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11/30/2012 5:24:00 AM
2012 election: What happened?

To the Editor:

My fellow conservatives, we lost the presidential election. But, more important than anything else, we must understand why. If we listen to FOXNEWS personalities, Republican strategists, and Democrats it is because we need to move left. They insist we move on a ‘single issue’ and abandon ‘the rule of law,’ conservatism, and embrace amnesty for illegal aliens. 

First, I ask, why would we listen to “losers” that have led us down the road to defeat time after time? The fact is, we tried their way. Now, we must reject these people and everything they say. We must recognize that since Ronald Reagan left office, the Republican Party has been run by moderates. The party must be taken back by true full-fledged conservatives or we, conservatives, must form a new third party and abandon the GOP.

This new reformation must no longer accept moderates and liberals, as spokesmen, as we have in recent years. 

The Republican establishment including politicians, talking heads, and strategists are insisting we move even more moderate. Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, among countless others, are insisting we still listen to them and move left. They are the same people that insisted on the most moderate candidates John McCain and (McCain 2.0) Mitt Romney as our nominees. These are the same people who championed George W. Bush as a so-called great conservative and great president. The truth should now be clear to everyone. George W. Bush gave us Obama. Mr. Bush was only conservative on social issues and taxes.

President Bush started two wars. Fine. But, he fought them like a liberal and bogged us down in a seemingly endless war of boots on the ground, like Vietnam. Then, there were the liberal Supreme Court judges he championed. After conservative outrage, he finally gave up on liberal Harriet Meyers and successfully gave us liberal Chief Justice Roberts who is responsible for upholding unconstitutional Obamacare. 

Under Bush the gross public debt increased from $5.7 trillion in January 2001 to $10.7 trillion by December 2008. He gave a record billions in aid to African countries. He bailed out the big banks with billions. 

These same people insisted on and “selected” the most liberal Republican primary candidates each of the last two elections, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Their answer, change on one issue, and win. Amnesty for illegal law-breaking aliens and embrace diversity, just like Democrats, by addressing people not as Americans, but sub-categorized groups based on race and sex. There is only one problem. Conservatism was not on the ballot. It hasn’t been since Reagan. Even Sean Hannity is now embracing amnesty. It will not work.  

We did not lose this election because of our stance on immigration. Three million fewer Republicans showed up to vote this time, than the last because we ran a moderate. Amnesty is not the answer and would be disastrous. There is probably nothing worse that we could do. There would be an unimaginable magnet created with a massive flood of new migrants at the borders. It would bankrupt our nation. It would serve to create more Democrats. And it would create more competition for our jobs and create much higher unemployment and welfare. 

So, the lesson to be learned from this recent election is clear. Moderates usually lose elections. If they ever win, it’s narrowly. Take recent Wisconsin elections, for example. At first look, it is puzzling that Republicans won state elections and took control of the State Senate and Assembly and Gov. Scott Walker won the recall, yet nationally President Obama and Tammy Baldwin won in Wisconsin. 



Gov. Scott Walker and other state candidates were rewarded for being conservatives. Romney and Thompson are moderates and lost. Tommy Thompson described himself proudly as a moderate and clearly since being governor, his record showed as much. Thompson only won the primary by default because conservatives could not decide between three other more conservative candidates and split the majority vote between the three. Romney got in by, along with the Party establishment’s help, ruthlessly attacking conservative opponents and outspending them 10 to 1 or more. In most every state in the primary, Romney was unable to capture more than about one-third of the vote. Again, along with the establishment slandering Romney opponents, conservatives could not decide on any one more conservative candidate. The establishment, including Bill O’Reilly, Charles Krauthammer, Karl Rove, other former Bush administration members, and various FOXNEWS anchors, all worked to change the momentum away from Romney opponents, just like they did when they decided on McCain. 

The bottom line is, there is a civil war for control of the Republican Party now. It is the ‘moderate-liberal’ establishment versus conservatives. The establishment is very powerful, well connected, and well funded. Conservatives must decide if we want to fight for control of the party or start a new third party. We must reject the establishment and refuse to follow them down the road to defeat, yet again. Exit polls showed, in the last election, voters overwhelmingly still blamed George W. Bush for the terrible economy. And they clearly reject any moderate we throw at them because it’s a reminder of Bush and his many frustrating liberal policies. We must learn from history. Ronald Reagan gave us a blueprint for a path to landslide victory. Conservatism. 

It must be explained and well articulated, but more importantly it must be full-fledged conservatism. We must look, not at what a candidate says at the time, but rather what he or she has done and said in the past. 

From now on, we must insist on true rock solid conservatives if we are to ever expect victory in elections again. 

Chad McCallum

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Richard Collins

As a liberal and as a Democrat, I can only hope that the GOP takes the advice of Mr. McCallum and does what he wants. Go ahead, nominate a far-right person.

As Clint Eastwood would say (when he's debating a chair) "Make my day!"

By the way, it's been pointed out by many in your party that the person you write so admiringly about, Ronald Reagan, could not get the GOP nomination today. Why? Well, he raised taxes . . . not once . . . but several times during his presidency. And not only that, he (gasp) actually compromised with the Democrats.

I guess you have to look for someone more pure . . . perhaps a clone of Joe McCarthy.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Hansen

Keep thinking that way and you will keep losing elections. First, Ronald Reagan was way more "liberal" than any of these candidates brought forth by the Republican Party nowadays. Reagan would not even be nominated by todays Republican Party. He is championed by Republicans who don't realize that he did many things that would be demonized by today's Republicans. For instance, he raised taxes to make Social Security more solvent instead of privatizing it. Reagan supported unions and was once the president of a union. He made the famous statement "where collective bargaining is forbidden, freedom is lost." Reagan gave arms to the terrorists in Iran. Reagan gave amnesty to people living in the country illegally. Finally, when our Marines were killed in Lebanon he simply withdrew instead of fighting the bad guys. I think Reagan was popular because he was moderate. Romney was once moderate but he changed his position on certain issues to please his base. His health care plan in Massachusetts was basically the same as Obamacare, but he said he was against it because his base was against it. I think the Republicans need to nominate a true Republican, and not a Tea Party wanna be. Then they might have stood a chance.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Jeff Laadt

WThis is pretty amazing stuff! As a "liberal" I would heartily endorse the conservative abandonment of the GOP. Such an event would guarantee Democratic victories for the rest of this century.

If Rove, Krauthammer and O'Reilly aren't conservative enough, what's left? Rush Limbaugh? Rick Santorum? Michelle Bachmann? Good luck with that.

Other than that, I'm glad to see someone from your side give George W. Bush the credit he so richly deserves for doubling the national debt. But, then, so did Ronald Reagan back in his day.

The thoughts expressed in this letter are a reminder of why the GOP keeps losing. The party is stuck in the middle of the 19th century.

Jeff Laadt

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