A Locker-Room Speech for Conservatives

| November 6 2012
David Leeper

I don’t know about other Conservatives, but I’ll need some time to sulk — maybe a day or two — but no more.  We lost a major battle November 6, but not the whole war.  We do have some victories tonight, we have a foundation we didn’t have in 2008, we have a heritage we are rightly proud of, and we know we are in the right.

Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots put together the following, a kind of locker-room speech, which will help me get back in the fight.  If you are a Conservative, it may help you as well.

You Are The Last Best Hope For America

Fellow Patriots,

With the catastrophic loss of the Republican elite’s hand-picked candidate –Tea Party Patriots like you are the last best hope America has to restore America’s founding principles.

For those of us who believe that America, as founded, is the greatest country in the history of the world – a ‘Shining city upon a hill’ – we wanted someone who would fight for us. We wanted a fighter like Ronald Reagan who boldly championed America’s founding principles, who inspired millions of independents and ‘Reagan Democrats’ to join us, and who fought his leftist opponents on the idea that America, as founded, was a ‘Shining city upon a hill.’

What we got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party. The Presidential loss is unequivocally on them.

While it might take longer with President Obama back in office, we are not going away and will continue to educate Americans on our core principles, and why they are essential for America’s future greatness. It took over 40 years to take America to the place we are tonight. We have known since we began protesting at our first round of tea parties in February, 2009, it would take longer than 3 ½ years to correct the problems facing our country.

The re-election of President Obama may be daunting tonight. Remember in 2008, the people who did not give up after the elections, the ones who started Top Conservatives on Twitter, Smart Girl Politics, and DontGo, paved the way for us to have a conference call with just 22 people on the call after Rick Santelli had a rant in 3 months later. We went from 22 people to over 40 million voters who said they identify with the “tea party” and would vote with the tea party in less than 4 years. That happened because of each of you.

We cannot change what the Republican establishment handed us tonight. We can stop Barack Obama from fundamentally changing the future and character of this nation. We can stop the mushy-middle, non-fighters in the GOP from rolling over and getting rolled, yet again by the Left.

Here is what we are going to do.

We are going to fight for America’s founding principles.

Our core principles of free markets, fiscal responsibility, and constitutionally limited government resonate with the American people.

When we fight for our principles, we win.

When the GOP elbows aside the American people, because they think they know what`s best for us – they lose. Like they just did.

We are not going away.

We respect the Constitution and we know that, for America to succeed, we need to continue educating Americans on our core principles, and why are they essential for America’s future greatness.

Now we turn our attention back to Congress, to fight the battles that lie ahead.

As in 2010, state by state and county by county, we will fight for the freedom other Americans have fought for. We will also turn our attention back to Congress, to fight the battles that lie ahead.

Here is what We, the People, will fight for:

  • A balanced budget in 5 years – without raising taxes
  • Repealing Obamacare
  • Cutting the debt
  • Not letting them smash through the debt ceiling – again
  • The sequestration cuts deadline

There are some things worth fighting for.

America is worth fighting for.

The fight has just begun.

Join the fight, at TeaPartyPatriots.org

-Jenny Beth Martin and the National Support Team

31 comments
Patriot Act
Patriot Act

Personally, we need to keep obamacare not repeal it. Otherwise, if you don't have insurance, when you get sick, just stay home and fight it out or die. It's that simple. We need to stop acting like fools and pretending our people aren't dying from cancer, diabetes, obesity, emphysema... It's time we take responsibility for our health and get the proper care we need. So we pay a little out of pocket for it. So what? It will help reduce the cost of healthcare overall.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

Why do we want to repeal obamacare? The supreme court and the majority of people in this country have spoken. It's time to move forward and follow what the law is and in the end it will be good for everyone. There is no need to be so upset. Raising taxes on the wealthy will help bring the debt down. You'll see some extra change in your pocket and your 401k will improve.

NeilFeuer
NeilFeuer

Let's  all of us just  forget yesterday, learn whatever we can, reload, and get out there as soon as we can with a new  plan.  Back to the drawing boards.The GOP is not the party of the future.  As Laura Ingraham said, if we lose this election, we should start a new party, they have lost the election for us, that is the fact, and the other facts are simple, we have a divided country and a media run by the other half.  Our half does not want a socialized or dependant country, they do.  We have two different outlooks so let's get that in our minds and deal with it and act accordingly, where ever the road takes us (even splitting the country in two, which just might have to be).  There are many options but it will all start with a new plan and a new dream, we have no choice..

