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Will We Ever See Another Conservative President?

By Doug Patton

After the shellacking taken in this year’s presidential election, will we ever see another conservative president? In the past, I have opined with great optimism in this space about the strength of the “farm team” of courageous conservative leaders — men like Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Bob McDonnell, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, and women like Nicky Haley, Susanna Martinez, Sarah Palin and Deb Fischer — whose ascendency gives dispirited conservatives hope for the salvation of the Republic in the years to come.

After this year’s election, I no longer believe that even the bold leadership of these officials and former officials will be enough. If America is to continue as we have known it, some fundamental steps must be taken to reclaim the nation that once was a shining city on a hill.

Step #1: The borders. Republicans should stop pretending they have any chance of out-pandering Democrats on the issue of immigration. No further talks should be undertaken with liberals about “comprehensive immigration reform” until there is an enforceable system of border control between Mexico and the United States. Call me racist all you want, but every American with anything functioning in his or her cranial cavity knows that our southern border is an open invitation to criminal elements ranging from violent drug dealers to international terrorists.

Step #2: Education. Abraham Lincoln famously said that the philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. The generation that just re-elected the most radical president in the history of the country has proven that adage to be true. The time has come for conservatives to step up and run for state and local school boards, as well as university regent boards. Conservative patriots with the financial means to do so must begin to fund scholarships to educate the next generation of journalists, college professors, lawyers, judges and other public officials. The only way we will bring social and fiscal sanity back to America is to counteract lies with truth.

Step #3: The news media. The rise of talk radio and the Fox News Channel has shown that Americans are hungry for voices other than the standard “progressive” claptrap that has emanated from the ivory towers of Manhattan and Washington, D.C., at least since Watergate. The next time a major news media entity goes up for sale, billionaire conservatives should step forward and buy it — and then start reporting the truth.

Step #4: The culture. Over the years, we have seen some relief from the sewage that regularly flows out of our entertainment industry. Despite Mel Gibson’s tragic personal meltdown later on, his “Passion of the Christ” was one of the biggest hits to come out of Hollywood in decades. CBS’s “Blue Bloods” is a Friday night TV hit enjoyed by millions of tradition-minded Americans who like a little action along with a depiction of some solid family values. The show depicts a family of cops who love each other, their wives and their community, and who actually say grace over their Sunday dinner. Imagine that! We need more “Blue Bloods” and less “Two and a half Men,” but we will never get there without more bold traditional conservatives with clout in Hollywood.

Step #5: Last, but far from least, America needs spiritual revival. For the last one hundred years — beginning with Woodrow Wilson, continuing on steroids with FDR, and culminating with the election and re-election of Barack Obama — government has been our god. Stating the antidote as plainly as possible, God must once again become our god. Does that mean that God wants a Republican president? No, but I think He would be pleased with a humble leader who believes in liberty and who acknowledges that God, not government, is the answer to our problems.

Disaster surely awaits us if we continue in the direction we are now headed, and change will not happen next year or in the next election cycle. What is as certain as tomorrow’s sunrise is that we will not see it happen at all if we do not take the first steps down a different path than the one we now tread.

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Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at dpatton@cagle.com and/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton. For info on using Doug’s columns at your publication or website, please email Cari Dawson Bartley at cari@cagle.com.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    November 29, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    First of all Obama did not trounce anyone, but won by a slim margin. Reagan was the last President who officially trounced his opponent, Secondly the cheif executives of Goldman Sachs, General Motors, Chrysler and others that just met with Obama were CEO’s of companies the Government Bailed out so they could do nothing else but play ball, endorse Obama or lose their goverment free stuff, just like the people dependent on Obama’s government. Any President or party that makes economic war on the very segment of society that has the brains, resources and ability to revive the economy is turning America into a house divided between the producers who create wealth and the consumers who digest the wealth. It is not the digesting consumers who have the resources, brains and ability to pull this one out and are becoming the vanishing American class of the self-sufficient. Thanks to Obama, the social parasites now out-number the Hosts,,,,and like Hostess Bakery our cupboards will now be bare of Twinkies thanks to the economic Ding Dongs who think you can spent $1.40 in revenue when you only take in a $1.00,,,and attack those who actually contribute while giving a pass to those who do not and have sold their vote and their integrity for the immediate gratification which is always followed by the long term economic destruction. This is all Obama has to offer,,,if he can’t offer workable solutions in the first 4 years he certainly won’t be able to during the second 4 years. Enjoy your well voted poverty America. Only hunger will motivate the slugs to grow up and support themselves like real adults. It is indeed on the way,,,not if but when.

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    • misuzyqComment by misuzyq
      November 29, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      The head of General Motors endorsed and voted for Romney

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 29, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      @Comment by misuzyq November 29, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      Actually you have no idea who he actually voted for unless you were looking over his shoulder when he pushed the button or marked it off on the ballot

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 29, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

      Obama TROUNCED Romney – he should have LOST by 20 or thirty points – winning at all – meant he WON and Romney was TROUNCED.

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    • misuzyqComment by misuzyq
      November 29, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

      Stickman – you probably didn’t even vote – oh but wait- how could I possibly know that unless I was looking over your shoulder?

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 29, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      @Comment by misuzyq November 29, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

      I suppose that’s true, even if you saw me going into the polling station, go into the voting booth – if you weren’t looking – you wouldn’t know who or even if I voted.

