Anyone who knows me knows that I am proud "South Park Conservative". I fear that the powers that be will try to slam the GOP back to a far religious-right party in response to this loss. Those same people will fail to admit that the loss is tied more to George Bush than to anything else, period.
Fiscal conservatism and self reliance is the key, NOT going after music, books, gays and bowing to demands from the religious right.
I will fight any movement to the extreme social right. I will fight anyone who uses this election as some sort of 'proof' or mandate that we need to move socially to the right. I actually saw a few conservative blogs posting a cartoon that shows a tent and it reads "Time to shrink it." That saddens me.
These people look at this loss and say "it is because we have moved from religious right values" but fail to admit that as a brand we were hurt are fooling themselves and are simply going for a power grab. George Bush is to the GOP brand what rear end collision explosions were to the Pinto. A hard pill to swallow but until we do, we will keep chasing our big government, paranoid cronyism, judgmental tails.
Trust me; the ultra right wing of the party is poised to take over. These are those who would rather scream and yell at a gay man than save our economy our build communities. We know who they are and before you hand them the keys, remember, they are the ones who were in charge and created this slow fused decay of the party.
In the coming days I will begin to “think out loud” here on Bearing Drift Ohio and explain what I believe and what I will fight for as a Conservative. Some stances may be overly obvious but some might surprise you. No matter what, I think it is time for the many voices of Conservatism to speak out before they are over powered by those who wish to silence dissent in the GOP.
For now there are two great posts on the Original Bearing Drift by JR Hoeft and Jason Kenney that are worth reading.