Skip to comments.The GOP Needs a Conservative in 2016
Posted on 01/08/2014 4:52:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
There are moments in American political history when dissatisfaction with the old order and suspicioneven fearof its ways presents the opportunity for monumental change.
It happened in 1932 as the nation sank into Depression and voted out the business of America is business crowd, installing a leftist plutocrat in the White House instead.
It happened in 1980 when high taxes and inept leadership demanded a steady hand committed to unfettering American entrepreneurship.
And in 2016, it can happen againas long as Republicans nominate an ideological conservative, ideally with a good dose of charismasomeone who can vividly explain conservative principles to a public that is ready to hear all about it. Ready, because with Obamacare, the left has finally gone too far, and exposed the unworkability and injustice of its program.
Liberals believe their ideology has been vindicated after having finally realized the dream of universal health care under President Barack Obama. But they are like Napoleon in Moscow, sitting atop imaginary spoils while enjoying the mirage of victory. If Republicans do the right thing, they can send their adversaries limping back to Paris, picking off remnants of the defeated battalions along the way.
Obamacare is not just going to be a failure. It will be a grotesque carcass fit for exhibition in a political museum of morbid curiosities, elucidating every single fault that lies with liberalism. It contains every hallmark of failed liberal programs.
Obamacare is an unaffordable government expenditure whose costs will run amok as time progresses; its a grand scheme concocted by our intellectual superiors who know whats best for us but unfortunately cant quite make the pieces of their intricate creation fit together; its a wealth redistribution scheme that reaches even into the pockets of the middle class; it replaces the efficiency of the market with the plodding redundancies of government; it puts determinations about our fates in the merciless hands of government bureaucrats; it coerces individuals to act against their interests and desires; it inflicts collateral damage on businesses large and small and reduces hiring; its regulations, fees and new taxes raise costs for most consumers; it ultimately will harm even those it was designed to help by increasing dependency and destroying the practice of medicine in this country.
As Americans recoil in horror over the next few years, they will simultaneously behold the untenable expansion of the nations debt, the looming peril of bankruptcy for Medicare and Social Security and the failure of the economy to expand robustly.
It will be, for Republicans, a most perfect storm.
Keith Koffler, who covered the White House as a reporter for CongressDaily and Roll Call, is editor of the website White House Dossier.
It needs a lot more than 1
The chance of the GOPe doing the right thing is miniscule to the extreme, they have declare the TEA party to be their enemy
That is a dream ticket right there. Anything else is probably not going to attract my vote.
Paul, Cruz, and Lee and their like will be torpedoed by the RINO establishment at every opportunity.
1. Rand Paul
2. Ted Cruz
3. Mike Pence
4. Ben Carson..
Palin or Cruz, or I’m not even bothering to venture to the voting booth in 2016. I’m pretty much at the end of my rope, in regards to both the GOP and politics as a whole.
Somebody who actually exists would be nice this time.
Not some imaginary candidate people say was so much better than the candidates who are actually in the race.
I think Ted Cruz is pretty darned conservative so the problem should be solved.
The GOP doesn’t want a conservative leader, they want to be buddies with their leftist friends across the aisle, solely to get their piece of the socialist pie.
You didn’t see the news today that pretty much took Krispy out of the race?
I’d like to think that Rick Snyder would make for a good VP...
I’m with CRUZ!
FOX “News” is pushing Romney
and his chosen toadies, again.
SSDD. Watch for his and Rove’s
dirty tricks against every real conservative.
A moderate republican will never win the whitehouse!
No more ideological conservatives please. We need a traditional conservative a la Russell Kirk.
Ideological conservatives are either naifs who believe in some imaginary world that can never exist (e.g. completely free unfettered market) or they are liars and opportunists aiming for the votes of the naifs (e.g. Tom DeLay, Ralph Reed, etc.)
Cruz or Paul would be a lot better than a moderate.
I don’t trust Paul