Well fellow conservatives, we stand at a historic opportunity to reclaim the GOP. Although the Republican Party was trounced in the election, the principles of limited government conservatism remain strong. The Republican Party lost. Neo-conservative thinking lost. But, you must remember that we did not lose because our policies and principles were not on the ballot. True, some conservatives did and might lose (let us hope that Virgil Goode (5th, VA) triumphs), however, those defeats likely stemmed from the weakness from the top of the ticket. I assure you that more McCain voters were motivated by fear of Obama than enthusiasm for McCain. That tactic is no way to win an election. Love trumps fear. Have we learned nothing from Machiavelli? If only our candidates had run away as fast as they could from big government advocates like Bush and McCain, they would have done far better. As I’ve said in the past,
“I believe that there are three key elements that lead to our success. We win if we:
1. Stick to our principles,
2. Properly articulate our message to the fine citizens of the Valley and the rest of our state, and
3. Campaign hard
When we fail at even one of these principles, we usually lose (and deservedly so).”
Unfortunately, when conservatives place party ahead of principles, conservatives lose. Then, sooner or later, the Republican Party loses …Virginia loses…and the nation loses.
Along these lines, I present to you a speech given by the author of the book Conservatives Betrayed, Richard Viguerie. He gave this speech at the Virginia Conservative Leadership Conference on April 26th 2008 in Richmond, Virginia.
Should you want to hear more of Richard Viguerie, you should pick up his writings or visit his website.
Fellow lover of liberty, all is not lost. We must take back our party, our state, and our nation. Do you want more faux conservative candidates like McCain or Bush? Do you want more betrayals and crushing defeats? If we fail to act today, who knows when we will get another opportunity like the present? Now is our time, so let us begin.