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Where Do Conservatives Go Now?
http://www.conservativehq.com ^ | 4-18-12 | Richard A. Viguerie

Posted on 05/01/2012 6:53:29 PM PDT by Mozilla

Today, Parts 1, 2 & 3.

Now that moderate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt is the presumptive Republican nominee for President, many conservatives are asking “What should I do now that it looks like Republicans will not nominate a conservative candidate for President?”

First, don’t be Mitt Romney’s cheap date.

The grassroots movement conservative voters who powered the Santorum campaign can not be taken for granted. During the 2006 congressional elections some 4 million conservative voters stayed home, producing one of the greatest defeats for the Republican Party in the modern era.

Some conservatives were quick to endorse Mitt Romney now that the nomination looks settled. They got it exactly backwards – conservatives should not be rushing to embrace Romney; Romney should be rushing to embrace conservatives.

No one wants to stay home during this important election cycle, however, Mitt Romney has given little evidence he wants, and is willing to work for, conservative support.

If Mitt Romney wants the support of grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers, the next six moves are up to him.

So far there’s no new sign that a Romney administration will result in the kind of fiscally sound, constitutionally conservative government that conservatives saw coming from the other candidates in the race.

Second, redouble conservative efforts to takeover the Republican Party.

Time after time during the Republican primary election cycle grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers saw establishment Republican Party officials put their thumb on the scale to tip the balance in Mitt Romney’s favor.

To prevent this from happening again, and to build a Republican Party leadership that truly represents its conservative base, Tea Partiers and grassroots conservative activists must redouble their efforts to takeover the Republican Party.

This means running for positions in the Republican Party organization – starting with precinct committeeman or woman – and getting involved in the local Republican Party organization.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; endorsements; inman; rino; romney
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1 posted on 05/01/2012 6:53:33 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla
Where Do Conservatives Go Now?

To concentration camps if Obama has his way.

2 posted on 05/01/2012 6:56:05 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Mozilla

During the 2006 congressional elections some 4 million conservative voters stayed home,

This is what the big media wanted and they got it.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 6:57:58 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 3 years. China makes everything taking U.S. ability to manufacture)
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To: Mozilla

The GOP doesn’t intend to take the white house and deal with Obama’s rabid mob. Obviously that means Obama will win but we can still take the down ticket races if we’re smart about it.

That means encouraging 3rd party and write in voters to get to the polls and vote their choices but make sure to voter in the house and senate races.


4 posted on 05/01/2012 6:58:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Mozilla
This means running for positions in the Republican Party organization – starting with precinct committeeman or woman – and getting involved in the local Republican Party organization.

That doesn't work. The GOP-E owns the rule book, and they will cheat and change the rules and do whatever is required to sideline a true conservative.

It's a nice thought, though.

We have 1 party with 2 faces.

/johnny

5 posted on 05/01/2012 6:59:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rurgan

The GOP-E is well on its way to getting the same thing as 2006.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 6:59:58 PM PDT by Ingtar (When I donate to FR, it does not take the money and run as every politician I donate to does)
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To: Mozilla
Unless some miracle happens with Newt, Romney will indeed be our nominee. I made the decision early on that I would vote for whomever our GOP nominee turned out to, and i will hold to this.

I will also be voting for Dan Liljenquist over Senator Orrin Hatch. He's a strong conservative, like our other Senator Mike Lee. Hatch thought he'd be skating through this election process without having to primary. Thanks to Mr. Liljenquist, Hatch is going to have to primary.

7 posted on 05/01/2012 7:03:28 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Mozilla

It’s pretty simple really. If you’re a conservative and don’t vote for Romney then you have voted for Obama. If you write in your conservative “dream” candidate, you have voted for Obama. If you vote for Ron Paul, you have voted for Obama. Either Romney or Obama WILL be President. If you don’t vote for one, you have voted for the other. Romney is not my ideal candidate but I will vote for him. He’s not a Kenyan Communist bent on destruction of the United States. Obama is. Obama is a “red diaper” baby. He was born a communist. He was raised a communist. He was educated communist. He is, today, a communist. Romney, RINO that he is, is a far, far, better choice for President than Obama. Hell, my dog would be a better choice for President than Obama but he’s not running.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 7:08:31 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: MtBaldy

Well said!


