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Sounds of Silence
By: Wayne Brown
Where is the voice of conservatism in this day and time? This question keeps gnawing at me. Where is the conservative voice of America? I cannot get it out of my head and the more things I hear on the news the louder the question resonates with me. Supposedly, America is right skewed in its political orientation leaving more people on the right or conservative side of the population distribution than on the liberal left. That’s what we hear from those who keep up with those types of numbers. Okay, if that is the case, where is the voice of conservatism for so many people?
We have a President totally embroiled in an epic financial and economic crisis who is basically detached from that process and out on the road discussing campaign issues and raising money for the liberal war chest. He is engaging technology by showing up on the social media, Facebook, for what he called a “town hall meeting”. The meeting lasted about 70 minutes in which time the President only fielded eight questions from the Facebook audience and those were probably planted by his handlers. Regardless, he was out there and his voice was being heard on the various and sundry issues confronting America.
Where is the conservative voice? No, I am not talking about Limbaugh, Hannity, or the like. Sure they continue to serve up conservative viewpoints but, for the most part, those opinions are heard mainly by the conservatives who make up the vast bulk of the listening audience. I am talking about voice of conservatism in WashingtonD.C., the hometown of every liberal goon in the country.
Some might turn and say, “well, that’s John Boehner’s job since he is the Republican majority leader in the House.” Sorry, Charlie, that don’t cut it with me. John cries a good tune and it comes across nicely the first time or two but soon it is kind of like watching old “Walton” reruns. It’s not a matter of if we are going to cry, it is when. At least if he were starring on the “Waltons” we could say “Goodnight John-Boy” and mean it. I agree that it should be Boehner’s job but I just don’t think he has the stomach to give back what is being handed out in Washington today by the liberal side of the aisle and the President. No, John Boehner is a nice man and probably well-suited for the duties of Speaker but he is not the voice of conservatism.
America sent a conservative majority back to the House in November 2010. The message was a simple one, the House controls the purse strings and the budget process, so let’s get control of runaway spending and start managing our debts. We saw a few good efforts early on but as time dragged on the Republicans eventually compromised on every point leaving themselves looking like the bad guys who had asked for too much in the first place. Obviously, attempting to shutdown ObamaCare right out of the box is not the best high ground to be standing upon. Spending is the primary problem at the moment and the lack of a budget was further complicating that process. The focus should have been on the budget and truly gaining some meaningful cuts rather that starting out demanding 100 billion, settling for 60, then 38, only find that those cuts equate to less than a half-billion real dollars in practice. This is what compromise achieved for conservatism this month.
As Obama hits the campaign trail, the only response on the conservative side sounds like the planning for the annual company picnic. “Well, it’s just too early”. “We need to wait and see who is going to run.” These are frequent responses on the conservative side of the equation. Meanwhile, Obama and his minions are out painting the conservative message as evil and nasty for America. Conservatives are being labeled as a party who wants to take away from the elderly, hurt the poor, support only the rich, and the list goes on and on…unanswered I might add. Yes, it’s certainly, early…let’s just let everyone talk about us like dogs until fall and then we’ll see about defending ourselves. I am actually beginning to believe that conservatives don’t lose elections, they forfeit them.
It’s time to throw the Washington lingo out the window. It’s time to drop the doublespeak and the campaign rhetoric. It’s time to forget about going along and getting along with those across the aisle because it is not going to happen. Oh sure, they’ll be nice to you while they employ their stall tactics and then stab you in the back when the order comes down. It’s way past time to take off the gloves, roll up your sleeves, and go to work convincing America in some straight forward, honest language how their country is going to hell right in front of their eyes and who is pushing the buttons and pulling the levers to get it there. It’s time, NO! It’s past time.
