So why did he lose? Because this is America, and freedom is, and should be, the ONLY issue. The problem is that Mitt Romney and most of the Republican establishment doesn’t know how to articulate WHY liberty is so important in a free republic. They have their speech writers, handlers, and poll takers who tell them what to say, when to say it, and to whom it should be said. Thus, they have put themselves in a position to be followers – followers of the very people who expect them to lead. But very few of these politicians have liberty not only as their core philosophy, but their first and foremost priority as a campaign issue. Without freedom, nothing else in this country works, and we cease to be America.
Instead of polling the American people to find out what they want, we need a candidate who will teach our citizens what it means to be an American again. Americans need to un-learn the garbage that our public schools and our media have been spoon-feeding them for decades. They need to be taught that there will be no prosperity without free enterprise, and why an unfettered private sector has generated the highest standard of living the world has ever known. They need to understand that Socialism rots the soul because it is inherently immoral, and has failed everywhere it has been tried. They need to hear that our Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and that ANY deviation from its principles is an affront to liberty. They need to understand the principle of federalism – that the federal government has very few and specifically defined responsibilities, and that the Constitution leaves all other governance to the states. They need to learn, as James Madison said, that it is proper to take alarm at the very first infringement upon our liberties instead of waiting until the government is so strong that we are too deep in bondage to fight back. They need to learn why we are an exceptional nation and that we will not cede any of our rights or jurisdiction on any issue to the United Nations. They need to not only know that abortion, gay marriage, and embryonic stem cell research is wrong, but WHY. They need to be taught that government’s role is to secure our rights, not violate them by spying on us, collecting information that invades our privacy, silencing our speech, disrespecting our religious beliefs, and burdening us with so much regulation that we can’t do anything without permission. They need to learn once again that being an American means you can grow up, raise a family, build a business or a career, and live your life the way you choose without interference from the government, because the government IS “WE THE PEOPLE.” Our freedom is precious, it isn’t free, and it was paid for by the blood of honorable men and women since 1776. And until we get a candidate that is willing to lead according to these principles, and to unashamedly teach them to the American people once again, there will be millions staying home on election day.
Many reading this will argue that Republicans and Tea Party candidates can’t get elected today espousing this vision of America. I heartily disagree. They said the same thing about Reagan – that he was too conservative and he would be the death of the Republican Party, especially only four years after they had experienced a narrow defeat to Jimmy Carter. What Reagan did was go out unapologetically and teach the nation that government was the problem, not the solution to their problems, and they listened. In other words, he led without worrying about the poll numbers, which showed him behind, by the way, through the end of October. Reagan won in a landslide – twice – and it wasn’t because of his personality. He articulated a vision of America that resounded with that generation, and I’m convinced it would do the same today. Blacks, Latinos, Arabs, and Asians alike share this same vision of God, family, and country. They’ve just been brainwashed into thinking only a Democrat can make this vision a reality, instead of being shown that their policies will bring a nightmare instead, and that only freedom will bring prosperity. A Reagan candidate today might not win in a landslide, but against a candidate like Obama, he wouldn’t have any trouble getting those extra 3 million voters to the polls, and will likely get a whole lot more than that.