our best to unite for the cause. After all, we can’t win this with three separate groups of conservative movements. Only as one can we conquer liberalism.

Top 5 Politicians to Revive the Conservative Movement

The conservative movement has stalled over the past couple years. Not because conservatism has failed but because those in the forefront of the movement have failed. President Bush was the most responsible for causing a great misunderstanding in American politics concerning what a conservative is. He taught that conservatives are for bigger government, private industry bailouts, wasteful spending and never ending wars. While it can be argued that Bush did what he thought was right I would argue that the excuse isn’t enough to make up for his statist policies.

There is some hope. There are a handful of bright conservatives ready to lead the movement in the right direction. Once liberalism is finished destroying the country we love people will return to conservatism for answers. When that time comes the following people need to be in the forefront. Let’s hope real conservatism leads the way in 2009 and beyond.

5. Mike Huckabee

 

While I personally like Mike Huckabee his time as the governor of Arkansas showed him to be a moderate Republican that is soft on illegal immigration. The reason I put Mike on this list is because of his ability to reach the masses, especially evangelicals. It’s hard not to like Mike, he’s somebody that you would gladly go on a golf trip with. While the job of a politician is not to make you laugh it is an important component to spreading any political ideology. Mike may be a little moderate on immigration and taxes but he is definitely a conservative. His strong social conservative stances give leverage to his flaws and I see him as a great spokesman for the conservative movement for at least another decade or two.

Chuck Norris  and Rick Flair endorsed Huckabee in last year’s election. What more needs to be said?

4. Mitt Romney

 

Romney isn’t the leading voice for conservatism but his charisma and ability to raise money makes him a formidable campaigner. Early in the 2008 elections I was not impressed with the things he had to say. I think a lot of other conservatives felt the same way. His moderate run as Governor of Massachusetts was enough to keep me from fully supporting his campaign. However, after much consideration–mainly that no Republican from Massachusetts could be a hardcore conservative and survive–I grew to like Romney and consider him a potential candidate in 2012 and beyond. Here’s to hoping he continues on the conservative path he ran on in 2008.

I can’t think of anyone that could have stopped Obama from ascending to the top and winning the election. If Romney had won the nomination rather than McCain the battle would have been much tighter. Romney’s desire to realign himself as a solid conservative would have resulted in party unification and a GOP ticket that would’ve given Obama a run for his money. I can almost guarantee that we’ll see Romney again in 2012 and I hope he solidifies himself as a leading conservative long before that time. With a little soul searching Mitt is looking to be one of the GOP’s brightest hopes for the future.

3. Ron Paul

 

That’s right, I listed a libertarian on a list of top conservatives. Why? It’s simple, Ron’s fiscally conservative policies can teach the GOP a lesson. At a time when the deficit is expanding by the minute, taxes are too high and the dollar is in a steady decline we need someone like Paul to show us the error of our ways. When I see conservatives bashing Paul it reminds me why the GOP has fallen so far in the first place. People like John McCain and Olympia Snow are OK but someone like Paul is shunned? Maybe people like Hannity, the neoconservatives that they are, can find more to disagree than agree with in regards to Paul but I am unable to. He may not get my vote but this man deserves to be listened to, especially now.

Every time I listen to a video or audio clip of Paul talking about our current economic situation I can’t do anything but nod my head in agreement. I would argue that no one in politics today is more fiscally conservative than Ron Paul. No to the bailout, no to outrageous government spending. Yes to tax cuts, yes to government spending cuts, yes to allowing the free market to work and yes to governing according to the constitution. Big time conservatives can complain about his stance on the war and other international affairs all they want; this guy knows what he is talking about. If the GOP were to adopt his fiscal platform not only would the movement recover we would have real answers for our economic woes.

2. Sarah Palin

 

Who else would make the #2 spot but the first woman nominated Vice President for the Republican Party? Sarah rocked the world, causing the left to go into a media frenzy, ripping her personal life apart looking for any juicy details that would destroy her reputation. Instead of falling to pieces Palin rallied support and gave McCain the momentum he needed. The momentum was obviously not enough and he fell short. I’m sure if the ticket were the other way around we’d be looking at our first female president. This is just more evidence that conservatives can win elections. Only someone like Sarah could have breathed life into the flailing campaign that was John McCain’s.

Before Sarah flew onto the scene McCain’s campaign was waiting to be put to rest. Conservatives were tired of him, moderates were beginning to see through his politics as usual and everyone else was celebrating his inability to pitch his plan to America. Sarah is a no holds barred, straight to the core conservative. She’s hated by all global warming nuts, tree hugging hippies, anti-food Peta members and anti-gun pansies of America; also known as the typical liberal. Even with just all these features Sarah would be capable of sweeping the 2012 election but she also has one more thing on her side; she’s darn good looking too.

1. Bobby Jindal

 

It was a tough call, the list covers four other great conservative politicians but Bobby Jindal stood out for a couple reasons. I decided to go with Bobby Jindal because he represents sound conservatism and is young enough to be the resounding voice of conservatism for decades to come. As an Indian minority Jindal also stands outside of the stereotypical Republican persona. Race, being the least important factor, is still notable and a positive reinforcement that the GOP isn’t just a bunch of old white men.

Bobby Jindal stands out not only for his unwavering Reagan conservative but he is the future of the party and the movement. Jindal is set to give the GOP’s response to Obama’s speech to congress regarded the porkulus bill on Tuesday. It’s something to take note of because Jindal recently made a remark about considering not taking the funds. While the majority of Republicans are speaking out against the bailout Jindal is taking it one step further. No matter what the outcome after he gives his rebuttal he will begin to be seen as the conservative solution for America.

Conclusion

There are several Republicans in the field, and one libertarian, that can turn this country around. The most important factor for any future presidential hopeful is to be a Reagan conservative. No more running around the world fixing pot holes, no more abandoning our principles for political gain and no more neoconservatism. Sure, I don’t think any conservative will rise up that fits my standards, I do see the following list as a great start. A simple formula needs to be utilized; smaller government, less government spending, lower taxes and more personal freedom. It’s a simple equation that will win over the hearts and minds of a suffering America.

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