By Timothy Buchanan – BarbWire guest contributor
Everyone knows that you never score points in any game playing defense, and that is the only effort Republicans seem to be able to mount these days. Whether this happens because they lack the courage of their convictions, or because they never really had convictions in the first place is difficult to know. As Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying, “Republicans have an uncanny ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.” House of Representatives Speaker, John Boehner and Indiana Governor, Mike Pence are model illustrations.
The historic 1994 Republican takeover of Congress did not occur because conservatives decided to “play nice” and avoid controversy and bad press. News flash, If you’re a conservative Republican, you can expect no other kind of press, and controversy will find you. Republicans need to accept that going in. No, Newt Gingrich and associates pulled off that historic turnover by going on the offensive against a reasonably popular, but deeply flawed president, Bill Clinton, and by convincing Americans that we could all do much better than to follow the course that administration was plotting for us.
There is good reason that conservatives are called, the right – they are right. The conservative worldview always affords the most freedom to the largest number of people with minimal interference, control and coercion from the government. That’s something that every American should be able to cheer and shout about and fully support. But voters need to know that the people they elect to political offices actually believe it, and can make it happen. They don’t get that impression when Republican leaders back-pedal on good and righteous legislation like Indiana’s RFRA, by capitulating on raising the federal debt ceiling, or by caving on illegal executive-order-mandated immigration. Our freedom as Americans, necessarily rests upon the first freedom¾religious freedom, because our rights either come from God or from government. If we ever accept the notion that government is the source of our freedom, we are all in jeopardy.
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The job of a conservative these days is harder than that of a liberal. That’s why every victory is so rewarding. If it was an easy job, Democrats would be doing it. To provide people with the freedom to make their own livelihood and pursue genuine happiness without an oppressive federal or state government dictating how they must do it, to champion freedom of religious expression in the face of noisy and malicious opposition orchestrated by the denizens of depravity and the machine-gun media on the left, requires uncommon courage against daunting odds. Nevertheless, America is a great and noble nation that is worth defending from the liberal leeches who incited the pathetic pernicious and acrimonious temper tantrum going on in Indiana.
What we have witnessed in Indiana recently, and throughout the nation over the last six years, is simply the audacity of evil fueled by blind ambition. It respects no boundary, exempts no person, and can only be contained by the overwhelming determination of a good and righteous majority. Like it or not, we are engaged in a war for the soul of America¾a spiritual war that will be won or lost according to whether or not one side can prevail over the will of other. We know this is true when we see a mediocre, absentee U.S. senator build enough popularity to steal a majority of votes with no substantive message, but only empty promises of “hope” and “change.” That’s actually good news. The left has no coherent message. Unfortunately, the right has not been effective at articulating one either.
Ideas have consequences, and godless ideas have godless consequences. Righteousness and freedom are inseparable because only a righteous people can be free. Godless masses must always be tightly ruled by a strong government. As a people, our great failure has been that our inability to adhere to God’s ten laws, necessitates thousands more. In America, conservatives own moral authority, but our political leaders have been unwilling or unable to persuade the American people of this fact, especially when presented with the lies and misinformation of the left. Freedom must have a righteous purpose. We cannot allow the left to supplant the struggle for freedom with a craven lust for unrighteous liberty.
Preserving what is good about America is a tough job, requiring unwavering devotion to truth, personal integrity, and unapologetic determination to see the objective accomplished. It’s not a task for the faint-hearted, uncommitted, or those prone to desertion. But the alternative is to surrender our life’s work, our futures and our children to the profligate left and to lay-down and die with the full knowledge that we are permitting evil to prevail, is unthinkable.
To the man or woman who can present the message that the pursuit of godly freedom is the birthright of every American citizen, and that he or she will guarantee redemption of that right, victory is assured. But that is just the beginning. The rest of us must then educate others, demonstrate the truth of the message, and inspire others to seize that great promise for themselves.
Timothy Buchanan is a US Navy veteran and the author of two published books, “The Threat from within: Denial of Truth” and “The Boobonic Plague.” He’s a former defense contractor, broadcast engineer, and he currently lives with his wife near the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.
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