Well, we started a new party 4 years ago, The Tea Party, it worked, we rounded first and never got to second.

So let's train ourselves how to win with a New Party (Tea Party, or New Party), but if we fold the tent, we might as well stop breathing. 

Anything worth while is worth fighting for, and as far as I am concerned, we are just getting started.

Look at this loss not as a loss, but a new beginning, and begin we shall, no more Mr. Nice Guy, at least we now know who the enemy is and what must be done, and once they are down, do not let them up or you will lose.

That means a New leader, a new Party with our conservative platform.  It is the only platform and we are right.

In case anyone has any doubts, just look at the Constitution's 2nd amendment,  I believe it was created to protect us from all enemies,  foreign and domestic and that is the oath our military and POTUS takes, well our military does it  and our POTUS doesn't, so let's start planning his demise, impeachment is still on the table.

As David wrote in a prior blog, it is like taking candy from a candy store, pick your choice.  It is as good a place as any and would be justified, so let's begin.  We know how now, call, write, social networks, no stopping, we saw it with the Obama flag and just the other day with Sandy and the NY Mayor in regards to the NY Mararthon, it was cancelled., they were both stopped.

GAME ON------------

anonymous
anonymous

Yep, I'm done.  We can't fight this machine.  America is changed forever without a revolution, now.  After 4 years of hell, maybe America will wake up, but it will be a long road to restoring the city on the hill.

NeilFeuer
NeilFeuer

I was numb last night and had to tune off the tv and try to make light, but a rough night and the same in the AM, but I will never quit, the window was shut and the door is open.  We will all have to  recover and be brave.  All is not lost, and justice will have it's day.

 

Thanks for the  spark David, we will carry on. 

We always have and always will

As long as there is life, there is hope.

 

And as my mother always said, "what choice do we have"!

 

I remember 4 years ago this day and we are all more educated now, tougher and ready for anything, so, with  that for the moment, my favorite words

"Prepare for the worst and hope for the best." and  \WE SHALL OVERCOME

 

I

smuehling
smuehling

I too am tired and really ready to fold in my tent. I had so many calls and emails yesterday from people who wanted me to tell them how to vote. What is wrong with everyone when they cannot even take the time to read and understand issues before voting day. When I put out the judges report I got yelled at for not telling people who to vote for. That was not my job. That is their job to read the information and make an informed decision. Judges should not be judged by the R or D but by the job they do in the courtroom. This is the problem, a few of us go out and do the work so we really see issues up front and personal. Others just mark yes or no and then forget what they voted for.  We lost two senate seats because two men don't know how to craft their remarks in a way not to drive away the independent voter. Stupid ignorant statements helped turn off votes for them and for Romney. If you want to stop abortion start by educating your sons and daughters and holding them responsible for their behavior. If you want to stop what Hollywood is selling to your children say no to the music and movies that they make millions on. I don't even know that I am making sense this morning. Maybe some rest of my tired brain and frayed emotions will help.

sleepergirl
sleepergirl

It may take me more than a day or two to put one foot in front of the other and "regroup" myself.  I know we cannot fold up our tent and now just accept the status quo.  I do know that I'm tired and burned out at the moment.  But I'm pretty hopeful that the "fighting Irish" in me will rise again and I'll be just as fiesty as ever.  Waking up (or never having really slept) is like Ground Hog Day.  Same time, same place.  We all will get back into the fight and will be as strong and inspired as ever.

HMarques
HMarques

Hey David, thanks for sharing, but still licking my wounds!  I think our country is going down the tubes and we will be living in the dark side.  I am not so confident that we can endure another 4 years of Obama's policies.  We all need to pray very hard for strength to endure what lies ahead and for the understanding of what we are to endure and to have the faith to know that there is still light at the end of the tunnel...

 

 

dadsheater
dadsheater

makes me so sad, depressed, and concerned for our future and our kids futures.

