The Road Back


After any great political defeat it is essential for members of that party to debate what went wrong and how the party can prevail in the future.  Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter has made a good start with this essay in the American Spectator.

I agree with Mr. McCotter that these are the core principles of the Republican party:

1.    Our liberty is from God not the government.
2.    Our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil.
3.    Our security is through strength not surrender.
4.    Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector.
5.    Our truths are self-evident not relative.

The Republican party is now in the political wilderness largely because too many Republicans abandoned these principles.  A party bereft of loyalty to principle is a hollow party begging for defeat.  Republicans must renew their belief in the fundamentals that make them Republicans and live those beliefs.  Only when they walk the walk as well as talk the talk, can Republicans win back the Congress and the Presidency.

2 Responses to The Road Back

  1. Phillip says:

    This was a wonderfully written essay, and it was also very edifying. After reading the essay, I agree the whole-heatedly with the principles that US Representative McCotter wrote about.

    I especially loved this quote:

    Thus, Republicans must heed Demosthenes’ plea to his endangered fellow Athenians — “In God’s name, I beg of you to think!”

  2. Chip says:

    I agree with the principles, but I believe the owner of those core principles was misidentified. The principles are not those of the Republican Party; they are, rather, the principles of Conservatism in America. They belonged to Republicans only as long as they embraced their conservative history; as soon as they abandoned that legacy (most recently left to them by Gingrich and company), they became just another bad choice available to conservatives as the lesser of two evils. And the Other Guy (Elect) did a great job of sounding like a viable alternative.

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