There's Gonna Be Change, We Hope
The political year of 2016 offers real opportunities for a fresh start.
The New Year is often personified by the image of a baby or toddler in a top hat, a sash bearing the numeric year ahead, often posed with an hourglass with the sands of time aloft in the upper chamber. This image is to offer notions of a fresh start, a new day and the possibilities of the year ahead. The political year of 2016 offers real opportunities for a fresh start and a renewed hope for Americans to see our nation exit the imperialism of Barack Obama and his court of transformational Democrats.
The obvious starting point is the presidential election. The first votes in the presidential primaries will be cast in only four weeks, and public anger is ever-so-evident in the choices of those being polled. Early in the race, outsiders Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina carried the momentum. After several debates, some more substantive than others, the field is slowly narrowing, with Trump — leading by 20-plus points in many polls — Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson all in double digits. (George Pataki dropped out over the holidays, not that anyone noticed.)
The toxic political environment features an electorate completely disgusted by the “business-as-usual” approach of elected officials on both sides of the political aisle. These politicos have two different messages: one for the campaign trail complete with soaring rhetoric and boiler plate promises, and another for inside the Washington Beltway that is many times perpendicular and contrary to the first. Americans are very loudly expressing their exasperation and, potentially, affecting tremendous change in the political apparatus that would be equated with creative disruption in the business world — a break in a pattern of behavior in a target audience due to the introduction of a “disruptive” message or product.
While the GOP swirls in the vortex of the Trump-dominated campaign cycle, the Left is fighting to shield Hillary Clinton from any form of accountability, whether the issue is Benghazi, her illegal email server or the unethical payments for speeches and access permitted through the Clinton Foundation. She is an absolute contradiction on countless issues.
So what happens if Trump becomes the GOP nominee? Candidly, the anger of the Republican base, and for that matter the working-class Democrats who reportedly make up the majority of Trump’s support, will have been validated. Republicans largely squandered their hard-won majorities in both the House and Senate, and Democrats’ failed policies remain in place, hammering American workers — and those who can’t find work.
Yet, just as in the revolt of the Boston Harbor’s Tea Party, the consent of the governed will have been exercised and consequential. Make no mistake, just as the public is in no mood for another round of soaring rhetoric that speaks to the astronomical problems of our nation from the timid Right, there is absolutely no desire for a continued third term of Barack Obama.
As the imperialist ruler plans for executive orders on gun control this week, we are reminded, again, that criminalizing constitutional rights is standard operating procedure from this White House. Democrats have stifled the speech of the patriotic and litigated against those holding Judeo-Christian values, refusing to protect Americans through any semblance of border security or immigration policy, all while weaponizing government agencies like the IRS, NSA and EPA.
But don’t forget the races on down the ballot. Will the GOP hold its majority in the Senate? The answer is “yes” — IF the messaging ties every single Democrat to Obama’s failed policies, and IF voters buy into the idea that a completely Republican government is the answer. Every Republican candidate must demonstrate, with hard facts, that the Democrats’ failed policies have inflicted harm on American workers and their families.
So, conservatives, what should we be doing at the outset of this monumental election year? Work diligently for your choice of candidate in the GOP primary and stand fast in your support of the nominee in November. Staying home to sulk in November is a vote for Hillary. Understand, in political math one vote moves the needle two points: one point in favor of the supported candidate and one against the opponent. Simply put, the election of Hillary Clinton will not only be a third term of the worst president in American history, but it will lead to a continued assault on our nation’s core.
No one is able to dispute that this Republican presidential primary has brought change to the status quo — whether it’s the debate of immigration and national security or the actual field of candidates. Now we have to do more than hope for a unified front to defeat a third Obama term. Voters of the center-right must agree: America is at its best when policies of freedom, constitutional grounding and a limited, accountable government are put in place by elected leadership abiding by their oaths.