HMarques
HMarques

Patriot Act, your so called conservative views aren't conservative.  You call yourself a conservative, yet you support the government taking control of 1/6 of our economy with "ObamaCare".   There is nothing wrong with the quality and delivery or access of medical care in our country.  The problem is and has always been the "COST".  ObamaCare does nothing to lower the cost, it actually will increase the cost, substantially, by trillions, and access will be denied because the government will need to ration healthcare, like they do in all other socialized countries that control healthcare.  Healthcare is not a right as an American Citizen, nor should it be.  That's part of our freedom will enjoy in this country.  It is a service like any other service.  Do we want all Americans to be able to afford health care if they need it, absolutely.  If we get the 3rd party payors "insurance companies" out of the way, in addition to a lot of other things like mandates, we can start looking at a patient-centered model of providing health insurance that will be affordable.  One that still allows the patient choice in providers, choice in setting up a tax deductible Health savings account that can be rolled over year to year so there is money to pay for routine health care needs. Right now, the employer-based health insurance plans most have, employers get the tax breaks, and under Obamacare, there will only be tax penalties for companies and there will be no job growth because of Obamacare because of all the penalties.  This is simply big government getting in the way again!!!! Do your homework.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@NeilFeuer Neil, why all the negativity? Reload? Game on? Let's take a step back and think about things in a sensible manner. Starting a new party doesn't make sense. We would be too small and insignificant. Imagine getting 4% of the vote in a national election. The "tea party" name did get alot of attention at the beginning, but lets face it... Weve had our 15 minutes of fame. Being MORE conservative is the real problem. The country as a whole has changed. We need to adapt to it or move to Canada... But then again, Canada has universal healthcare so it's a wash. Don't be so angry and just continue living your life, educating your kids and paying your taxes. Things will be ok.

HMarques
HMarques

 @WesternFreePress We tried to keep our country from falling off the cliff for the past 4 years, and now we have fallen, and right now I feel that all we can do is embrace the impact of the terrible path we will be on.  It's not a matter of giving up, so much as feeling like I am in a fight with a knife and our opponents have machine guns.  I feel like we are in a losing battle.  And once freedom is lost, it will be lost forever.

 

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@NeilFeuer Neil, you really crack me up. I hope you aren't being serious. It all sounds so dramatic. Why are you so bent out of shape? There is no reason to feel like a victim. Ironically 4 years ago the country shifted and the other night proved once again that we have to adapt and grow. Progress not regress.

dleeper47
dleeper47 moderator

 @smuehling

I hear you.  I'll be sulking a few more days, and I'm thinking of putting all my effort into other the volunteer activities I have, including education.  But I'll probably be back to Conservatism.  There is no activity with a higher purpose -- one that is so much bigger than ourselves.

I hear you about the electorate.  50 years of maleducation and dependency cultivation have worked their will.  Changing the electorate will be a long slow "fix" if there is ever one to be had, but there are people at Heritage, Hillsdale, and elsewhere that are really trying.

We lost a lot yesterday, but not everything.  The House is stronger than ever, and we have a strong majority of Republican governors.  We won with Cruz and Flake.  McSally is holding on to a slim lead in CD2, but it's well within the "margin of corruption" as Pat Caddell would say.

 

This thing will have to settle for a while.  My brain is just thrashing now.  Maybe one day it will come to have been our Alamo(?).

NeilFeuer
NeilFeuer

 @NeilFeuer 

I never knew you were Irish.  Well, my ex fiancee (love of my life), only in the country for 4 years at the time, true Irish (from County Cork?), even gave me a kladagh ring (?spelling), but I know the meaning of that ring, there is a crown in on top and my hands are on heart, I have two replicas  on my desk as we speak, always told me you  have to start someplace.  She used to call me Feuer, and I called her Walsh, red hair a blazing, and she saved me at a dark point in my life and always told me Feuer, "It is embedded in you, you will do it", and so we will.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@HMarques You sound suicidal with your words. I hope you are well and this isn't really the case. What's this dark side you are talking about? Obama is dark skinned but his policies haven't been that bad... Things are improving in this country and now is the time to come together as a country. The last 4 years have been ok. We could be worse. Health care reform is needed. You and I can't afford to have insurance companies treating our health as a lucrative business. Who's looking out for us? And unless you are a millionaire, having the wealthy pay a little more in taxes is not a new idea. And it seems fair given the debt we are in. Don't pick up the knife or swallow any pills just yet. Things will be ok. I hope this helps take you off the ledge.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@dadsheater Don't be depressed. Our kids future will be just fine. With national healthcare, they will be covered and you will be able to educate them on preventing diabetes and prevent obesity. Our kids will also learn about tolerance and make friends with people of all walks of life. I don't think Obama reelection is as bad as you think. We'll all benefit from it in a couple years and look back and laugh at all of this silliness. I'm looking forward!

