The Republicans lost the presidency, as well as a number of Senate seats, and our showing in the House wasn’t anything to write home about. Now come the questions: What went wrong? Why did Obama win? Who’s to blame? And what do we do next?
Are the defeats the fault of the GOP and its candidates, and do they now need to pander to minorities and update their platform to make it more appealing? What exactly is wrong with conservative principles? Anything? No. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. We don’t need to change to appeal to voters. We need voters and their mindsets to change. It is no easy task.
Bill O’Reilly pointed out the problem: “50 percent of the voting public [wants] stuff. And who’s going to give them things? President Obama.”
Alexis de Tocqueville called it 200 years ago. “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money,” he wrote. “A democracy...can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.”
History, unfortunately, repeats itself- unless we learn from it. Consider more wisdom from the French thinker: “The majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
Is our time up? Until the entitlement mentality is destroyed, the Democratic Party of Redistribution will always win. If voters put the good of the country ahead of their personal wants, they will see everyone benefiting, themselves included. Let’s implement some trickle-down patriotism before it’s too late.