November 2, 2010 was a great day for conservative Republicans, who swept into office with the force of a political tidal wave, jarring the Democratic Party to its foundation and leaving many establishment Republicans lonely and confused. Yet as good as those elections were, we make a huge mistake if we see them as anything more than the very beginnings of an effort to take back our country from generations of liberals and leftists, of whom Obama is just the latest representative.
As a matter of fact, when I watched soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner being interviewed late on the night of November 2nd, and heard him say that the new Republican Congress would not let the Tea Party down, I said to myself, “The Campaign for 2012 starts right now.”
At this very moment, we ought to be putting the Democrats on their heels. Here and now, the in-coming Republican class needs to be letting Obama know that not only will they plan to oppose his agenda, but they will also work tirelessly to roll back every egregiously outrageous piece of legislation that he’s passed thus far. They can then organize a run in 2012 with a chance of success against Obama’s unapologetic liberalism and Harry Reid’s transparent lunacy.
Moreover, they need to be taking time to tell the public why liberalism has failed, and always will fail, and why conservatism is the remedy for what’s ailing this country.
As Rush Limbaugh intimated last week, even among the citizens who realize that something is wrong in our country, there are relatively few who understand that the problem is a lack of true conservatism. And because many of these don’t grasp the foundational differences between liberalism and conservatism to begin with, the in-coming Congress needs to speak openly to their constituents about why conservatism is superior to Obama’s liberalism—just as Ronald Reagan’s conservatism was superior to Jimmy Carter’s liberalism, and Calvin Coolidge’s conservatism was superior to Woodrow Wilson’s liberalism, and so on, and so forth.
The Congressmen and Congresswomen who will soon be taking the oath of office must understand that while they are part of a revolution, it is a revolution that’s in its earliest stages. Therefore, while the votes cast on Tuesday, November 2nd can certainly be considered the Tea Party’s “shots heard around the world,” they were not enough to guarantee the surrender of our enemy at Yorktown in 2012. For that to happen, we must commit to meeting Obama and his liberals’ forces at every turn in the road, with political swords drawn and a desire for victory in our hearts.
And as we fight, we must remember that the campaign for 2012 is already underway: that every legislative step we take between here and two years from now needs to be taken with an eye to assuring the Democrats that those who were lucky enough to survive the most recent elections will certainly be routed in 2012.
A message needs to be carried to establishment Republicans as well: one that tells them in no uncertain terms that all those who are not with us are against us, and that we are against them. And we will not hesitate to sweep members of our own party out the door in 2012 if they refuse to pick up the conservative banner and fight like men.
The campaign for 2012 has already begun, and it’s ours to lose.