It has been a bit comical to see what Democrats have been doing so far in their general election campaigns here in Illinois and the key themes they think will carry them, and Democrats nationally, to victory in November.
Governor Pat Quinn and Speaker Michael Madigan have been highlighting the Democrats desire to raise taxes here in Illinois by pushing to make our supposedly temporary income and corporate tax increases permanent, proposing a new millionaires tax, and pushing a state constitutional amendment to impose a Marxist progressive income tax.
Then there are Democrats such as pollster Celinda Lake who have been advocating Democrat candidates run on fixing Obamacare because they have come to the realization that defending Obamacare is a certifiable loser.
There has also been talk from President Obama on down of Democrats also running on such things as raising the minimum wage to $10 and some odd cents an hour, giving 11-20 million illegal immigrants amnesty, trying to curtail Americans second amendment rights, and arresting industrial and energy production under the pretenses of the man made global warming hoax.
O’ and we can certainly expect to hear some chatter about some kind of Republican war on women, the urgent need for women to have unfettered access to abortion and contraceptives, and the civil rights issue of the century redefining the meaning of a thousands of years old institution(marriage).
These aren’t the kind of bold reforms necessary to help a state with the second worst unemployment rate in the nation, a $100 billion unfunded pension liability, billions in unpaid bills, and a city, Chicago, on the verge of being the biggest municipal bankruptcy in the country. Nor are they the kind of reforms a nation that has seen years of economic stagnation, a $17 trillion national debt, and $100 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities that future generations will one day have to pay off needs, ever.
As the ancient saying goes, fortune favors the bold.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Act 10 budget and collective bargaining reforms are the kinds of bold reforms are nation needs right now and the more conservatives and Republicans get behind bold reforms the better their fortunes will become.
If Republicans running for Congress nationally all unite behind the bold notion of totally repealing Obamacare they can expect to have happen to them what happened to Mr. Jolly in Florida’s recent special election, and that is victory at the polls.
If Ken Cuccinelli had just a little bit more time(and some more help from national Republicans like the RNC and Chris Christie) the terrible roll out of Obamacare could have easily pushed him to victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.
As Republicans saw in 2010 with the help of the Tea Party and an aggressive stance against Obamacare(i.e total repealment) the voters can and will reward them with massive and even historic wins.
And it is not just reforms that a candidate has to be bold about in order to win.
Should Bruce Rauner and the rest of the Illinois GOP be bold and attack Gov. Pat Quinn relentlessly over the $50 million in anti-violence money that went missing during his 2010 election and the recent report from Open The Books that the vast majority of heads of the Quinn administration are willfully not in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act and the Freedom Of Information Act they can turn what has been handicapped as a 50-50 race into another Governors mansion occupied by a Republican.
Nationally Republicans should be using the recent arrest of numerous Democrat lawmakers in New York, Illinois, North Carolina, and in California in a bold fashion and hit the entire Democrat Party hard for being corrupt just as the Democrats hit Republicans for being corrupt in 2006 for that whole Mark Foley incident.
On a more long term scale if we take a message of bold reforms into say the African-American community or to the nations young people we can have a groundswell of new support of our candidates and cause.
If Republicans and conservatives where bold and went into the inner city, and the black churches, and the poorest of neighborhoods and talked to the people about their support for defending the traditional definition of marriage and advocate for school choice, school vouchers, and other education reforms that person(s) would see the 99% African-American vote that goes to the Democrats change into 95, then 90, then 85, then 75%.
If Republicans and conservatives did the bold thing and went into the nations high schools and universities and talked about the need to have the 4th and 5th amendment with the NSA spying being a hot button issue with them we would see that millennial generation start to listen to us when we talk about people like Milton Friedman and the positives associated with Capitalism and free markets.
If more people of national political prominence than just Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former congressman Joe Walsh, Senator Tom Coburn, and nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author Mark Levin would be bold and endorse the use of an Article V convention of the states in order to propose constitutional amendments to fix some of the systemic problems gripping the country and the body politic posterity will look fondly upon those people.
Being bold about education reform, balancing the budget, growing the economy, getting congressional term limits to restore the peoples trust in government(at least in part), and not being afraid to go after the other side is what this country, and to be honest the Republican Party, needs right now.
It isn’t like being bold hasn’t worked in the past.
Ronald Reagan was bold when he told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
Kennedy was bold when he set to put a man on the moon.
Abraham Lincoln was bold when he freed the slaves.
Our Founding Fathers where bold when they set out to establish this nation free from the tyranny of the British Crown.
It takes boldness in order to do big things and the big things are the only things in life worth doing.