2016: Shaping Up To Be Another Progressive Yawnfest

The next Presidential election is two and a half years away and I’m already over it. Jeb Bush? Really? Chris Christie, youhavetobekiddingme. Marco Rubio, greeaaaaaat. Ted Cruz? Now we’re talking! But if Ted keeps up his assault for liberty, he’ll be lucky if Soros’s Communist Death Squads don’t get to him first. My thumb is already itching to change the channel from the primary debates to Magnum P.I. reruns. It’s looking like I’ll need my industrial-strength clothes pin to put on my nose in the voting booth again. Are Reince Priebus and the rest of the RNC that out of touch? When, if ever, will they get serious about cultivating real conservatives for our races? Why not toss Boehner and Paul Ryan into the Presidential mixer while you’re at it?

I understand that it’s a long road and there are plenty of RINOs left to trot out for our consideration, but I’m already getting depressed thinking about Jeb and Christie, hissy-fitting each other while Paul Ryan smirks and strokes his adams apple.

Since I know that this column makes its way into the highest echelons of GOP leadership, here are a few suggestions from the worker bees. Here’s what we want in a candidate:

1) Chutzpah [see also moxy, sand, guts, and intestinal fortitude] – We want someone who exhibits the courage and conviction of their ideals. We want a candidate who is ruled by the principles they hold and who has mastered their fear of ridicule, rejection, and unpopularity when those principles don’t find favor with the masses. We don’t want someone who says things to private audiences which he isn’t able to winsomely defend in public. If he gets caught on tape speaking about the “47% of Americans who are dependent on government” that’s fine because it’s pretty much true. The number might actually be a bit low.

But we don’t want someone who’s a tough guy in front of a public audience and milquetoast in front of a national audience. The fact that a campaign was virtually derailed over this incident demonstrates that it is germane to the campaign strategy. Give us someone who means what she says and says what she means.

If you’re confused, please study how Governor Walker dealt with the public sector union protests and successfully ushered through restrictions on collective bargaining in the face of withering protests and naked hatred. He also handily survived a recall attempt, in case you’re wondering about the repercussions of actually taking a stand.

2) Principles – While we’re talking about taking a stand, our candidate should have somewhere to stand. And it should be FAR AWAY from the other guy. Big Tent strategy is for losers whose message won’t sell on its own. The Apostle Paul didn’t rent out the Coliseum when he came to town. He preached a narrow, specific gospel and people were falling out of windows it was so crowded in his venues. While our candidate won’t be preaching the life-giving message of Christ, he SHOULD be preaching conservative orthodoxy, which is a mighty compelling message in its own right, when properly conveyed.

Luke Hamilton

About the author, Luke Hamilton: Luke Hamilton is classically-trained, Shakespearean actor from Eugene, Oregon who happens to be a liberty-loving, right-wing, Christian constitutionalist. When not penning columns for, Hamilton spends his time astride the Illinois-Wisconsin border, leading bands of liberty-starved citizens from the progressive gulags of Illinois to [relative] freedom. Hamilton is the creative mind/voice behind Pillar & Cloud Productions, a budding production company which resides at He owes all to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose strength is perfected in his weakness. View all articles by Luke Hamilton

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