Ok folks we stood up and fought for what we believed to be right. We stuck to our principles, our morals, and our ideals. We defended, in the best way we knew how, the Constitution and the founding principles this country was based on. We came up short this time around.
I find myself disheartened that the American people preferred handouts and government intervention to good old fashioned hard work, discipline, and helping our fellow man on our own, and not through government means.
However, I will not be dismayed. I believe this is a wake up call for conservatives and Republicans. This country just voted in a very inexperienced freshman Sen. who according to his record is extremely left in his ideology. However, for that Sen. to get himself elected he had to turn hard right on every major issue. This is a man that ran his entire campaign based on a 95% tax CUT. Now we have discussed the merits of that cut, but the point is he ran as a tax cutter, budget balancer, 2nd Amendment protector. Again I think his record proves otherwise, but the point is he knew he must shift and shift hard to the right to win. He also spent more money than any other candidate in history to get elected 3 times that of what GWB spent.
And when it was all said and done he garnered a mere few hundred thousand votes more than did GWB.
Taking a look around the country at the different referendums that were on the ballots conservatives won big. Even in liberal California Prop 8 passed.
Folks the point is this. We are still a center right country. Our job now is to make sure it stays that way. That this country does not move further left and further down the road of wanting the government to handle every decision. I believe, I truly do, that most Americans do want to be free to make their own decisions and to work hard and enjoy the success they achieve. I just believe they bought the rhetoric over the substance.
I have long stood with McCain on this blog because he was our choice and we needed to be united behind him, but I can now say that he was not my first choice. The field this cycle for Republicans was not very inspiring.
It is time we support and look for candidates that will truly carry our message and articulate it well. When that happens you see real landslides like Ronald Reagan's crushing win of 528-13 in '84. Let's not look for candidates that are safe and in the middle. Let's vote forward candidates that are strong allies to conservatism, to smaller government, to balanced budgets, and strong national security.
The Democrats are going to get their chance to show us what they are made of. I know most of us aren't going to like the results. I don't think most of America will either and we will soon have another opportunity to put conservatives in power. Let's not sit by and squander that chance.
With that note it is time to start looking ahead to 2010 and 2012. Check out Bobby Jindal out of Louisiana, a true conservative who can articulate the message and has radically cleaned up a very corrupt state.
We will survive this time in our history and with continued effort, hard work, and relentless clinging to our conservative ideals we will right the ship.