In the middle of October, 2008, when I still had my own personal blog (never again) I predicted that Barack Obama would win the Presidential election. Though the poll numbers were still pretty tight at that point, the writing was on the wall as far as I was concerned. Thus I conceded a month early and wrote a post about what conservatives should do next after the November elections.
The purpose of the post (entitled “The Conservative Reaction: A Call to Action”) was to ask the question:
“What should we as Conservatives do after the election we face of an overwhelming Democratic House and Senate and a newly elected Democratic President?”
Now, two years later, I wanted to go back and see how conservatives have done. Thus, here is what I wrote as the “Five Things I am Going to Try to do During LUPO – Life Under President Obama”. Check them out along with my new comments underneath.
Number 1: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must stand firm in my convictions and be ready to defend my positions…
First off, I know of many folks who immediately started reading up on the free market system, the constitution, and the history of the founding fathers in order to begin educating themselves. Additionally, conservatives have been challenged by prominent conservatives to know where they stand and why. And overall, conservatives have started going on the offensive more and more as the country has been taken down the road to even more massive government and less individual freedom.
Because people have embraced this responsibility, it has truly been incredible to see how many folks are now openly touting their conservative beliefs and their love for liberty. Well done, American public.
Number 2: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must be creative in how I get my message to the masses…
When I wrote this post two years ago I was really curious how this was going to play out. But two years later, I see how conservatives are using tools like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and conservative websites to truly spread the message of conservatism effectively and strategically. Heck, even conservative candidates are (finally) eschewing traditional media sources and taking their message straight to the people.
It is truly amazing to know that our better ideas and principled positions are finally starting to reach the average citizen – and it is humbling to know that American Majority has been at the forefront of this movement through our trainings, outreach, and education of a new generation of concerned Americans.
Score another one for the good guys.
Number 3: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must unite with those around me who believe as I do…
The implications of this advice are obvious two years later – The Tea Party Movement. Not only has the movement grown exponentially since the spring of 2009, but it has also become a political force in all parts of the country. And while the MSM mocked it, misunderstood it, and tried its best to kill it, the Tea Party folks have continually gotten more and more excited about cleaning house in Washington. Thanks for that, President Obama; in reality, we owe you big time.
Oh, and just to channel my inner Al Gore, since I wrote about the need to unite and come together about 6 months before the Tea Parties started, I will take full and complete credit for them. Yea for me.
Number 4: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must not give into the lie that conservatism is dying…
Well, obviously this is not the case. Even though the pundits declared a new era in politics and the death of the conservative movement, we’ll see just how dead we are on November 2.
However, as a side note, if the (hopefully) decisive election results don’t clearly state the case for the country’s desire for smaller government, less spending, more accountability, and decidedly more transparency, then maybe Chris Christie can get in someone’s face and explain it to them nice and plain-like.
Number 5: Lastly, as a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must embrace the hope that even though things look dark now, there is a light upon the dawn…
Ah, yes, hope. Not a false hope or a government-built hope, but a genuine and authentic “clean-out-the-halls-of-Congress-kind-of-hope” is what I feel when I look around the country and see people working hard to change our country for the better. It truly is a blessing to see that apathy is slowly being replaced once again by the American desire for freedom, liberty, and prosperity.
Thus, before we battle for the next 20+ days for the future of this country, take a second to enjoy the fact that the horizon is breaking forth through the morning dark. Relish the thought that soon our anger, our disgust, and our weariness will soon be replaced by a steadfast resolve to hold a new batch of elected representatives responsible for their actions and their votes.
For it is nearing the time to go from educated and informed voter to become educated and informed constituents once again – this time with a new focus and a renewed strength to see the American Dream make its comeback.
And be sure that while our days have been dark for the past two years, the light of freedom will show itself very bright very soon. For this reason, I am thankful and encouraged by what has transpired within this movement during the past two years and what will happen many years into the future.
Fight on, fellow Americans, fight on!