9 posted on 05/01/2012 7:10:26 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Mozilla
The ONLY way change will take place in government is to shock the hell outta them by electing true conservatives outside the two party system.

Stun the status quo by recruiting viable, staunch conservative candidates, throw your time, talent and treasure behind them. Get’em in office.

The Tea Party was duped into calming down and moving back into the Republican party with empty promises of reform.

We now know, this did not happen. Boehner was elected speaker and Tea party members were tamped down and marginalized.

Drives me batty. So many still fly the Republican banner after being betrayed time after time.

10 posted on 05/01/2012 7:11:27 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Mozilla

Where do they go? To the down-ballot races.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 7:16:00 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Mozilla

F the Whigs.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 7:21:31 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: Mozilla; RedMDer; DJ MacWoW; TheOldLady; trisham; The Cajun; CatherineofAragon; mojitojoe; ...

Keep praying for Divine Intervention.

The convention remains months away.

Nothing, and I mean nothing, is set in cement.

Put your trust in Him.

In the interim, and no matter what happens, we have to put our energies into the races across our nation, in our own districts, state houses, and in the U.S. House and Congress to elect as many TEA Party patriots as we possibly can.

Nobody ever promised us a Rose Garden or “The Rose Garden in the White House,” but by God, let’s listen to our better Angels!

FREEDOM AND LIBERTY ARE NOT FREE AND DON’T COME CHEAP.

Do right by yourself, your country, but pray first and above and before every action you take.

May God help us save our Republic!


13 posted on 05/01/2012 7:22:28 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: MtBaldy

Screw the GOP, “We Suck Less” won’t work anymore.


14 posted on 05/01/2012 7:23:15 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Mozilla
No one wants to stay home during this important election cycle, however, Mitt Romney has given little evidence he wants, and is willing to work for, conservative support.

Precisely.

15 posted on 05/01/2012 7:26:23 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: FReepers; onyx; everyone; y'all
We must put our energies into doing everything we can to elect TEA Party patriots to every elected office across our land,
in our local offices and particularly in our Congressional districts and our U.S. Senate races.


TEA PARTY ALL THE WAY
Support Free Republic!


16 posted on 05/01/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: rurgan
Conservatives stayed home on account of the gay issue (Foley, Craig, Mehlman).

Romney tried the same trick just a few days ago when he went out of his way to hire on a gay guy.

It was like he was campaigning for the Democrats.

It is possible that Romney simply doesn't know any real Republicans.

The Conservatives who jump ship too early into Romney's boat are probably going to end up on the bottom of the river.

17 posted on 05/01/2012 7:31:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: servantboy777
Third party advocates usually overlook the truly huge movement of people from the Republican to the Democrat column under LBJ, and the even larger movement of people from the Democrat to the Republican column under Nixon and Reagan.

Those movements far outweighed any conceivable third-party development.

18 posted on 05/01/2012 7:33:44 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: dfwgator

Comrade Obama thanks you for your vote.


19 posted on 05/01/2012 7:35:07 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: MtBaldy

This election has gone beyond Obama-Romney for most conservatives.

This election is about Republicans that worked with democrates that created the mess this country is in now.

The GOP had a chance to get behind one of many of the more conservative candidates, but they chose Romney instead.

Romney is their choice.

My choice will be my choice this time. If the country burns...the democrates and the republicans caused it at will pay dearly along with those who helped them do it!

I’m not covering somebodies ass anymore who will not cover mine in return.

I hope you choke on the tears you shed while voting for another back stabbing republican RINO!


20 posted on 05/01/2012 7:35:56 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worst Rinos ever!)
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To: MtBaldy
I am sick to death of this garbage. Not voting for Romney does NOT equal voting for Obama.

In 2008 Obama was funded by Russia.
Wikileaks got emails that there was massive vote fraud, McCain knew it and did nothing.
Spain is going to "count" our votes. Can you say RIGGED?

Romney cannot and will not win. Just as McCain didn't.

21 posted on 05/01/2012 7:36:22 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: MtBaldy

Comrade Romney thanks you for your vote.


