In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s defeat I wrote a post titled While I Wait for the Will to Fight. Like many others I was shocked and dismayed by the results. I can honestly say I don’t ever think I’ve been so dispirited by an election result. In that post I wrote,
When 2016 gets here (if there’s any here still here) I will be sixty. How much fight will I have left? What will be left to fight for? Why should I care any more?
Slowly I’ve gotten out of my funk. I’m still disappointed, but I know that the fight must continue. The thought that’s been bouncing around in my head though is this, are we fighting the right fight?
Millions and millions of dollars were just spent in the Presidential campaign. At the end of the day what really changed? We have a slight Democratic majority in the Senate, a Republican majority in the House, and Barack Obama is President.
The office of the President is the biggest, most visible race every four years, but is it the most important? Of course the country would be much better off if President Obama had been ousted after just one term. There is just too much mischief he can cause in the next 218 weeks. But, there are other battles we can fight.
Limited government conservatism should naturally dovetail with a renewed emphasis on Federalism. As Ronald Reagan said in his first inaugural address, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Yet, it is within the framework of government that we must fight for our freedoms. As disappointing as another four-year Obama term is, imagine how much worse it would be with a Democratic super-majority and a shift toward the Democrats in the House.
So, what is the right fight?
Conservatism is just as important at the state and local levels as it is at the national one. We need to support and promote conservative candidates for state and local offices from the Governors mansion to the oft mentioned, but never-seen-on-the-ballot, local dog catcher. Every race is important. Conservative local and state elected officials are our national “bench”. They may not be the people we see on the news, but they are the ones we have to deal with every day – much more than we ever have to interact with national political figures.
On the national stage mid-term elections will be here before we know it. With the current administration those races will be tremendously important. We have two years to find, support, and promote great conservative candidates.
The other thing we can do is continue to speak out and educate. If we believe in conservative principles instead of just “party” we will never stop promoting those principles. That’s the right fight.