      Do you comment here just to see your words? I voted in the mid-term elections of 1962 and have not missed ANY election since I was eligible to vote. I have also not ever not filed my income tax papers once I had a job that paid enough money to require filing them, and I’ve not ever not paid some income tax when filing. For the very first time in all my years – I may not vote in the next election for a president – I’ll vote for my local and district politicians – but if I’m presented with the same kind of choices as this go round in 2012 – I’ll leave that line blank

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  2. kms1975Comment by kms1975
    November 29, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Step 2 is extremely important. Liberals hijacked the education system and we’re seeing the fruits of their labors now via the election. Getting conservatives on the school boards is one way to help, but so is allowing freedom of choice. We desperately need to give parents the freedom to put their children in the learning environment of their choosing. As we see in the news vouchers are being fought, liberals know the worst that could happen to their scheme is to suddenly not hold the future minds of America lock, stock, and barrel.

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 29, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

      Parents have a choice now – they just have to pay for it.

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      November 29, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

      And in the current economy most people can’t.

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 29, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

      Liberals did not “hijack” the education system – parents ignored it and or gave it away. It matters NOT who is on a school board, or who is the Superintendent of Schools for your district and hardly matters about your State government’s interference in your local school. ALL “public” and most private schools, are governed by the chains that bind them from the Central Federal Government Dept. of Education. Those chains are described as MONEY and the stings attached. And NO school system has been able to successfully win a case in any court to retain their independence, be able to pray or even say the pledge of allegiance in the school. I’ll go so far as to say that MOST teachers are honorable and are there to teach because they have that desire – but I’ll in the same breath tell you that they are controlled by the liberal teachers unions – and can more easily lose their position by fighting them than by following the rules laid out for them by the unions.

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  3. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    November 29, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Liberal progressive/marxist/socialist/illegal alien/underhanded/good for nothing idiots have the power now. No vote will ever depose them (they control the machines). You idiots voted for them now suck it up. Hope you bought a good stock of Vaseline.

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  4. misuzyqComment by misuzyq
    November 29, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Please so your research before you write. The head of General Motors endorsed and voted for Romney

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  5. stickmanComment by stickman
    November 29, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Not unless you get rid of the Republican Party and start afresh – with a Constitutional Conservative Party – otherwise – the establishment liberal Republicans – who hold the money and the cards will – continue to put up moderately conservative losers like McCain and Romney.

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    • misuzyqComment by misuzyq
      November 29, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

      Yeah – good luck with that third party idea. Those of us with a brain know which side that will hurt. There will never again be a candidate with more experience than Romney. Have fun waiting around for a constitutional party candidate that can beat the democrat candidate/liberal media/

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 29, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

      @Comment by misuzyq November 29, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

      I’m not talking a third party – unless you mean pushing the Republicans down to that position.

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  6. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 29, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    It is unlikely that a conservative person can be elected President until enough of those that voted for Obama, or a third party candidate, wake up, open their eyes, and rise above short term self serving interests.

    It is a two part awakening…first, that the country is in one of the worst economic recessions in our history. Many Americans just still do not get it. They have been brainwashed to believe that massive wealth redistribution and an increase in taxes on the wealthy will solve our fiscal problems. Until the American public finally admits to itself WE HAVE A PROBLEM and that typical liberal strategies like raising taxes and spending more taxpayer money is not going to solve the problem, they will just keep voting for their self serving interests that they believe Democrats will protect better then Republicans or conservatives.

    Second, more voters need to finally understand that we have a critical set of economic problems and that liberal policies are not cutting it, but this may not happen until the real pain starts (huge tax increases on everyone, cuts in government subsidies, continued high unemployment, higher costs of everything, drops in income, etc) and the like. The real pain may start during the second term of Obama if he cannot continue to borrow enough money to pay the bills.

    Only when the real pain hits enough people will they actually start listening to the conservative platform of governing and begin comparing notes. They can look, for example, at those states that seem to be adequately dealing with unemployment and their fiscal situation versus those that aren’t. They can compare the liberal policies of California versus the conservative policies of Texas as a prime example where Texas beats California in just about metric from tax policies, through unemployment levels, to continual increases in business driven tax base. The Texas educational system, as another example, is experiencing higher test scores then California at less investment per pupil. Today, 30 of the 50 states have Republican Governors and 20 have liberal Governors and legislatures, so there will be easy ways to compare notes on which policies work or do not work.

    So, for a conservative to win the Whitehouse and future Congressional positions it is going to require extensive exposure to the American public to both the root causes of our problems in enough detail for them to understand, and the conservative platform of ideas and how these ideas would be a different from the failed liberal policies in play at all levels of government.

    So, there is a way to pull this off but it will require the best communicator we can find to carry the torch and help “educate’ the voting public at large.

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 29, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

      NO ONE rises above self serving interest – even if you are conservative and your self interest is in retaining the Constitution as our LAW.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      November 29, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

      Most of the time you can’t get someone to change or believe something else. They have to experience the worse as a result of their beliefs. That will change their minds faster than anything. Unforunate that so many others must suffer in order for some to see the light! But it will come!

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  7. laurierogersComment by laurierogers
    November 30, 2012 @ 12:29 am

    This is an excellent commentary, and I’m so glad Mr. Patton mentioned education as a root problem.

    For more on the political indoctrination going on in many of our public schools, please see this article:
    “Political indoctrination replacing academics as the mission of K-12 public education,” located at this link:

    http://betrayed-whyeducationisfailing.blogspot.com/2012/11/political-indoctrination-replacing.html

    Laurie Rogers
    Author of the blog “Betrayed”

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      November 30, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

      I guess I’m blinded by the years and the fact that I haven’t had a kid in school for 40 years. When I was in school (back before electricity) we were taught history or English or Math or Economics or whatever; we were not invited to a discussion group. I get the impression that a history class now is more likely to discuss the pros and cons of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree to break the cherry pickers union rather than a fable to reinforce telling the truth.

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