According to Ronald Reagan, the 11th Commandment of politics is: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.” Well, in today’s day and age, I think that commandment can and ought to be bent a bit. The stakes are too high and the need is too dire. Conservatives across the nation have been searching for the next Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, he (or she) has yet to appear.
All America got out of the Republican Party were RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only) – moderates and liberals of the party which, for political purposes, would break away from their conservative roots and sway to the other side on many policies.
George H. W. Bush raised taxes and increased entitlements because he could not stand up to the Democratic-controlled Congress. While he kept us safe for eight years, George W. Bush passed historic tax cuts and No Child Left Behind – a massive growth of power to the unconstitutional Department of Education. He expanded federal spending to Lyndon B. Johnson extremes (according to the American Conservative Union), and bowed to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from 2006 to the end of his second term in 2009.
Congressional Republicans in the post-Reagan Era did not kid around either. In 1994, under the leadership of Newt Gingrich, Republicans were swept into historic numbers in both chambers of Congress—ending a forty-year Democratic rule of the House and an on–and-off control of the Senate. After sustaining a comfortable majority for nearly a decade, many of them slowly began entering a power-induced coma and slipped away from their conservative platform. They started spending taxpayer dollars at Democratic Party levels, failed to end useless federal departments, created programs that further strengthened them, and began chipping away at their pledges in the Contract with America.
Today, the tables have turned. Conservatives are tired of RINO’s holding the GOP mantle hostage. We are ready to fight to bring the party back to where it was originally meant to be. Thanks to the Tea Party and clear-cut conservative messages, conservative Republicans overwhelmingly won the House back in 2010, kicked out several moderates in the Senate, and picked up a majority of state legislatures and governorships.
We have a wide range of presidential candidates and a handful of true conservatives ready to make President Obama a one-term President. Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum are within that range. On many issues, I would dare to venture into mentioning Newt Gingrich, as well. The man is a genius—make no mistake about that. Now that conservatives have been dealt their hand, they must play the right card to the voters and ensure that a true conservative clinches the nomination.
Conservatism in its purest form is the form of governance the Founders intended for our country. It is embodied in the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights that accompanies it. Limited government, free market capitalism, traditional values, individual liberty and a strong national defense define (and must continue to define) conservatism. As a result, a new generation of conservatives is ready to stick to this platform and usher conservatism back into the Republican Party.
Will the Republican Party be ready to follow? Or will it allow the Establishment and the RINO’s to dictate its every move and hold it hostage with liberal policies? If so, will this enable President Obama to win a second term?
The survival of the Republican Party and the future of America depend on the next GOP presidential nominee. Let us show America that we don’t want an establishment puppet as a nominee.
Domenic Gelsomino // Boise State University // @ChrmnDomG