In the wake of the election results, which shocked many, if not most, conservatives (including me), I’ll go out on a limb and offer a prescription to Republicans in the House and Senate.
1) Even when Democrats have been out of power – either in the White House or in the legislative branch – they have been obstreperous, obstructionist and highly partisan. I see no reason for Republicans not to be the same way. What conservatives want to see is the aggressive pursuit of our central principles. We would rather see our party as a tiger temporarily caged than as a rabbit scampering pell-mell for the illusory safety of the tall grass. People will eventually rally around a banner that is stoutly defended - even when that banner stands for something false and reprehensible, as the Democrats have proved time and again. How much more likely it will be that people, in time, shall rally around something that is true and good. If we believe what we say about the importance of individual liberty and smaller, less intrusive government, and about respect for the Constitution, then these truths have not become falsehoods through the unfortunate setback presented by one election.
2) If the principles we advocated yesterday were right and just, they are right and just today. It is not only economically detrimental, but an immoral concession to the aggressors in the class war, to blithely state that increasing taxes on the “rich” is no big deal after all, or that Obamacare has somehow attained the status of a law of physics. Continue to denounce bad policies and the ideological motives behind them.
3) Recognize, once and for all, that the mainstream media are the enemy. Talk through them, over them, around them – but talk. And don’t just talk; declaim, argue, attack. Attack the media as well as their masters, challenge them, show them up for the leftist mercenaries they are.
4) From here on in, you are not just opposing whoever the Democratic president or presidential nominee happens to be. Certainly, you’ll go after him (or her), too; but in the war of ideas, you are not simply fighting one man or woman; you are fighting an entire political party and its widespread apparatus, in the unions, in the academy, and in the press. Don’t just tar the man; tar his worldview, his allies, his supporters – the whole ideological infrastructure that props him up.
5) You cannot genuinely compromise with people who are working around the clock to destroy your way of life (and perhaps you into the bargain). Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi. These are not just “people like you and me.” They are deeply flawed, incomplete human beings who fill the void of wisdom and understanding with arrogance and hatred, little tin pot Lucifers seeking to overthrow God and the natural law, high-stakes gamblers who see the generality of mankind as chips in their game of personal power, and for whom dishonesty is but a tool of their trade.
6) Fair warning: do not sell our birthright so that you may obtain a mess of potage.