22 posted on 05/01/2012 7:36:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“I am sick to death of this garbage. Not voting for Romney does NOT equal voting for Obama”

Sorry, if you’re a conservative, that is EXACTLY what not voting for Romney equals.


23 posted on 05/01/2012 7:39:41 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Artcore; MtBaldy

You both are insane to even consider voting for Romney. Do you really want the GOPe to win???? If you vote for Romney, you are basically telling the GOPe that you love any candidate that they throw in front of us. What about 2016 they decide to put Lindsey Graham or Bloomberg as our nominee? When does it stop? When do you stop selling yourself to the lowest bidder? When do you start having principles?????


24 posted on 05/01/2012 7:40:56 PM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: MtBaldy

It does not. And you are incredibly naive if you believe our votes actually count. You didn’t read anything that I said, did you.


25 posted on 05/01/2012 7:42:06 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: MtBaldy; Artcore

I’m a conservative and there’s absolutely no way in hell that I will vote for an abortionist/homosexualist/statist for the presidency!!


26 posted on 05/01/2012 7:42:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: dfwgator

27 posted on 05/01/2012 7:43:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: dfwgator
Comrade Mittens thanks you for your vote. Put your Rhino pom-poms down. This ain't a football game.
28 posted on 05/01/2012 7:44:50 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: servantboy777

The writer of this article is right in so many ways.

However, he does not address the real problem standing in the
way of sending more conservatives to DC.

These many states GOP “Open” primaries MUST BE CLOSED!

Does anybody believe that McCain could have won the AZ GOP primary if it wasn’t open?

Lugar has a chance to win in Indiana because the Indiana GOP has an “Open” primary.

Until the rules are changed in states who have open primaries, not much else will change.

CLOSE STATE GOP PRIMARIES TO ONLY GOP VOTERS.


29 posted on 05/01/2012 7:45:30 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: MtBaldy

It’s pretty simple really. If you’re a conservative and don’t vote for Romney then you have voted for Obama. If you write in your conservative “dream” candidate, you have voted for Obama. If you vote for Ron Paul, you have voted for Obama. Either Romney or Obama WILL be President. If you don’t vote for one, you have voted for the other. Romney is not my ideal candidate but I will vote for him.


So...if the opposition offers a bowl of warm vomit, and the GOP offers a crock of feces, I must choose to eat the feces. If I decline both, I’m choosing warm vomit.

I find your decision making quite astounding.

Enjoy that feces!


30 posted on 05/01/2012 7:50:42 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: MotorCityBuck

Sorry dwgator. The post was directed to Mtbaldy!

Peace.


31 posted on 05/01/2012 7:54:16 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: cripplecreek

Right. I agree. Wee need to focus on the lower races for congress and for local elections. because the presidency is lost for conservatives in 2012. But we can still take back the senate and the house.


32 posted on 05/01/2012 7:54:34 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party 2012)
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To: doc1019

No matter who wins, America loses.


33 posted on 05/01/2012 7:57:23 PM PDT by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: liberalism is suicide

Yep!


34 posted on 05/01/2012 7:59:20 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Mozilla

The biggest mistake the Santorum campaign made was to allow the MSM create the issues.This was the failure to connect the social issue (population control) which is in Obamacare. Hence to Romneycare and his opponents record as governor of Massachusetts .and its failures and costs

. Population control is an integral part of that 2400 page legislation known as the “Affordable Healthcare Act” which nobody read before because everybody is to “read it after it gets passed to find out what is in it”. So if the Senate and the House will not read it. Why should SCOTUS when they rule on it ?

While SCOTUS is set to rule on Obamacare in June I for one am not that certain we are going like what the court comes up with. Obamacare has got to be thrown out. The only way I for one will feel Romnney can fire up support is if and when he repudiates Romneycare as a mistake. Conservatives do not trust him on his EPA positions, and on Obamacare.

