Conservatives are alive and well!
Paul Richard Strange Sr.
No, I am not in denial, and yes, the Conservative Movement in the United States took a serious beating on Nov. 4!
But, the truth of the matter is that the convictions which have appealed to large numbers of American citizens did not cease to appeal to large numbers of citizens in the most recent election.
57 million Americans voted against Barack Obama. The winning percentage of Obama’s 63 million citizens were solidified in his favor only AFTER the Beltway Bailout which terrified half the nation about the safety of their 401 (K) retirement accounts.
The Beltway Bailout was urged upon us by a Republican President, but nobody in their right mind regards this betrayal of the Constitution as motivated by anything remotely conservative!
Conservatives cannot separate themselves from pseudo-Conservatives in a free society as we live in, and this is why the Conservative Movement suffers from the evil deeds of the Establishment Wing of the Republican Party.
The Conservative Movement was punished for the sins of Richard Nixon, and for Bush 41’s violation of his "no new taxes" pledge.
Again and again, the fact that neither Conservative Republicans nor anti-Conservative rich blueblood Republicans can win elections without the other ends up causing the Conservatives to be blamed.
At some point, a Conservative has to ask whether helping to form a third party like the Constitution Party is not much better than making a deal with the rich blueblood Republicans wherein they get any credit for any good thing that happens and the Conservatives get the blame for anything evil that they do!
Conservatives have not lost their appeal to Americans, but do have to think through whether supporting the Republican Party is a chronic act of insanity. This is a time to question the sanity of continuing to serve as useful idiots for those who so often take heartland, grassroots, middle-class decent citizens for granted.
One of the oft-quoted statements of Ronald Reagan among those of us who happen to share in the view that he was probably the only truly middle America president in 100 years is that Reagan opposed the idea of a third party approach for conservative citizens.
This is true, but times have changed a great deal since he voiced that opinion.
When Reagan urged conservatives to stay with the GOP, there existed conservative Democrats, but there are not any such critters in our times; when Reagan urged conservatives to stay with the GOP, we were fighting the Cold War; and when Reagan urged conservatives to stay with the GOP, we had no such thing as email and the internet!
For those who wonder, "What would Reagan do?" those of us who want to see the Constitution Party become the home of America’s genuine conservatives can say this much, "Reagan would not have wanted patriots to just roll over, play dead, take the blame for the anti-Conservative rich blueblood Republicans and pretend that all is well!"