Letter: GOP must embrace rising tide of conservatism
We frequently hear, and will continue to hear as the election approaches, that the Republican Party needs to move more to the center. We mostly hear this from Democrats, who have their own motives, but there is also a significant contingent of old guard Republicans who echo this same sentiment. They say that moving to the right will alienate the independents and moderates and lose elections.
Funny, but they said the same thing about Ronald Reagan, with his "radical right wing" message of, "The government is the problem, let’s lower taxes, take some personal responsibility and rebuild our gutted military." We saw how that worked out—two solid victories, long-term prosperity and the end of the Cold War. After Jimmy Carter, America was ready.
The old guard Republicans are absolutely right about losing elections—theirs! They very much enjoy the perks, prestige, power and financial advantages they have as career politicians, and they are terrified of the bold, energetic, conservative newcomers who (as demonstrated in the 2010 election) might just displace them and actually live up to what the Republican Party is supposed to stand for—our Constitution.
So the old guard’s mantra is, "Go-along-to-get-along, don’t rock the boat, for the good of the Party, so we won’t lose." We saw how that worked out with McCain and Romney—two classic middle-of-the-roaders.
We see this resistance to real conservatism from the local, to the state, to the national levels of the GOP. It has nothing to do with the "good of the party" (or the country, for that matter) and everything to do with the incumbents keeping their jobs.
The Republican Party, unless it wishes to fade into irrelevancy (as did the intransigent Whigs) must embrace the rising tide of conservatism and support the new blood, or it will be swept aside. Having suffered enough damage at the hands of Obama and the rest of the Progressives, America is ready for a move back to our founding principles. Republicans, take heed.