OBAMACARE MUST GO Voting in a May 2012 GOP Primary ??
If Santorum is on your primary ballotVote for the man and his delegates who fought it Not for the man who brought it
OBMACARE is a 1.76 Trillion $ Hydra
A 9 headed Serpent whose heads must be decapitated all at once with a Firebrand otherwise they grow back and devour everything in sight
by L.J .Keslin / http://www.theusmat.com
Note this article will print out on 1 page at 60% setting

Sen Rick Santorum, had the courage to take on a what they call a third rail issue...Eugenics...one of the heads on that 9 headed snake called obamacare.. and Santorum had his character asassinated for it... Rick was pummeled from both sides Called , a women hater ,, a religious nut, and ..a one trick pony. Santorum detractors will talk about... certainly not ,what’s really in the 1.76 trillion dolllar wonder called Obamacare ,,...!; Population control,.Death panels., Private presidential armys..requiring US to pay for birth control pills and abortions and all that goes in those 2400 pages of rules, laws,and regulations and with it. cost, 1.76 trillion and rising .

Mr Romney it aint over and the fat lady has not yet opened her mouth but we are telling you in no uncertain terms OBAMACARE MUST GO


35 posted on 05/01/2012 8:07:34 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great p/p)
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To: MtBaldy
If you’re a conservative and don’t vote for Romney then you have voted for Obama.

Nope. I will vote for a presidential candidate. It will not add a single vote to either Romney's or Obama's vote count.

But I won't have abandoned my conservativism like a cheap (redeacted).

/johnny

36 posted on 05/01/2012 8:18:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: MtBaldy

“Sorry, if you’re a conservative, that is EXACTLY what not voting for Romney equals.”

Conservative and Romney don’t belong in the same sentence.

What I’m sick to death of is nosy, bossy people telling me who I am obligated to vote for. I’ll make that choice, thank you. Last I knew this is a free country(though maybe not for long).
I’d like to know (and will likely never find out) if any of the control freaks, even on this site, who try to guilt us into voting a certain way...voted for Obama in ‘08.
Anyone who did is to blame for the mess we are in right now.
And I don’t intend to clean up anyone else’s messes.

Then there is the GOP-E who gave us McCain. A principled, core Constitutional Conservative candidate could probably have beaten Obama.
Instead, I spent nine months of my life campaigning tirelessly for a Rino who said that Hussein wasn’t all that bad and we shouldn’t fear his presidency.

So that’s another group that I won’t clean up after. The Republican Party.


37 posted on 05/01/2012 8:21:59 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (One Nation Under God..."There I said it" ... Great One...)
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To: Mountain Mary

“What I’m sick to death of is nosy, bossy people telling me who I am obligated to vote for”

I’m not telling you who to vote for. I’m telling you what the consequence of your vote is.

Oh, and Comrade Obama thanks you too.


38 posted on 05/01/2012 8:25:26 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Mountain Mary

Yesss! High fives Mary!

We aren’t cleaning up after no RINOS!

Let the coward republicans clean up their own crap!


39 posted on 05/01/2012 8:27:19 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worst Rinos ever!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That’s my plan too, johnny. I’m voting for POTUS as well but it won’t be for Romney or Obama.
Afterwards, I’m going to tell my grandchildren why I am making this choice in the hopes that they will learn a lesson on what loyalty to one’s belief system means...and when they grow up, how it feels to stand before God, country and family and vote their informed consciences.
And I will be able to sleep well that night.

Sick and tired of the obedient, fear driven Freepers who are bailing, compromising their values and expecting me to do same. Do what you want but don’t push your agenda on me!


40 posted on 05/01/2012 8:31:13 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (One Nation Under God..."There I said it" ... Great One...)
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To: MtBaldy; Mountain Mary; Randy Larsen
Not voting for liberal Romney does NOT add one vote to Obama. Not one.

After 2008, conservatives said "Never again!"

But here are people accepting the RNC's liberal pick and voting out of desperation.

I said "Never again!". And I meant it. Conservatives have a credibility issue. They claim they will not allow the liberal RNC to dictate to them and then they fall in line AGAIN and do as they're told. I WILL NOT!

41 posted on 05/01/2012 8:34:29 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: MtBaldy

You have no idea what the consequence of anyone’s vote is going to be in November.. So keep your opinions to yourself.
You have control over one vote: your own.

I am at least capable of making an informed, intelligent choice. Can you say the same? How does that kool-aid taste?

Mitt Romney thanks you for gulping it down so nicely without causing any problems!


