My greatest fear during this next election season is that Conservatives all over this country are being lulled into a false sense of security. I’ve had many, many political conversations over the last few weeks with friends and fellow Republicans who seem to think that this next election is a shoe-in. Our country is in such a sad state, the economy is in the tank, and we have a radical president in the White House who is bent on changing everything that made this a great nation. He’s spent the last many months using his policies to transform this country into an almost unrecognizable nation. And by gauging the polls, the country does not approve.
However, that being said, Americans have very short memories. A vast number of people vote who care more about a celebrity factor and race than they do about the economy because they aren’t paying taxes anyways- simply living off those who do. They can’t tell you who the current Vice President is, name one person currently sitting on the Supreme Court, or identify the Speaker of the House. But, they own one vote and the Democratic party will make sure that they utilize it– at least three or four times.
There are those a step above that level who don’t have a clue really what’s going on in this country but they get their soundbites delivered through the mainstream media, the other arm of the DNC. Perhaps they form their decisions on the misleading news titles that pop up on AOL but are too busy looking for their fantasy football players to actually explore the stories. Or, they tune in nightly to the Colbert Report and walk away feeling that they have a grasp and understanding in US policy. Tina Fey and SNL have formed their opinions on Palin and politics to the point where they couldn’t identify who is who in the political arena.
I could go on and on but you get my drift. Don’t ever underestimate the power of stupid Americans. They move in large groups, they are easily influenced by celebrityism, their votes are up for sale to the highest bidder- usually the candidate who makes them the most promises of personal gain by creating class warfare and making the commitment to take from the have’s and giving to the have nots.
This election will not be a shoe-in, despite the many different polls that indicate almost “any Republican” could beat Obama. I firmly believe that is a myth created and perpetuated by a willing media to lull a false sense of security and apathy among the right. We are going to have to scrape up every Conservative vote, we are going to have to attract Independents and people who have never voted before in their lives, and we are going to have educate and inform the electorate like never before.
If Obama could accomplish what he has managed to accomplish in the first four years, can you imagine what he could do in eight? Therefore, be vigilant, don’t be fooled into falling asleep at the wheel or sitting this one out. It’s going to take activism on a level that many have never been involved before, a revolutionary way of thinking for many for it’s always easier to sit on the couch and scream at the television than it is to actually get up and make a difference in your communities that can affect elections. Grassroots are going to have to catch fire like never before in order for us to reclaim victory.
Most importantly, it is going to require a candidate and not just “any candidate” to win this election. One who appeals to conservatives, Independents, and voters who previously and foolishly voted for Obama the first go-around and have since woken up to their mistake. We need a candidate with solid Conservative credentials- not one that we constantly have to wonder and worry about. Republicans, we are going to have to bring our A-Game this time- no second stringers but one with enormous broad appeal. That should be our focus. Is that candidate in the race yet and if not, have they been identified and persuaded to join for the good of America. This is the first hurdle we must leap in this very long and laborious marathon that is in front of us.