Few realize that when the Revolutionary War began, public support for outright 'war' against the British was hovering somewhere around 40%. With the first skirmish that sent the Redcoats running, popular opinion soared - only to crash with humbling defeat after defeat. But the war wasn't waged by public opinion. It was to do what was right.
A few - fully committed - to see it through to the end - even if it meant death - and not those who wanted to continue to 'reason' with the British - is why we are the greatest country on earth.
Some would see the message of the 2010 House landslide as a bad spanking or stern warning to government to get it's fiscal house in order. The fringes of the movement may indeed have seen it that way, but those of us who were moved to tears and action from the first Rick Santelli rant saw it as a declaration of war.
So the question raised here is how do we do it. This author - and others - are terrified of the consequences of forcing our Executive Branch to make hard choices. As a student of not only Alinksy, but also Marx, and Clower/Piven - it might even be goal for the President to create utter chaos in government services and blame the GOP.
The only REAL problem we have is in finding a leader who will not back down as the 'war' is engaged. Without that person, Democrats will continue to treat us as the new prison inmate in the militant gay pod of this political prison.
With the supposed dire threats of Independents sharpening pitchforks minutes after a strong stand by the GOP, the conservative movement for fiscal accountability continues to look like they are not serious about holding not not only our government - but our immediate elected representatives accountable.
It certainly didn't help that Boehner admitted to the Democratic leaders that we would have a 'back up' plan ready in case Cut Cap Balance wouldn't pass the Senate (as he already knew it would not.) Remind me to invite him to my next poker game.
How do we know WHAT we can get out of Senate Democrats unless they are pushed to a place where THEY are finally seen as the obstructionists that they are? This can not be done by continued TELEGRAPHED 'compromise.'
When government services are being shut down and CUT CAP BALANCE are sitting in front of Obama and/or REID - it is THEY who will eventually be on the hot seat IF every GOP representative says NO! You can not spend anymore.
A key lesson of history and human nature is that opportunists and those not planted in a morally righteous cause are the first to fold under real pressure.
What you do is you what Reagan did to that 'evil' empire. You blow up all their preconceived ideas how they can (and have traditionally) played us.
If the GOP would have stuck together on CUT CAP BALANCE suddenly putting Reid and the White House in the position of saying they WOULD NOT bring spending into control - we have no idea what concessions we could have achieved.
Instead, Boehner acted like Obama's personal press boy and reinforced the absolutely false notion that sheer disaster would strike if a deal wasn't 'struck' and by August 2nd - a claim that has been proven as complete hogwash.
We haven't even BEGUN to test the stamina of the democrats. And it is because of the 'fear sympathizers' like this author.
It is embarrassing as a conservative to read articles like this continuing to 'accept' that ANY political pain for the GOP 'brand' is simply off of the table. When it is clear THERE WILL BE NO FUTURE if the entitlement structural issues aren't dealt with immediately (something folks like Jack Kemp warned of 30 years ago) - at some point REAL Men and Women who want to save the country must risk a battle that could have cost.
I hear the angst of John Adams in the tenor of my own words here as he was frustrated with similar voices (like the Pennsylvania representative of his day) who merely felt they had to play 'devil's advocate' to make sure they were taking all routes before the most dangerous.
What these people don't understand is that while some are gifted with diplomacy, and others with patience, there are those of us who are gifted with a sense of risk and prophecy. It is these people who do what people laugh at. Palin did it in Alaska. Smith did it with FEDEX.
There will be pain. And that pain (as it did in 1775) will continue to build and compound the longer we sit around and 'wait' for the right time to save our children's future. As then, we actually are in a WEAKER position to fight as we wait. There will NEVER be the right time to enact all of the great reforms we all fantasize about with.
An appropriate scripture is Ecclesiastes 11:4 - "He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap."
What if we don't win the Senate? What Obama finds some way to win in 2012? You are not promised the future. You take what you have and wage war the best you can with what you have.
Churchill knew this. The reason he was at the right place, at the right time to lead Britain was NOT because he cautioned to wait until the right time to fight. No, he advocated the same position to his peers for a decade. But the jeers and embarrassment of his 'weaker' poltico's changed as the threat HE saw became more and more evident.
What would have happened had they the intestinal fortitude to test Germany's resolve even a year earlier? Think about that.
Certainly continuing to buy into the liberal argument of the moment (it will disrupt government, credit rating will suffer, GOP wants to take services away from those who need it, etc.) - you will NEVER make a dent in the problem because they will simply change their accusation to blunt whatever objective we pursue at that moment.
Rush Limbaugh, Jim DeMint, Erick Erickson, Michelle Bauchmann and Sarah Palin are courageously playing the role Ronald Reagan played against the establishment media and party by their call to arms.
Quit betraying the cause and be worthy of those Founders who pledged their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor to do not what they felt they could get the other side to agree to - but what is right.