Assigned Reading: GOP Base Rips Cantor’s National Council for a New America
Before I completely blow my top, let me remind you that I am a social conservative. I understand the gay marriage debate (though think a constitutional amendment is the wrong way to go about it), and with a daughter who was born six weeks’ premature and spent time in the neo-natal intensive care unit, I am unequivocally pro-life.
Now, let me choose my words carefully . . .
If you are conservative, and your one issue is abortion, or gay marriage, that’s fine. I completely, totally understand your passion and beliefs. I feel it too. However, right now, without intervention at the polls, the far-left core of the Democratic Party stands to completely destroy every single aspect of your morality, and dismantle systematically every modicum of decency in which you believe.
We have a president that actively argued against providing medical care for babies born after botched abortion procedures. We have a Health and Human Services secretary who tacitly approved of butchering, in the womb, unborn children of any age. Listen to me carefully before writing your own argument or response — if you care at all about the lives of the most vulnerable among us, you MUST understand that, right now, in this political climate, the only issues that can doubtlessly bring the party of life back into control are (1) the economy, (2) national security and (3) energy independence. And right now, control is everything.
People around the country, Democrats, Republicans and Independents all, are watching in desperation as their income dwindles and their expenses skyrocket, and it’s about to get worse. They understand and remember what happened on September 11, 2001, far better than any of those in Washington do. And the vast majority would be more than open to the idea of drilling for our own oil offshore and in ANWR (not to mention the extraction of oil shale) if the issue is framed correctly — as a jobs and freedom program that has a side effect of better prices at the pump.
Yes, we are still a Christian nation. Yes, many if not most of us care deeply for our children, born and unborn. But NO, gay marriage and sanctity of life will not be enough to uproot the digging claws of the progressive movement. Not right now, when it means the most.
If you care for unborn life, if you want marriage to remain between a man and a woman, ripping Republicans and conservatives who choose to fight these Democrats through carefully-aimed shots at their weaknesses should be absolutely, unequivocally out of the question. Look at it this way: the Democrats did not campaign in 2007 and 2008 on the unfettered expansion of government, on the nationalization of banks, on the undermining of our national security, yet those were without a doubt some of the ultimate aspirations of the far left. They campaigned on an unpopular war and unpopular president, on the nebulous need for “change,” a need only there because people had begun to take their freedom and prosperity and security for granted.
The Democrats had their underlying goals, but knew that campaigning on them alone would be disaster. So they lied. They lied about transparency. They lied about war funding. They lied about the economy. They lied about everything, knowing that the only way they could have a prayer of advancing their contraconstitutional agenda would be to feast upon the GOP’s weaknesses–Bush, Bush and Bush–in order to obtain the power they needed.
We must do the same. Our ultimate goal might very well be a ban on abortions. Our ultimate goal may be the clear definition of marriage. But, right now, the Democrats are weak on the economy, weak on national security, weak on energy. In order to have a chance to preserve our freedoms and restore respect for human life, we must hit the Democrats where they are weakest.
No, I don’t care for John McCain, the politician. And yes, Eric Cantor has been wrong on several things. But right now, these people are doing the right thing in bringing people together so we can hit hardest where it will hurt the Democrats the most. Now, if they could only change the focus from a “listening” tour to more of an “instructive” tour as to the merits of conservatism, I could get completely on board.
In the meantime, I beg of each and every one of you to look at the big picture, to look at just how much the majority means to us. I beg of you to consider everything that has been done by this president and this Congress over 100 days, and think long and hard about whether you are willing to give them six more years.