Chaos Reigns in GOP Primaries due to Lack of Conservative Leadership - Page 2
But what are the other legs of the conservative manifesto for this political season?
Foreign Policy? I honestly don't think it belongs on the list this year. Republicans are always strong on defense and they should continue to be. But, the 20th century economic and military powers are in deep financial trouble and economic stability and recovery will strengthen the hand of the US in foreign policy more than another boat load of guns and soldiers.
Taxes? You bet. Almost half of the voting population is getting some assistance from the government and almost half the voting population is not paying taxes. We are at the tipping point. A free society can't survive if we cross it.
Regulation? The Keystone Pipeline is a good example of the government meddling in private enterprise to the detriment of the economy at large. Health Care is another. Growing the economy is best done with the government out of the way.
Personal Liberty? This is a tougher one for conservatives. Plenty of conflict between social and fiscal conservatives erupts. However, social conservatives will vote for any Republican before they vote for Obama. Ditto fiscals. The opportunity here is to reach out to many who see themselves as on the other end of the political spectrum.
Young people that may sympathize with the Occupy movement or may have socially liberal views are not generally ideological either. They just want to be free. They don't want to be supported by government, they want to see ample opportunity and feel free and empowered to run after it.
This is where the principals of personal freedom and liberty are winners.
The opportunity is ripe for really any of the remaining candidates to clearly spell out their own conservative manifesto as the road map for a recovering US economy and have it used as the measure of all the candidates including Obama.
Thus far, none has risen to the occasion. Thus far, the candidates have allowed the media and even Liberals to define them.