I am not talking about sitting around and arguing sound bites on “Meet The Press” or “Face The Nation”. You are wasting your time and your talking points there. That is not where America is listening. Find some new avenues to bypass the liberal media. Find some new avenues to get out a message not just a damn sound bite that sells advertising for some damn television network with their head up their liberal asses. Use your brain, come up with some new ideas and implement them instead of lighting pray candles and praying that the American public will have an epiphany and move to the right in greater numbers. You have great numbers on the right now but you can’t get out your own vote. You are getting beat down at the ballot box by a bunch of liberals hauling around folks from nursing homes, terrified old people who believe the Republicans want their Social Security, and a mass of ignorance with voter cards who cannot tell you the difference between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Come on, this is not brain surgery! Get with the program and raise your IQ level a notch. On second thought, maybe you need to lower it and come off of that high thought plane that you have been on for too long.
If the conservative side does not step up soon and show that it can indeed trot out some viable candidates with a voice who can get their message across to those who are willing to sop up the hogwash that is being served off the other side of the aisle, then maybe this nation is headed where it deserves to go. Maybe America is nothing more than a “crack-head” nation concerned only with where and when we are getting our next tattoo or body piercing. If that is the case, then the conservative message will soon be a dead one.
One of the things that really baffles me is that the conservative side of the aisle is so immersed in the aspect of “truth”. The old adage, “The truth will set you free’ is alive and well in the conservative movement of today. It’s no matter that the other side of the aisle is misleading the American public six ways from Sunday and gaining momentum all the while. No, what really matters is truth. We have to sit here with our thumbs in our butt trying to come up with a way to deliver the truth to America in such a fashion that it will be popular with them. It will give them hope and make them believe that a new day is upon us and the conservatives are going to lead us all back across Jordan. If it can’t rise to that standard then we dare not use. Never mind the lies on the other side of the aisle, we just need to sit here and think for a while. Yeah, you just keep on thinking your way right through the next election cycle and see how much free time you have on your hands afterward to deliver that message.
There’s nothing wrong with the truth but it sure needs to be delivered in a context that the majority of America can absorb. This is the great thing about lies, one can always claim that they were not lying; the public simply misunderstood their intent when they heard the message. You know, it is like Bill Clinton said, “It really depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” Sadly, far too many Americans actually agreed with him but never really understood why. Clinton understood that it is okay to lie as long as you do it with the best intent for the American people. I am not advocating that conservatives should lie but I am advocating that conservatives need to find their voice and their message and get out there and deliver it instead of waiting for the traditional date for the annual company picnic to start addressing the issues.
Obama, using the backdrop of the Office of President as his credibility, is out spreading the word that taxes need to be increased on the rich to solve our deficit and debt issues. He is purposely creating class divisions, envy, hate, and the like with the American people in order to stimulate his base for the election. He has pandered to the unions and environmental groups since taking office without stop. He throws the Republicans under the bus on Illegal Immigration issues by crying for reforms when security is so lacking on the southern border. Yet, in doing so, he paints the Republicans as the evil bad guys who want to keep the Hispanics and Latinos down in America by not affording them easy, modern day access to citizenship. Again, his message is based in class envy and hatred and only contains one element of truth and that is the motivation of his voter base for the upcoming election. By the time the Republicans get into the race, it will be over.
The voice of conservatism is not the bastion of those who populate Washington. They cannot be counted on the safeguard it and use it. It must be the responsibility of those who possess the knowledge and belief that a practical, common sense, and good judgment approach to government is the only way for America. It must be the responsibility of those who still believe the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights are still the centerpiece of our democratic republic. The conservative voice of America lies with the silent majority and therein is the problem. The majority is far too silent and has been for far too long.
America is at the brink of financial ruin. Four more years of what we have seen from the President and Congress will absolutely destroy this nation to the extent that it cannot be recovered to its original state. Chaos will ensue and the door will be open for those who would abuse power and control to take the reins and exercise dominant control over those Americans who once cherished their liberties and freedoms but grew to take them for granted. When will we hear the conservative voice?
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