Obama is the symptom, not the disease. Government has grown WAY beyond its constitutional boundaries over the past century, and both parties are to blame. The Tea Party is here to demand a return to limited, constitutional government and fiscal responsibility. We are here to hold BOTH parties accountable. 2012 is only the first step in a long road back to sanity! So roll up your sleeves, ’cause we’re just getting started.
Warner Todd Huston has made some interesting observations about why – unlike Republicans – Democrats are always so well prepared and never miss an opportunity to advance their agenda:
Unions and their Democrat handmaidens make politics their lives. They organize every day of the week. They don’t just awake from their drowsy sleep the week before Election Day and say to themselves, “gee, let’s see who I should vote for.”
No, they agitate, organize, and prepare, they push their friends, needle their family, and put pressure on their politicians, every day of the year.
They simply out organize us and they have a permanent infrastructure to win elections.
Political activism is difficult for conservatives, who naturally gravitate towards a “live and let live,” “if we don’t bother them, they won’t bother us” mentality. We prefer to make a difference through ministries and charities, not government mandates. We tend to view government as power-hungry and obnoxious, not as a benevolent savior. We see politics as dirty and distasteful, not as the path to Utopia.
The problem is, we are up against an ideology which views the Almighty State as the solution for almost any problem, and political activism is how they practice their religion. In his book Liberty and Tyranny, Mark Levin calls them Statists, because their goal is ultimately to put the state in the place of God in people’s lives.
Statists go to activist training the way that we go to Bible studies: to learn how to put their faith into practice. They volunteer for phone banks, signature gathering, petitioning, lobbying and protesting the way that we volunteer for ministries and local charities: to make a difference and change the world. They run for office the way that conservatives join the clergy: to help shepherd the flock in the right direction.
While Statists are naturally attracted to positions of power over their fellow men, true conservatives rarely run for political office, preferring to “live and let live.” On the rare occasion when they do, it’s often out of reluctant desperation: because they’re sick of the fact that they can no longer ignore government intrusion in their life, and nobody else seems to be stepping up to the plate.
It’s not uncommon for conservative candidates to be completely unprepared and shocked by the disgusting tactics wielded against them – tactics they themselves would never think of using or stoop to. They’ll find themselves smeared and slandered and their supporters intimidated as they come against a well-oiled machine of Leftist activists seemingly coming out of the woodwork from every direction.
If a conservative candidate manages to survive the onslaught, they’ll often find themselves as the lone conservative on a school board or city council full of dedicated liberals. Even worse: the liberal politicians’ supporters show up religiously for every meeting and session, while most conservatives in the community are at home, usually unaware that there even is a meeting that night (except on the rare occasion when a media-highlighted issue is under consideration).
After a few years of fighting what seems to be a losing battle against overwhelming odds with little support from their oblivious conservative base, many candidates will simply bow out in frustration.
While the conservative electorate is focusing on work, family, and everyday life between elections, Statists are laying the groundwork to win the next battle, the same way that athletes stay in shape for the next game.
When election time comes, conservatives show up to vote as our civic duty, but the Statists have well-trained activists ready to get out the vote, drum up media attention and destroy the opposition.
When the election is over or a hard-fought battle is won, conservatives are relieved to go back to our daily lives and blissfully ignore the dirty world of politics until the next cycle of negative ads pop up on TV again. Statists, meanwhile, are learning from what worked and didn’t work, and adjusting their game plan to win the next round.
As distasteful as it may be, as much as it may go against our nature, it’s time for conservatives to realize that our “live and let live” approach to political involvement will eventually seal our defeat. In the world of sports, the team that is most conditioned, trained and prepared will win, while the team that prefers to spend most of its time off the field will lose. The same applies to the world of politics.
Conservatives, our nation is under assault. Not just during election cycles, but every day. We can’t afford to ride the bench any longer.
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com