America has had another dismal year, this 2011, with persistent high unemployment, soaring debt, and little hope for a turnaround from the malaise of the Obama era. It was tough trying to find some silver linings on the dark clouds, but as we gather with family and friends to give thanks, here they are: the Top 10 Reasons for Conservatives To Be Thankful.
1. 2012 is near: Conservatives can be hopeful that a frustrated and energetic electorate will rise up during next year’s elections and put an end to the Obama administration, no matter who the Republicans nominate to run against the President. Taking back the Senate would be icing on the cake.
2. U.S. military continues terror battle: A list of things to be thankful for would be remiss without remembering the valiant members of the military, who continue to fight to protect Americans’ freedoms. Even as they leave Iraq at year’s end, brave soldiers and Special Forces continue the battle against terrorists around the world.
3. House Republicans stand strong in opposition: Since the 2010 midterm elections, House Republicans have held their ground and stymied President Obama’s big-government agenda. From extending the Bush tax cuts to the battle over the debt ceiling, House GOPers prevailed in standoffs with the opposition.
4. Talk radio offers alternative: Herman Cain is the first popular talk-radio host to make a serious run for the presidency. Conservative radio shows have been the most effective way of circumventing the mainstream media, as Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Neil Boortz, Michael Reagan, G. Gordon Liddy, Oliver North and others have carried the conservative cause across the airwaves.
5. Renewed interest in the Constitution: It is nice to see the renewed attention being paid to the Constitution by the Tea Party and some conservative presidential candidates, most notably Rep. Ron Paul. Though not a perfect document, the Founding Fathers’ blueprint for a republic with checks and balances remains the best way to structure government.
6. New generation of conservative leaders: Republicans have attracted a new generation of intelligent, principled and articulate officials who offer a bright future for the party. With the rise of Republicans such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, conservatives are developing exciting new leaders who stay true to the principles of small government and free markets.
7. Reagan’s legacy: President Ronald Reagan not only presided over a renewal of the American spirit, he left behind a template for continued success: limited government, low taxes and deregulation. Some 30 years after his election, Republican candidates are still voicing his policies as a path for the future.
8. Obama administration investigations: The House Energy and Commerce Committee is probing loans to the bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra, and Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight Committee are focusing on Attorney General Eric Holder’s role in Operation Fast and Furious. Both panels should keep the pressure on and get to the bottom of these travesties.
9. ObamaCare on life support: Now that the Supreme Court has accepted cases challenging ObamaCare, an election-year decision is set up to decide the measure’s constitutionality. But shouldn’t Justice Elena Kagan recuse herself from the proceedings for cheering for its passage when she was Obama’s solicitor general?
10. Occupy protests’ fall from grace: This unruly group of protesters is degenerating into a public health hazard, complete with rapes, drug dealing and dead bodies. With clashes with police becoming commonplace, the Democrats’ early embrace of the motley Occupiers will surely come back to haunt the party. And that is something to be thankful for.