Sunday, November 09, 2008
Republican != Conservative
The media has made much in recent days about the drubbing Republicans took at the polls last week. Fair enough. Republicans took heavy losses. My issue is that a couple editorials have confused Republicans with conservatives. Republicans are not necessarily conservatives and conservatives are not necessarily Republicans. My wife and I are Reagan conservatives but, currently, we are registered Democrats (long story). Similarly, George W. Bush and John McCain are not conservatives. More importantly, they never were.
The Republican party took a heavy beating but conservatism did not.
America is still largely conservative. The problem is that the Republican party abandoned conservative principles.
If the Republican party hopes to make gains in the future it needs to regain its conservative principles. If conservatives hope to rescue this country we must figure out how to save the Republican party.