By Rick David
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
The night of Obama’s re-election had to be one of the most shocking and depressing moments of my 63 years. Like many people of my age group and conservative leanings, I felt then, and still do, that this was probably one of the most decisive elections in our history. I believe that we were faced with a very stark choice between freedom and tyranny. The question now remains, have we chosen to travel down an irreversible path to slavery?
After the 2008 Iowa caucus, I predicted a new third party by 2012 and that the GOP would cease to exist by 2016. I may have been off by a few years. How did we ever nominate Romney? Granted, it was based upon votes, but what made the conservatives that dominated the 2010 elections vote for Romney? They bought, hook, line and sinker, the bait that Romney was the only man that could beat Obama. Really?
They were told that only a moderate could beat Obama. You know, like McCain. We had to steer away from social conservatives like Bachmann and Santorum, because independents would reject their Christian values.
But, is it true that a social conservative can’t win? What is shocking to me is that Romney received 2 million less votes than McCain! Apparently, conservatives and Christians did not turn out for Romney the way they did for McCain. McCain had the benefit of Sarah Palin. He was smart enough to preserve his base. I think many conservatives just thought that Romney could not be trusted and that he would revert to his liberal ways once elected.
Romney’s defeat could be the catalyst for the new third party. As much as it disgusts me to say it, I predict that Hillary Clinton will be the next President. The Republican Party will cease to be the home of conservatives and will become the Whig party of the 21st century. No sooner was the election over and the GOP establishment started preaching that we needed to abandon our social conservative principles.
Boehner and McConnell will fold on tax increases without spending cuts and just last week they threw their tea party members under the bus, kicking several key conservatives off of committee chairs. The message was clear to Jim DeMint and he moved on to a position where he won’t be knocking his head against the wall. The GOP will outlive its usefulness as an alternative to the progressive Democrats. The rise of the Tea Party movement offers the potential to be that new third party.
The fundamental problems that we face are social and cultural. They cannot be fixed by tinkering with the tax code or the budget, though they can be exacerbated by raising taxes and growing government. To paraphrase a famous movie line, what this country needs is an enema! We need a change of heart, from a self-centered, greed driven, indulgent, criminally wicked, child-killing, deceitful, lying, murdering, slothful, entitlement mentality back to a nation of people who take personal responsibility and trust in God.
Mark Levin spells it out in his book, Liberty and Tyranny. DeTocqueville was right more than two centuries ago. This form of government, with the freedom it permits and the consequent prosperity, can only be maintained by a moral people. Chris Christie is wrong. The entitlement society does not breed cultural rot. It works the other way around.
So, unfortunately, until a new alternative to the Marxist/socialist Democrat party can rise up to challenge it, we are saddled with the “fundamental transformation” of America. I hope the Republic can survive it. Not only are we in store for a new depression with the mass suffering which accompanies it, but we will most likely see violent riots when benefits are cut for the dependent class. My advice is that you get ready for some very unstable times, à la Greece. Maybe those doomsday preppers aren’t so nuts after all.
Rick David retired from a career in business in 2011. His experience includes service in the USAF, in medical sales and in operations for an educational testing company. He has a passion for and has been actively engaged in conservative issue advocacy and campaigning for over 30 years. He currently resides in North Liberty, Iowa with his wife of 43 years and travels extensively volunteering in lay ministry.