42 posted on 05/01/2012 8:35:55 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (One Nation Under God..."There I said it" ... Great One...)
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To: DJ MacWoW

We pretty much fell in line in 2008.....now it’s time for the GOP-E to experience the pain of knowing that conservatives will no longer follow them.


43 posted on 05/01/2012 8:35:55 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: MotorCityBuck

I figured as much.


44 posted on 05/01/2012 8:36:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator; WhiskeyX
Yes. And I don't think it makes any difference to the election. The RNC, again, picked a VERY weak candidate. Bam's fraud will take Romney down no matter what we do.

Did you see this?

Post 16

45 posted on 05/01/2012 8:42:47 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: dfwgator

Agreed!

We fell in line to a hopeful future called Sarah Palin. We also witnessed the destruction of Sarah Palin by the McCain, Romney, Obama, MSM cabal right before our eyes.

We are now expected to forget what we witnessed and turn the other cheek to save the nation because it is the right thing to do for our future?

The right thing to do is to fight those who hurt our chances by destroying them at the polls!


46 posted on 05/01/2012 8:45:49 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worst Rinos ever!)
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To: napscoordinator
As I've mentioned; I was first a diehard Palin supporter, by when she decided not to run, I put my energy and hope behind Cain, when Cain decided to drop out, I got firmly behind Newt (and to a lesser degree Santorum). As this primary has worked it's way through, a majority of primary voters have supported Romney in larger numbers than the other candidates. Yes, I understand these wins aren't bringing out record turnouts, but Romney has garnered more votes than the other candidates.

Myself and others have said this until we're blue in the face, but I'll attempt one more time. In three short years Obama has destroyed the economy, raised unemployment rates, increased energy costs, killed the space program, and set race relations back 40+ years. If he wins a second term, and anohter four more years as Thug-in-chief, what do you think the results will be? Let me help you: WE WILL BE UTTERLY DESTROYED! Do you seriously think 2016 will matter a hill of beans if this Marxist wins a second term? Hell no...we're finished! Am I afraid of this prospect? Hell yes!

We know what a second term of Obama will bring about...utter destruction of our country and way of life. This America hating, Marxist has it as his final solution to destroy our nation as founded. He's said as much! While far from perfect, those of us who've decided to vote for Romney, should he win the primary, see him as a much better alternative to Obama. As it appears now, this election will be between Obama and Romney. There is NO WAY IN HELL, I'm going to not vote, vote 3rd party, or do a write in. Think whatever you want, but any of these three actions will benefit Obama. I will not be a party to helping to elect this America hating thug! whatever romney is, at least he doesn't hate America and has as his mission, desire to transform it from it's founding!

One last point; I find it a bit discus ting to watch several FReepers (not necessarily this thread) trash Romney as the nominee, when many of these folks joined with Politico and other Left-leaning rags in trashing our early GOP contenders. How times did i hear Freepers trashing Bachman or Santorum saying: “Yep, they're just not ready for prime time!” It was shameful watching FReepers gladly join along with Politico and the many bogus allegations about Cains “affairs.” And now many of these folks express outrage that we're stuck with Romney? Sorry, but these folks who helped pile onto our candidates hold at least some responsibility for where we are today.

47 posted on 05/01/2012 8:45:49 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Artcore

We find it totally disgusting that you would turn tail and vote for one of those that helped destroy our first pick!

Save your hot air for the fools at foxnews.com or cnn.com!


48 posted on 05/01/2012 8:51:19 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worst Rinos ever!)
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To: Randy Larsen

“We find it totally disgusting that you would turn tail and vote for one of those that helped destroy our first pick!”
_____________________________________________

Not turning tail; I simply refuse to allow the Kenyan four more years to complete his destruction of our nation. Perhaps you should contact all of the voters around the nation who opted to vote for Romney, and give them a piece of your mind.


49 posted on 05/01/2012 8:58:35 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: MtBaldy
yeah..it is pretty simple isn't it....

We now know you call yourself a Conservative and would compromise ALL your values...for What?....

your dog is smarter then u.....that's why hes not running!...You just don't get it yet..do ya

and before u respond..The lesser of 2 evils is still evil!!!...How long do u want to dig before you realize you're going in the wrong direction?.........HINT: (ask your Dog!)

50 posted on 05/01/2012 9:01:22 PM PDT by M-cubed
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