A House Divided
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln
Our house today is divided on many fronts. As a nation we are divided because this President has decided to be the most divisive in history. Gone is all the hope and change to be replaced with dodge and blame. President Obama and his Democrat pals have made the political calculation to tell us how bad things are, how much worse it would be without them and why Americans need to fear and blame the GOP.
We have seen it before. The politics of distract, deceive and divide are nothing new. It is an old game plan that works because so many Americans are led like sheep. Americans so often vote their fears not their dreams. In 2008 they voted for a dream that turned out to be an illusion.
In the Obama America we have taken the battle between the haves and the have nots to new heights. Obama preys on the hopeless, but worse he preys on the so-called “forgotten middle class”. His agenda is to make sure you truly believe that your lot in life is because some corporate big shot has too much and you deserve more of what he has. The middle class has heard it for decades; it’s the union anthem.
So why am I telling conservatives what they already know? Because the house that is divided is not just our nation, it is our party. People throw around phrases like “we will fight for our favorite, but in the end we will come together.” I must hear that a couple dozen times a day. My question today is when does it end?
The election of 2012 is less than 12 months away. How close to that date do we want to get before we focus on beating Obama? Only 3 in the field seem to really know that: Romney, Gingrich and Cain. These 3 rarely if ever speak ill of the rest of the field. That’s the way it should be and needs to be.
Every debate is a dream for some Democratic opposition researcher, when the other candidates dig up dirt on another or point out the weakness of someone in the field. Worse though the infighting on sites like Twitter, where everyday conservatives point out things about this field that are not at all helpful. I can assure you folks; the Democrats are much better at fighting each other and then coming together. We already have Ron Paul making it clear he may not support the nominee. His supporters are some of the most extreme I have ever seen. Do rational people that understand how Washington works think he really could or should be President?
The other side is much better at turning out the vote; they have the apparatus in place already. Obama and friends have nationalized the Chicago style machine. A house divided cannot stand and against these people.
Across this country at this moment every conservative should be doing what the Democrats already have, identifying like-minded people, registering them to vote and keeping them informed. We cant do that if we are too busy fighting each other over petty differences. We need to identify candidates that can beat Obama. Period.
That’s not all though, electing a GOP President is not the end, and it’s only a part of the story. We must keep the House and the Senate too.
The Massachusetts Senate race is another sad example of our house divided. Support among our Tea Party friends for Scott Brown has eroded because he is not seen as conservative enough. Having lived in New England for 23 years I can assure you that Scott Brown is as conservative as you’re going to be able to elect from that state just as Mitt Romney was. The choice is clear: either a conservative-lite or whole milk liberal.
The idea that we have to stop settling is an honorable one and one that I fully respect and understand. But the end of the day, radical change does not work. Even if by some miracle it succeeded this time it is not sustainable because like it or not, most Americans are simply middle of the road. We should focus on slow and steady change. It starts with electing not those we deem perfect but those more similar to us.
Abraham Lincoln was right when he said “a house divided can not stand.” History has proven that statement true and history will prove me correct if conservatives don’t focus what they have in common.