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So, why aren't we winning?...
[Tom Adkins] 11/03/04
This message is for all my fellow
Its the day after the election.
Who won? Wait. Before you answer, just ask yourself arent
you disgusted? Not at Democrats. Sure, theyre corrupt,
despicable cretins and their followers are too dumb to know
better. And those undecided voters are blithely ignorant of
the world, and always shall be. No, Im mad at Republicans.
After watching this election unfold,
it is apparent once again that we Republicans arent
ready for prime time. Oh, sure, we control the House, barely. The
Senate by a razor thin margin. And the White House?
Maybe yes and maybe no. But why?
Democrats have been demonstrably
wrong on virtually every issue in the last century. Between
bungling diplomacy and massive Great Society socialism, they
have caused more damage to our nation than Americas enemies.
But they believe. Lord, do they believe. Karl Marx may be dead
and buried, but he lives on in the hearts of every Democrat.
Republicans? Sure, we remember Ronald Reagan with a few catch
phrases: Won the Cold War without firing a shot. Cut
taxes. Ronald Reagan last served 16 years ago. He is dead.
Where are the next great conservatives?
I dont know. But I know this:
they arent stepping up to the plate. Where is the next
Fox News channel? When is a Republican going to buy CBS? The
New York Times? MTV?
Then again, why should they bother?
Today, cutting edge conservative leaders face a Republican
machine that anoints winners from an old boys network, and
Republican operatives who pull out daggers and eat them alive
before they get to the top. Then again, thats how the
incompetent protect their turf.
Meanwhile, Democrats jump through
flaming hoops to support their candidates. Just witness this
election. John Kerry is an arrogant bore with a horrible past,
and virtually no accomplishments except his treasonous success
helping America lose a war. And hes promising to do it
again. Few Democrats like him. Hes perhaps the most dreadful,
uninspiring candidate running for anything anywhere. Yet he
enjoys as much support as George Bush in perhaps the most critical
election in 60 years. Why? Because the American Left has gone
to battlestations. Newspapers block out Kerrys lies.
Reporters dont ask tough questions. Television news anchors
dont show his gaffes. Heck, they even manufacture stories
to attack Bush and help Kerry. When exposed, they dont
even apologize. They dont even admit it!!! And then theres
the biannual Democrat campaign of massive voter fraud, electioneering,
Meanwhile, conservatives have become
so fat and lazy we dont see the point of waging all out
war. Democrats passed a tax hike? Dont worry, we have
a shelter for that. Facing new red tape? No problem, we have
an accounting trick to avoid that. And so on. We dont
bother fighting. We just push the escape button.
Essentially, we skate by. My dear Republicans, we are treading
water because we arent swimming for the beachhead.
Oh, sure, there are those of us
who blame George Bush for this debacle. After all, he lost
a 10-point lead following that first debate. He missed a hundred
opportunities to nail Kerry to the wall. But heres the
big question: If you are soooo amazing at political operations,
why werent you at the podium? In fact, where are the
great communicators like Reagan, who can market conservatism
to convenience store employees? Where are brilliant leaders
who can engineer an election revolution like New Gingrich?
Ill tell you where they are: Wall Street. Main Street.
Your street. But not in the political battles.
And speaking of you high-finance
Republicans, why havent you tossed your hat in the ring?
You got the money. And no, its not good enough to donate
a few thousand bucks and pat yourself on the back. You got
to sacrifice, my friend. Either that or stop bitching about
the next tax hike. And let me remind you that writing a check
and walking away is merely playing defense for an entire game.
At some point, the other guy is gonna score. Especially if
you field a team of second-rate players.
Its time we stopped wasting
time blowing hot air and start fighting. How? Knock on doors.
Get 30 neighbors to take over the PTA and hold the teachers
feet to the fire. Or get a teaching degree and take over the
school. Maybe get a government job, move up the ladder and
start cleaning out dead wood. Get a law degree and sue the
hell out of every liberal who you dont like. Become a
judge and start making some rulings that get regain our lost
freedoms and handcuff liberals. And for some of us, wrench
back control of the government by entering politics. Sound
too hard? Thats what liberals did.
Sure, we whine quite well. But Republicans
simply dont make the sacrifice. Its not enough
to have a wonderful philosophy. You have to fight for it. And
fight to keep it. And fight off attacks to take it away. When
your philosophy is precious freedom, its amazing how
vicious the enemy will strike. Republicans better learn how
to sacrifice, how to fight and how to win. One thing I can
guarantee: If Republicans dont, Democrats will. tRO