Every time there is a critical vote in Congress that infringes on our Constitutional rights, Trump supporters start posting about “burning up the phone lines”. When was the last time that made any difference? Politicians know that as soon as the next crisis comes along, we will forget about the prior one. Then the next election comes along and we hold our nose and vote for the candidate with R next to their name. Then we complain when the R acts like R’s always do.
Maybe someone organizes a rally and hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of people show up. Has that made any difference long term? Then why do we keep doing it and pretending we are doing something? We elected many Tea Party supporting candidates to the House and Senate. How has that worked out for us? Our so-called leaders are telling us to do it again. That it will be different this time.
We seem to have the emotional part down, but where is the thinking part? Where is the planing part? Why is everyone waiting for someone else to lead? Why are we waiting for President Trump to tell us what to do?
Imagine how powerful we would be if we could just win 1 Senate seat with our candidate and our party. Right now, we might be the controlling vote in the Senate with just 1 Senator. What if we had 20 House members, some of whom had defeated Republicans and some Democrats. That might be enough to choose the Speaker and we would be the swing vote on many important bills.
Last night House Republicans votes overwhelmingly (145 to 61) to keep Liz Cheney as Republican House Conference Chair, the 3rd highest position in Republican House leadership. Republican House leadership is Kevin McCarthy as Minority Leader, Steve Scalise as Republican Whip, and Liz Cheney as Republican House Conference Chair. Are any of these people on our side? Are their objectives in any way the same as ours?
I listened to Bannon’s War Room every day for a few weeks after the election, where day after day he assured us “We have the Receipts”, that GA was going to be overturned, that Republicans in AZ were going to take action, the same in PA, MI, and WI. He brought on Republican attorneys who said court cases were going to be won. And most importantly, that on January 20, 2021, President Trump would be sworn in as President.
I haven’t listened to the War Room for a couple of weeks, but I listened yesterday. And I heard Matt Gaetz say they had the votes to remove Liz Chaney. Sure they did.
In Georgia, Loeffler and Perdue refused to say they would fight for Trump and it cost the Republicans 2 Senate seats and control of the Senate. And who was telling these 2 candidates how to campaign? From all indications, it was Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell. The GOP priority was to distance themselves from Trump, not keep control of the Senate. The day before the election Loeffler finally said she would fight for Trump and Perdue waited until the actual morning of the election. Thousands of Trump supporters stayed home and I don’t blame them.
We hear people like Dan Bongino lecture us on why we have to remain in the Republican Party. No offense Dan, but if you are that great a strategist, why are you 0 for 2? Why haven’t Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, Beck, etc. sent out investigators to find out what really happened in the contested states. Why haven’t they sent investigators out to find out what really happened on Jan 6 and why?
Why is Conservative news media not doing any investigative stories? We have access to arrest records. Why are no Conservative journalists going out and interviewing the people that stormed the Capitol people and finding out what their motivation was? Who organized it or was it really spontaneous? Or are we going to just let the left-wing media do the interviews and write their slanted stories?
We have a critical election in 2022. 435 members of Congress and 34 Senate seats are up for election. On the Senate side, 20 are Republicans and 14 are Democrats.
That means there is less than a year to find and select candidates and raise millions of dollars. Are we doing that? No. We make comments and chant slogans at rallies.
We are going to get exactly what we deserve – another 2 years of the Democrats controlling the House, the Senate, and the Executive branch, and Republicans going along with them and disappointing us over and over again.
It’s time for the average Joe and Mary to step up. Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Look around and find something you are uniquely qualified to do and do it. There are hundreds of thousands of small business owners who need help, who have been abused by both Republicans and Democrats. Bring them into our movement. Same with all the mothers and fathers who have been let down by our public schools. Bring them into our movement. The way Democrat governors and even some Republican governors have handled the Covid-19 crisis has angered millions of Americans. Invite them to join us. I bet we could win some Congressional seats in blue states with the right candidates.
We don’t want haters. We don’t want bigots. We don’t want racists. Let the Republican and Democrat parties have them. We want Americans who are willing to reach out in friendship and to offer a helping hand up when needed. We need to include everyone who shares our values, even if it’s not 100%..
If we only get 60% of what we want, that is 60% better than what we are getting right now. With 60% we can start building toward 70% and 80%. That was Reagan’s strategy.
No one wants to hear this, but if we want to create a party that is a big tent and can win for decades to come, it must be a center-right party, not a right wing party. That doesn’t mean giving up our principles, but it does mean we get a lot better at communicating so that we can attract a much wider audience. Then we win the same way all great teams win:
- Great Players (Candidates)
- Great Coaches (Campaign Managers and Staff)
- Hard Work