Happy 2014! I’m looking forward to this year, and am optimistic that the GOP can keep the House, and take the Senate, but it occurs to me we have a better chance if this list of preoccupations from 2013 stays in the past, where they belong.
#1. The True-Conservative-of-the-Month-Club: Whether it’s Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Mike Lee, or Ted Cruz, conservatives lost a lot of credibility when they became instantly infatuated with one person, usually based on one speech, or very public and highly publicized gesture. Facebook was dotted with “So-and-So-For-President” groups and memes, and anyone who dared call into question the viability of these candidacies was instantly dubbed a “RINO”.
The true conservative heroes are the ones who labor tirelessly and thoughtfully behind the scenes. Hero-worship is for the other side. If you recall, we already have a grandstanding egoist in the White House, so let’s focus on winning some elections.
#2. Sarah Palin: ‘Nuff said.
#3. Birthers: I had this on my list last year too, but to no avail. So I’m trying again. Enough. Please. Nothing will come of it. Let it go, and focus on battles that truly matter and that we can win. If your issue is that the President is a liar, focus on the lie we can prove: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.”
#4. Benghazi: Don’t get me wrong, I’m with you, 100%. Just thinking about it, and how little has been and will be done makes me want to vomit. But let’s quietly table this until about September of 2016, if Hillary is running, then — right when she thinks we’ve forgotten — hit her hard with everything we’ve got. But there is nothing that will come of wasting time, energy and money on it for the next two years.
#5. Restaurants, coffee shops, and TV shows having political stances: Just stop. Please. Let me drink my coffee and eat my chicken without it being a statement. Here’s a tip: if you don’t like what a company supports with its private money, don’t give them yours. It’s a simple solution and the basis of free-markets.
#6. Name-calling and infighting: If I never hear the term “RINO” or “Teatard” again, it will be too soon. We need each other. Play nice. Persuade, don’t pummel. And be equally as wary of the purity-for-profit crowd as you are of the power-for-profit people in government. Ultimately they want the same thing: control over YOU! Don’t give it away so easily. Results matter more than words, more than grand public gestures and statements, and Rome wasn’t built in a day.
#7. Outrage out-of-context: READ the bills people! Did they really vote to gut the military pensions? Or did they cut the rate of increase, for those not yet retired? Is ObamaCare really “funded” by Congress? Enough that Congress can shut it down? Nope. Before you make yourself look pathologically reactionary (as well as ignorant), read what you’re allegedly reacting to.
#8. Blaming everything on lack of prayer in schools: Stop it. That’s absurd. Muslims pray in school. What’s missing in schools? Not prayer, LEARNING, facts, science, history, and critical thinking about all of it. More indoctrination isn’t what we need. Pray at home that there will be more learning at school, how’s that?
#9. Single-issue voting: If we stop abortion, all will be well? Seriously? How about gay marriage? The world turns on that? Please. Can 2014 be the year of laser-focus on economic liberty? Without it, nothing else matters. Don’t treat cancer by focusing on the symptoms of weight loss or fatigue caused by it.
#10. Founding Father obsession: Hey, few people look up to them like I do, but let’s get real, they’re dead, and their like haven’t breathed in decades, possibly longer. It’s time to accept what they were men and weren’t Gods. We need to focus on the core principles they brought to governing, not compare every living leader to them, literally, or idealize their accomplishments, forgetting the fact that they too engaged in “sausage-making.” Ever hear of the “The Great Compromise?” I rest my case.