Leo Tolstoy wrote a book by that name in 1887. The question remains timeless.
What must we do?
Or more to the point, what must we conservatives do? Time is no longer our friend. For decades, the forces of the hard left have worked to undermine liberty and to bring socialism to our shores. Now, they are close to succeeding in their dream of a Socialist America.
What then must we do if we are going to stop socialism?
Michael Filozof in the American Thinker on July 1, called for a new militant conservative movement. Why? Because there isn’t one.
43% of Americans self identify as conservatives. Another 32% self identify as moderates. That is going to include everything from center right to center left. Only 23% self identify as liberals. Unfortunately for America, the liberals are militant and for decades now, liberalism has been advancing and conservatism has been in retreat.
For the last few decades, conservatives have been at best, passive. We have waited for the next great hero to come along. Where would America be today had Ronald Reagan not decided to run for President? From Goldwater, we waited for Reagan to come along. From Reagan we waited and hoped George W. Bush was the next conservative hero. Now we wait for Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain or the as yet undefined conservative hero to come in and rescue us.
We don’t need a hero. We need to rescue ourselves. We need to become militant.
What then must we do?
A call to become militant is not a call to raise arms, but a call to raise our commitment. As committed as the far left has been to socialize this nation, we must be more committed to American exceptionalism and liberty.
Conservatives are defined by a couple of characteristics. Work and family. We work hard and then all we want to do is go home and spend time with our families. Those are noble traits, but if we are going to prevail in this struggle, those days are over.
For three generations of Americans, the concept of sacrifice is almost totally unknown. No more. What now must we do? We are going to have to make sacrifices of our time and our energy.
For those who are not active in your local Tea Party groups, that time is now over. You must get active. You must become involved.
Unless we are going to make the Tea Party a political party, which is something most people in this movement do not want to do and something I do not want, you must also become involved in your local Republican Party. In America, we have a socialist party, the Democrats and then we have a non-denominational party, the Republicans. You are not going to go anywhere in the Democratic Party if you are not pretty far to the left. In the GOP, you can be almost anywhere and if you are willing to work in the party, it almost does not matter what your beliefs are. Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jon Huntsman or Gary Johnson.
We need to make the Republican Party a true conservative party.
At the local level we need conservative/Tea Party activists to plot how we are going to take the localities back. There are some good local areas where you have good local government. Those are fairly rare. We need Tea Party activists running for office. We need Tea Party activists running for City Council or County Commission. We need Tea Party activists on the school board.
Sarah Palin started her rise in government as a leader in the PTA. Where could you start?
The School Board is probably the government branch that the Tea Party most needs to control and needs to do quickly. We have lost three generations or maybe more to liberal teachers. In Wisconsin, the Teachers’ Union was busily turning another generation of kids into liberal activists when they took the kids, who should have been in school studying, to the capitol to protest for the Teachers’ Union.
We have far too many instances of our schools and our colleges being used for little more than political indoctrination and conversion centers. We can no longer afford to sit around and complain. Voting is not enough. We have to get involved.
Any conservative revolution we have must start at the local level. We must control the school boards because they control the education of children and that is the future.
We must get Tea Party activists into the city councils, particularly in some larger cities. We conservatives have abandoned the big cities to the liberals. Conservatives typically just flee to the suburbs. Look at the big cities. They are disasters. They are also almost universally controlled by liberals. Name a single large city that has a conservative mayor? The ten poorest cities in America all have something in common. None of them have a Republican Mayor. Not only do they not have a Republican Mayor, none of them have elected Republican leadership in decades.
Detroit, which is the basket case of all American cities, has not elected a Republican mayor in 50 years! In the last fifty years, Detroit has gone from being a model American city to being a failed city. One of Detroit’s biggest attractions now is what is called “Urban exploration.” People go to the old abandoned buildings in Detroit, much as tourists visit the ruins in Rome or Greece.
We have seen liberal activism for the last fifty years. They have been militant and a minority and look what they have done. Now, they are on the verge of doing what socialists have dreamed about for decades. They want to destroy the capital of the free market system. They want to destroy the greatest, freest nation that has ever existed.
What then must we do?
We are going to have to make sacrifices. Instead of just working and going home to spend the evenings and weekends with our families, we are going to have to give of that time to help save the country.
2012 will be the greatest battle of our lives. Do not think the left will go quietly into oblivion, accepting the will of the American people that we do not want to be socialist.
They will fight with everything they have. They will pull every dirty trick they can come up with.
If we are going to save freedom and liberty for ourselves, our children and our grand children, we are going to have to fight back. We must commit ourselves and our wealth and our sacred honor to one overwhelming goal.
We must commit ourselves to the destruction of liberalism in this country.
I'm making signs to walk in the 4th parade locally Tampa suberb of "NO RAISE DEBT CEILING". Volunteer at the
registration of voters table at the parade. Carry registration cards with you at all times. We must increase voter rolls!
Then - for Cain/Bachman I believe everyone of us could budget $10. a mo. for each. Can you imagine the totals we
could raise for them! We did it for Allen West and we aren't in his WPB district. ALL can do something! God bless.
How about a sign,
I bought 100 and posted many in 2010. I will post them again in 2012.
We had a sign in our front yard last year that read:
Politicians are like diapers; they need changed often and for the same reason.
Can't remember where we got it; when I do I'll let you know!
This is why we need Term Limits to be 8 years total so they can't jump on the tax payers backs by being able to receive all kinds of benny's and retirement this is totally unacceptable and bogus what is happening Now! This way here we could get viable candidates with awesome ideas to catapult us to a better life,liberty and pursuit of happiness for our children and grand children's sake. This will stop the nonsense on both sides of the aisle and whereby giving everyone a chance to serve in all of our Legislative branches so we don't lopsided Judges who do not our U.S.Constitution to a tee!
Tea Party Veteran USN
John Conyers exemplifies the problem when he talked about the freshmen in congress a day or two ago. He said: These guys aren't worried about getting reelected!!!
No crap, Conyers. They went there to represent the citizens, and not get in bed with the other political whores!!
I like that!
Not raising the debt ceiling would be defaulting on the debt, and violating the constitution.
Also it would destroy the economy.