NeilFeuer
NeilFeuer

@patriot act'Excuse me my fellow patriot, conservatives stand for the values we Americans cherish and we intend to live our lives accordingly.  Please don't tell me or us to  sit back, the country is split, redistribution and everything that goes with this socialist communist agennda versus the freedom's you take for granted and that is what our children deserve, freedom, the pursuit of happiness and a governmnet that works for them, not against them.   Take your childish attitudes and go with the other half, you cannnot change until you realize where the problem starts and callit by it''s name.  As more and more of our freedoms taken from us, and they are, just look at today's news wiith the US back ing the UN ongun control hours after the election, what is coming next will be of no surprise.   So if you are so concerned with your children and grand children, why don't you take an eanest interest and see what they are taught in shool. I have, I am experiencing it, I feel the pain, I worry for my granchildren, as theysit around in front of me and chant "Obma, Obama, Obama,", then you can share your comments with me and Honey and the rest of us true conservatives and patriotic Americans

I will give you starting a new party makes no sense, but it is or might be the only way and it is actually out there, we are a divided country with two different sets of values, faceup to the facts and then we can have an honest face to face discussion.

Just look at history, look at Europe today, they are all failing as every country that has tried this socialist agenda. it doesn't work.

America works because we are free and able to do as we please, and that is worth fighting for, with every breath inside of me.

I would say to you and every one else who feels as you, take a step back, i say take a step back and go to the drawing board and start fresh with a plan, with a Manifest Doctrine which we happen to have.

I say, the constitution says it all, and I will live never stop fighting for our freedom, we we might as well stop breathing.

I am not negative, I am completely positive with the common sense to see and hear what we are up against, which are people who haver closed their eyes and mind and will compromise and make a deal with the devil, I will not.   15 minutes of fame as you say, I was only at all the rallies in DC starting with 9/12/08.

And Isaw America at it's finest.  And that is what makes us great, we demand the finest, the best, we are EXCEPTIONAL!

HMarques
HMarques

 @NeilFeuer Excuse me Patriot Act, conservatism is NOT the problem.  Mitt Romney was the most liberal of all the GOP candidates.  He is the epiphany of "moderate" in the GOP, which is what the party wanted, and he lost!  It wasn't because Mitt was too conservative.  The truth is that many GOP voters stayed home this election cycle.  McCain had 3 million more votes from the GOP in 2008 compared to Mitt this year.  Many GOP voters stayed home unfortunately because Mitt isn't conservative enough.  Some will argue that we needed a more conservative candidate in order to increase the enthusiasm of GOP base which is made up largely of conservatives and not moderates.

NeilFeuer
NeilFeuer

 @NeilFeuer Hi Honey, I just started working and do not have time yet to devote myself and efforts as prior, but I just wanted you to know I am fully with you and have replied to this Patriot Act character and all he says. 

You are quite right, it is common sense, it is embedded in us that we are exceptional, that we are Americans., and when we stop that and fighting for freedom, we might as well stop breathing, so count me in on whatever it takes.  We shall overcome.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@HMarques @WesternFreePress There we go again with the "loss of freedom" talk... We have the right to vote, the right to bear arms, the right to free speech. I don't get all the anger here. People on the new jersey coast are struggling with their homes and trying just to survive. Now that is a loss of liberty. Mother nature taking its toll on us. We need to take a step back and take a deep breath. Maybe being super conservative and angry 24-7 isn't the best thing for our health. Who cares if gays marry? Who cares if a woman makes a choice about her reproductive health? As long as it doesn't affect me, people have the right and freedom to do those things without government restricting liberty.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @HMarques I share your grief and shock. I am not advocating violence AT ALL; this is just a metaphor, but since you used the gunfight-knife-fight metaphor . . .

