Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Death of the Moderate

If there is one thing that we learned in the 2008 election, it is that being a moderate is a losing position. For months, conservatives cringed every time we heard John McCain brag about working with others across the isle. We fell out of our chairs when we heard him proclaim that Democrats would serve in his administration. We gave up on McCain – until he picked Sarah Palin.

Palin gives conservatives hope. She tells us what we want to hear and she isn’t afraid to say it. She isn’t ashamed to say it. She loves America and she idolizes Reagan. Her feet are firmly planted with conservative roots.

It was picking Palin that energized the base. It was picking Palin that motivated us to pick up McCain and drag him kicking and screaming across the finish line. He did everything he could to lose the race. He avoided all of the issues that called out Obama’s credibility. He praised Democrats instead of criticizing them. He was afraid of offending them. Instead, he chose to actively offend his base. And now he’s going back to the senate.

Like Rush has always said, you’ll never find a book Great Moderates in American History. They have no core. They have no value system other than self-preservation. They have no compass. They only have a guiding inner voice that tells them that everyone simply wants to get along.

We don’t! We want to win and we want our ideas to win! We cling to the Bible, the Constitution, and our guns. We believe that the Founding Fathers were right. We believe the USA is the greatest country ever blessed by God, and we want someone who will stand up for her and her ideals. We want another Reagan.

Yet moderates flee from Reagan. They see his two landslides as flukes. After each consecutive loss, they think the answer is to run even further to the left. To rephrase Reagan, “I didn’t leave the Republican party; the Republican party left me.”

Moderates have made their bed and now they must lay in it. Unfortunately for them, it’s a death bed. Moderates, go away. We knew thee and we rejected thee.

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