Conservative Challenger to the Establishment's Gang
Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said Sunday that he will challenge John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker in the new Congress.
“I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,” Gohmert said on “Fox and Friends.” Gohmert said that after “years of broken promises, it’s time for a change.”
This is Good News
This is important for all Americans and especially for Republicans.
Establishment Republicans in the House have become too enamored with the Big Red “R” and the big money their offices control. They have lost sight of their founding principles. They have forgotten what limited government and free-enterprise look like.
Margaret Thatcher, in her first speech to the Conservative Party Conference (circa, 1975) described the conservative vision, “A man’s right to work as he will. To spend what he earns. To own property. To have the state as a servant and not as a master. These are the British inheritance.”
These are uniquely American traits and we successfully spread these ideas to the rest of the world. In fact, Thatcher's Great Britain inherited them from America.
These were the originating ideals of America but, today, we are at a tipping point.
Our World is Changing
Just six years ago Obama claimed that conservatives, "get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
In the same way, although America’s founders exhibited a profound respect for Christian principles and the moral relevance discovered through Biblical doctrine, then Senator Obama voiced, “we are no longer a Christian nation.”
Our Republican ideals are not composed of wacko, fruit-cake, right-wing blather. Our ideals are the true ideals firmly rooted in the the American Tradition.
They are the ideals of hard-working farmers, ranchers, business men and women who, like myself, have a natural love for freedom and liberty. These ideals represent what we, as conservatives want to preserve – our constitution and therefore, our nation.
Our conservatism is, simply, the best and most accurate assessment of the real world – the world where you and I live. We must fight to stop progressives, compromisers, or moderates, from weaving false ideas into our kid's textbooks and the vocabulary of the nightly news.
Our Founders Knew Better
The truth is, we don’t cling to our Bibles or guns because we’re bitter. Rather, we cling to things that are true. This is our deepest conviction and stems out of a deep affection strengthened by evidence and rational assessment.
The objectivist Ayn Rand observed, “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”
Do you see her point? The middle of the road is thought of as morally superior, yet, because the middle of the road is not based any principle at hand, it must be based on caprice, or whim. If it were based on some higher principle, what would that higher principle look like?
- Is pragmatism the highest good?
- Would maintaining a rich facade of “care and concern” be better than facing fiscal reality?
- Is it only a game? Does it matter who wins and who loses?
- Is it a higher good to sacrifice this item in hopes of accomplishing that one?
- Is compromise the highest good?
What's wrong with these principles, and what we lose if we forget what really matters? Each of these examples might seem legitimate but what are they based upon? What will be our foundation for determining the future direction of our nation's policies?
America exists because of a calling, “to secure the blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our posterity,” not because of feel-good platitudes.
Ronald Reagan, as one of the world’s most profound conservative communicators (and a close friend of Margaret Thatcher) described our American Ideals in his speech entitled, Our Noble Vision: An Opportunity for All, given March 2, 1984:
An opportunity society awaits us. We need only believe in ourselves and give men and women of faith, courage, and vision the freedom to build it. Let others run down America and seek to punish success. Let them call you greedy for not wanting government to take more and more of your earnings. Let them defend their tombstone society of wage and price guidelines, mandatory quotas, tax increases, planned shortages, and shared sacrifices.
We want no part of that mess, thank you very much. We will encourage all Americans -- men and women, young and old, individuals of every race, creed, and color -- to succeed and be healthy, happy, and whole. This is our goal. We see America not falling behind, but moving ahead; our citizens not fearful and divided, but confident and united by shared values of faith, family, work, neighborhood, peace and freedom.
It’s high-time that voters brought these uniquely conservative, thoughtful and prudent American ideals to the forefront of our own local communities.
Do not let these traditions of Liberty become dusty, old and irrelevant. Tell your House member to vote for the principled conservative, Rep. Gohmert, or pack up and get ready to come home early – for good this time!
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