I have been watching and been involved in politics since I was about 12 years old and I believe I may have stumbled onto something that I find curious. Last night the History Channel had a couple of documentaries about President Ronald Reagan, the first was about the attempted assassination and the second one was about his policy toward the U.S.S.R. and our economy at the time.
The thing that stood out to me was his stand on the issues. What we have been seeing since the Reagan landslides in both 1980 and 1984, is milquetoast Republicans running for office and losing almost every election. The media and the Democrats (socialists) would have us believe that the reason is that the Republican's are, racists, haters or woman, and greedy rich. First of all none of that is true, but aside from the lies the Democrats and their media lapdogs spew on a daily basis the real reason is that even the Republicans themselves believe that they have to present a "kinder, gentler, and compassionate" appearance. That is just horse crap.
Listening to the Republicans that surrounded Reagan during his eight years in office sounded much like the milquetoast establishment Republicans today. They told Reagan, oh Mr. President you can't say that, or you can't do that, on just about every major issue. They warned him not to bring up religion, they told him he souldn't say things like the Soviets were the evil empire, they tried to dissuade him from starting the SDI program. At the end of the documentary they all almost unanimously said that they were wrong and he was right.
So what am I getting at? Let's look at the history of the last several elections since the Reagan landslides. Bush (41)won in 1988, basically on the coattails of Reagan, but he was no Reagan and returned to the squishy Republican that he was when he ran against Reagan in the 1980 primary, so he lost to Clinton in 1992. The Republicans also lost seats in Congress until 1994, when once again they ran as strict conservatives and took over Congress with the Newt Gingrich Revolution. Which by the way was the first time since before WWII that this country had a balanced budget.
Once again the Republicans went squishy on us, with Bush (43), he lost the popular vote in 2000, and barely won in 2004. He grew the government and went back to debt spending making him not much different than the Democrats. Then along comes the Democrat's messiah Barry Soetoro, that's right Barrack Hussien Obama isn't even his real name, but that is another discussion. Who was his competition, another RINO John McCain. Then in the midterm elections of 2010 when the Tea Party took to the streets and pushed for REAL conservative ideals they crushed the liberal Democrats. But once again the "establishment Republican" leadership put up another squishy candidate in 2012 for president, Mitt Romney, and once again crushed.
I have found that when the American people are given the choice between and a Democrat and a Democrat lite, a.k.a. a moderate Republican, they always go for the Democrat. When given a real choice with candidates that stand by real convictions and real values that is who they will vote for.
I am not a Republican and have been an independent voter since my 20's, but if the Republicans want to win another election they need to get off the "compassionate conservative" train and back to their moral and ethical roots. They need to stand for something other than cowering in the corner and backing down to the bullying of the socialist democrats.