Here's a few illustrations to wrap your head around, particularly our establishment friends who make any number of excuses in the book as to why the GOP shouldn't nominate a bold, consistent conservative...
First, the Obama economic record:
Then, the latest Obama approval map...see all that red?
The Washington Examiner reports:
Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011...Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.
Rasmussen also reported equally ripe news concerning partisan trends:
The number of Republicans in the country inched up half a percentage point in January, while the number of Democrats dipped to the lowest level ever recorded by Rasmussen Reports.
During January, 35.9% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 35.4% in December and the highest number of Republicans measured since December 2010.
While any of these numbers are capable of shifting on a dime, it nonetheless is a good indication that the country is leaning the right way. Let's not disappoint by moderating and muddying the message. It is possible to transition from this failed Obama record to a bold, consistent conservative.
On March 1, 1975, Ronald Reagan proclaimed, "A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers." Then, as now, there were voices from within calling on the Party to abandon its conservative principles. Then he told the assembly these words:
"I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, "We must broaden the base of our party” - when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.
Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government's coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.
It is time to reassert our principles and raise them to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way."
It is once again time to heed the words of Ronald Reagan, and raise that banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. The Republican Party can no longer afford to compromise principles on the pretense of a bartered ballot box reward.