Hey, Republicans. There is a way to connect young voters have with conservative values. The problem has been festering for a long time, but thanks to the rise of George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones into something that is, as Meggie-Mac would say, ‘pop-culturally relevant’ as a solution.
We, the conservative movement, are the Starks.
While many people sat and gorged themselves on the fruit of a 30-year summer, brought on by the free enterprise of our forefathers, we’ve been standing, waiting, and warning that if we were to venture away from those principles, the summer would end. With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, we stood and shouted the warning. We begged everyone who would listen to prepare for the coming winter.
And we were right. Winter was coming.
After the results of the election, it has arrived.
It is a time of low growth, if not an outright depression. It is a time when food prices go up endlessly, and gas prices refuse to come down from their all-time highs. It is a time when the people who prepared for this day, and are secure in their belongings and their homes are ridiculed. Those people who have been living off the fruits of a summer that has long since ended will soon be forced to wake up to their new reality. While they were willing to sacrifice their future years of prosperity for a false feeling of hope; that hope does not change the season.
It is winter in America.
Thankfully, though, we don’t live in Westeros. The winter we find ourselves in may be harsh and damaging, but it will only last generations if we let it. As Thomas Paine said,
These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
The people who were willing to face the ridicule, hatred, and the slander of their character to stand guard over this Republic are no sunshine patriots.
We are in it for the long haul, because Reagan was right. There is no place to which we can escape. This is the last stand of freedom on earth.
What Reagan didn’t have to say, I do. We are losing.
It is winter in America.
We, the people who believe in liberty, will still refuse to sit down and shut up. We will not cower and give in to every ridiculous whim of this President. We will reshape the GOP into the party it once was. The party of Lincoln, Coolidge, and Reagan.
Those three men symbolize the values we stand for, and will be the central theme of the next few months on Behind the Cycle.
Lincoln: Equality under Goverment
Conservatives have always been the strongest advocates of equality. We need to make that known.
Coolidge: Prosperity through Capitalism
Calvin Coolidge oversaw the largest expansion of wealth in the history of the world. We want the same policies in place today.
Reagan: Peace through Strength
Reagan ended the Cold War through peaceful, defensive strength. We need to maintain that strength to maintain the Pax Americana.
If we can make the connection with the policies of today and the history of those three men, we will win. It will be Morning in America again.
But for at least the next two years, Winter will reign.