So I was dead wrong about the recent popularity contest, and the Stupid party continues to disappoint.
Obama has thus far proven that he is determined to be a combination of Clinton's third term and Carter's second. The only good thing is the possibility of helping give birth to another Reagan.
The Stupid party appears to be going along with things, instead of digging in and fighting for puh-puh-puh-principled cuh-cuh-cuh-conservatism. They might not have the numbers to mount real resistance, but they could certainly make it as difficult as possible to move the USSA forward. At the very least, they should force the Dems to own every bailout.
Bush, what the hell is up with you and the FDR act on your way out? Tell the car execs "hell no" and veto the bailouts until the end -- make the inevitable financial avalanche your successor's legacy, not your own!
I am not one to say that the end of the earth is coming since His Obamaness will soon perch on the Cherry Blossom Throne; it certainly won't be as bad as many hysterical conservatives would believe. It won't be pretty, and it might be decades before the potential damage he will do can be undone, but we'll all get through it. The idea at this point is to learn from the failures that the 105th and 106th congresses wrought, rediscover conservatism, and get the ideas out there so the uninformed, scared, and soon-to-be-disillusioned have a chance to hear our side. Barring that, conservatism and what remains of the Republican party will be swept aside like the Whigs before them.
Unfortunately, it is still lunacy to consider a 3rd party. The last election showed that conservatives won't run to another party; they'll just stay home and say "to hell with you and your RINO ways". We MUST remove from our leadership those who do not stand for limited government, lowered taxes, reduced regulation, and reform from within.
McCain showed that he was Bob Dole '96 all over -- the old insider who was taking his turn. This is not our way; the Dems function like that, and every time we try it, failure is the result. And Republicans who voted for expanded spending deserve to be voted out. If we're going to slide further into socialism, it had damn well better be clearly on the backs of the Dems.
I understand and support the traditional plank on abortion. That being said, COOL IT with the promise of overturning Roe. It does not bring new voters in, and it turn off many who are on our side or could be otherwise convinced. This is a long-term idea that can only be implemented once we have solidified our position strongly in both houses of congress with a strong and committed conservative president. We will not win this battle until the majority of Americans can be brought to embrace the other salient conservative principles, which is what will enable the attainment of said majorities. Till then, knock it off.
Once in office, CUT SPENDING. Support anti-pork measures, and help other conservatives make the case for reducing or eliminating governmental services. Support lower taxes and resist the urge to dole out federal dollars for short-term political gain.
I have gotten very jaded about politics since the 2006 elections, and the 2008 election has certainly not helped at all. I finally "grew up" politically in 2000 by rejecting my youthful Libertarian fascination and embracing the Republicans as the best way to see my beliefs and goals advanced. Although my support still goes that way (the Dems are absolutely no home for my views), the fact that they simply will not execute has led to serious disillusionment, and I know that I am far from alone in this regard. Now I'm older and wiser, so there is no thought of returning to any 3rd parties, whether from belief or spite. So I support, but with a heavy heart and no expectations of success or follow-through. It is a very difficult place to be, politically speaking.
Republicans, clean up your damned house. Otherwise your liberal buddies are going to clean house for you, and we'll ALL be out in the cold looking in.