 

I remember hearing a Klingon proverb on one of the original-series Star Trek episodes years ago. One of them complained to the other about the odds being stacked against them, to which he replied, "Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man with a knife."

 

Gruesome, but you get the point. We don't  get the luxury of choosing the era into which we are born or the circumstances with which we are faced. The forces of liberty are no stranger to long odds. In fact, throughout mankind's history, the odds have always been stacked against liberty. But it is every generation's job to fight for liberty with all their might. If we can't meet the foe with equal weapons on the field of battle, then we change our tactics. We change the arena. We shift to a new battlefield, one more favorable. We do what it takes, and then we pass the fight on to our children. Generations before us have done this; it is our job now.

 

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@NeilFeuer What's with all the name calling? "childish attitudes"? I'm here offering a shoulder for you to cry on and instead you start insulting me for making a comment? What happened to having an intelligent discussion? What exactly are you referring to with Europe? Which ones are failing? Germany is a pretty wealthy country. Yesterday I learned they pay almost half of thru income in taxes. Geez that's a lot. So we have it pretty good. I still can't understand what liberties we are losing? I'm all for conservative values but we are still free... This isn't afghanistan. Don't jump off the ledge just yet. What are your grandchildren learning in school? I think you need to offer some concrete examples of things instead of just ranting and raving. We need to come together and keep moving forward. Why is that any less patriotic than you? I fear the tea party movement is a list cause. Great concept but poor execution. I don't buy the excuse that conservatives stayed home. If we really wanted to oust Obama, this was the chance. I guess Romney in the end, wasn't a great alternative? We picked him though. And why? Because he was the best chance the GOP had against Obama? That basically proves my point. Any less than moderate candidate would have suffered a worse loss. Back to the drawing board I guess.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@HMarques @NeilFeuer My point was that he wasn't conservative which is why he had a chance to win. Are you saying voters actually decided NOT to vote? If they wanted obama out, wasnt that enough reason to get ou the vote? Sadly, our party needs a new brand. I would love to see the tea party be a third party. That way we can really see where the country stands. Sadly, if so many tea party candidates didn't make it in this time around, isn't that a clear sign that maybe this isn't our best strategy? "Hey, we got our butts whipped. Let's be even more conservative." Yeah that will show those liberals a thing or two.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@NeilFeuer Neil what is this "fighting for freedom" you keep referring to? Honestly, its offensive to our troops. They are the ones really fighting for their lives. I don't know what part of the country you live in, but I'm pretty sure we are both equally free and salute the same flag.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@HMarques @WesternFreePress why is progressivism such a dirty word? Doesn't it mean to progress and move ahead? No one is holding us back from being free. You use the word "liberty" so loosely like someone is about to strap you into a chair and water board you. Let's get a grip. Take some Valium and relax. No one is taking our freedoms away. And now we have universal healthcare that will hopefully keep us from getting cancer, diabetes, etc. why is that such a bad thing? I for one, have a preexisting condition. We also have Medicare. Isn't that a form of socialism too? I'm not interested in repealing it.

Patriot Act
Patriot Act

@WesternFreePress @HMarques Why all of this negative speech? Who exactly is stomping on our "liberty"? We are a free country and free people governed by rules and order. All this talk of fighting for "liberty" and freedom seems silly. We are a free country. Check out some other countries where people are oppressed for speaking their minds and women are murdered for just being women. Let's get a grip and stop with the nonsense. Today is a new day. The world goes on and of we choose to be hateful and negative. Don't give yourself a heart attack.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @HMarques I am right there with ya. It's a big blow. It hurts a lot. But surrender is NEVER an option.

HMarques
HMarques

 @WesternFreePress Thanks for the words of encouragement.  I certainly won't stop fighting for liberty, and I understand that it may take many election cycles (10-30 years) to reverse the damages of progressivism in order to get us back on track, but losing last night makes this task all more daunting, feels like a setback that we can't recover from. But I will be optimistic and hopeful, because any thought other than that will be even more destructive to our challenges.