So much happened today that it will take tonight to sort it out.
In the meantime, it seems appropriate to print this unsolicited essay I received last week. The person who sent it requested that I pick an appropriate time to post this in the runup to Tuesday. This would be that time. I share her views.
A View from an Ohio Mom
Funny how even small kids are smart and instinctive, mine are no exception. When they “push the boundaries of discipline” itâ€™s invariably before an event that everyone is looking forward to attendingâ€¦which of course means that grounding one child from that event punishes the entire family.
That’s kind of how I view this year’s mid-term elections. Expelling a few [ineffective] Republicans unfortunately affects the entire conservative family.
I am not making excuses for obstructive legislators, merely suggesting that we use voter-enforced term limits in a way that doesnâ€™t punish those who have represented us well, those who fight for our freedoms, but most especially, our posterity. In addition to remaining involved at all levels of government, the practical answer to restoring bold, non-apologetic Reagan-conservative leadership in this country is to start shopping (and fundraising) for them NOW. But it is crucial to keep the current majority â€“ for all that it is and isn’t â€“ during that process so that we are not distracted (by another 9/11 or tanking economy). We must do it right, and we can for we have learned and accomplished muchâ€¦
For years, and for arguable reasons, many conservatives slumbered while the national and state Republican Party took us for granted. We held our noses and voted for candidates only because [they said] they were “pro-life” or “pro-Second Amendment.” Then came 9/11 and the brutal reminder that we have an enemy whose goal is not to defeat us, but to annihilate us. And we realized that the days of being “one-issue voters,” were over.
Sadly, I don’t believe that 9/11 woke up any political party. It did, however wake up another sleeping giant. One, whose power and influence exceeds that of any party or sum of money. It woke up We the people, the 4th and most important branch of government. And when we rubbed our eyes and got over the shock, we didnâ€™t like what we saw. That’s when many Ohioans got busy, especially in 2004â€¦
Go back there with me for a moment. Many started volunteering nearly a year before the election. Phone banks started in February; door-2-door in May. We delivered signs, dropped off voter guides; our kids put labels on mailers, and held neighborhood parties for the President. By the grace of God, we OWNED that election and when it was over, and we watched Karl Rove tell Fox News that Ohio’s Clermont, Butler & Warren Counties put President Bush over the top, well, to paraphrase Vince Lombardi, it was our finest hour for together, we had worked our hearts out in a great cause and fell exhausted on the field of battle â€“ victorious.
For many of us, in many ways, that feeling goes unmatched to this day. We the people, according to the mandate of our Founding Fathers, directed the course of events in this country, and I for one, am not willing to throw that all away over a few rotten eggs. Or (even) because in lieu of leadership we have a “big tent party” that cannot fundamentally agree enough on any conservative agenda item to move one of them forward. So, without term limits, we realize that certain individuals need to goâ€¦and I believe they absolutely will. But again, we must keep the majority so that we can [patiently] affect true and lasting change.
Friends, after 9/11 woke us up, and 2004 helped fine-tune our voices, I believe that the “big tent” party promoters at the state & national levels have gotten the message. Hereâ€™s a recap for some who may still be confused:
We, the conservatives of this country are fully awake, and we’re tired of you trying to redefine conservatism. No more “Gang of 14,” no more crying over UN appointments, no more amnesty, no more pork. We want limited government, controlled spending, impenetrable borders, dead terrorists, fundamental tax reform, drilling in ANWR, school choice and of course, PERMANENT tax cuts. This isn’t about President Bush or the war in Iraq; this is about your narcissistic personality disorders being so far off the map that you have sold out the agenda ON WHICH YOU RAN, just to get an invite to the next Oscar party. But be forewarned, since we won’t punish the entire country for a handful of ego-maniacal Republicans, you should know that as we hold our noses to vote with one hand, we will be working hard to find replacements with the other.
Yours truly [for one more term],
We, the People.