"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson
Sept. 23, 1800

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Are There ANY Republican Safe Seats?

The American Thinker blog has a piece today by C. Edmund Wright drawing portents and lessons from the loss to the GOP of Elizabeth Dole's Senate seat. I'm not sure I'd go as far as he does with the importance of the seat itself, which was once Jesse Helms', but his point about the future of the party is well taken.

As has been said, you can't fight demographics. So what is the GOP to do? Some inside the Beltway will say the party must diversify and moderate to prevent destruction. These are the folks who ran the McCain campaign. McCain lost the big tent moderates by 21 points. Clearly this is not the answer.

The only answer is to start winning some arguments. We have to start changing some minds. We need to educate. You know -- like who really caused 9-11 and the collapse of Fannie Mae -- as we look backward. As we look forward, perhaps the argument of how liberal oil policy and confiscatory union thugs are the reason Detroit and Michigan are in the tank, not George Bush and capitalism. And so on.

But to win some arguments, you must HAVE some arguments. This is something people named Dole, Bush and McCain don't seem to understand. If we don't start, Carolina blue is just the beginning.

We mustn't be scared of being called "negative" when we disagree with the latest Democrat proposal. They have much less of a mandate than they or the media want to believe. The American people want to be individualists again. Individuality is cool. Liberty is NOT negative. The silver lining to our becoming the minority party is that now WE are the non-conformists, the anti-establishment rebels.

Our ideas trace a direct line back to Samuel Adams' Sons of Liberty, who were definitely not a bunch of stuffed shirts. Time to get back to our roots.

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