Over the weekend, I received an email petition. It sounds rather radical and tough. I’m not going to quote any passages from the petition. What I have to say about it doesn’t need passages quoted.
It is full of demands for conservative leadership, conservative principles, so on and so forth. It mentions Reagan principles which aren’t a bad thing, right? In fact, it all sounds laudable if you go with your initial visceral reaction but when you think about it, there’s not much there worth your time affixing your name to it.
It is full of demands; demands of other people and shows a distinct lack of any proposals to aid in accomplishing those demands. Perhaps it’s my own ethics and upbringing but it struck me as just wrong. You don’t demand of others what you’re not willing to do yourself and that’s where conservatism is hurting most. If you’re not prepared to lead then don’t demand it of someone else. If you want conservative principles to be strong and deeply rooted, you have to nurture those principles in your heart and your life.
Talking about Reagan principles or conservative leadership does nothing. Walking the talk, showing by example, that conservatism works will bring out the leaders that conservatives are looking for, whether from the Republican party or not. Conservatives don’t need the Republican party, the party needs conservatives. Otherwise, the Republican party may as well be the Democrat party. One or two issues or principles is not enough difference to separate the two.
You want conservative leaders? Stop electing wimps.