Disaster. Tragedy. Catastrophe. Pick a metaphor. The 2012 election is over, and Barack Obama has defeated Mitt Romney, and been re-elected to the presidency. Worse still, Democrats made gains in the Senate which will make stopping the Liberal agenda much, much harder. The only silver linings are that Republicans maintain their grip on the House, and the margin of Obama’s victory makes it clear that the sharply divided nation has not given him carte blanche to pursue a militantly leftist agenda.
Obviously, I’m deeply saddened by this outcome. It’s not at all what I expected, nor what I wanted. I am at a loss to explain what happened, and cannot begin to understand it. I believe that Republicans had the right answers for the country, and that Romney would have been the better choice for President. I can only hope that the next four years are not as difficult or as trying as I feel they may be. I wish we had won. The country remains divided 50%-50%, and a significant percentage of the population continues to be opposed to the Democrat agenda.
I too will continue my opposition to the policies, priorities and direction of the Democrat worldview. We have to set aside the dismay and despondency of the defeat and turn our eyes to 2016. I maintain my adherence to Conservatism. I cannot compromise on my values. The GOP must (and should have worked) work harder to articulate our beliefs with (truly Conservative) candidates who are able to carry the (truly Conservative) banner effectively. I will do everything in my power in that regard for the next four years. The way I planned it, election night was supposed to be a Cohiba & Macallan night, but not for mourning. The fight begins anew this morning.
Conservatives must never reconcile themselves with Liberalism. Where there is truly common ground, we can work with anyone to accomplish a common good. Beyond that, the battle rages on. We can take solace in the fact that while the majority of the people chose wrongly, that margin is razor-thin.
This is an opportunity to regroup and retrench. The solutions we seek, the solutions that the American people need will not come from the top down. We must fight from the ground up: School Boards, City Councils, State Legislatures. Conservatives dominate at the local levels – we ARE the majority – and we must motivate our leaders and voters to embrace our convictions and carry them on, so our victories will be commensurate with that dominance. It’s not enough for us to be merely against something or someone. We must be able to articulate our vision for the future, and have the discipline to combat the opposition – both within and without. We can and will do better. We fight on.
“A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.”
– Friedrich Schiller