In the coming election John McCain was chosen by delegate count to be the presumptive nominee for the Republican party. Why do I say “by delegate count”? Since the beginning of this race the Republican party was split across multiple candidates. Of the major candidates with estimated delegates; John McCain (1325) Mike Huckabee (267), Ron Paul (21), Mitt Romney (255), Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Duncan Hunter, and Sam Brownback. Many candidates dropped out before super Tuesday, including Rudy Giuliani, but they were still on the ballot. Giuliani asked his supporters to vote for McCain, Mitt Romney dropped out giving up his delegates (presumably to McCain), and then Mike Huckabee dropped out, effectively giving the remainder up to McCain. However, Ron Paul has not given up his campaign since he still has nationwide support and wants to get his message out.
The Republican values which keep me voting are for limited government, a humble foreign policy, conservative and balanced fiscal spending, more liberty, less taxes, less laws, less government oversight on my personal life and property, aggressive immigration policies, strict control over foreign entanglements like NAFTA/WTO/CAFTA and very strict constitutional values. How about you, does that sound like the Republican Party you belong to, or perhaps think it should be?
In the coming months as we head towards our national convention I encourage everyone to examine the principles of what the Republican Party should be .vs. what people think we stand for now. If I asked you today what our national, state and county Republican parties stood for I imagine there would be a lot of blank stares. The reason for this is because our Republican party has been torn a part by several candidates who all mostly had different leadership styles, and views of the Republican Party. There wasn’t any binding value except for the foreign wars we are still fighting. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who has been dead-set against these wars and the out of control spending to fund these wars.
As Republicans we need to hold our elected candidates up to our values, and we need to be the ones setting the agenda for our party, not the mainstream media. If you look back upon the 2008 race I see a bunch of candidates who had various aspects of our Republican values, but no candidates who had them all, except for one. The mainstream media kept Ron Paul out of most all news even though he is the most conservative member of Congress and fits all the requirements of the Republican Party values. This media black out was the primary reason hardly anyone in the country heard about Ron Paul enough to make an informed decision. The Republican Party membership itself was also very concerned about their individual candidates, and they lost sight of what the national party is about, and how we have won elections in the past.
Republicans have won elections by stating our most steadfast ideals, including a humble foreign policy, conservative spending, lower taxes, and limited government. This strategy has always worked (when applied) because that is most of what the people want. When Republicans stray from those values we lose elections, it is that simple.
Where do we go from here? We need to get the party back to these conservative values, and make sure our candidates know that these values are what we expect of them. We don’t have leaders in this country, we have representatives and statesmen. Our President is also an elected representative of the people, of our party, of who needs to be a staunch supporter of our party and values. That President needs to make speeches to these values, tell the public how he is going to achieve those goals, and what benefits the people will have once those goals are met. Otherwise it opens a hole for “change” or some other stupid idea from the Democratic leadership.
This is our party, we the people decide who gets to represent us in Washington, and we dictate what that person is going to do for us. I suggest we start asking McCain these questions, demand our Republican values are followed or he should step aside and let Ron Paul lead our nation with true Republican and lasting values. We do know what we stand for; we just need to be confident.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. — Ronald Reagan
We had better make our destiny count. Get involved, speak, write and demand results. Our future literally depends on it.
Sean Ackley is running for the Contra Costa County District 3 REP Central Committee in the June election.