Oh, I know that the Democrats control the White House and that makes it difficult for a leader other than the President to galvanize attention. And I also know that a political leader with such a grasp of "the gift of gab" as well as "the sense of the people" as Reagan doesn't come along often. But I also know that the biggest problem that the Republican minority has today is weak and indecisive leadership that inspires no one, not even most of the political class it is surrounded by.
Let's face it, folks, both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are timid, they inspire no one, and they seem more agreeable to finding a way to support the bidding of the Democrats than the will of the people who elected them.
Now once in a while they show some sign of backbone, like Boehner did last week on the House CR vote, but then they quickly go wobbly as I think they will do that now as well. They seem to say that we can't do what is necessary right now but just wait until after the next election. Really? Isn't that what we were told after 2008 and 2012. In the middle we supported a large number of Tea Party-backed candidates who were responsible for Boehner becoming Speaker and yet he has done everything in his power to hold them in check. And the Senate, well, we elected some wonderful new Senators but the old school group continues to whine and wheeze and play "patsy" with the Democrats while being surly toward their Conservative Republican colleagues.
So having said that we have no one approaching Reagan in leadership and a Reagan is probably a "once in a lifetime" kind of guy, why did I mention him? Well, I did so because good leaders are each different and can be packaged different ways. While the charm and charisma of Reagan is rare, we are now finding some smart, energetic, and freedom loving folks surfacing who have the potential to be not another Reagan, but a new brand of leader who can inspire and motivate our nation once again to greatness. I am talking about folks like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Scott Walker and others who have the willingness to put it on the line and define the terms clearly so that Americans understand that we need to grab control of our nation again. I'm talking about people of character who put their nation first and their election second.
This is a time-consuming process and it won't solve our ills immediately. Boehner and McConnell will continue to try and cover their own backsides in rhetoric while Obamacare and higher deficits continue. But this younger breed of thinking Conservatives, and I also include the much maligned Sarah Palin because she has a lot to offer, is building support and momentum through their willingness to "buck the system" and stand courageously while the insults are hurled at them, often by members of their own party. These folks are strong, dynamic and fearless and Americans are starting to watch closely and like what they see.
Rand Paul drew many followers in his earlier filibuster over the drone issue. Ted Cruz, with the strong supporting presence of Mike Lee, eloquently showed clearly how pathetic and dangerous Obamacare is to the nation's health system. Scott Walker defied the odds in Wisconsin and has turned its economic fortunes around by freeing up business and the education system from the union fist. And Sarah Palin, well Sarah is just being Sarah, fearless, outspoken and able to put the thoughts that many of us have out in the public domain so that we have a voice. She can draw a crowd as well as anyone and bring them to positive action.
And as for the old, doting Republican politicians who want to continue doing things the old way while losing more and more elections, it's time for them to face the music and go home. The surly McCain, always angry with Conservatives, needs to go home. Lamar Alexander has compromised principles once too often. Mitch McConnell has spoken out of both sides of his mouth too much and John Boehner needs to be primaried. I can talk about retiring the geriatric set, folks, because I'm a senior citizen and I'm tired of the old way myself. After all, the geriatric elitists in D.C. have played a leading role in destroying my own healthcare and retirement through their malfeasance in office. It's time for the National Republican Party to return to its conservative base and once again represent we, the people, not them, the lobbyists and bureaucrats. It's just that simple.
While none of the outstanding young conservatives mentioned is Ronald Reagan because there will always only be one Reagan, they offer talents, leadership and a voice that clearly offers a Reaganesque approach to government and that's what we sorely need. Somehow I know that our beloved Ronnie is sitting on a beautiful cloud in the sunshine this morning, looking down on pitiful us and smiling at these young, future national leaders. Trust me, his spirit lives on in them and will infect the country over time, especially as they see just how bad things have become, all a creation of cheap politicians who refuse to face reality.
I am a baby boomer and I remember the years of Lyndon Johnson through Jimmy Carter when things were about like they are today. Everyone was looking for something for nothing and the politicians were more than happy to oblige in return for giving up your freedom. That is where we find ourselves today and opening the eyes of Americans to the truth, not political correctness, is the way to recover.
So be of good cheer, Conservatives, because this too shall pass. But we have to be strong, outspoken, and always standing for what is right and good in the eyes of our Lord, for he will work miracles through the people who truly support His message. And I truly believe that young people of the caliber I mentioned above will lead us back.
Praise God, everyone, be of high hopes and good cheer, and God bless America. We will not surrender and we will prevail.