It’s rather tiring to listen to fellow conservatives lament how the battle is lost, the political left is so powerful, and too many Americans are so ignorant. This kind of talk is especially straining to hear from people who have never been involved politically and thus have never been in the fight.
New arrivals to political activism who despair need to buck up and go to school to learn about why we are where we’re at and what has to change on our side of the battlefield. Until they do they should keep their pessimism to themself.
I’m not the only person who is a veteran of the political war that believes we can turn the tide and save the country. It’s especially heartening to read the work of younger Americans who realize that the fat lady hasn’t yet sung. Here’s the next in our series of excerpts from writers who like me don’t cry “alls lost, save yourselves!” From the young and inimitable John Hawkins:
Losing to Barack Obama in 2012 shook the confidence of many Republicans and it’s easy to understand why. After all, if you lose to the worst President in history, what does that say about you? Combine that with the frustrations so many conservatives have with the GOP and it’s easy to write off the Republican Party. However, it’s often darkest before the dawn and many people are missing the fact that the GOP is well positioned to thrive over the next couple of decades.
1) We have the most potent grassroots movement in politics: The GOP has the Tea Party Movement, while the Democrats HAD the Occupy Movement. The Tea Party Movement is about small government, cutting spending, and sticking to the Constitution. […]
2) 2010 was the GOP’s best year since 1948: It’s funny to hear, “The Republican Party can’t win anymore,” when the GOP had its best year since 1948 less than three years ago. In the 2010 election, the GOP added 6 Senate seats, 63 House seats, and 680 seats in state legislatures around the country. Does that sound like a party that can’t win any more? Does that sound like a party that’s dying?
3) We should control the House at least until the next census: Not only does the GOP control the House, because of gerrymandering, we’re likely to remain firmly in control until the next census. That will give us the capability to slam the brakes on government no matter what happens with the Senate and White House.
4) The party is thriving on the state level: The GOP is doing fantastic on the state level. We control 29 governorships and in the state legislatures, we control the upper chamber in 30 states and the lower chamber in another 28 states. That gives us a deep bench and proves the GOP can be not just competitive, but dominant as long as we play our cards right.
Here’s the rest of his list:
5) Our numbers with minorities are only going to go up…
6) Short Term: Obamacare means a strong 2014…
7) Barack Obama gives us a medium term opening…
8) Long term, the ground is very unfavorable to the Democrats…
First published November 19, 2103.